KLIA Express and KLIA Transit

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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

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.

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Costs of KLIA Express

A one way ticket between KLIA and KL Sentral costs RM55 for adults and RM25 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 RM120). You can simply buy KLIA Express train tickets online. 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.

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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.