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The Fastest Train in South East Asia
If you want to make sure that you will get your plane and won't be stuck in the traffic jam, just take the KLIA Ekspress.
Being the fastest train in South East Asia, it takes only 28 minutes from the city (KL Sentral station) to get to the airport, 70km away from the city. There is a train every 15 or 20 minutes from 5am to 1am and it costs 35 RM per person for one way (a bit expensive though). Of course, there are other ways to go to the airport but if you go for this option, you will spend a good journey in brand new trains with screens displaying the news or some advertisements about KL!
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO TAKE THE TRAIN:
* You will save time as compare to a taxi
* You will save some money if you are 1 or 2 people
* If you stay at Meridien or Hilton hotels, KLIA Ekpress is just in front of these 2 hotels.
* From KL Sentral, it is convenient to go the the city centre (Bukit Bintang or KLCC) as you can take the Putra LRT (the tube), the monorail or a cab and you will be there in less than 10 minutes.
* You can check in your luggages at KL Sentral at least 2 hours before your flight if you travel with Malaysia Airline. It is a good idea when you check out of your hotel at noon and have a flight at 11pm for example. You can still go and check in your luggages in KL Sentral, spend the rest of the day in KL and go to the airport at the last minute.
* From the airport, if you don't have time to buy a ticket before jumping into the train, don't worry: you can buy it on arrival at KL Sentral! This is very convenient as you don't have to wait another 15 minutes just because you miss the train while buying your ticket.
From Airport to City Centre
The Klia Express will get you from KLIA to the city centre in about 1/2 hour.
A fast efficient and clean service an excellent introduction to the city.
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The fastest way between KL and KLIA.
The KLIA Express that runs between KL Sentral Station and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the fastest and proabably best way to travel between the airport, over 80km south of KL, and the city itself.
A oneway ticket will cost you RM30. The added bonus of the whole amazingly organised and well thought out system is that if you are flying Malaysia Airlines or Cathy Pacific, you can check in KL Sentral Station. Your check-in baggage is taken right there! So you can swan around KL for a few hours (if you check in early enough), or head out to KLIA to plane watch for a while!
When you arrive at Kuala Lumpur Airport, buy your ticket before you arrive into the arrivals hall. Once you are in the arrivals hall, you will have taxi drivers trying to persuade you to travel with them.
Airport Train to City Centre
One of the easiest way to get to Kuala Lumpur(KL Sentral) is via KLIA Express. Upon arrival, you can either purchase your train tickets in the baggage claim area or when you arrived in KL Sentral. To board, turn to the right after immigration and go towards a lift where you will find the KLIA Express signage. Take the lift to the KLIA Express level. Adult fares: US$10 one way Child fares: US$4.00. Train runs every 15 mins and the journey takes only 28 mins. 1st train from KLIA starts 5.00am and last train leaves at 1.00am. 1st train from KL Sentral starts 5.00am and last train leaves 12.30am. If you come during the day, it is one way of sight seeing and the ride is more relaxing than taxi or coach.
- Family Travel
if without pickup service from the airport
the KLIA Ekspres is the fastest mode of transport that ply between KLIA and the city. A non-stop ride on the KLIA Ekspres takes only about 30 minutes (or less) from the airport to the KL Sentral Station where you can again hop on another train to take you to the stop nearest to your hotel/destination. based on my trip last november 2006 fares are about RM35 for adults and the train departs every 15 minutes during peak hours (5am-9am and 4pm-10pm) and every 20 minutes during off peak hours.
- Budget Travel
Modern, Reliable, Save, Comfortable....
This train has large compartments for luggagge, the seats are similar to seat's plane but in two ways with a small table next to the big window and several tv with publicity of the city.
Is very comfortable and safe, almost didn't feel the trip, excellent choice, only 28 minutes without traffic, was just great. (70 RM round trip)
Checking your bags through at KL Sentral
We thought we would check our bags in with Malaysia Air check in at KL Sentral. The idea is you check your bags through and can then get on the train to the airport. But you can checkin 12 hours before the flight. We were on a late night flight so we thought we could off load the bags and be free for the day. We were not sure if we would catch a cab or the train to the airport. Guess what? Malaysia Air made up our minds for us. You can not check your bags through UNLESS you have first bought a train ticket. What the heck does it matter how it get to the airport? I could not get to the Malaysia Air check in desk without a train ticket. What difference is it to Malaysia Air how you get to the airport anyway? I wrote to Malaysia Air to ask and they did not reply. Bring on JETSTAR, Sydney to Kuala Lumpur starting September 2007!
KLiA Express vs Airport Limos
If you just have a few bags, the KLiA Express (RM35 one way) is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the city (28 minutes?).
They have uniformed porters that will help you carry your bags into the train.
Give them RM10 and they will actually sometimes ride with your luggage all the way to KL Sentral station (where the new Hilton and Le Meridian Hotels are) in KL and then help you unload your luggage!
You can also check in your luggage at KL Sentral station for your flight back 2 hours before departure if you use Malaysian Airlines then just hop on the KLiA express to the airport when its time.
Sometimes during the travel fairs such as MATTA at PWTC they have promotional booths where if you buy a ticket they give you one free so buy several tickets (they are valid for 6 months) and this will save quite a bit of money
However if you have tons of luggage then it is advisable to use the airport limo.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Business Travel
Monopolistic rail transport
This was, as far as i know, one of only 2 ways to get from KLIA to KL city. And it seems they have made full use of that fact as the charge for a 28 minute train ride cost RM35/-, or RM70/- for a return ticket (the other way, of course, was by cab, and they also quote ridiculous rates, if you don't go by the metre).
It was quite scenic though, as you could see (i think) Putrajaya, the administrative capital and plantations.
But a word of advice is, since there's no savings in buying the return ticket, you might as well just grab the one-way one, and maybe on the way back from KL, you could find a cheaper cab?
Overall though, the frequency was every 15 minutes during peak hours (and 20 for off peak) and the train ride was quite a clean and pleasant one. Also, there seems to be empty seats even during peak hours, so, that was convenient!
From KLIA to KL Sentral
KLIA Express of train will take you from KLIA to KL Sentral to KLIA. It costs you RM 35 per trip as Jan 2005, quite expensive for me.
From Sepang to Kay Ell with KLIA Ekspres
Easy peasy and truely comfy. Upsy dipsy your luggage and buy ticket about RM30 from KLIA Airport to KL by KLIA Ekspres. Only 25 minutes and the last train is about 00.00 at the midnight.
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