Kuala Lumpur, MY
Kuala Lumpur International Airport lies around 50km south of the city centre. It has two terminals, 2km apart:
Travelling between terminals
You can take a train (KLIA transit and KL Exspres), bus shuttle or taxi. We recommend a taxi, as it's only a 3-minute journey, and wait times for train and bus shuttles can be long: only seven trains run per hour during peak hours, and five off-peak, with buses running only every 15 to 20 minutes.
Allow plenty of time for transfers
If you’re changing from KLIA1 to klia2, leave yourself at least three hours to be on your next flight. It can take around an hour to deplane, then you need to take the sky train from Concourse C to the main building, clear immigration and baggage claim and travel to the klia2 terminal, landside. Unfortunately, it can't yet be done airside.
The fastest way into Kuala Lumpur is the KLIA Ekspres non-stop service, taking just 28 minutes to KL Sentral Station from KLIA1, and 33 minutes from KLIA2. Trains run from 04:55-00:55 and leave every 15 minutes during peak hours (Mon-Fri, 06:00-09:00 and 16:00-22:00), and every 20 minutes at other times.
Cost: RYM 35 one-way
Location: Basement platforms in both terminals (well-signposted)
If you're travelling in a group of two or three people, it's best to take a taxi. The Taxi Coupon Counter in Arrivals guarantees a fixed fee; ask for a budget taxi there and give your destination. After paying, you’ll be given a coupon stating your destination and how much you’ve paid; no need to pay the driver or tip. For three people, this works out cheaper than the train, and you get door-to-door service.
Cost: Around RYM 80-90 into KL city centre
Even if you’ve bought a bottle of water after passing through security scanning after immigration, any liquids will still be confiscated from you before you’re allowed to board.
Sama Sama Hotel offers ‘Day Spa’ packages. MYR 60 will buy you the use of an outdoor pool, sauna, spa pools, fitness centre, lockers, showers and free Wi-Fi. You'll also get towels and a pack of flashy toiletries included. The hotel’s just 5 minutes’ walk from the airport – take the covered Skybridge, and you can’t miss it.
There is a great food court with 7 stalls selling local as well as Pam Asian dishes for at least half the airport prices.
KLIA 1, airside, level 2, food court
If you have a short layover, with not enough time to get into KL, head for the C-Gates, in Satellite Building A of the KLIA 1 Main Terminal. It only takes 3 minutes to get there by Aerotrain shuttle, and there are far more shops, restaurants and attractions to explore, ranging from Harrods to a natural rainforest.
Baggage Solution desks are open 24/7 at both the KLIA 1 and KLIA 2 terminals.
In KLIA 1, it’s on Level 3 of the Arrivals Hall, and in KLIA 2 it’s on Level 2, Arrivals Level in the Public Concourse. You’ll pay RYM 18 to leave a small piece of luggage for 24 hours, RYM 28 for a medium-sized piece and RYM 38 for a large piece.
There are many rental car companies in the arrival hall of the main Terminal.
There are also rental car desks in klia2 for the following rental companies. All these desk are situated next to each other in the central area on level 1 (the so-called transportation hub) of klia2.
As the immigration halls at both terminals can get very busy, you’ll need to allow up to 60 minutes to get off the plane, walk to Immigration, get your passport stamped, walk to baggage reclaim and clear customs at both KLIA 1 and KLIA 2.
To avoid long walks into the airport ask your driver to drop you off outside Doors 1-3 for a domestic flight, or Doors 4-7 for international flights.
Power outlets can be found all over the KLIA airport. However here are some specific locations:
For the most comfortable place to relax between flights in KLIA 1 go to the Rest N Go, by Gate G1, on Floor 5. If these seats are being used, however, then the long, cushioned benches near the entrance on the big window side of Floor 5 are extremely comfortable and offer an amazing view.
At the „Sports Bar by Bones“ in the Satellite building, you can watch all the big sports matches free of charge, in a laid-back atmosphere with great seats. Just take the Aerotrain, head on to level 2 of the satellite building, near the Old Malaya Kopitiam and Silver Kris Lounge.
If you’re travelling on a First or Business Class ticket, meanwhile, then the Golden Lounge, also in Satellite A, has its own great Sports Bar, with nicely-placed screens all around showing sports.
Kuala Lumpur airport is known for having many very exclusive lounges by the biggest asian carriers.
For some healthy food head for O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Café, near the ‘C’ Gates in International Departures. Customers have not always been happy with the service, but for the equivalent of around USD 10 you can get a range of delicious, freshly-made sandwiches and salads. O’Brien’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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