Getting Here

Everything you need to know on how to get to Cameron Highlands including which road to take and what to expect

Cameron Highlands used to located in a very remote area on the Titiwangsa Range until the mid 2000's when the road from Simpang Pulai to Kampung Raja was opened. This opened up the highlands to more visitors and at the same time massive development.

Years later, two other roads from Gua Musang (Kelantan) and Sungai Koyan / Raub (Pahang), was completed and access to the highlands has become much more easier. This was one of the main factors which contributed to continuing destruction of the highland forest.

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From the South via Tapah (Old Road)

Cameron Highlands is about 300km from Kuala Lumpur and it takes about 3 hours to get here via the North-South Expressway (NSE). If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, find your way to the NSE by following the signs to Ipoh. Once you’re on the expressway, keep on driving north for about 1.5 hours until you reach Tapah. Take Exit 132 and you will be at the Tapah toll booth. Once you have paid the toll, turn left at the traffic lights and from here onwards you will be on the long winding road to Cameron Highlands which is about 60 km’s away.

If you’re driving from the north just take Exit 132 at Tapah and follow the same direction. It takes an average of 1.5 hours to reach Tanah Rata from Tapah. Please note that there are no petrol stations this point forward until you reach Ringlet so if you need to fill up, the Tapah rest area (before you exit the express way) would be your best choice.

Driving Tips :

  • The toll rate from Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Duta Toll) to Tapah is RM19.40.
  • The last rest area along the expressway is the Tapah Rest Area which is about 3 km from Exit 132. If you miss this, you can still take a restroom break at the tol exit on your left.
  • The road from Tapah to Cameron Highlands is narrow and has a lot of sharp bends. If you have passengers who get motion sickness, its time to get those plastic bags out (just in case)
  • There will be lots of heavy vehicles going up and down this road so be careful especially when you are overtaking. Most local heavy vehicles will give you the signal to overtake when its safe so be patient. Its also common courtesy to let the vehicle behind you overtake you if you’re driving slower that vehicle.
  • During the rainy season, watch out for fallen rocks and branches on the road.
  • For first timers, driving at night is not recommended especially it its raining.
  • Phone signal is not available throughout the road except for a few areas.
 

From the north via Simpang Pulai / Ipoh

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This road is the most popular route to the highlands as its wider and less winding. Some driver from the south also use this road compared to the Tapah route. It only takes about 50 minutes to get to Kampung Raja from Simpang Pulai and this is the fastest way to get to the highlands if you are travelling from the north (Penang or Ipoh).

Take Exit 137 (Simpang Pulai) and turn right at the traffic light right after the toll booth and drive for about 200 metres before you reach a traffic light.. Turn right again and your’re on you’re way to Cameron Highlands.You will get some magnificent views of the mountain ranges along this road.

After about an hour, you will reach the Kampung Raja junction where you will have to turn right from the new road into Kampung Raja town. You’re now in Cameron Highlands and you can just follow the main road to your destination. Brinchang & Tanah Rata is about 25-30kms from here.

Driving Tips :

  • If you are driving from the south (Kuala Lumpur), this route would be longer if your destination is Tanah Rata or Brinchang.
  • Driving up this road is a pleasant experience as it gives you some great views of mountains.
  • Since the roads are less winding, people tend to speed here but watch out for the sharp bends at some stretches.
  • There is limited mobile coverage along this road.

From Gua Musang

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From Sungai Koyan

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