Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LCCT

address: near Sepang, 50km south of Kuala Lumpur
lcct-inside.jpg, Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia
Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia

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

Taxi
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.

Buses
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:

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to LCCT

Taxi
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)

Buses
Here you have the 3 options again:

 


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

 

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to KLIA / LCCT Airport
How to get from KLIA / LCCT 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.


Related Places

KLIA - Kuala International Airport

The award-winning International Airport of Kuala Lumpur is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur.

KL Sentral (Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur)

The main railway station and transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur in Brickfields. KTM , KTM Komuter, LRT, KLIA Express, Monorail and Buses connect here

Pudu Sentral (Puduraya Bus) Terminal

The Puduraya bus terminal (now renamed to Pudu Sentral), located in the city centre, used to be KL's main bus station but most most operations have moved the TBS bus terminal. Pudu Sentral now only serves few buses to Genting, Seremban, Sabak Berenam (Kuala Selangor), Tanjung Malik.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Suzie’s Guest House KL

Guesthouse / Hostel in Chinatown

The Explorers Guesthouse

Hostel / Guesthouse near Central Market and Chinatown

Attractions

Po Ling Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple with a monastery at the back, located very close to KLCC / Petronas Twin Twoers along Jalan Ampang

Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur

Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks

Attractions

Kuching Waterfront (Kuching Esplanade), Kuching

Once a trading area in Kuching, the waterfront area at Sungai Sarawak has now been transformed into a landscaped esplanade.

Komtar Tower, Penang

Penangs tallest building and the sixth tallest building in Malaysia, the complex also hosts a shopping mall and a local bus terminal. The tower is worth visiting for its observation on the Level 65 and the daring skywalk on Level 68.