Transportation to and from Kuala Lumpur Airport
What is the distance from Kuala Lumpur Airport to the centre of Kuala Lumpur?
The distance from the airport of Kuala Lumpur to the city centre (Merdeka Square) is 55 kilometres so you should expect a travel time by car of at least 50 minutes.
From KUL Airport to Kuala Lumpur City centre by Taxi
Train Express Rail Link to Kuala Lumpur – BUY TICKETS
The fastest and most comfortable way to get from the terminals KLIA(1) and KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur is by Express Rail Link ERL. You can choose between KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit trains, both will get you to the main railway station Kuala Lumpur Sentral. This station is located south of the Perdana Botanical Gardens. The KLIA Ekspres train takes about 30 minutes and does not make any stops along the way. The KLIA Transit train stops at three stations (Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, Bandar Tasik Selatan) before reaching the end station which results in a journey time that is about 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Between 05:00 hours and 01:00 hours a train departs in the direction of KL Sentral about every 15 minutes. Regardless of the terminal that you use to board a train, you will pay a fixed fee of 55 RM (12 euros) for a one-way ticket. The price for children from 2 years up to 12 years is 25 RM (5 euros). You can buy tickets at the airport. You receive a 10% discount if you buy your ticket via the website or ticket vending machines at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Paying is only possible with Mastercard, VISA and American Express credit cards. Please consult website and timetable KLIA Ekspres for more information.
Public transportation from KL Sentral
From the ‘transit hub’ KL Sentral you can continue your travel to reach the centre of the city either by taxi or public transportation, operated by Rapid KL. You can choose between the LRT Light Rail Transit, MRT Mass Rapid Transit and KL Monorail. The light rail LRT (3 lines) and MRT subway are the ones most frequently used. The monorail operates less frequently making it less popular. LRT Kelana Jaya Line 5 in the direction of Gombak, takes just 12 minutes to take you to KLCC near Petronas Twin Towers. The hotels, restaurants and many shops in Bukit Bintang can be reached using MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line 9 and KL Monorail Line 8. The monorail station of Bukit Bintang is sponsored by Malaysian airline AirAsia. The station of MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line 9 next to KL Sentral is called Muzium Negara (National Museum).
You can buy tickets, in other words tokens, from vending machines at the stations. The prices differ, expect to pay between 2 RM and 3 RM for a one-way journey. Having a couple of 1 RM and 5 RM notes on you will come in handy here. At Masjid Jamed, which is two stops away from KL Sentral on the light rail LRT, you can transfer to two other LRT lines. LRT Ampang Line 3 and LRT Sri Petaling Line 4 are mainly used by locals. The public transportation system in Kuala Lumpur, including the buses, offer a variety of options but are not the most efficient means of transportation to visitors. Connections between different services are not ideal making either walking or using a taxi often the better choice. Please consult website Rapid KL for more information.
Free buses in Kuala Lumpur
In the centre of Kuala Lumpur, you can take advantage of the free bus service named Go KL City Bus. There are four routes that will take you to different directions in Kuala Lumpur. The bus services are operated by Rapid KL and are aptly named Go Relax, Go Work, Go Sightsee and Go Shopping. Buses depart every 5 to 10 minutes between 06:00 hours and 23:00 hours, and are popular among both locals and tourists. Since the buses are free of charge and used often they can at times get a bit crowded. Please consult website Go KL City Bus for more information.
Trains departing from KL Sentral
At the ‘transit hub’ KL Sentral you can transfer to regional trains operated by KTM Komuter. KTM Seremban Line 1 for instance will take you to the Batu Caves. KTM Port Klang Line 2 departs in the southern direction towards Klang (50 minutes) and Port Klang (70 minutes). Port Klang is the largest container terminal in Malaysia, larger than Port of Tanjung Pelepas which is further south, near the border with Singapore. From KL Sentral railway station you can also take an intercity train to travel to other parts in the country like Malacca City, Ipoh and George Town on the island of Penang (Butterworth Station).
The impressive Batu Caves, Malaysia’s most sacred Hindu Temple, is a popular attraction located north of Kuala Lumpur. You can get there by KTM Komuter train or bus. Alternatively, you can book a private tour to the Batu Caves.
Bus transportation from KLIA(1) and KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur
Buses service the route between the airport and centre of the city 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The public buses and shuttle services are the less expensive alternative compared to the train, but it will take you longer to arrive at your destination. By bus, travel time from Kuala Lumpur Airport to the city centre is 60 to 75 minutes. From KLIA(1) your options to get to KL Sentral are the Star Shuttle, Aerobus and Airport Coach companies. If you want to take to bus from terminal KLIA2 you can choose Star Shuttle, Aerobus and Skybus making Star Shuttle and Aerobus the only two bus companies offering a connection to and from both terminals. The bus services Aerobus and Airport Coach charge 10 RM per person for a one-way ticket, for the Skybus service you pay 11 RM per person for a one-way ticket. The prices of Star Shuttle vary depending on the terminal you depart from. Travelling from KLIA(1) costs 10 RM, from KLIA2 the price is 12 RM per person. Star Shuttle offers you the service of being dropped off directly at your hotel for a surcharge. You can buy bus tickets at the ground floor of both terminals, close to where the buses leave. Bus tickets will cost you less than 3 euro / 3 dollar per person for a one-way ticket.
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