From & to Kuala Lumpur Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), about 55 km from the city center, has 2 terminals, spaced 2 km apart. The second terminal, KLIA2, handles mostly budget airlines. The train is the fastest and simplest way to get to downtown KL from both terminals. Buses are more economical, but take considerably longer. Taking a taxi is the most comfortable option, but it’s also the most expensive, and can take longer overall than the train. A shuttle bus (about RM 2.50) connects the KLIA main terminal building with KLIA2.
Taxi: Red and white budget cabs charge a metered fare of about RM 3 for the first km and then about an additional RM 1 for each subsequent 200 meters.
Executive cabs, blue and white in color, charge RM 6 for the first km plus RM 2 for each subsequent 200 meters. Between midnight and 6 AM, an extra 50% is added to the fare.
Taxis serving some high-traffic areas, such as KL Sentral and Menara KL (KL Tower), enforce a prepaid coupon system that is purchased from the taxi stand. These generally end up being more expensive than using the meter, but the service is safer than using illegal taxis. A surcharge of RM 1 applies for luggage. Tolls are paid by the passenger.
Taxis are easy to hail on the street, particularly outside hotels and at major tourist spots. The following services can be ordered by phone – a surcharge of RM 2 applies:
– Public Cab
– Sunlight Taxi
Public Transport: Kuala Lumpur’s major attractions are well connected by both bus and train networks, which include LRT, KTM, MRT and RapidKL Monorail. Since buses are affected by KL’s rush-hour traffic jams, it’s often advisable to use a combination of public transport. Transit fares are calculated according to distance traveled, and range from about RM 1 to RM 7.
Bus: RapidKL is a comprehensive bus service with the city that runs 6 AM–11 PM, with some services operating until midnight – timetables can be found online. The network is divided into 6 areas, with fares ranging from RM 1–RM 5 within each zone. Buses depart every 5–10 minutes all day. Stops include major tourist sights, hotels, shopping malls and transit interchanges.
You can pay by cash or buy a stored value card.
Inside the Commercial Business District, GoKL (+60 1-800-887-723) offers a free bus service covering 4 bus routes (purple, green, red and blue). GoKL services operate about the same hours and frequency as RapidKL.
Driving: Driving in KL isn’t advisable, given the frequent traffic jams that bring its streets to a standstill (particularly during the 7–10 AM and 4–7 PM rushes). Also, parking can be pricey and hard to find after 10 AM.
If you do drive, it’s worth noting that road signs in Malaysia follow international protocol, so visitors will be able to understand most traffic signs. Malaysians drive on the left-hand side of the road.
On foot: Kuala Lumpur’s historic center, and the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment hub, are easy to navigate on foot.
The KLCC Pedestrian Walkway, a pedestrian bridge about a kilometer long, connects Pavilion KL in the Golden Triangle to the Suria KLCC shopping center on Jalan Ampang. It has several entrance and exit points that lead to dining and entertainment areas, plus key transit points such as Monorail Station Raja Chulan and the LRT KLCC bus and rail station.