Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Hawker Stalls in Penang

How to get from KLIA1 / KLIA2 airport to kuala lumpur

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Find all the different means (Bus, Train, Taxi) to get from the 2 KLIA airports in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

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KLIA1 - (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) is the main terminal for all regular flights.
KLIA2 - new airport for budget airlines (Air Asia, Malindo, Tiger etc.), located next to KLIA, opened in May 2014 replacing LCCT
KL Sentral - Main Transportation Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Train Station
Pudu Sentral - Main Bus Terminal in KL city center

 

FROM KLIA1 to Kuala Lumpur:

TAXI

travel time to downtown KL: ca. 1h

Official Airport Taxi Service
The rates below are for a taxi voucher at the official taxi counter. The counter is located just past the baggage claim.
Budget taxi - RM 75
Premier - RM 100
Midnight to 6am surcharge:
Budget taxi = RM 16.00 surcharge
Premier = RM 19.00 surcharge

prices are rounded and can change

Metered Taxi
For those wanting to try the metered taxi, they are available at level 1 and 3 of the Main Terminal Building.
Budget taxi - RM3 for the first km / 3min, RM0.10 for every 115m / 21 sec
Premier - RM6 for the first km / 3min, RM0.20 for every 150m / 45 sec
Passengers have to purchase RM2 coupon prior to boarding these taxis
50% surcharge between midnight and 6am
more information here

 

BUS

travel time to downtown KL: ca. 1h

Bus to KL Sentral
Airport Coach
ticket price: RM10 (child: RM6), runs once every hour
5am - 12.30 midnight
contact no: 03-87873894 / 03-87768449


Bus to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya)
Star Shuttle
ticket price: RM10 (RM18 for a drop-off right at your hotel)
operating hours: 5.30am - 2.30am
Contact No: 03-40438811 / 016-9690686 / 017-3245688
Star Shuttle website

Buy Bus Ticket online:
KLIA - Johor Baru
KLIA - Kuala Lumpur
KLIA - Ipoh
KLIA - Sitawan
KLIA - Teluk Intan

 

Express Train

KLIA Express to KL Sentral
travel time: approx. 28 minutes
ticket price: RM35 (child RM12)
operating hours: 5am -1am
contact: +603 2267 8000 (Mon - Fri 08:30am -6pm)
KLIA Express website

 

 

FROM KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur

Taxi

travel time to downtown KL: ca. 1h
Metered Taxi and Coupon-based Taxi services are available at the Taxi Terminal at Level 1. Ticket counters are located at both International and Domestic Arrival at Level 2.

 

Bus

travel time to downtown KL: ca. 1h15min
currently available bus services: Skybus, Starshuttle, Aerobus, Airport Liner, Jetbus, Transnasional, Yoyo Bus, Starmart

Bus to KL Sentral
Skybus
ticket price: RM10
operating hours: 5.00am - 2.45am
contact:
+6(016)-217 6950 – Weekdays (Mo - Fri  9am - 7pm)
+6(016)-217 8496 – Weekends & Public holidays (9am - 7pm)


Skybus website

Bus to Pudu Sentral ( Puduraya)
Star Shuttle
ticket price: RM10 (RM18 for a drop-off right at your hotel)
operating hours: 5.15am - 2.15am
Contact No: 03-40438811
Star Shuttle website

Buy Bus Ticket online:
KLIA2 - Genting Highlands
KLIA2 - Johor Baru
KLIA2 - Kuala Lumpur
KLIA2 - Ipoh
KLIA2 - Sitawan
KLIA2 - Teluk Intan


Express Train

KLIA Express to KL Sentral
travel time: approx. 33 minutes
ticket price: RM35 (child RM12)
operating hours: 4.55am - 0.55am
contact: +603 2267 8000 (Mon - Fri 08:30am -6pm)
KLIA Express website


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