Getting to Kota Bharu


By Plane

Kota Bharu's small but new and efficient Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in Pengkalan Chepa currently receives flights from Kuala Lumpur (provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia), Johor Bahru (provided by Air Asia), Penang and Subang (provided by Fire Fly). Advance bookings especially for Air Asia can be very cheap.


By Car

There is an excellent network of roads linking the major towns in Peninsular Malaysia to Kelantan. From Kuala Lumpur, the overland route takes one eastward along the Karak Highway to Kuantan in Pahang a journey of about 3 hours.

The rest of the journey from Kuantan to Kota Bharu takes about 4 1/2 hours. The route heads northward along the coast passing through picturesque villages and providing scenic vistas of the palm-fringed beaches overlooking the azure waters of the South China Sea.

The inland route to Kota Bharu turns off the Karak Highway at Bentong and proceeds northwards to Raub and then to Gua Musang, before reaching Kota Bharu. An alternative route exits the Karak Highway at Temerloh and passes through Jerantut, Benta and Gua Musang en-route to Kota Bharu.

From Penang, one has to get to Grik via Sungai Petani in Kedah and then travel along the scenic East-West Highway to Jeli in Kelantan before continuing the journey to Kota Bharu.


By Bus

There are regular air-conditioned express bus services between Kuala Lumpur, as well as major towns in Kota Bharu. Buses connect Kota Bharu to all major cities in peninsula Malaysia. Most long distance buses leave from Lembah Sireh (near Tesco) terminal, while local and regional services converge on the Central terminal (near Kota Bharu Trade Centre); connect between the two in 10 minutes on bus 39. A basic Transnasional and Sani buses from and to Kuala Lumpur will cost you about RM44 for one-way ticket.


By Train

Kota Bharu's main railway station Wakaf Bahru is some 5 kilometers away from the city center. Nightly sleeper trains running on the "Jungle Track" connect to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (around RM70 for an air-con 2nd-class sleeper); alternatively, you can take a local train to Gemas to enjoy the view and change there. Or you can hop on a bus to the Thai border at Sungai Golok and continue by rail from there. To get to the city, take bus 27 or a taxi.

- Jungle Train leaves at 6.20am from Wakaf Bharu Station to Jerantut/Taman Negara.

- Express Wau to Kuala Lumpur depart at 6.00pm

- Express Timuran to Singapore depart at 07.00pm


Transportation will be provided for participants and delegates from Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian to Renaissance Hotel on the conference day.






Renaissance Hotel

Day 1 (10th June 2014)

7.30 am

6.00 pm

Day 2 (11th June 2014)

8.00 am

5.45 pm


For any enquiries and concerns related to the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the conference secretariat.

Secretariat HeLiPC2014

Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM)
Health Campus
Universiti Sains Malaysia
16150 Kubang Kerian

Telephone: +609 767 2402/2404/2411
Fax: +609 764 8673 / +609 765 6836