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Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KLIA - Kuala International Airport

address: KL International Airport, 64000 KLIA, Selangor, MALAYSIA
klia-kuala-lumpur-international-airport-departure-hall.jpg, The award-winning International Airport of Kuala Lumpur is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur.
KLIA Departure Hall (Level 5)
The award-winning International Airport of Kuala Lumpur is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur.

centre court at Terminal 2
centre court at Terminal 2 with several restaurants and duty-free shops and ...


jungle boardwalk
... a mini rainforest in the middle with the "Jungle Boardwalk" around it


food garden
the Food Garden food court on Level 2 of Terminal 1 the best place to get a reasonable priced meal before the flight


departure hall
the departure hall at Terminal 1 with its impressive roof structure

Links:

KL International Airport (KLIA) (official website)


Kuala Lumpur International Airport - or short KLIA - is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur in the Sepang district of the state Selangor. That means it takes about 1h by bus or car to get here from Kuala Lumpur. The fastest option is the KLIA Express train from KL Sentral which takes 28min.

KLIA was opened in 1991 as part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) development plan for the area south of Kuala Lumpur which also includes Putrajaya (the new federal administrative centre of Malaysia), Cyberjaya (technology and science park that aspires to be the Silicon Valley of Malaysia) and the Sepang Formula 1 circuit (right next to KLIA). The KLIA airport currently handles 35million passengers yearly and is the main hub for Malaysian Airlines.

AirAsia runs its budget flights from the LCCT terminal (click for more information) at the opposite side of the airport. Currently a new low-cost terminal is under construction which will open in the middle of 2013 under the name of KLIA 2.

KLIA had been awarded several times for its design and passenger service. The airport design is very compact so you never have walk very far. The are 2 buildings - the main aiport building (where you arrive at from KL, Malaysian Airlines departs from here) and the Satellite Terminal A (where most international flights depart from). Both buildings are connected by a a train line.

The Main Airport Building has 5 floors:
Level 1 - connection to bus station and KLIA Express station (which runs in the basement)
Level 2 - connection to parking, Food Garden (food court)
Level 3 - Arrival
Level 4 - Mezzanine Level with some airline offices
Level 5 - Departure


KLIA drop off zone
drop-off zone on Level 5, departures

 

Check-in at KL Sentral
There is a great service if you are flying with Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific, Ethiad Airways or Emirates. If you take the KLIA Express train to the airport, you can already check-in and drop-off your luggage at KL Sentral. The check-in counters are right across the KLIA Express ticket counter at the KLIA Express depature area. You need to buy the train ticket first and present it at the check-in counter to use this service. The check-in closes 2 hours before your flight (or 1 1/2 hours for domestic flights)!


How to get from KLIA to KLIA2 Terminal?
For RM2 you can hop onto the KLIA Express or KLIA Transist train.
 

How to get to and away from KLIA

Taxi

(travel time approx. 50min)
Just as you leave the baggage claim area, there is a taxi counter. You buy a coupon there and present it at the taxi waiting area. The price is around RM74 for a budget tax and 102 for a premium taxi. Mind the taxi capacity guideline below: 

taxi capacity KLIA

taxi counter
taxi counter at Terminal 1

Bus

The travel time to downtown KL is approx. 1h.

Aerobus
to / from KL Sentral (ticket price RM10, travel time approx. 1h), Genting Highlands (RM35, approx. 2h), Paradigm Mall (RM10), Premiere Hotel (RM10)
www.aerobus.my

Star Shuttle
to Puduraya (Pudu Sentral) RM10, from Puduraya RM12, Jalan Ipoh (RM10), Ipoh (RM42 / return RM75), Sitiawan (RM48 / return RM85)
transfer to and from Hotels within Bukit Bintang area (RM15, travel time approx. 1h30min)
on the way from KLIA aiport, the bus will stop outside Pudu Sentral (near Chinatown KL) and you will be transfered to a smaller shuttle bus, which will bring your to your hotel. 
Pick-up from your hostel / hotel: RM20, booking number: 03-4043 8811 (call at least 10 hours before your departure flight)
www.starwira.com

Jet Bus
to / from TBS Bus Terminal (ticket pirce RM10, travel time aprrox. 1h)
www.jetbus.com.my

Buy airport bus transfer online here:

Puduraya (Pudu Sentral) - KLIA  KLIA - Puduraya (Pudu Sentral)
Genting Highlands - KLIA KLIA - Genting Highlands
Ipoh - KLIA KLIA - Ipoh
Sitiawan - KLIA KLIA - Sitiawan 
Seremban - KLIA KLIA - Seremban
Malacca (Melaka) - KLIA KLIA - Malacca (Melaka)

Find more bus connections here

 

Train

(travel time 28min)
The train is the fastest option to get to the city. The KLIA Express takes 28min to get to KL Sentral for a price of RM55. From KL Sentral you can either take public transport (LRT or Monorail) or a taxi (RM13, use taxi counter at Level 1) to get your hotel / hostel.
The KLIA Express train station is at the basement level of the KLIA main building, just take the elevator or escalator down from the arrival hall on Level 3.
first train: 5am
last train: 1am
from KL Sentral:
train schedule: 5am - 12.30am (every 15min at peak hours, every 20min at off peak hours)
You can already check in your luggage at the KL Sentral if you are flying with Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates Airline and Etihad AirwaysThe minimum check-in time is 2 hours before your flight departure time (or 1½ hrs for domestic flights without checked baggage).



How to get from KL to KLIA Airport

How to get from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur

 

Related Flyers / Brochures

Star Shuttle

small (business card size) flyer with contact information for the Star Shuttle airport bus (LCCT, KLIA) and the Star Limo taxi service, including arrival and departure times
[click here for details or click images below to enlarge]
The content and images of this flyer / brochure are courtesy of: © Star Shuttle It was released sometime around 2011. Some information might not be up-to-date anymore.


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