Kuala Lumpur International Airport - KUL

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (MY)

Getting around the airport

Two terminals

Kuala Lumpur International Airport lies around 50km south of the city centre. It has two terminals, 2km apart:

  • Main Terminal Building (MTB): Also known as KLIA1. Gates A and B handle domestic flights. Gates G and H handle international flights. It connects, via the Aerotrain (running every three-five minutes, journey time under two minutes), to Satellite Terminal A. This satellite building serves international flights and hosts Gates C and plenty of restaurants and high-end shops.

  • Klia2: The terminal for low-cost carriers. A complex called Gateway KLIA2 is connected to this terminal and offers a 'mall' concept within the airport, with shops and restaurants over four levels. It also has a transport hub, with a train station for the Express Rail Link/KLIA Express, taxi ranks, bus stops and car pick-up points. It's a huge building: domestic departures go from Gates J and K, and international departures from Gates L, P and Q, and it's a 15-30 minute walk between P and Q.

Travelling between the terminals

You can take a train (KLIA transit and KL Express), 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 two 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. 

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Getting into Kuala Lumpur

Take the KLIA Ekspres

Train

The fastest way to 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 55 one-way
Location: Basement platforms in both terminals (well-signposted)


Taxi

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 

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'Day Spa' packages

Sama Sama Hotel

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.

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Short layover

C Gates, Satellite Building

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.

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Early morning check-in

Tune Hotel KLIA2

The Tune Hotel at KLIA2 offers a good rest and hassle-free check-in, with room rates from around MYR 150. You can check in to Air Asia flights and print your boarding pass at the hotel itself, as they have web check-in machines and kiosks in the lounge, and it’s less than 10 minutes’ walk to the baggage drop in the airport.

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Power outlets

Some restaurants have public outlets

Power outlets can be found all over the KLIA airport. However here are some specific locations:

  • Secret Recipe, Main Terminal Building, level 5, landside, next to the check-in-counters
  • Old Town White House, Main Terminal Building, level 5, landside, next to the check-in-counters
  • Old Town White House, Arrivals, level 3, landside, after customs
  • Prayer area, Main Terminal Building, level 5, landside, next to the prayer room
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Lounges

Most lounges located in satellite building

Kuala Lumpur airport is known for having many very exclusive lounges by the biggest Asian carriers.

  • MAS Golden Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, West Zone
    Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, North Zone
    Opening hours: 07:00 - last departure, daily
  • The Cathay Pacific Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, Central area
    Opening hours: 06:30-22:30 daily
  • Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, North Zone
    Opening hours: 05:30-21:30 daily
  • Emirates Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, East Zone
    Opening hours: lounge hours may vary, daily
  • Dynasty Lounge
    Satellite Terminal, after security, level 2, South Zone
    Opening hours: 11:30-14:20 daily
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, near Gates C11-C17)
    Satellite Terminal, after security, Mezzanine level, near Gates C11-C17
    Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, near Gate L8)
    klia2, after security, level 2, international departures, near Gate L8
    Opening Hours: 04:00-00:00 daily
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Gateway@klia2)
    klia2, before security, level 2M, Gateway@klia2 Shopping Complex, next to Thai Odyssey Massage
    Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Located at Aerotel)
    klia2, before security, level 2M, Gateway@klia2 Shopping Complex, next to Aerotel Kuala Lumpur
    Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
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