Air Travel, Kuala Lumpur
How to arrive in Kuala Lumpur is a bit of a predicament if coming from Singapore. Considering the fact that the KL airport is 70km away from the center it does not make lots of sense to fly unless using AirAsia because of its inexpensive tickets. Once on the ground there are several options but AirAsia’s connections are again the best so you might even consider buying their bus transfer ticket as part of the airplane ticket and thus save same ringgits along the way. There are trains but apparently to get to them one has to board a bus first and then change somewhere down the road which makes it nonsense. The trains are better suited to the main airport terminal, not the low cost one where the base of AirAsia is. In the other direction, reaching the airport from downtown KL, there is the option of going all the way to the airport by taxi as well. The bus or train collection point downtown is KL Central (railway station) and naturally there is a need of a taxi ride to reach it. Despite the many warnings that taxis are metered and beyond any haggling, the magic still happens – the driver would offer a price for a ride all the way to the airport. Once in the comfortable environment of an air-conditioned car one starts to think of this possibility but saying yes as slowly as possible is going to lower the price to a very “competitive” rate – 40USD for 70 km suddenly sounds like a bargain.
Cebu Pacific is one of the low cost carriers in the Southeast Asian Region (they say low cost instead of Budget Airlines, a play on terminology). It was started in 1996 in the Philippines by entreprenuer Lance Gokongwei, a Chinese-Filipino Taipan and is now the number one airline of the philippines, beating the flag carrier Philippine Airlines. The Airline boasts of having one of the youngest Airbus A 319 and A 32-0 fleets in the World at an average age of 4 years. It is one of the comptetitors of Air Asia, Silk Air, Tiger Airways, Jet Star and other budget airlines and as such they dock in the Low Cost Terminal area of KLIA. Book your flight 2 months in advance and it will only costs $ 120 US Dollars (all in) to fly to Kuala Lumpur. As in other Budget carriers, this is a no frills airline where only the rest room are free and even the bottled water you have to pay for.
KUALA LUMPUR Ticket Offices:
Skyzone Tours & Travel SDN BHD
Lot 3.05-08, 3rd Floor, Shaw Parade,
Changkat Thambi Dollah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel No.: (603) 2118-7888
Fax No.: (603) 2118-7899
Bestour & Travel (M) Sdn Bhd
Lot 3.10 3rd Flr. Wisma Cosway,
Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel No.: (603) 2142-1741
Fax No.: (603) 2143-2048
Golden Deluxe Travel Service Agency Sd. Bhd.
10-1 Jalan Khoo Teik Ee,
Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No.: (603) 2144-9888 / 6888
Fax No.: (603) 2142-8631 / 603-2144-424
AirAsia ofcourse. Ever since AirAsia rose from an upstart with only one plane with insane prices like RM9.99 KL to KK air travel has been turned upside down with cheapo concepts like buy your own meals on board, air stewardess is also air ticketdess, get left behind with no refund if you are 1 min late but don't expect any compensation if they postpone your flight at the last minute, pay extra to be ahead of the boarding line etc air travel had never been the same. Plus their planes are all new leased Air Buses and they have a nifty website where you can buy your tickets with prices that rise and fall like the stock market. Now they even have flights to other countries (goodness) with AirAsia X.
Oh by the way they don't land in KLiA but LCCT - best mode of transport RM9 airconditioned bus shuttle called the SkyBus (the red color ones mainly).
Nope the KLiA Express (or ErL) does not reach the LCCT (yet) so no 28mins zoom zoom to airport for budget travellers.
If you are flying with Air Asia to or away from Kuala Lumpur, you will be using Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). It is located next to KLIA but everything about it seems 'low cost'. The building itself looks simple compared to KLIA and it's full of people all the time. It is a contrast to KLIA. There is a McDonald and it is always packed. There is a bookstore, Cooffee Bean Cafe, and a newly opened foodcourt which is a seperate building from the main terminal.
There are at least 4 bus companies connecting LCCT and Kuala Lumpur. Bus fare starts from RM9. Traveling time about 1 hour. The bus schedule is followed loosely. There are shuttle buses running between KLIA and LCCT (RM1.50 per person one way)
The new budget terminal (called LCC Terminal or LCCT for short) at KLIA will open on March 23... It is situated about 15km from the main KLIA Main Terminal... The LCC Terminal is specifically designed to suit the low cost carrier (LCC) business model where it would have no travellators, escalators, aerobridges and would be able to have a shorter turnaround time...
There are also a luggage storage room at the back of the information counter next to the domestic departure lounge... The daily charges are MYR10 (for small luggages), MYR20 (medium), MYR30 (large) and MYR40 (extra-large)... a free day's charge is given for every 10 days of storage...
The airport tax for international flights is MYR25 and domestic flight MYR6.
Access to the LCCT will be by taxi, ERL (followed by shuttle coach), direct coach from KL Sentral, KTM Komuter (followed by coach)... For coach transport from KL Sentral, check www.skybus.com.my ...
Fly, Train or Coach.
FLY: Easiest. Catch Japan Airlines (cheapest at S$128 when on offer), Sri Lankan Airlines (S$160 offer), Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines from Singapore's Changi Airport. 35 minutes journey. Downside: the 50-60 Ringgit connecting the 1 hr+ journey from KLIA into KL.
(I am not bothering with Air Asia from Senai)
TRAIN: 8-10 hours ride from Tanjong Pagar train station in Singapore. Not the most comfortable but perhaps the most "romantic" with some imagination.
COACH: NICE, AEROLINE & TRANSTAR buses (costing about S$100 both ways) are the most comfortable. Aeroline coaches depart from Harbourfront and end at Corus Hotel, opposite KLCC in KL. NICE coaches depart from Novotel Orchid Hotel and end at the old KTMB railway station in KL. 5 hours journey for both. (I have never tried Transtar's) GRASSLAND and other coaches (Transnational, Sri Maju, 707 etc) are cheaper (~S$50) but takes 6 hrs as they will make a stop. Grassland, Transnational and Sri Maju coaches depart from Golden Mile Complex along Beach Road while 707 coaches depart from Ban San Street Terminal near Bugis MRT. Most terminate at Puduraya in KL.
Try Golden Mile Complex near Beach Road (SG) and Puduraya (KL) for tickets.
The Singapore-KL Express bus also operates from Ban San Street Terminal (near Bugis MRT, behind the Church of the Lady of Good Lourdes). It is possibly the cheapest way to get to KL but the seats are not as comfortable as Aerolines's, NICE's or Grassland's. (Contact tel: 65-62928254; no known website)
Our flight with Air Asia left on time and was realtively smooth. Seats are comfortable with good leg room. Don't expect any extras though and we had to pay $10.00 each for our bags. carry on is only up to 7kg. Drinks and snacks are for sale. No freebies.
We had a scary landing ,something went wrong on our approach and just before we touched down we had to pull up . ...we made it eventually though.
I booked the tickets online before leaving home.
Be prepared to pay $25.00 departure tax .They take Visa or $$.
For those who didn't know: There are two terminals at Kuala Lumpur Airport. The KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), which is the main terminal building and where most of the airlines fly to. The LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) is on the same airport, but can be considered as an airport of its own which just shares the runway with KLIA. This building is used by the low cost carriers, mainly Air Asia. The most important thing first: KLIA and LCCT are more than 20 kilometres away from each other!
There is a shuttle bus service between the LCCT and the KLIA. However, do not believe what they tell you about frequency and travel time. The information I got was that the bus runs every 15 minutes and takes 20 minutes. The f***ing thing runs IRREGULARLY and takes HALF AN HOUR! By irregularly I mean that we had to wait a full hour for the next bus to come which brought me close to a heart attack. We arrived at our gate only eight minutes before departure of our flight from KL (LCCT) to London/Stansted. Don't put your health at risk – plan a lot of time, if you need to travel between those terminals. Or get a taxi from one of the counters in either of the arrival halls.
Kuala Lumpur is well connected with the major cities of the world. Many of the larger airlines serve this place and it is probably also Southeast Asia's most important hub with connection to many large cities in the region.
If you are travelling from Europe, it is worth checking AirAsia.com. Low-cost airline AirAsia X (the long-haul branch of AirAsia) operates daily flights from London/Stansted to Kuala Lumpur, sometimes as low as 180.00 GBP return incl. taxes. A similar connection exists to Paris/Orly as well. They are operated similar to short-range no-frills flight. That means: Pay extra for baggage, meals, inflight entertainment, credit card usage and some other extras. Compared to other carriers, prices are fair (RM 2 - 0,50 EUR for a soft drink).
Domestic flights as well as flights to neighbouring asian countries are operated by AirAsia and AirAsiaX as well. Here, the fare can be compared to intra-european flights of carriers like Ryanair and Easyjet, starting from just a couple of RM. If you are looking for a short trip from KL, a flight and hotel - combo booked on the AirAsia website can save you even more money.
Wether you chose them or any other airline, please make sure that you know where you are arriving. AirAsia and AirAsia X use the same airport as the traditional airlines like Malaysia Airlines or Emirates. However, they use different terminals which are 20 kms apart from each other. Please read my tips bout Kuala Lumpur International Airport as well as the onw about the huttle between those terminals.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one airport consisting of two terminals. This is nothing unusual, but these terminals are located 20 kilometers away from each other.
KLIA: When you mention the name of Kuala Lumour International Airport without further information, you will mean KLIA, the terminal which is used by the traditional airlines like Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa etc. This terminal has won several prices such as from Skytrax.
LCCT: Low-cost airlines use the Low-cost carrier terminal, called LCCT. That includes Air Asia and its subsidiaries, but also other regional low-cost airlines such as Lion Air.
Again, both are the same airport and both use the airport designator KUL. But they are far away from each other and the shuttle service (see separate tip) is NOT recommended. Please make sure that you know in which of those terminals you are arriving or departing.
Air Asia is the main budget airline in Asia and is situated in Kuala Lumpur.
They have flights to most parts of Asia and even to Europe and New zealand too.
It´s a budget airline but their standards are well above most budget airlines and i really like flying them.
The chairman of Air Asia is a malaysian guy called Tony Fernandes who has previously worked for Virgin and you can see that Branson touch there and i think that is cool.
We got a good deal with Air Malaysia and decided to fly with them. It was our first time with Malaysian Air and if you have the choice due to a good travel deal then I would highly recommend them. The service was fantastic, food and wine good and inflight shopping great as well :o)
It was amazing to see such a huge airport upon landing in KL :o) .....It was also our first experience on an airport train. Fancy that?....utilising a train because the airport is so big!! :o)
The only fault with KLIA is that on the way back.....remember to do all your duty free shopping before actually going through the customs check in. We made that mistake.....and once checked in there are not many duty free shops. Perth is the other way around......the major duty free shops are 'after' you pass the customs check in.
It was my 1st time to board Air Asia & I can say I am very satisfied with it considering the cheap fare. It costed P600+ for a one-way trip to Kuala Lumpur from Clark, Philippines. Clark is about 2-hr bus ride from Manila, the Phil. capital. It's very cheap considering the almost 4-hr plane ride. It's also very prompt. I also booked the Skybus from their website for a ride from the LCCT airport to KL Sentral costing RM9. Just book early & be alert of their promos to get cheap fares.
I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon a great deal by Malaysian Airlines online. I flew from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and only paid $49 SGD (inc taxes). That's almost equivalent to taking a luxury coach from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, minus the 5 hours ride! But of course, it was an early morning flight, 6.50am. But i don't mind waking up early...earlier...though I nearly missed my flight. heh!
first june 2009....i was travel with my brotherusing air asia in second flight at 09.40AM.....but they delay until 13.30PM.....it's really boring...i been waiting there almost 4 hours.....my others friend using firefly in 11AM, they arrive first then me.... if u wanna use air asia airlines ,prepare yourself with air asia delay time....