Getting Here

The only way to get to Cameron Highlands is by road. Many years back, you could only get to Cameron Highlands from the south via Tapah but since the opening the new roads from Ipoh (Perak), Gua Musang (Kelantan) and Raub (Pahang), travelling to the highlands has become much more easier. The Simpang Pulai Road is the most popular road taken by most tourists coming from Kuala Lumpur or Penang although some people still prefer the old Tapah Road.

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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 expresswy 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.
  • There are a few spots along this road where you can get Maxis and Celcom signals. Watch out for the signs indicating these areas.

Latest Updates (17th May 2013)

  • Road Condition – Good
  • Most of the major repair works has been completed on this stretch.
  • Watch out for a few spots where the roads are narrow due to the landslides. Caution when driving at night or during the rain. Watch our for fallen trees and rocks on the road due to the rain.

From the north via Simpang Pulai / Ipoh

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Since the road from Simpang Pulai was open, more people are using this route to get to the highlands as its wider and less windy. It only takes about 45 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.

Latest Updates (17th Feb 2013)

  • Road condition is good so watch for speeding vehicles. There are multiple overtaking lanes along the way so be patient when overtaking slow vehicles.
  • When driving at night, watch out for farm workers walking along road especially as you near Kampung Raja.