The easiest way to get around Kuala Lumpur is on the five different commuter train routes, each operated by a different company. The KL Monorail serves the main shopping and hotel districts, while the LRT serves Chinatown. Fares are reasonable and the trains are frequent on all routes, operating from about 5.30am to midnight.
City buses are hot, crowded and totally unreliable. Taxis can be hailed at the roadside or found at obvious locations outside hotels, shopping centres and the like. Metered fares rise steeply between midnight and 6am, and drivers sometimes raise the price during peak hours or in bad weather; taxi apps include Grab and Easy Taxi. Hiring a car and self-driving is not recommended in Kuala Lumpur as the traffic is stressful and confusing and public transport is more than sufficient.
Kuala Lumpur Airport
The airport is located in Sepang, 38 miles (61km) south of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL)
LocationThe airport is located in Sepang, 38 miles (61km) south of Kuala Lumpur.
Getting to the city
The Express Rail Link train provides the fastest transportation to the city centre. The KLIA Express and the KLIA Transit link the airport to Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral, City Air Terminal) and vice versa. At the City Air Terminal departing passengers have the option of checking in their luggage, receiving their boarding passes and proceeding to board the train for the airport. Immigration clearance will be completed there. Travel time between KL Sentral and the airport is around 28 minutes on the KLIA Express and 37 minutes on the KLIA Transit. Many hotels will arrange for a car to pick up guests, though this is generally more expensive than taking a taxi.
Avis, Hertz and a number of local car rental companies are represented at the airport.
Taxis are available and they should be paid for in advance at the ticket counter. Prices are linked to distance and type of taxi; there is an added surcharge between midnight and 6am.
Transfer between terminals
An Aerotrain provides service between terminals. A free shuttle bus runs every 30 mins between the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Airport facilities include lounges, left luggage, disabled and baby-changing facilities, banks, bureaux de change and ATMs, restaurants and bars, a post office, a pharmacy and duty-free shops.
Parking is available at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.