LCCT is short for Low Cost Carrier Terminal. The main low cost carrier we are talking about here is the budget airline AirAsia. LCCT is the main hub of AirAsia, you can fly pretty much anywhere from here in Asia. Hence, LCCT is also a common stopover for many travellers. LCCT is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur so it takes about 1 hour to get into the city. That means, if you want to combine your stopover at LCCT with a visit to Kuala Lumpur you should preferably have the whole day for it or even better spend a night or two in KL.
LCCT is part of KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). It is actually just another terminal. However, it wasn't part of the original master plan of KLIA which opened 1997. Since the fast rise and success of AirAsia, there was a need for a low cost terminal. Hence, a cargo terminal was quickly transformed into LCCT in 2005 on a temporary basis. Currently, the construction of a permanent low cost terminal is underway, which will be called KLIA 2. KLIA 2 is expected to open sometime in 2013 and is located right next to KLIA.
Even though LCCT is part of the KLIA airport and uses the same runways, it feels like a separate airport to travellers since there is no direct connection between LCCT and KLIA. That means it has its own taxi and bus services and parking facilities. The only connection between both terminals is a shuttle bus service (operates between 5.30am and 12.30am) which takes about 20min because the bus has to drive all the way around the airport for 17km.
Even though LCCT is only temporary structure it has all the facilities needed for travellers. There several restaurants (Coffee Bean, Old Town White Coffee, Taste of Asia, McDonald's, Marrybrown and others) as well as shops and even a premium lounge. Outside of the terminal building, walking paste the bus stops, there is LCCT Food Garden. The Food Garden is a spacious food court which is less busy than the terminal building so it is good option to eat and kill time (there is also free internet). There is also a KFC in the Food Garden
How to get from LCCT to Kuala Lumpur
There is a ticket counter just as you get out of the baggage claim area. There are premium and budget taxis. Make sure you ask for a budget taxi (around RM65 to the city center - Bukit Bintang, Chinatown etc.), otherwise you will issued a coupon for a premium taxi (over RM100). A budget taxi should be sufficient for 2-3 persons. Only if you are more than 3 persons or you have a lot of luggage you need a premium taxi. Travel time to the city center is about 50min. There is a 50% surcharge from midnight to 6am.
The bus stop is between the main LCCT building and the Food Garden - walk to the left as you exit LCCT. The travel time to the city is about 1h. There are 3 options:
destination: KL Sentral (price: RM9), 1Utama (RM15)
destination: KL Sentral (price: RM8)
destination: Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) (price: RM8)
destination: to your hotel (price: RM18), in this option you will transfer to a smaller shuttle bus in KL, that will take you to your hotel
How to get from Kuala Lumpur to LCCT
prices depend on the deal your hotel / hostel has with the taxi operators. Normally the price would be around RM75 (with a surcharge between midnight and 6am)
Here you have the 3 options again:
departure from: KL Sentral (RM9), 1Utama (RM15)
departure from: KL Sentral (RM8)
depature from: Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) (RM12)
transfer directly from your hotel/hostel: RM20
booking number: 03-4043 8811 (call at least 10 hours before your departure flight)
the ever busy LCCT
Tune Hotel opened in march 2009 next to LCCT (10min walk). Tune Hotels is the budget hotel brand run by AirAsia