Taxis, Kuala Lumpur
I always complain about taxi drivers, no matter where you are, they just try to rip you off, at least this has been my experience, I only found honest taxi drivers in 2 places: Wien and now, finally also in asia in Kuala Lumpur.
I always got to pay what taxi meters indicated, ofcourse you will find drivers trying to deal a price with you, but when I stopped a taxi in the street I never had to ask anything, I just looked at the meter and paid, anyway usually going around the city centre costs more or less 5 ringits.
More expensive is the trip from the aisport as it is about 1 hour long, when arrived in the airport go at the exit and you will find the taxi counter which will ask you to chose betwen budget taxi and limousine, in the day time a trip to the city centre was about 60 ringit.The cheaper option is to take the bus of air asia or the city bus which will take you from the airport to the KL central station for 9 ringits or less and, from there then, you can go to your hotel by taxi if you do not want to carry your lagguages around.
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.
Take a taxi if you're travelling in a group to downtown Kuala Lumpur from KLIA. It is much cheaper. You must first purchase your taxi coupon from Airport Taxi counters located at the arrival hall before taking the taxi service. There is a choice between budget and premier service. Avoid the touts because they are not legal so shun away from individuals approaching and trying to persuade you to take their service. Remember, purchase your taxi coupon from the Airport Taxi counter first thing as you enter the arrival hall. Have a nice and safe trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Here's more info on how to locate the taxi counters in KLIA:
Arrival Hall, Main Terminal Building
1. The International Arrival Hall (just after Customs before the public arrival area)
2. The Domestic Arrival Hall (public area after Domestic Baggage Clearance)
3. The Domestic Baggage Reclaim, Arrival Level
For information on RATES and BOOKING please contact Airport Limo (M) Sdn Bhd at:
1. Booking to KLIA
Tel: (603) 9223 8080 (8.00 am – 12.00 am)
Tel: (603) 8787 3030 (12.00 am - 8.00 am)
2.Booking From KLIA (Meet & Greet Service)
Tel: (603) 8787 3678 (24 hours)
Fax: (603) 8787 3588
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
Regulated metered rates (fare) for standard city cabs (valid at time of upload and subject to change):
RM 2 for the first 2 km and 10 sen for every 200 meters thereon.
A 50% surcharge is levied between midnight and 6.00 AM.
Additional RM 1 is charged for:
Phone booking, 3rd adult passenger (max 4 ) and/or baggage stored in boot.
Pre-paid coupon system is used for taxi stands at KTM KL Station, KL Sentral & KLIA.
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
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 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...
At the third floor of KL Sentral Station, there is a taxi counter where I hired a taxi to take me to the guesthouse. You need to buy a taxi coupon there. This is one way of avoiding being taken advantaged of by some unscrupulous drivers.
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.
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!