Getting to know Malaysian Expressways and Highways
The Expressways and Highways of Malaysia are some of the best in the region. They are safe, fast and are relatively inexpensive to use. On this page I want to provide you some details about them to make your trip exploring the country smoother.
How to read Expressway Signages
Malaysian expressway signages provide clear details to guide travelers - if you know how to read them. While I do agree that often, I find these signages being posted immediately behind a tree, where they are visible only to birds, the signages when properly posted do provide vital information to help us explore Malaysia. The numbering of the routes do not follow any geographical convention - unlike some countries, it is not possible to tell by the route number whether the route is going north-south or east-west. More often than not, they are numbered according to importance and sorted according to the sequence as they were built.
The following information will help you understand the signages better:
Exit Number This usually comprises three or four digits. The last two digits denote the interchange while the preceding digits denote the expressway number. In this case Exit 135 denotes Interchange No. 35 on Expressway No. 1.
Name of Interchange
Signage Background Color Green denotes expressways while dark blue denotes federal and state highways.
Distance from Exit
Destinations Places most conveniently reached from that exit.
State Road Number State routes are preceded by a letter denoting the state. This is similar to the letter appearing on the state vehicle registration place. In this example A8 is a state route for Perak. State routes usually (but not always) stay within a state.
Federal Road Number Interstate routes. The Federal Route 1, as shown here, denotes the main trunk road on the west coast of the peninsula. Numbering of federal roads are not exclusively assigned, meaning the number may be used for more than one road. For example, Federal Route 5 can mean the Skudai-Pontian Highway, the Muar Bypass, the Port Dickson Bypass, the Ipoh-Lumut Highway, and a few other roads that are not linked to one another.
The following is a list of the expressways and highways in Malaysia that I have described. The information is useful when you plan your trip, as I provide you with information on the exits to take and the destinations of these exits.