Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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.

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KLIA 2

address: Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia - next to Kuala Lumpur Internation Airport
KLIA2.jpg, KLIA 2 is new low-cost terminal of the KLIA airport and has replaced LCCT terminal in May 2014.
KLIA 2 is new low-cost terminal of the KLIA airport and has replaced LCCT terminal in May 2014.

There are 2 main airports in Sepang (45min south of Kuala Lumpur) right next to each other.  The are basically like 2 large terminal of one giant airport but are considered 2 separate airports:
KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) - the main airport for non-budget airlines in operation since 1998
and
KLIA 2 - the airport for low-budget airlines (AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Malindo) replace the LCCT Terminal in 2014 within the KLIA complex. LCCT had been a "permanent" temporary solution for the from 2006 until 2014 and had been extremly busy being the main hub for the successfull AirAsia low-budget airline. 
 

Getting to and away from KLIA2

Train

The high-speed KLIA Express has been been extended and also connect to KLIA2. The travel time from KL Sentral (the main railway station in Kuala Lumpur) is 33min for KLIA Express and 39min for KLIA Transist and will stop at KLIA on the way. The KLIA Express can also be used to commute between the 2 airports (ticket price RM2).

  • runs every 15min during peaks hours, every 20min during off-peak hours
  • from Airport to City (KL Sentral) first train at 5am, last train departs 1am
  • from City (KLSentral) to Airport first train departs 4.30am, last train at 1am
  • detailed schedule: www.kliaekspres.com/plan-buy/schedule/
  • ticket price: RM55 (children: RM25)

 

Bus

the ticket counters and departure bays are at Level 1

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
www.starwira.com

Jet Bus
to / from TBS Bus Terminal (ticket pirce RM10, travel time aprrox. 1h15min)
www.jetbus.com.my

Buy airport bus transfer online here:

 

Puduraya (Pudu Sentral) - KLIA2  KLIA2 - Puduraya (Pudu Sentral)
Genting Highlands - KLIA2 KLIA2 - Genting Highlands
Ipoh - KLIA2 KLIA2 - Ipoh
Sitiawan - KLIA2 KLIA2 - Sitiawan 
Seremban - KLIA2 KLIA2 - Seremban
Malacca (Melaka) - KLIA2 KLIA2 - Malacca (Melaka)

Find more bus connections here

 

Taxi
the taxi counters are at Level 2
Budget Taxi (max. 4 people but only 1 large piece luggage) - RM74 (Downtown Kuala Lumpur)
Premiere Taxi (max. 4 people and 2 large pieces of luggage) - RM102 (downtown Kuala Lumpur)
for larger groups and luggages there are Family Vans available
The are also metered taxi is available but use them on your own risk. For a haggle and stress-free experience get the taxi coupons from the counters at Level 1.

taxi an bus counters
taxi and bus counters at Level 1


KLIA2 taxi capacity guideline
taxi capacity guideline

 


How to get from KL to KLIA Airport

How to get from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur

 

Gateway@KLIA2

The KLIA2 Terminal is actually only a giant shopping mall called gateway@KLIA2 disguised as a aiport or the other way around. This mall-within-airport concept spans over 3 floors and 350,000 square feet with 160 stores and restaurants and 5600 car parks spots. Knock yourself out while waiting for your flight.

gateway
gateway@KLIA2

Accommodation:

Sri Packers Hotel (nearby Backpackers Acccommodation)
Tune Hotel (large Air Asia owned budget hotel)
Capsule Hotel (container hotel on Level 1 inside the Terminal, can be booked for 3h, 6h or 12h)

KLIA2 smoking area
there is a large outside space at Level 3 with a smoking area (in the background the tower and the main terminal of KLIA 1


'check-in counters
check-in counters


shops
shops and kiosks inside the terminal
 

map and location of KLIA 2



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