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How to reach Kuala Lumpur from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Are you visiting Kuala Lumpur soon? Not sure how to get to Kuala Lumpur City Center from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You may need to print this short guide for easy transfers.

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The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA code: KUL) is the first entry point to Malaysia for most visitors. Located about 50 kilometers from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, KLIA is Malaysia’s main international airport. Travelers have the option of taking the train, hailing a cab, boarding a bus, or renting a car to get to the city.

By Train

With a journey time of just 28 minutes, the KLIA Express is the fastest way to get to Kuala Lumpur. The train departs from Level One of the airport, and will take you directly to KL Sentral, the city’s main transport hub. From there, you can catch a cab, or take the monorail or Light Rail Transit (LRT) to your destination. On the way back, travelers have the option of checking in at KL Sentral before boarding the train to the airport.

Alternatively, travelers who wish to stop at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Salak Tinggi, or Putrajaya, Malaysia’s political center, may take the KLIA Transit. This commuter service stops at the three intermediate stations, before arriving at KL Sentral in 35 minutes.

Fares for both services are RM 35 per adult for a one-way journey, or RM 70 for a roundtrip. The first train leaves at 5:00 a.m. and services runs as frequently as every fifteen minutes until the last train at 1:00 a.m..

By Cab

The official taxi service from the airport is run by Airport Limo (M) Sdn Bhd. Beware of illegal taxi touts who may charge you extra to get to your destination. Airport Limo runs on a coupon system so travelers can pay up front before getting into the cab. Coupons may be purchased at three locations:

1. International Arrival Hall: Just after customs and before exiting into the public arrival area
2. Domestic Arrival Hall: In the public area just after Domestic Baggage Clearance
3. Arrival Level: Domestic Baggage Reclaim

Airport Limo offers different taxis to suit your needs, from budget taxis to vans capable of holding up to eight passengers. Prices vary according to the type of vehicle and the destination.

By Bus

The cheapest option is to travel by bus. For as little as RM 2.50, travelers can get to the Nilai Commuter Station, where they can catch a commuter train to their destination. Alternatively, the Express Coach to the Chan Sow Lin Star LRT Station costs RM 10 for a one-way trip, and RM 18 for a return trip. If you want to go directly to a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, an Express Coach will take travelers to the hotels via the Hentian Duta Bus Terminal for RM 25 each.

By Car Rental in KL

There are eight car rental booths located in the Arrival Hall at KLIA. Each has different operating hours, with the Hertz Car Rental counter open 24 hours daily. Travelers are advised to book early to ensure availability.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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