Traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: your ultimate transportation guide

it can be quite stressful when it comes to getting around the city. Malaysia, located in south east Asia, people often associated Malaysia with diverse culture, mixture of customs, traditions with a touch of modernity. People flocked to Malaysia for its breathtaking islands, beaches, and cultural sites. Yet, when it comes to traveling to the places where is your first time, knowing about the transportation beforehand would make your stay at Malaysia easier and smoother! 

Getting from the airport to the city


The capital of Malaysia hosts one of the busiest airports in the world, KL International Airport (KUL), which offers a non-stop service to places you desire. The airport itself is located 50 Kilometers from Kuala Lumpur and is well connected to the city center. From KL International Airport (KUL), you can go the city center by bus, by MRT, or by taxi. 

By bus


There are two terminals at KUL, and both of them offer the “Airport Bus Coach Service” from the airport to KL Sentral station. taking around 1 hour to reach the center, with a cost of 2.10€ (RM10). Bus is sure the cheapest way to get to the city and provides a comfortable ride. However, it depends on the traffic, the journey could be quite long, which is roughly often over an hour. 

By Metro


Both KLIA Express and Transit metro trains offer services at the airport and will take you to the KL Sentral station in the city. The express train provides a comfortable and fast ride, as it will take you directly into the city center, taking less than 30 minutes. If you are planning stopping, take KLIA Transit as it will make stops at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya, Bandar Tasik and Selatan. The ticket for KLIA Express and Transit is 7.40 € (RM35) for single way.

By taxi  

Taking a private vehicle provides the quickest and most comfortable way to travel to the city.

Kuala Lumpur airport taxis operate on a fixed fare system, so will cost 15.60€ (RM74. 30) and   will take around 50 minutes to reach the center. With a sign written on the top ‘teski’, there are two main types of taxis operating in KL, one is red and white and the other is blue or yellow. One thing to remember, you will be asked to purchase a taxi coupon from the Transport Desk near the terminal. As you will need to state your destination to the Desk and you will be given a taxi fare then you will then show it to your driver. Taking a taxi from the airport in Kuala Lumpur is secure and comfortable. 

Going around the city: public transportation systems and genera information in Kuala Lumpur 

Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral)

the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur, is the largest railway station in Malaysia. 

Metro tickets and fare

Just grab a map and ask the friendly and helpful staff on duty to help your sort out your route. A single ride costs between RM1.10 ($0.25 USD) to RM6.40 ($1.50 USD). If you buy single tickets, the fare for all types of metro and depends on your journey of the trip. The tickets to all kinds of transport underground is in the form of plastic cards or tokens. They are available sold at each station at the ticket office and vending machines right at the entrance. The machine gives change in coins.  

KL Travel Pass


However, if you plan on to be in town around two days, but with a lot of traveling, you can consider purchase a KL Travel Pass. Including the trip from the airport by Aeroexpress ARL, and unlimited journeys for all subways such as LRT, MRT and monorail within your two day stay. The tickets are available in the ticket office of the Aeroexpress to the airport or on the ground floor of KL Sentral. 

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Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card

It is also available with lower prices if you are using the Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card. It will help you keep track of all your payments, view your e-statements, register your cards. If you are planning on staying in Malaysia for a while, you might consider purchasing at Touch ‘n Go Sales counter. Each costing RM10. 60 and comes with one-month warranty and choose from a value of RM10, RM20, RM35, RM50, RM100, RM200 and RM500.

With a TnG card in hand, you can take major public transport which includes:Airport Coach (KLIA & NU Sentral only), KL Monorail, KLIA Ekspres, KTM Komuter, LRT, MRT, Panorama Melaka, Rapid Kuantan, RapidKL buses, and Sunway BRT

KTM Komuter

They are mainly used to get out of the city and to the outskirts. KTM Komuter is a commuter rail system, and was introduced to offer local rail services in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley suburban areas. 

Go KL City Bus 

Go KL City Bus is sure one of the best options in Kuala Lumpur. It is a free bus service throughout the city. with four routes covering most of the main attractions of Kuala Lumpur, including Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and KLCC. They are quite iconic in the streets with their eye-catching pink color. Go KL City bus runs daily every 15 minutes during rush hour, and every bus is well air-conditioned and free Wi-Fi. 

Light Rail Transit (LRT) 

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The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is the most common means of the public transportation systems in Kelana Jaya, which is centered in Kuala Lumpur. Servicing 37 stations, it runs mostly underground and elevated guideways. The line number is five and colored ruby on the transit map. Taking a LRT ride costs around RM0.80 ($0.19 USD) to RM8.00 ($1.90 USD). 


The new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line runs through the Kuala Lumpur city center, offering direct access to main attractions such as the National Museum and Central Market. It stops mainly at the shopping and entertainment area, which is perfectly designed for those who love to shop. 

Now you are ready to hop on! The transportation in Kuala Lumpur is well organized, logic, and simple. By knowing the buses, metro system and taxis, it will make your time in Singapore smoother and more convenient, save it for your next trip in South Asia and make your next vacation a memorable one! 

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