Travel from Melaka to Alor Setar by Bus
If you’re a Melakan or visiting Melaka and wish to make the journey up north to Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah, you can always do so by bus. Taking a bus ride is one of the most relaxing and stress-free ways to travel.
Melaka to Alor Setar Bus Operators & Bus Pick-up Point
In Melaka, you’ll be picked up bus companies like Intercity, Transnasional, Cepat Ekspress. All three pick up passengers from Melaka Sentral. Transnasional makes an extra stop to pick up passengers from the Alor Gajah bus station. Getting to Melaka Sentral is a breeze as all the city buses in Melaka make a stop there, or you can grab a taxi from anywhere in Melaka. Once you reach Alor Setar the buses will drop you off at the Shahab Perdana terminal. Depending on which bus provider you take, the travel time will vary between 7 hours to 9 hours.
Things to do in Alor Setar
Alor Setar has always been mistakenly labeled a sleepy town by those who’ve never been there. However, visitors will find that the town hosts plenty of attractions. For starters you can go to Chinatown which is a row of pre-war period houses which is great for photographers as well as bargain hunters.
One of the leading landmarks in Alor Setar is definitely the Zahir Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the country which was opened in 1912. To find out more about Kedah’s history, visit the Royal Kedah Museum. Admission is free and you’ll be able to walk around this former palace turned museum and see other structures like the Balai Besar and Balai Nobat, both ceremonial buildings used by Kedah’s royal family.
Kedah is famous for its rice production, so if you want to know more about this heritage you can visit the Kedah Paddy Museum. Another place of interest is the old birthplace of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth and longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia. His family home is a classic representation of a Malay kampong house, and you’ll see exhibits about his early life too.
What to eat in Alor Setar?
For food, you should check out Iman Kuey Teow, Kopitiam Ukir Mall, Atap Rumbia Restaurant (for delicious barbequed meat and seafood) and the unique Nasi Lemak Royale Hijau, which doesn’t serve coconut rice but rather is a delicious Malay mix rice stall. For a panoramic view of Alor Setar, take this chance to go up Alor Setar tower, a modern landmark that houses some restaurants and souvenir shops.