Beat the Raya Haji rush: best timing for balik kampung in 2024

Published by on . Updated on 12 Jun 2024

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Hari Raya Haji, a joyous celebration marking the end of Hajj pilgrimage, is a time for families to reunite. But for many Malaysians, the journey home for "balik kampung" can be a test of patience due to heavy traffic.This guide will equip you with the best timing strategies to make your balik kampung during Raya Haji 2024 a smoother experience.

Traffic congestion patterns differ depending on your destination. Here's what PLUS Malaysia, the highway concessionaire, recommends:

Traveling from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor:

  • Northbound (Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak): Aim to depart before 10.00 am.
  • Southbound (other states): Consider a later departure after 1.00 pm.

Beyond PLUS Highways

While PLUS offers valuable advice, it's applicable primarily to their highways. If you're using alternative routes, consider:

Avoid peak travel days: The first few days of Raya (usually falling on a Wednesday or Thursday) and the following weekend witness the highest traffic volume.

Weekdays before Raya: Weekdays leading up to Raya, especially Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, can see a surge in traffic as people make early departures.

Real-time traffic updates: Utilize smartphone apps or radio broadcasts for real-time traffic updates to adjust your travel time accordingly.

Alternative Travel Options

  • Buses: Consider express buses, especially for longer distances. Research and book tickets in advance for popular routes.
  • Trains: KTM Intercity offers a comfortable and scenic alternative, particularly for journeys along the west coast.
  • Flights: For substantial distances, domestic flights can be a time-saving option. However, factor in airport travel time and potential price hikes during peak season.

General Tips for a Smooth Balik Kampung

  • Plan your route: Choose the most efficient route for your destination, considering potential bottlenecks and rest stops.
  • Carpool: Sharing the ride reduces the number of vehicles on the road and can make the journey more enjoyable.
  • Prepare your vehicle: Ensure your car is in good working condition before embarking on the journey.
  • Pack light: Bringing only essentials minimizes packing and unpacking time, especially if you're using public transport.
  • Stay entertained: Pack books, games, or download movies/shows to keep yourself and passengers occupied during long journeys.

By following these tips and strategically planning your travel time, you can navigate the balik kampung rush with greater ease and arrive home refreshed and ready to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with your loved ones.

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