Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

Malaysia's transportation systems function well, by regional standards. Planes, trains, buses, and taxis are linked in a system conceived and constructed by, if not an order-loving Teuton, at least a dedicated amateur. The planners' aims are an ultra-modern, chic, European-style system that are a far cry from the city's humble barrio beginnings. The reality is a sound B+ with still a long way to go before hitting the top. A bewildering jumble of initials and acronyms assault any first time journey planner in KL and it will take at least a day to decipher the scheme of things.

By plane

Kuala Lumpur is served by two airports: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport). KLIA is used by almost all airlines that fly to Kuala Lumpur whilst Subang Airport is limited to airlines with turboprop aircraft.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), is the primary airport serving Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding Klang Valley region. Yet, despite it's name, KLIA is actually located some 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur in the Sepang district of Selangor. The airport opened in 1998 and superseded Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, which is now only used for charter and commercial turboprop flights. Over 50 airlines call at KLIA. If arriving or departing from KLIA do take note that the two terminals, Main Terminal and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) are about 20 km away and does require some time to travel between them.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, more commonly referred to as Subang Airport, was the country's main international airport until KLIA opened in 1998 and is currently designated for turboprop aircraft. The airport is much closer to the city centre and less crowded than KLIA, which can make it a convenient entry point for those flying from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand or other parts of Malaysia. The airport is 25 km from the city centre and the convenient way to get there is by taxi. An alternative is to take Rapid KL bus U81 (destination: Subang Suria/Mah Sing) from Terminal Jalan Sultan Mohammad next to Pasar Seni LRT station, which goes past the airport. The fare is RM3.00 one way and takes approximately 40 min in clear traffic. It can take nearly 1 hr and 30 min during peak rush hour. The airport is currently served by the following airlines.

Berjaya Air is a domestic and regional airline, which focuses on resort and island destinations. Currently, the airline flies between Subang Airport and Langkawi, Pangkor Island, Penang, Redang Island, Tioman Island and internationally to Hua Hin, Thailand.
Firefly is a Malaysia Airlines subsidiary that began operating from Subang in late 2007 and operates as a regional turboprop airline. Within Malaysia the airline flies between Subang and Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kerteh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi and Penang. Additionally, Firefly also operates international flights within the region between Subang and Indonesia - Batam, Medan, Pekanbaru; Thailand - Hat Yai, Koh Samui; and Singapore.
Malindo Air is the latest airline to enter the Malaysian commercial aviation market and is a subsidiary of Indonesia's Lion Air. Currently the airline flies between Subang and Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Penang, with plans to expand further in the future.
By bus

Buses are a cheap, comfortable and popular transport option for Malaysians, with services reaching virtually all corners of Peninsular Malaysia and also to Thailand and Singapore. So it is no wonder that Kuala Lumpur has several bus stations (stesen bas or hentian) to handle long distance bus services. Despite the complexity of the network there is some pattern to the madness, with buses departing from particular stations depending on the region they travel to or from. To top that off, some buses may arrive at other locations including Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Bangsar LRT Station, Corus Hotel and the Malaysian Tourist Centre (MTC). Always confirm with the bus company where your bus will depart so that you do not miss your bus. In some cases you may need to exchange your ticket for a boarding pass, so try to arrive at the bus terminal 10–15 minutes before the departure time, although bus companies suggest 30 minutes.

Bus Terminals
Pudu SentralJl PuduPhone: +60 3 2078 6018The most central bus station in Kuala Lumpur, serving north-bound buses. Is also a very convenient location to pre-purchase tickets, even if your bus departs from another station. Taxis are on the prowl around the station and can be pushy and may not use the meter. Always negotiate a price beforehand if you want a taxi or the alternative is to head to the nearby LRT station.
Terminal Bersepadu SelatanJl Terminal SelatanPhone: +60 3 9051 2000This gigantic and ultra-modern terminal serves south-bound destinations, including Malacca, Johor Bharu and Singapore. Despite its less than central location it is extremely well connected by public transport and taxis. Three train services, KTM Komuter, Sri Petaling LRT and KLIA Transit call at this bus station, making it easy to reach from Kuala Lumpur and KLIA.
Hentian Putra45 Jl PutraPhone: +60 3 4042 9530Mainly catering east-bound destinations this terminal is located in the city north in Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It is well serviced by the LRT and Komuter lines and taxis are available, but can be hard to find a taxi early in the morning or late at night.
Hentian DutaJl DutaPhone: +60 3 6201 4970A small bus station serving express north-bound services. There are no public transport services to this station however if you head to Hentian Putra you can take a taxi to this bus station.
Pekeliling Bus TerminalJl Tun RazakPhone: +60 3 4042 1256This terminal handles some bus services to the East Coast, including Taman Negara and Local bus services.
Bus Companies

There are quite a few bus companies that arrive and depart from Kuala Lumpur. Below are a list of the major companies that operate. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Transnasional ☎, +60 3 2070 3300 is Malaysia's biggest long-distance bus company. Economy class departures to Singapore's Lavender Street terminal at 08:45, 10:30, 13:30, 17:30, 22:30 & 23:59 - RM30 one-way and takes 5h.
Konsortium Bas Ekspres Semenanjung ☎ +60 3 2070 1321) has several buses daily to/from the Golden Mile complex in Singapore.
Alisan Golden Coach Express, Hentian Pudu Raya, ☎ +60 3 2032 2273 have three buses every day which leave Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai, departure at 09:00, 22:00, and 22:30, ticket around RM45, 7h journey.
By train

The government owned Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railway or KTM) operates intercity (antarabandar) diesel rail services throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Trains arriving in Kuala Lumpur call at KL Sentral, the modern transportation hub in Brickfields, just south of the city centre, and operate as far flung as Singapore, Hat Yai in Thailand and Kota Bharu in Peninsular Malaysia's north-east. Train services are reasonably priced and operate as both day and overnight trains with various class options available. Day trains comprise of reclining and non-reclining seating options only while overnight trains comprise of two-berth private compartments and open plan bunk-bed berths with curtains (similar to Thai trains) for privacy. Seating options are also available for overnight trains.

The Electric Train Service (ETS), a subsidiary of KTM, is a daytime express train service that currently operates between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. ETS trains call at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the old main station, in addition to KL Sentral. The old Kuala Lumpur Station is served by KTM Komuter trains and nearby the Pasar Seni LRT Station on the Kelana Jaya line. If you need to connect to any other rail lines it would be recommended continuing on to KL Sentral. Taxi services are available at both stations, but you will find more at KL Sentral and can purchase a taxi coupon when there so that drivers cannot overcharge. See the Get Around section for more information.

Tickets for both KTM and ETS trains can be purchased at the KTM Intercity ticket office located on level two of KL Sentral or other stations which trains call at. You can also purchase your ticket online at the KTM e-booking site up to two months in advance, but remember to print out the e-ticket. Additionally, timetables and seat availability can be found on the main KTM website . If you depart from Singapore Woodlands on a train do take note that you will be charged in SGD at a 1:1 ratio of the Malaysian ringgit price. This means a ticket that would cost RM20 from Malaysia will cost S$20 from Singapore, which is charged in ringgits, costing around RM50. See the Malaysia Get in by train section for how to avoid this.

By road

Most important roads in Peninsular Malaysia lead to/from Kuala Lumpur. The city lies about midway along the North-South Expressway (Motorway) (NSE; route numbers E1 and E2) which runs from the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah to Johor Bahru in the south, on the Malaysian side of the Causeway to Singapore. The main expressway exits for Kuala Lumpur on the NSE are Jalan Duta (from the north) and Sungai Besi (from the south).

The Karak Highway (E8), which later turns into the East Coast Expressway, links Kuala Lumpur with the East Coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

For those who do not want to pay toll, Kuala Lumpur is on Federal Route One (the "Trunk Road") which, like the NSE, runs through all West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia from Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah to Johor Bahru.

Those travelling along the West Coast Road (Federal Route Five) should leave the road at Klang and get to Kuala Lumpur via the Federal Highway.

By boat

Kuala Lumpur is not located by the sea, so it is not possible to get in directly by boat. The nearby Port Klang, about 40 km west of Kuala Lumpur, serves as the main port for this region. Ferries operate international services from Sumatra, Indonesia and a domestic service to Pulau Ketam. Cruise ships also call at Port Klang, usually on the way to other destinations in Asia, allowing for a day trip to Kuala Lumpur. For more information refer to the Port Klang article.

source: Wikivoyage

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