Catching the bus from Ipoh to the Cameron Highlands is quick and painless. To an extent that is... read on to find out why 🙂
The bus station in Ipoh where you catch the bus to Tanah Rata or Brinchang in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia can be found just around the corner from the Ipoh KTM Train Station.
In reality, you could arrive in Ipoh on the train and then walk about 500m to the bus station and then catch the bus to the Cameron Highlands.
Arriving in Ipoh on the bus from elsewhere takes you further afield, the Medan Gopeng bus station.
The bus leaves Ipoh to the Cameron Highlands four times per day, 8:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm and 6:00pm at a cost of RM 16.80 per adult and RM 12.60 per child, one way. There is no real need to pre-book your tickets unless it will be a Malaysian holiday (it is always a Malaysian holiday!)
As per most Malaysian buses, there are no toilets on board, if necessary, the bus driver can pull over for you, ask nicely. The bus itself is very clean and comfortable, seats recline and if you are lucky, they may play a video for entertainment however it isn't really necessary as the bus ride only takes 2 hours.
We strongly suggest you ask for seat 1, 2, or 3 on the bus up to the Cameron Highlands. The roads are extremely windy, going up and down and around hills constantly. Sitting in the front row of the bus helps with any sort of motion sickness as you can see exactly what is coming up in front of you.
Behind each seat, in the magazine holder, there should be plastic bags. No, these are not for rubbish, but for people to throw up in if need be. The bus driver also has more bags near the seat, generally on a hook for ease of grabbing.
Apart from the constant motion sickness feeling, the bus ride up to Tanah Rata through Brinchang in the Cameron Highlands was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, we did not take any photos as we were constantly dealing with motion sickness.
The bus stations in both Birchang and Tanah Rata are right in the centre of the towns, so it is very easy to get off the bus and walk to accommodation easily.
Ipoh to the Cameron HIghlands Bus:
Leaves at 8:00am, 11:00pm, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
From: The bus station 500m around the corner from the Majestic KTM train station.
Travel Time: 2 hours of motion sickness up and down and around hills and valleys.
Cost: $16.80 per adult, $12.60 per child.