Taxis, Kuala Lumpur
If you are travelling in a group of 2 or more, getting a taxi to the city is the cheapest and the most convenient way.
Inside the airport, right next to the baggage claim area, there is a counter for hiring taxis. The prices are fixed but vary according to the distance of the journey.
From KLIA to Bukit Bintang, it costs RM67.
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.
KL taxis are usually red, unless if they go outside of KL, they are different. The counter starts from RM0.50 which is quiet reasonable. If you're a family of four, it's cheaper to get a taxi than monorail or LRT.
Airport limousine costs RM75.0 to the downtown--a big car.
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.
I found KL a city dificult to move in. It was very tyring walking because everything is very far away cause the avenues are very bigs. I founded the bus difucults, perhaps I should have take a better map, but ... as the avenues are so big, if you are in the wrong way, to cross a road its really a long way. So for me, the better way to move in KL is by taxi. They are cheap but, as you know, you should speak about the price before taking it. At last we took a taxi guide, Moham that took us to every where and showing us every thing very well. His phone number 017-390 2051. A good election.
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
To get to and from the International airport we used the prepaid taxi service with its office outiside at the intnl arrival hall. Many local cabbies & agents harrassed us but we went straight to the pre-paid Airport Limo (tel no: 03-9233 8080) counter and booked the budget service which was definitely value for money. Were very happy with it as it was an air-con (u do need it), comfy small car that dropped us and picked us from our hotel on time and efficiently. I would surely recommend it over others. Overheard someone saying they got a local taxi coz of cheap fare but when they finally got off were told of tolls and other taxes not mentioned at the start. One should also check for midnight surcharge, which makes it dearer although we didnt have to pay it. It is an hours drive to the city from the airport, in smooth traffic but peak hour traffic should be kept in mind when getting to the airport, as it can take upto 2 hrs !!. Even within KL one should be wary of local taxis as they do try and rip you off if they can.
The Taxi drivers are real pain!.. They always give you a tough time and never agree on the first go to take you by the meter. They would rather not take a passenger, than go by the meter. So be sure you fix the price before you board the taxi, or inisit on going by the meter. If they refuse, take another taxi. Or best, take a taxi from the taxi stand. if you take a taxi from the taxi stand, they have to per force go by meter!!... Strange, but true!
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.
I'm telling you... If you are a tourist in KL... call for a cab!!! If they tell you their is no taxis.. then add RM5 and oooppps...
you got a cab :-)
Public Taxi: + 60 3 625 920 20
Taxi Hotline: + 60 3 209 533 99
Taxi Sunlight: + 60 3 905 811 66
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
There are many ways to get to the KL City from the Airport you can opt one according to your convinience suiteable for 2 or more persons
1. Airport Limo RM 92
2. Budget Taxi RM 75
Both can be booked from the Counter at Arrival Lounge, Do not take Taxi from the un authorized peoples at the arrival lounge it may cost little less (RM60) but can be risky
If traveling alone and in a hurry
KLIA Express RM 35 Service every 15 minute, Transit Time Exactly 28 Minutes to KL Sentral + RM 9~12 for the Taxi to Tourist Districts or Hotel or Mono Rail to nearest Station
Elevators at Arrival Lounge can take you to the Basement, Tickets from the Counter at Arrival Lounge (Turn Right after coming out of the Hall)
NOTE: This service is not available from 12.00 Midnight till 6.00 AM
A taxi ride is relatively inexpensive as well, especially convenient if you are arriving and departing with excessive luggage.
When arriving at the train station or airport, don't go outside to find a driver. Instead, buy a taxi ticket at a fixed price when you arrive.
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!