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.
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..
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.
Taxis are very cheap. But be careful, some Taxis will try to rip you off. For example, from my hotel to Chinatown should cost about 4RM by metered taxi. It only happened once, usually the driver won't turn on the meter but will do it for 10RM and that is OK but will try for more, or ask for $5US which is too much for any short trip. Just be sure you agree the price before you get in the taxi.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
We found it easy to use taxis to go to most places. They are never in shortage and most tourist spots have taxi stands. Going from our hotel to the markets etc was around 6RM. Most of the time we didn't ask how much unless travelling further a field. We found the drivers to be friendly. We did take a taxi out to the Batu caves which think this was about 45RM. As we wanted to get out there fast this was a good option and we got to see a bit of the outskirts of the city.
If you are looking for a reliable, honest and low-priced taxi-driver in KL? I can recomend Mr. Kevin Low. For RM 25 per hour, he drove us around, gave tips and lots of explanations.