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Expressway NSE

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Expressway NSE

The former Prime Minister Mahathir declared the North-South Expressway open on 8 September 1994. The road goes from the deep South (Johor Bahru) to the Thai border.
The Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (Plus) was charged with the building and the maintenance of the expressway. In return for financing and building the highway, Plus holds the right to collect a toll, an average of 7.5 Malaysian cents per kilometer until the year 2018.
The building of the North-South Expressway (NSE) costed about MR $6 billion. The 848-km NSE comes across eight Malaysian states. Along the entire West Coast of the Peninsular. The southern track cuts through paddy fields, oil palm estates and pineapple plantations, while the northern one passes fantastic granite hills, with massive rocks lining both sides of the expressway. Specially around Ipoh.

Distances
With the North South Expressway (NSE), motorists have a well-paved route from Johor Bahru to the border of Thailand. The following are approximate distances & suggested driving times in good conditions by experienced drivers from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

Departure Destination Time Distance
Kuala Lumpur - Malacca 1 3 Hours 148 km
Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru 4 Hours 365 km
Kuala Lumpur - Tapah 3 Hours 60 km
Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands 4 Hours 220 km (the NSE till Tapah)
Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh 2 1 Hours 217 km
Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth 5 Hours 382 km
Kuala Lumpur - Thaise grens 6 Hours 480 km
Kota Bahru - Penang 7 Hours 375 km (East West Highway)
Departure Destination Time Distance
Johor Bahru - Malacca 2 1 Hours 217 km
Johor Bahru - Kuala Lumpur 3 3 Hours 365 km
Johor Bahru - Ipoh 6 Hours 583 km
JohorBahru - Butterworth 7 3 Hours 747 km
Johor Bahru - Thai Border 9 Hours 840 km

Near and from Kuala Lumpur
The NSE will cost you a little bit of your time, because the NSE makes a loop into downtown KL before moving up north, which means that you could be caught in a jam along the 13-km stretch for about an hour.

Further north the 30.3 km stretch between Tapah and Ipoh is the most expensive (MYR$20 million), the most scenic, and the most dangerous, with climbing roads and horse-shoe bends. Good for the keen drivers but be wary of your fellow motorists and trucks.

There are 18 rest and service areas, located every 50 to 100 kms, with facilities like food stalls, toilets, parking and telephones. Some even have souvenir shops and produce markets. There are plans to build motels at the Rest Area's along the scenic northern track.

Do not panic if your car should breakdown. There are emergency phones located every 2 km. The highway company (PLUS) runs a 24-hour emergency service. Only they are allowed to do repairs on the highway. These mechanics in yellow PLUS vehicles do free minor repairs, recharge batteries, and can take your car to the nearest RSA if major repairs are needed.
Exits to the main towns are generally on the left, watch out for signs placed 1 km and 500 m prior to the turn-off.


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