Perak boasts an extensive highway network as well as efficient rail and port services, making it well connected to northern Malaysia and the Klang Valley.
Through its major highways, Perak is a transportation hub boasting excellent connectivity to other states in Peninsular Malaysia. The East-West Expressway connects Gerik in Perak and Jeli in Kelantan, effectively shortening the distance between Ipoh and the capitals of east coast states.
The second East-West Expressway connecting Kampung Raja in Cameron Highlands, Simpang Pulai and Gua Musang in Kelantan provides an alternative route to east coast cities and the states of Pahang and Terengganu.
Beginning 2018, commuters can also travel between Banting in Selangor and Taiping along the new West Coast Highway that traverses large tracts of plantations in Perak.
The 264.7km railway from Tanjung Malim to Parit Buntar will be an important economic artery connecting Perak and the neighboring states.
To be completed in 2008, this double-track railway will cut traveling time by half, further enhancing the efficiency of freight transportation from the Port of Penang and Port Klang to the inland terminal near Ipoh.
Ipoh inland terminal is the first inland port in Malaysia, facilitating the import and export activities of traders and manufacturers in Kinta Valley and the surrounding areas. Goods may reach Port Klang from this inland port by railway.
Sultan Azlan Shah international airport was upgraded in the 1980s. Today, the airport is capable of handling larger commercial jets such as Boeing 737. Singapore’s budget airline Tiger Air has already begun commercial services between Singapore and Ipoh.
Lumut Maritime Terminal and Lekir Bulk Terminal are two terminals established during Lumut port development in the 1980s. Currently, these two terminals handle mainly bulk raw materials such as charcoal, limestone and petrochemical products. Lumut Port Industrial Park, which is mainly occupied by heavy industries like oil and gas processing plants and shipyards, is located near the Lumut Maritime Terminal.
The Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to the northern states is now operational. With a total length of 329 km, The ETS route passes through the states of Penang and Kedah before it ends in Padang Besar in Perlis.