Taxis, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur taxis are a cheap and convenient way to get around, but they have a justified reputation for ripping off tourists. But there are ways to avoid this, and we managed to use taxis every day in the city and not get ripped off once. There are many honest taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur, you just need to know how to find them.
First we used our hotel to call us a taxi - the drivers who come to the major hotels don't want to spoil their relationship with the staff by ripping off their customers. Secondly we made use of the coupon system that you can find in major shopping malls and stations - we found them in KL Sentral station, KLIA airport and the Suria shopping mall. These stands will sell you a set price ticket for your destination which you then give to a driver in the taxi rank outside. Simple and rip-off free.
The only time we had trouble was outside Kuala Lumpur Train Station where a red taxi driver wanted an extortionate fee and pretended his meter had suddenly broken after working perfectly for the customer he'd just dropped off.
If you are going to risk hailing a cab in the street take note of the red taxis. These taxis are the cheapest, but they are also the smallest and have the least luggage room. Other taxis are normal rates except for the big blue ones, which are executive taxis that are typically used for taking you to the airport when you have a lot of people and luggage to bring with you.
Kuala Lumpur is an easy city to get around with a large network of buses, light commuter trains and fleet taxis. However, traffic jams are legendary and can often make a road commute longer than necessary. With this in mind, avoid taxis and buses during peak hours (7:30 – 9:00 a.m & 5:00 -7:30 p.m.). During these busier periods of the day, trains are the best way to get around the city.
Kuala Lumpur has a bad reputation in term of getting a taxi on the street or any major tourist attractions that using a meter that is governed by the local authority. In many cases, you will be seeing taxis with drivers lining up on the streets waiting for passengers. In fact, they are targeting foreign tourists like yourself who don't know how much the local fare charges. They are expecting for double rate than the actual and trying to make short cut by cheating on tourist money.
In the past, you could just ignore them and hope to meet a nice taxi driver on the street to give you a ride using the meter. Even locals like myself face the same problem having to look for a taxi using a meter.
Recently, I found out that there is a mobile application that solve the issue above. The app name " My Teksi ". But you need data on your mobile to using the app.
You simply search your location and destination you wish to go, and click search! There are many of taxi drivers nearby will bet for your business. Once a driver has successfully bet your order, you will see the driver on your map and approaching your current location. It also states the estimated time on arrival time of your driver. You will pay the driver based on the meter charges only. It is always nice to give tips if you find your driver has good service!
I have used this app several time. I would highly recommend it to everyone taking the taxi in KL or Klang Vally.
Check it out!
Go to the Alpha Genesis Hotel in Bukit Bintang and ask for a tourguide named Soffi. He is a great guy and we were very lucky to have found him. He speaks good english, and he takes you on great tours and definately gives you your moneys worth. He is very trusting and let's you have some free time along with the tour. He has great customer service and will fill up your whole day, we also felt that we could call him any time we needed a taxi service as well. I definately would recommend him, especially to first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur.
Taxis are everywhere in KL. You can be ripped off Riding with the local taxis as they usually charge $20RM. Now this may not seem much to us, but because they do not stick the metre on, they charge what they feel like to unsuspecting tourists.
For a more comfortable ride, hollar a blue taxi like this one because the metre will be put on and you are charged accordingly which works out much cheaper than the local taxi rip offs.
If you do want to go out of KL for the day you can go to malacca. It is a 2hr bus ride south and has alot to see from the Town Square with the old dutch church and walking China Town...If you take taxies try to get them to use there meter..In KL the goverment requires this. If you have to bargin you will be overcharged.If you want to go someplace in the taxi ask the desk staff at the hotel where you want to go and they should be able to tell you what the taxi rate should be...Happy travels.
hi guys! currently i do not have any insight more of asking questions since we will visit KL in 3 months time and we want to take ca cab from Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal to Jalan SBC 2 Area / City / Country: Batu Caves / Gombak/Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia and we areon a budget, any idea on how much would be the cost?cheers!
I have prepared myself before our flight. Have read a lot so I already got ideas and it helped me a lot. Since we tour as a family, 2seniors and a 3year old child as a companion , i'm so concerned about the transportation. Getting around kuala lumpur is really easy by train, so as suggested by a friend, we looked for a hotel which is close to railway transits. We have found mayview glory hotel and its perfect choice. But in our first and second day, our itinerary was mainly going outside the city.. And as what most website have, tour costing is per person rate and a tour duration only 4hours or half day... but i was lucky to run into one good taxi review. I immediately emailed him so we have set the itineraries beforehand. On the first day tour, we went to frim>kanching waterfalls>bukit malawati> then kampung kuantan for the fireflies watching.. this is from 11am to 10pm he charged us RM450. 2nd day Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom>Pewter Factory>Batu Caves> Deerland> Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, this is from 9am to 5pm he charged us with another RM450. If this is taken to usual tours the first day would be 200RM per person for half day. 2000RM for five persons for whole day tour (they charge 3year old with adult rate also) equivalent to 4000RM for two days whole day tour.. but we only pay 900RM for two days.. You can email him at email@example.com.. He was nice and speaks english fluently.
On our 2nd night, we go to kl sentral to inquire about the go genting golden package but booth told us skyway is closed so we decided not to go there anymore. from kl sentral we ride the train going to klcc and its fast and convenient. just be mindful of the train schedule. the guard told us it closes at 11pm so be there before 11pm. on going back to hotel we try to fetch taxi infront of klcc but the taxi rate was 30RM from klcc to jalan pudu lama.. I have read that going around kl city must not exceed 20RM so clearly the taxi overcharged.. We decided to just take the train instead.
3rd day we do the hop on hop off tour and its wiser to do that so as not to waste your time haggling with taxi drivers.
Kuala Lumpur transportation is easy and cheap. You just have to be aware because if not you will be hooked by overcharging individuals.
This morning, i had called a taxi which appeared promptly in front of the hotel at 7 20 am and within forty five minutes was at KLIA. 80 MYR one way. i wanted to give him an extra 10 myr for tolls and he took it only reluctantly. the gentle driver AZhari is from Perlis on the border with Thailand and was a careful driver and at no time did he intimidate about overcharging. But the Taxi system in KL (and also Malacca) is less than optimal.
Those who wish to use the services of Mr Azhari may call him at +60193311950 (will put this as a tip on my KL page as well)
I find it shocking that with the HUGE amount of revenue spent on the 'Malaysia Truly Asia' advertising outside Malaysia on our TV screens, that nothing has been done to clamp down on the fraudulent taxi drivers in KL. They are like ants either hiding behind hotel pillars or sitting on their bonnets waiitng to pounce.
My wife and I were ripped off by an Indian-looking taxi driver which was in China Town to take us to Bukit Bintang Malaysia hotel.
How are we to know what is the normal rate if they don't use their meters?
Quite simply it ruined our impression of KL transportation and most likely like others will not return or change the stop-over to Australia.
Singapore will probably be more honest to us in the future as a mini-break.
What we want to know is - Who is monitoring these fraudsters who seem to be many??.
Sri-Petaling late at night seems to be 'harrass the tourist' taxi spot whether we want one or not.
most of us will ask for a taxi -not exepct to be approached 20 times for one!
I understand that people need to make a living but if it's getting this bad they should find other jobs!
Honesty is always the best policy.
No offence intended to all the honest ones though who can always rely on repeat customers instead of the scum mafia taxis.
KL Tourism authroity, government and city transport authority -wake up please!!
like in other major cities of the world, Kuala Lumpur has it's share of Taxis and the basics of riding a taxi in Kl is as follows: The flag-off fare for taxis is RM 3.00 and passengers will be charged 10 cents for every 115 meters thereafter. Tip number two: For taxis caught in a traffic jam, the fare will be RM 3.00 for the first 3 minutes, and 10 cents for every subsequent 21 seconds. Tip Number Three: Other additional charges include actual road toll charges, RM 2.00 for telephone bookings, and a 50% surcharge is levied between midnight and 6.00 AM. Tip Number Four: An additional RM 1.00 is charged on thirrd adult passenger (maximim of 4 persons) and/or baggage stored in boot. Tip Number 5: Never take the taxi that is waiting at the taxi stop especially at top tourist spots. Find a good spot beside of the road to stop a taxi. Taxi driver earn when they move around to pick passenger but not waiting for passenger. They are willing to wait in order to charge higher. and Lastly Tip Number Six: Before travel using taxihere in KL, make sure you check with your map; how far is your destination so you can estimate your journey. You don’t want the taxi driver take you in circle before send you to your destination. Rules of thumb, anywhere in KL must not exceed RM20.
We decided to take a cab back to the airport as we had toleave at 4AM and hanging around K.L. Sentral waiting for a bus didn't appeal to us. The taxi was a bit of a wreck but we got there in an hour. The cost was $40.00 . It would have been half the price if we simply hailed one on the street.
To get a taxi from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA or LCCT) , you have to buy a ticket first. These tickets have fixed prices, depending on your destination. Although it may sound annoying at the first view, it has the big advantage that you will not be overcharged by taxi drivers or get an unrequested, expensive sightseeing tour. There are two types of service, budget and limousine, which differ in around 20-30 RM, depending on destination. Ask for a budget taxi, esle you will get the more expensive limousine automatically. The difference in service is almost non-existant, but the size of the car is. If you are more than three with normal luggage, you will be denied the budget version. A ticket into the city centre should cost you around 70 RM (2010).
If you want to save some RMs, there is another option: Get the KLIA Expres (15 RM as of 2010) from KLIA or the Air Asia Bus (9 RM as of 2010) to KL Sentral. From this central train station, taxi tickets are available too and will cost you just a couple of RMS depending on your destination.
We had already paid for a local tour in KL prior to arriving. For some reason, our local tour on Christmas day was a no show, and we were advised to take a tour by taxi instead. Our cab driver Ram dropped us off at all the points of interest for a 1/2 day city tour for about 120 Ringgit. The tour was for about 4 hours. Then we opted to add in the Batu Caves tour. For the additional 80 ringgit, the driver drove us to Batu caves. So our tour was from 930-330 p.m. We felt it was a decent deal since there was 2 of us, and the prices that were being offered at the hotel were more expensive. The taxi driver also took us to the Genting Highlands the following day for 200 ringgit. He basically waited the whole time we were there (duration was from 9 am to 4 pm).
you can take taxis from BJT to almost anywhere and payment is up front by prepaid coupon. Much better than arguing the toss with a driver who refuses to use his meter. As mentioned in earlier posts, you can easily walk to Petronas Towers and Sung Wang Plaza so taking a taxi would be a total waste of money. At the end of the day however the choice is yours and so long as you enjoy yourself what the heck. Suzie