KLIA - KL International Airport, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway to Malaysia. The old airport of Subang has long being closed. There is also a new LCT (Low Carrier Terminal) for budget air travel.
There is a KLIA Express train to KL Sentral where you can do airport check in. Also the usual airport limousines and buses to get to the city. Due to the high price, there is illegal taxi touts which is best to avoid.
You can see an "internal" jungle created inside the airport terminal. For me, I am interested in the airport Burger King outlet which are only available in Selangor and KL area, not Penang.
There is a immigration and customs clearance at KLIA if you are connecting to Penang and other domestic destinations.
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.
The LCCT is specifically built at KL International Airport to cater to the growing passengers of the Low Cost Airlines especially the passengers of Malaysia's first `no frills' airline, Air Asia. It is located 20km away from the KLIA Main Terminal Building (MTB).
The 35,290 square metres terminal is designed to suit the Low Cost Carrier business model that requires basic terminal facilites and amenities. With this in mind, the terminal is designed to facilitate the passengers' movement of internal and domestic departures / arrivals within a single floor operation area.
Shuttle services are available to transfer passengers between the LCCT and the MTB, vice versa.
The LCCT is has common facilities and amenities for the convenience of the passengers and users of the terminal. Retail and F&B outlets are located at the Public Concourse and at Departure and Arrival Halls for both International and Domestic areas. Duty Free shops are available at the International Arrival & Departure Lounges.
Recent addition to the LCCT is the check-in kiosk. You can check-in yourself at these terminals by keying in your name and ticket confirmation number. Just a snap and you will get your boarding pass printed out. For domestic flight, there's even web check-in. It's really more convenient and easier now. You can check in via web 6 hours before departure.
All jet flights, domestic and international, arrive at
*KLIA (IATA code KUL), 50 kilometers to the south of the city in Sepang. Major airline hubs for Malaysia Airlines.
*KLIA-LCCT, The Low Cost Carrier Terminal is specifically built at KL International Airport to cater to the growing passengers of the Low Cost Airlines, especially the passengers of Malaysia's first 'no-frills' airline, AirAsia. It is located 20km away from the KLIA Main Terminal Building (MTB).
KLIA to City Centre by fare
:: RM11.50 By Express Rail Link
[ERL] KLIA Transit from KLIA - Putrajaya, RM6.20
then purchase a new ticket at Putrajaya ERL station to Tasik Selatan ERL/LRT/KTM Interchange (Sri Petaling Line & Rawang-Seremban Line), RM5.30
:: RM10.20 By Express Rail Link & Express Bus
[ERL] KLIA Transit from KLIA - Putrajaya, RM6.20
RapidKL Bus (No.E1) from Putrajaya to KL Sentral, RM4.00
:: RM10.00 By Express Bus
Airport Coach (Light Green) KLIA - Chan Sow Lin LRT Interchange (Ampang Line & Sri Petaling Line), RM10.00
:: RM8.20 By Express Rail Link & Trunk Bus
[ERL] KLIA Transit from KLIA - Putrajaya, RM6.20
RapidKL Bus (No.T43) from Putrajaya to - Kelana Jaya LRT (Kelana Jaya Line), RM2.00
:: RM9.00 By SkyBus Express
Shuttle Bus from LCCT > MTB-KLIA
Airport Liner (Light Green) @RM1.50
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 ...
"Kuala Lumpur International Airport" is Malaysia's main international airport and is also one of the major airports of South East Asia, giving it huge, even multinational, catchment area.
KL City Air Terminal, sometimes known as Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal or KL CAT located at KL Sentral is a virtual extension of KL International Airport where city check-in services are provided. KL City Air Terminal is recognized by International Air Transport Association which carries IATA designation XKL.
The Express Rail Link (ERL) is the fastest way to get to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from the city centre. There are two ERL services and schedules – the KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop, direct train from Stesen Sentral to KLIA, while the KLIA Transit is a transit train which stops at two stations – Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi – enroute to KLIA. The journey to KLIA from Setesen Sentral and vice versa is only 28 minutes.
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.
im a 23 year old student in KL, and a frequent flyer with Airasia. Here's a trick, in LCCT: build a good rapport with the person behind the check in counter. Often if i have excess baggage, he will just it go.
Or, what u can do is transfer 5kgs or other heavy items in ur hand luggage. they're quite lenient with the handluggage ie. they do not weight it in. I often put my heavy items, like books in my backpack and other light items in my check in luggage. and it often works. sometimes my backpack is heavier than my check in luggage!
and if u are worried about ur hand luggage size, Do not. AirAsia or most airlines in Malaysia are not strict with Ur hand luggage size, as long as it fits in the cabin.
this trick applies to mostlow cost airlines. ive used this on most airlines in both asia and europe like airasia, ryanair, firefly, jetair, tiger etc.
In short, be nice, pack heavy in hand luggage, have big (but reasonable) sized hanglugage size.
hope this helps.
izad in Kuala Lumpur
Don't make the mistake that I did - assuming that all airlines go to and from KL International Airport, because they don't! Thank goodness, I had a good 3 hours before my flight, so I had time to spare going from one airport to the other. Anyway, what is confusing is that they call this airport, LCC Terminal, or Low-Cost Carrier Terminal. I thought all along that this was just a terminal in KLIA -- as it is in most other countries, where they have a separate terminal for the low-cost flights, but still within the same airport. Wrong assumption!
The LCC Terminal is far from KLIA, and it takes 20 minutes by bus from KLIA. The good thing is that there is a bus which goes frequently from KLIA to LCC, and the roads are good, without traffic practically as it is way outside the city center.
Still, it is misleading and confusing -- and the dearth of information about LCC (and how to get there) is something that authorities should look into.
It was very pleasant indeed to note that Malaysian citizens can enter Cuba without a visa for a period of 90 days.. what a wonderful gift indeed.. somehow Malaysia has worked good relationships into its foreign policy with african and latin american countries.. the citizens of malaysia can travel to so many countries without visa..
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)
(date written - March 18, 2007)
Booking number: FKW9BW
Flight number: AK 884
Departure date: April 1, 2007
Departure time: 18:45
Arrival time: 19:50
Airfare: one-way ticket via Air Asia
Mode of payment: Master Card/Visa Card
Fare price : RM 39.99
Taxes: RM 105.00
Total fare: RM 144.99 (around 47.34 US $ as of March 17, 2007)
Allowed baggage: 15 kilos
Hand carry : 7 kilos
If you arrive at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KLIA, and take a Skybus for RM9 to KL Sentral, beware of the taxi touts when you get to KL Sentral. It would be much cheaper when you get off the bus, to go up the stairs, go through KL Sentral to the taxi ranks either in front of KL Sentral facing the Hilton, or at the KLIA Ekspres arrival Hall where you have to get a coupon to a pre-determined destination.
At least there you get ripped off officially by the taxi companies & KL Sentral management (because the coupon system is still more expensive than if you go by just the taxi meter).
Just want everyone to be aware that if you are changing flights in KL it can take quite a while to clear immigration as it can get real busy sometimes. Last year there was a huge queue and it took me an hour to get to the front. Also be aware that there is a main terminal and a low cost carrier terminal where the budget airlines are based and it can take 30 minutes (including time waiting for shuttle) to travel between the 2 on the free shuttle.
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.