The most popular and most convenient way to travel into Melaka is by driving. A 90-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, driving south on the North-South Highway is common as the majority of travelers fly into this location. If traveling north from Johor Bahru, it is a 2 1/2-hour drive on this same Highway. With multiple rest stops, kiosks, and viewpoints, the drive into Melaka is scenic and enjoyable as you pass through tropical evergreen forests and by lush palm plantations.
Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway. When coming from the south, drive along E2 and leave the expressway at the Ayer Keroh exit. Alternatively, one can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Melaka. This route will pass through the town of Alor Gajah and now with the new highway (ring road) completed, the trip from Simpang Empat to Melaka will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes by car.
Malacca city is on the Coastal Trunk Road (Federal Route 5), and can be accessed from the Main Trunk Road (Federal Route 1) by turning off at Simpang Kendong or Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. Malacca is 150 km (93 mi) from Kuala Lumpur, 216 km (134 mi) from Johor Bahru, and 90 km (56 mi) from Port Dickson.