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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Malacca

Historical town of Malacca

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. Every evening the famous Jonker Street night market is buzzing with tourists from all over the world. In 2008 UNESCO listed Malacca as World Heritage Site. Besides the many beautiful historical sites Malacca is also well known for its great food. Everywhere that you look you will find places to eat; experts claim the best local dishes in Malaysia originate from Malacca.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

KLIA Express and KLIA Transit

KLIA Express Transit CAT logos

One of the ways to travel between the airport of Kuala Lumpur (aka Kuala Lumpur International Airport or KLIA) and the city centre is to travel with the KLIA Express train. This train takes about 30 minutes to get from the airport to the central train station of Kuala Lumpur (57 km or 36 miles); KL Sentral. Because KL Sentral is in the city centre; it will only be a short ride with the taxi to your hotel. There is a ticket office where you can buy tickets for the train for a fixed price. The KLIA Express is a very comfortable way to travel to the city centre after a long flight. Every year millions of travelers use this fast way of transportation.

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Modern train

Map KLIA Express route

KLIA Express is a luxurious and modern train. Because the trains are very long and not many people use it at the same time, it is always very quiet in the train. There are TV-screens in the train, so you can get to know Malaysia (several tourism programs about Malaysia are being shown on the TV-screens regularly). Contrary to some of the other trains in Malaysia; KLIA Express almost always on time. Every 15 to 20 minutes trains will depart; so you will never have to wait long. Besides the KLIA Express there is also the KLIA Transit. In contrast to the KLIA Express, the KLIA Transit stops at three other stations between KLIA and KL Sentral; Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi. From the last stop Salak Tinggi, shuttle busses are ready to take passengers to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). The shuttle bus leaves from platform 6. The KLIA Transit train is mainly used by people that live in Kuala Lumpur, but work outside the city; mostly in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. The KLIA Transit will take a bit longer than the KLIA Express; 35 minutes. This train leaves every 35 minutes from the airport and from KL Sentral.

 

KLIA Express stations

At the airport you will find the KLIA Express on the 1st floor, one level below the arrivals hall (which is on the 2nd floor) and two below the departure hall (on the 3rd floor). As soon as you exit the elevator; you will see the ticket office on your right hand side. At KLIA and KL Sentral you will see signs everywhere that point you in the direction of the ticket office of the KLIA Express. If you arrive at KL Sentral, you need to turn right at the corner of the Burger King, the ticket office is just a couple yards away. If you arrive by taxi to KL Sentral, the ticket office will be directly to your right when you enter the station. If you fly with Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Royal Brunei or Emirates, you can check in your bags immediately at KL Sentral. This will save you time standing in line at the airport, waiting to check in.

KLIA Express train between airport and Kuala Lumpur 1  

Costs of KLIA Express

A one way ticket between KLIA and KL Sentral costs RM35 for adults and RM15 for children (between 2-12 years of age). Once in a while there will be a discount on tickets, please check this beforehand (sometimes there is a discount for a family of 2 adults + 2 children; you'll be able to travel for just RM75). The train service starts at 5:00 AM. The last train will leave from KL Sentral at 0.30am and from KLIA at 1.00am.

KLIA Express train between airport and Kuala Lumpur 2  

Alternative ways to travel to KLIA/LCCT

An alternative way to travel to the city centre from the airport would be by taxi, but this will take at least an hour (if there are no traffic jams) and is definitely more expensive. You can also travel by SkyBus, which is the cheapest option; it will only cost you RM9 to get to the city centre. The only downside to this bus ride is that it will take you almost 1,5 hours to get there.

 

Map KLIA Express route

Below you can see a map of the KLIA Express route. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the city map.

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