Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rated as one of the world’s best airports, Kuala Lumpur International has been the gateway to Malaysia since 1998. It handles around 50 million passengers every year with flight arrivals from across Asia as well as long-haul locations like Amsterdam, Auckland, London, Muscat and Sydney.
The main airport terminal is adjacent to a satellite terminal for Malaysia Airlines. The airport’s Aerotrain links these buildings to an additional satellite building. A facility dedicated to budget airlines is two kilometres from the main building. Shuttles between the two are free.
Kuala Lumpur Airport and the city centre are about 50kms apart. Transport options between the two are excellent and passengers will have no problems getting to their hotels no matter what time they arrive. There are taxi ranks at both terminals with drivers waiting 24/7.
KLIA Ekspres trains operate every 15 to 20 minutes and take 30 minutes from the main and low-cost carriers’ terminals to KL Sentral. There are plenty of options when it comes to buses at the transport stations for both terminals. Fares for these are invariably much cheaper than ones for the train. As well as central Kuala Lumpur, buses ply routes to port Dickson and other destinations in Selangor.
Subang Airport was Kuala Lumpur’s arrival point for international passengers prior to 1998. Budget airlines currently use Subang as a base for domestic flights to Kuala Terengganu, Johor Bahr and Langkawi Island as well as Singapore, Medan and Koh Samui. Hourly KL City Airport Buses or taxis are the best choices for travelling to downtown Kuala Lumpur.
KL Sentral Station is the focal point of the country’s railway system and has both day and sleeper trains from Butterworth, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu plus Singapore and the southern Thai town of Hat Yai. Kuala Lumpur also has very good choices for intercity buses. These mostly arrive at the bus terminals of Pudu Sentral and Hentian Putra.
In the city itself, a modern train network is a mix of two rapid transport lines, one monorail, two suburban lines and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport express line. The two rapid transport and monorail lines are operated as one entity and serve stations right across the main city areas. KTM Komuter trains go as far as the Batu Caves.
Public buses serve neighbourhoods in the city and are often extensions of urban train services. The BRT Sunway Line is a dedicated bus route which runs on an elevated road closed to regular traffic. Its two terminus stations are hooked into the main train network. The line’s Sunway Lagoon Station is about 10 minutes’ walk from the front gate of Sunway Lagoon theme park.
City hop on hop off buses are the best travel option for out-of-town people as they cover all the main Kuala Lumpur attractions and run at frequent intervals throughout the day until at least 20:00. Taxis are readily available in all the tourist spots, but cabbies are renowned for refusing to use their meters and then coming up with a fare as much as 10 times higher than it should have been.