Kuala Lumpur has two main airports operating in Sepang, catering to Malaysia’s rapidly growing tourism industry. Both are situated approximately 35km south of the city centre. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is Malaysia’s primary international aviation gateway while Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is the world's largest airport for budget airlines such as Malaysia’s Air Asia, the Philippines' Cebu Pacific Air, Singapore's Tiger Airways, and Indonesia's Lion Air.
While KLIA and KLIA2 are both situated in Sepang, getting to the Kuala Lumpur city centre is fairly easy thanks to a substantial array of efficient public transportation options, all conveniently situated within the airport vicinity. Most of these public transportations lead to KL Sentral, which is Malaysia’s premier one-stop transport hub and the largest train station in Southeast Asia.
The hub from which all long-distance trains depart from, it is best known as the integration point of an urban rail-based network (comprising the KTM Komuter, KLIA Express, KLIA Transit, LRT and Monorail systems). Inside KL Sentral is the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT): basically it is an extension of KLIA, with luggage check-in services for passengers flying MAS, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Royal Brunei Airlines.
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KLIA Ekspres (Airport Train)
Linked to the city centre by major expressways and bus services, KLIA is easily accessible via ground transportation but it is the KLIA Express train service that really tops the list as most convenient way to travel to and from the airport. The journey takes just 30 minutes to KLIA and 33 minutes to KLIA2, operating at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and 20 minutes during off-peak hours.
You can catch this train at Level 1 and it will take you all the way down to KL Sentral – a one-way trip will cost RM55 while a round-trip ticket is RM100. Once you have arrived in KL Sentral, it is very convenient to hop on a KTM Komuter, LRT, Monorail or even taxi, to get to your chosen destination.
Similar to the KLIA Express, the KL Transit train connects KLIA and KLIA2 with KL Sentral at RM55 but this service makes several stops along the way, making it convenient for travellers who are not heading toward the city centre. The journey is slightly longer at 35 minutes as it makes four intermediate stops along key townships, namely Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, as well as Salak Tinggi.
KLIA Transit Airport Train
A convenient way of travelling between Kuala Lumpur city centre and its two major airports, the KLIA Transit trains are fitted with high-speed Wi-Fi, plenty of comfortable seats and grab bars, as well as spacious luggage storage compartments.
Time duration and fares for KLIA Transit also vary according to which station you’re travelling from – for example, it takes 16 minutes to reach KLIA and 20 minutes to KLIA 2 from the Putrajaya station, with one-way fares priced at RM9.40 per adult and RM4.20 per child (2 – 12 years old).
Each station is fitted with a main counter and self-service kiosks for added convenience. Do note that the kiosks only accept transactions via credit card or debit card, but you get a 10% discount on your ticket. Both KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspress train stations are located at Level 1 of the KLIA Main Terminal Building, while the KLIA2 station is set at Level 2 of Gateway @ KLIA2 Shopping Mall.
Taxi & Limousine
Travellers can also opt for limousine services which operate through a coupon system. Tickets can be purchased at the Airport Limo counter situated in the Arrival Hall. Ensuring a hassle-free trip to your preferred destination, passengers can choose a variety of limousine models such as Renault Enviro, Mercedes E220, and Jaguar S-Type.
Offering an alternative for travellers to get around, metered taxis are available at level 1 and 3 of the Main Terminal Building. A RM2 coupon purchase is required prior to boarding these taxis. Do note that a 50% surcharge will be added for taxi services between 00:00 and 06:00.
Airport Bus Shuttle
The cheapest way to get from KLIA and KLIA2 to KL Sentral is via airport bus shuttles, which operate at 30-minute intervals. Offering daily non-stop point-to-point shuttle from KL Sentral to KLIA, the bus service takes about an hour to reach KL Sentral and costs RM10 for one way and RM18 for return ticket, and the best part is that selected bus services will even take you to any hotel situated in Kuala Lumpur city center.