Travel from Melaka (Malacca) to Kota Bharu by Bus
The distance between Melaka (Malacca) and Kota Bharu, Kelantan, is approximately 690km. Via bus, the duration of travel varies from 9 hours and 30 minutes to 13 hours and 15 minutes. The duration is influenced by several factors including the traffic condition, bus operator, weather, and journey breaks. You can get your bus ticket online and hassle-free with CatchThatBus which is available on the website and in mobile app.
Melaka (Malacca) to Kota Bharu Bus Operators
Transnasional, Cepat Ekspres, and Perdana Express offer the bus service from Melaka Sentral to either Tesco Kota Bharu or Stesen Bas Kota Bharu. 4 daily buses are available around 730pm to 8pm everyday. These buses are fully air-conditioned with reclining seats to ensure the passengers’ comfortable and enjoyable journey.
Things to do in Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu is the capital city for the state of Kelantan and it is home to numerous mosques, museums, unique architecture of old royal palaces, and former royal buldings. Often passed by travellers on their journey to Perhentian Island or Thailand, the conservative city is vibrant with trade and culture.
History enthusiasts may feast their eyes at the picturesque museums near Padang Merdeka and Istana Balai Besar – Muzium Negeri Kelantan, Muzium Kraftangan, Memorial Peperangan Dunia Kedua, Muzium Islam, and many more. Rich with culture, visitors may also witness the magnificent reclining Buddha, Wat Pothivihan.
A journey to Kota Bharu will not be complete without a visit to its illustrious Central Market, widely known as Pasar Siti Khadijah. Kelantan’s economy depends heavily on business, and most sellers in the market are women. The colourful and bustling market is normally packed in the wee hours of the day up to late afternoon. Here, visitors may find an array of products ranging from groceries and produces to brassware, batik, kites, and many more. Various food stalls are set up on the market’s first floor, be sure to enjoy the state’s delicacies!
What to eat in Kota Bharu?
Most Kota Bharu’s cuisines carry Thailand’s influence, given the states’ close proximity. The list of extensive must-haves includes ayam percik, nasi ulam, nasi dagang, murtabak raja, and keropok lekor. Even though most dishes are available elsewhere in Malaysia, you are guaranteed to be enthralled with the authentic servings which are bursting with scrumptious flavours. Most foodies plan their trip to the city simply to enjoy the pleasure of food offered.