Taxis, Kuala Lumpur
KL has heaps of taxis with fares starting at RM2 for the first kilometre and then 10 sen for each 200m thereafter.
But good luck in trying to find a taxi that charges a metered fare!
Since the price of fuel doubled in Malaysia, most taxis will want to negotiate a fare to squeeze a few more ringgits from your wallet.
So sharpen your bargaining skills!
Most people take the KLIA ekspres to Sentral Station and then a taxi from there to their hotel. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of haggling with taxi drivers with your luggage in tow, you can head to the north exit of Sentral Station -- towards Hilton and Le Meridien Hotel -- where you can buy fixed rate vouchers for taxis. From Sentral Station to KLCC 12 MYR.
I have decided to use a Coupon Taxi with a flat rate as against a metered/negotiated taxi outside the airport.
I was forced to pay MY Ringgit 92.50 (USD30) for a PREMIUM coupon taxi because according to them, our party of 3 people wouldn't be able to fit our luggages in the STANDARD coupon taxi. This is because the Standard taxies no longer use gasoline tanks but LPG tanks which occupy most of the trunk and that the premium taxis still are using gasoline.
I tried convincing them that we would definitely fit our luggages either in the trunk or inside the car because of two things: 1. our luggages are small and hand-carried only and 2. the LPG concept is not new to us because all airport cabs in the Philippines are also using LPG tanks. The guys at the counter still wouldn't budge maybe because the night before, they raised gasoline prices so they decided to just penalize customers by forcing them to take a more expensive taxi. Still couldn't not understand their reasoning...
to all travellers if you want to go to malaysia ill advise you to get a taxi in airport,dont be afraid to them..if you arrive in lcct airport they have a nice taxi driver,like kim and robert...kim and robert are very friendly taxi driver and very good to be your tour guide..
Sometimes going around by taxi can be very unpleasant! Calling taxis don´t appear, drivers overcharge you, manipulate the meter or do unwished sightseeing trips with you.
It is also difficult to get a teksi on weekends, rush hour times and while/after heavy rain showers.
Buying a taxi coupon at a counter is a little bit more expensive, but you get to your destination as quick as possible and there aren´t any discussions about price.
You can find taxi coupon counters at the exit of:
Low Cost Carrier Terminal
Bird Park at Lake Gardens
Time Square Mall
1Utama, new wing
I find the Airport Limo service hassle free whenever i need to get to KL from the airport. Particularly if you have quite a bit of luggage that would not fit into a normal taxi. Its a set price based on where you are going. The taxi's are luxury taxi's, very comfortable.
You go to the counter after passing through immigration, buy a ticket. Look out for the counter that has family van signs on it - its the same business.
Take the ticket to the taxi's waiting and off you go.
I took a Malaysian Airlines flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur. Great flight.
A tip for those new to the airport is when you get off the plane....take the aerotrain to the main terminal. At the main terminal you pick up your luggage and go through immigration. The aerotrain takes 2 minutes and only one stop!
When you have a stop over in Kuala Lumpur and have time to visit the city (for example the Petronas towers). Buy your taxi ticket in advance (one way) at the airport itself. It's cheaper then rail or regular taxi transport. On your way back do not grab a cab directly to the airport (it is quiet a distance) but take the taxi to KL Central Station (not Central Station) in the south of the city. Take there te express train back to Kuala Lumpur airport.
Taxis can be found anywhere and can take you to any point in KL. The only disadvantage is, most of the time the drivers do not use the meters installed in their cars. They charge you for more than what you should really pay. Better yet, use the monorail.
from our disappointing visit to the petronas towers we were planning to go around the city and visit some more sites but we weren't really too sure where to go first. we were outside waiting for a cab and this taxi with a chinese guy stopped for us and offered us his service. his name is steven and we are so glad we got a hold of this guy! he's the man! steven knew KL inside out and offered to drive us to the top spots in the city. he became not just our taxi driver but also our guide. from one destination to the other he was giving us information on the city, the sights, the people and everything in between. best of all he just kept the meter running all throughout (even when we would stop at a sight and look around for a bit) and never charged us extra just what was on the meter! it turns out steven is somewhat known by a lot of people (even foreigners) who come in and out of KL because he's a fair and decent driver. he even arranged a driver for us when we wanted to go out of the city and also for our transportation to the airport on our last day! what else can i say but that this guy is a gem of a find! i sooo strongly suggest you get in touch with him if you're ever in KL. you won't regret it.
i've listed steven's numbers below. he said he never changed his numbers (not once) since the time he got it so i'm pretty certain you'll be able to reach him at these numbers. unfortunately we weren't able to take any pictures with him in it so i won't be able to give you an idea of how he looks like. if you do get in touch with him tell him the philippine family who visited last november says hi!
I did not use taxi services going around the city of Kuala Lumpur, but rather comfortable boarding a taxi from the KTM Train Station to Corus Hotel. Find the metered taxi in a queau just at the exit. Very couteous driver.
Going around the city attractions using a tourist bus, I have seen taxis plying around so I believe you can flag down one anywhere in the city. I have posted pictures two types of taxis in Kuala Lumpur streets.
If you are at Suria KLCC, the taxi stands can be found outside Ampang and Ramlee mall entrances.
It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes (one way) to get from KLIA into the City and the taxi fare is about MYR70 (circa 2007).
The journey is long and the route unexciting - mainly rocks and greens. Rather monotonous!
(I would prefer the KLIA Ekspres)
Note: There are many taxi touts hanging around the airport's Arrival Hall soliciting business. Rather shady but I had taken one with friends with no adverse effects - but with the price bargained down aggressively. Not for the faint-hearted. Stick to the cabs waiting in line or book a taxi via the taxi counter just before you exit the customs gates.
We found taxis cheap by Aussie standards. But we also found that the easiest theft from tourists comes from some, not all, Taxi drivers. We traveled out of KL to the shopping centers in the out lying suburbs. One trip we were told fix 30 ringits...hmm A$11.00, ok. Got a cab which used a meter to get back 12 Ringits for the same trip or A$5.00.
Hey, A$6.00, who cares right? well when you take the cab as often as we did, about 20 times in a week that's about A$100.00 more than I should have paid.
We even had one cab which the price went started rolling over and over quickly the meter saids 7.20 ringits 200 metres donw the road, when it should have said, 2.10 Ringits.
My advice, insist on the meter being used or they will fix a rate 3-5 times more and you will be $100+ out of pocket.
Cabs are cheap in KL, with fares starting at RM2 - that is, if you are not cheated. You can flag them down anywhere. At busy times (rush hour and in the rain), locals can get quite aggressive at catching a cab. Catching a cab in KL is a bit like buying a lottery ticket. Some drivers are honest, some are not. Some will try and fix a price at the start of the journey - say no and if he refuses to use the meter, get out.
Taxis are very cheap compared to Aust. We hired a taxi for the day at cost of $50 AUD and he drove us to all the major tourist stops like Batu caves, Temples etc. We negotiated the price before we left and agreed we would pay him on return. We picked the taxi from outside KLCC and looked for the better car with personable drive..after a few attempts we found our guy and he was really great and very helpful with questions about his country.