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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.


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.

Travel between Kuala Lumpur and the airport(s)

KLIA at level 3 departures

There are three airports in and around Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main airport where all international flights arrive at. Malaysia Airlines also operates numerous domestic routes from this airport. The budget airlines depart from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT); all domestic and international flights operated by AirAsia depart from this terminal. LCCT is actually not a separate airport; but as KLIA and LCCT are not yet 'officially' connected you can only travel between the two airports by taxi or bus. The third airport is the smaller but very modern airport Subang Airport. From here budget airline Firefly departs to many domestic, and also a few international destinations.

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From Kuala Lumpur to KLIA (International Airport)

By KLIA Express to KLIA

KLIA Express train to KL Sentral boarding

There are multiple ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to the airport (and vice versa). The quickest way probably is the KLIA Express; this train brings you in 28 minutes from Kuala Lumpur central train station (KL Sentral) to the airport. You pay RM35 for a one way ticket, first train departs at 5am, the last train at 12.30am. KLIA Transit is also an option; but this train has a few stops at certain stations before heading to KLIA. Trains depart every 15 minutes during the day.

KLIA Express train sign

Transport with KLIA Express is most pleasant, considering you are quickly in the centre of Kuala Lumpur without concerns. Besides that you have a nice view of the approaching city of Kuala Lumpur. Especially when you arrive in Malaysia for the first time, it is pretty 'exciting' when you see the great metropolis appear. From KL Sentral you can go, among other things, by metro, bus or taxi to your hotel or destination. In this case the taxi is preferred, because at KL Sentral a fixed price system is in place. At the taxi counter you indicate to which hotel you want to go, you pay the sum and you get a taxi ticket. You show this ticket to the taxi driver and you’ll be taken to your destination.

By taxi to KLIA

Airport Limi taxi counter at KLIA

Another option is the taxi. Often the most comfortable method to get from the city center to the airport as you can get a taxi right in front of the hotel where you are staying (with KLIA Express you first need to travel to KL Sentral). Taxis usually charge around RM70 (regular taxi) to RM100+ (VIP, premier, airport limousine service or executive taxi) for a ride from the city center to the airport. From the airport to KL you just buy yourself a taxi ticket at the taxi counter; tickets have a fixed price (RM74.30 for a regular taxi). The regular taxi from the airport to Kuala Lumpur is always very modern compared to a regular taxi from KL to the airport (different operators); as the former is operated by a private taxi company called Airport Limo (you can make reservations up front: 1300-888989).

Family taxi service at KLIA

During our latest trip we used the premium taxis quite a few times. Regular taxis often have small trunks; which could lead to problems when you are traveling with suitcases. The premium taxi is the most expensive form of transport between KLIA and Kuala Lumpur city center; but at the same time it is also the most comfortable solution. At KLIA you can arrange the premium taxi at the regular taxi counter. Here you can also arrange a family van; which is great if you travel with more than two persons including luggage. You can also take the premium taxi from your hotel to go to KLIA or LCCT. If you do want to go by a premium taxi, but there are none in front of the hotel; have the concierge call one. It is best to ask the driver's business card. This way you can always call him yourself for a pick up.

By bus to KLIA

Cheapest way to travel between Kuala Lumpur city center is to board one of coaches that depart from KL Sentral. Airport Coach is one of them; they charge around RM18 to bring you to KLIA.

Video KLIA Taxi Stand


Travel times between Kuala Lumpur and KLIA

  • KLIA Express to KL Sentral: +/- 0h28m single trip
  • KLIA Transit to KL Sentral: +/- 0h38m single trip
  • KL Sentral to KL city centre: +/- 0h10m single trip by taxi
  • Taxi KLIA to KL city centre outside rush hours: +/- 0h55m single trip
  • Taxi KLIA to KL city centre during rush hours: +/- 1h15m or longer single trip
  • Bus KLIA to KL Sentral: +/- 1h15m or longer single trip

From Kuala Lumpur to LCCT

Taxis are waiting at LCCT Terminal

The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) is the terminal nearby KLIA where all the budget airlines depart (mainly AirAsia). This terminal can be reached by taxi for roughly the same amount as you would pay for a trip to KLIA. Another way is by KLIA Transit. There is a stop at Salak Tinggi station where special busses depart to LCCT. SkyBus operates a bus line from KL Sentral, for only RM9 the bus takes you to LCCT. A taxi ride from KLIA to LCCT will cost around RM10/RM15 and the trip will take roughly 15 minutes. There are also busses that transport passengers between the two airports; though they are very cheap it also takes quite some time.


From Kuala Lumpur to Subang Airport

The best way to get to Subang Airport is by taxi. From the city center it normally takes around 25 minutes to reach Subang Airport. Taxi fares are around RM15/RM20 on the meter. More on Subang Airport


Map of Kuala Lumpur

Below you can see a map of Kuala Lumpur. 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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