The closest airport Sultan Azian Shah Airport served by commercial flights is in Ipoh. It is about an hour's drive away. Penang is a little further north, about an hour and a half drive away, but server a variety of destinations, with domestic flights from most major cities in Malaysia as well as international flights from regional destinations. Alternatively, you may travel to Kuala Lumpur international Airport, which is about four hours away by car but is one of the major hubs in South East Asia.
Taiping can be easily reached from the PLUS North-South Expressway. From Penang (90km) Kamunting is the nearest exit, while Changkat Jering is the most convenient exit from the highway if you drive north from Ipoh (70km). Taiping is well linked to the rest of the peninsular of Malaysia by express busses arriving and departing from the long-distance bus station in Kamunting (6 km from the city centre) as well as from Simpang (7 km from the town centre). Busses also depart directly from Taiping to Singapore to Hat Yai. Southbound busses normally depart from Kamunting and call along Simpang (Medan Simpang) to pick up a few more passengers from Simpang before heading to the Changkat Jering Interchange highway. Bus tickets are available from the Medan Kamunting and Medan Simpang counters. You can travek straight from Kamunting to the town of Selama for around 40 minutes via Jalan Pondok Tanjung.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) operates a variety of regular services along the main north-south line that stops at Taiping Station