KL Sentral / Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station Travel Guide

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KL Sentral Main Concourse

Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station or KL Sentral is the main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur.

It serves as the interchange station for the following transportation services:

  • KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit
  • KTM ETS
  • Kelana Jaya Line RapidKL Light Rapid Transit (LRT)
  • KL Monorail
  • KTM Komuter
  • City buses
  • Express airport buses
  • GoGenting Express

The building also houses several retail outlets and restaurants for the convenience of commuters and travelers.

The area around the station is quickly developing into a key business and financial center in the city. As of now, the station is surrounded by office towers, hotels and a new shopping mall called Nu Sentral.

As a traveler, you will definitely stop by KL Sentral if you want to take a train or an express bus.

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Attraction Type

Transportation Hub

Name in Local Language

Malay: Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur

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Getting There and Around

Since it is a public transportation hub, KL Sentral is easily accessible by bus, train or taxi.

By Train

Klang Valley Rail Transit Map
Klang Valley Rail Transit Map

As you can see from the rail transit map above, almost all of the railway lines in Kuala Lumpur have a stop at KL Sentral.

KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit

KLIA Transit Entrance at KL Sentral
KLIA Transit Entrance at KL Sentral

KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit bring travelers from KLIA and KLIA2 to KL Sentral, and vice versa.

KLIA Ekspres trains depart:

  • Every 15 minutes during peak hours (Monday to Friday, 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM).
  • Every 20 minutes during non-peak hours.
KLIA Ekspres Train Times
KLIA Ekspres Train Times

KLIA Transit trains depart:

  • Every 20 minutes during peak hours (Monday to Friday, 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM).
  • Every 30 minutes during non-peak hours.
KLIA Ekspres Train Times
KLIA Ekspres Train Times

The entire journey from KLIA to KL Sentral takes about 28 minutes.

Throughout the journey, KLIA Ekspres trains do not stop at any stations other than KLIA, KLIA2 and KL Sentral.

On the other hand, KLIA Transit trains stop at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya as well as Bandar Tasik Selatan on the way to the airport terminals.

Despite the longer duration due to additional stops, the one-way ticket for KLIA Transit from either of the airports to KL Sentral and vice versa costs RM55, which is the same as KLIA Ekspres.

The ticket sales counter for KLIA Transit is located at Level 1 of KL Sentral just beside the entrance to Nu Sentral. You can spot it easily because it is just opposite Burger King at the main concourse.

As for KLIA Ekspres, the ticket counter and departure hall is located behind Burger King.

KLIA Ekspres Ticket Counter and Departure Hall
KLIA Ekspres Ticket Counter and Departure Hall

If you are boarding flights operated by the following airlines at KLIA, you can check your baggage at the KLIA Ekspres departure hall before boarding the train:

  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Etihad Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Emirates

LRT

LRT Kelana Jaya Line Entrance at KL Sentral
LRT Kelana Jaya Line Entrance at KL Sentral

Consider getting to KL Sentral by boarding an LRT train if there is a station near you. They can be found across Kuala Lumpur and in some parts of Selangor.

As of today, there are two LRT lines operating in Kuala Lumpur – Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line.

LRT Kelana Jaya Line Route Map
LRT Kelana Jaya Line Route Map
LRT Ampang Line Route Map
LRT Ampang Line Route Map

KL Sentral is on the Kelana Jaya line, but if you are planning to take a train on the Ampang Line, you can always make a transit at the Masjid Jamek interchange station.

LRT trains depart from a station every 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the hour of day.

Single journey train fares vary from RM0.70 to RM5.10.

To purchase an LRT ticket at KL Sentral, look for the big “KJ15 – KL Sentral” signage at Level 1 of the main concourse. This is where the ticket counters and ticket vending machines are located.

The ticket comes in the form of a plastic coin with embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) features.

The following is a list of key attractions along the LRT train lines:

The entrance to the LRT train platforms is just beside the ticket counters.

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KL Monorail

KL Monorail at KL Sentral
KL Monorail at KL Sentral

KL Monorail is a train service connecting various hotspots within Kuala Lumpur’s city center.

The train service ferries passengers through areas such as Bukit Bintang, Raja Chulan and Imbi, which are popular among tourists because of the nightlife, shopping malls and hotels. If you are in these areas, the monorail is your best choice to reach KL Sentral.

KL Monorail’s train frequency ranges from 5 to 12 minutes, depending on the hour of day.

A single journey ride costs around RM1.20 to RM2.50.

The monorail station at KL Sentral is about 5 minutes walk away from the main building. To reach the station, you need to take the escalator at the South Entrance to Nu Sentral, which is a shopping mall adjacent to the transportation hub.

The following is a list of key stations covered by KL Monorail:

KL Monorail at KL Sentral
KL Monorail at KL Sentral

KTM Komuter

KTM Komuter is a train service for travelers heading from or towards smaller towns in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan as well as towns in the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur.

There are three KTM Komuter lines:

  • Rawang – Sungai Gadut
  • Batu Caves – Pelabuhan Klang
  • Tanjung Malim – Rawang Line

Trains on the Tanjung Malim – Rawang Line does not stop at KL Sentral, but you can switch to a train on the Rawang – Sungai Gadut line at the Rawang Interchange Station.

KTM Komuter trains depart every 15 to 45 minutes, but do expect occasional delays during peak hours or when there is a breakdown.

KTM Komuter Entrance at KL Sentral
KTM Komuter Entrance at KL Sentral

KTM Komuter ticket counters in KL Sentral is easy to spot. They are on both sides of the main concourse at Level 1.

Single journey train fares range from RM1.00 to RM7.00.

Depending on your destination, your train platform might be on either sides of the concourse. If you are unsure, ask the staffs manning the ticket counters or the security guards on duty. They will be more than happy to point you to the right platform.

The following are key stations that you can reach by taking a KTM Komuter train:

  • Batu Caves
  • Midvalley (Mid Valley Megamall)
  • Seremban
KTM Komuter Route Map
KTM Komuter Route Map

KTM ETS

Taking a KTM ETS train from other cities and towns across Peninsular Malaysia to reach Kuala Lumpur via KL Sentral is cheaper than taking a flight.

KTM ETS trains run across the west coast of Peninsular from the northern region (Padang Besar in the Perlis state) to the south (Gemas in the Johor state). In between, they will also stop at key stations like:

  • Butterworth: This is where you can take a ferry to Penang Island.
  • Taiping
  • Ipoh
  • KL Sentral
  • Bandar Tasik Selatan
  • Seremban
  • Gemas

A KTM ETS train ride from KL Sentral to Butterworth, and vice versa, takes about 4 to 5 hours. On the other hand, A ride from KL Sentral to Ipoh, and vice versa, takes about 2 to 3 hours.

You can find the ticket booths for KTM ETS at Level 2.

KTM Intercity and ETS Ticket Counter at KL Sentral
KTM Intercity and ETS Ticket Counter at KL Sentral

As you take the escalator up from Level 1, the entrance to KTM ETS platforms will be on your left and right with signages indicating the destinations.

Continue walking straight towards the exit facing Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Le Méridien upon reaching Level 2, and you should see ticket counters for KTM ETS on your far right.

You can view KTM ETS train schedules by clicking on the links below:

The schedules show the towns and cities serviced by the train lines. They also include departure times for your reference.

You can purchase your tickets online, or from any ticket counters at any KTM train stations.

By Bus

Airport Buses at KL Sentral
Airport Buses at KL Sentral

KL Sentral has a bus terminal for express buses and a bus stop for city buses at Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

Follow these steps to find the express bus terminal:

  1. At Level 1 in KL Sentral, walk towards the escalators to Nu Sentral.
  2. Instead of taking the escalators, walk around them and exit the main KL Sentral building.
  3. After exiting the building, you should find an escalator heading down to the Ground Floor.
  4. Take the escalator down, and you should see a line of express buses waiting for their passengers.

If you are planning to take an express bus to the airport from KL Sentral, or vice versa, please note that traffic congestion may extend the duration of bus rides. The congestion usually occur during peak hours or when it is raining. A typical 1-hour journey from KLIA2 to KL Sentral may take up to 3 hours if traffic conditions are very bad.

Plan ahead if you want to take an express bus. Else, opt for the KLIA Ekspres or KLIA Transit trains instead.

Aerobus

From KLIA2, you can take an Aerobus to reach KL Sentral. These yellow buses depart every 20 to 30 minutes depending on the hour of day.

Aerobus is an express bus company servicing routes from KLIA, KLIA2 to destinations such as Klang, Petaling Jaya, Genting Highlands as well as KL Sentral and vice versa.

It is often cheaper to travel with Aerobus to KLIA2 from KL Sentral. This is because of the stiff competition they face from SkyBus, which are the buses in red operating from the same terminal.

Airport Coach

Airport Coach ferries passengers from KLIA to KL Sentral and vice versa.

The one way ticket costs RM10 while a return ticket costs RM18. You can purchase a ticket online through the website.

The buses in green and grey paint operate from 5:30 AM to 12:30 AM daily and they depart every 30 minutes throughout the day.

SkyBus

SkyBus is the official express bus for AirAsia. They take passengers from KLIA2 to KL Sentral and vice versa.

These red-colored buses depart from KLIA2 every 1 hour from 6:00 AM to 10:15 AM, and every 30 minutes from 10:15 AM to 2:45 AM.

A bus journey from KLIA2 to KL Sentral takes around 1 hour and the one-way ticket costs RM9.50 per person.

You can buy your tickets through the company’s website. You can also get the bus tickets for less if you purchase them on AirAsia’s website together with your air tickets.

RapidKL City Buses

The following RapidKL buses make a stop at KL Sentral:

Travelers tend to avoid city buses in Kuala Lumpur because it is not easy to figure out how the bus system works.

To make things worse, bus stops are often hidden or not obvious. Some of them are heavily vandalized or poorly maintained. City buses are also known for not being punctual.

By Taxi

The following is a list of estimated fares for budget taxis from key attractions around Kuala Lumpur to KL Sentral:

KLIA to KL Sentral: RM81 to RM122
Petronas Twin Towers to KL Sentral: RM12 to RM18
KL Tower to KL Sentral: RM11 to RM16
Petaling Street (Chinatown) to KL Sentral: RM7 to RM11
Bukit Bintang to KL Sentral: RM11 to RM16

The estimated fares above may vary due to traffic conditions, and they are not inclusive of the 50% midnight surcharge.

Executive taxis in blue will cost more.

The coupon counter for taxis is near the exit to Le Méridien and Hilton Kuala Lumpur at Level 2.

Taxi Coupon Counter at KL Sentral
Taxi Coupon Counter at KL Sentral

To take a taxi without having to worry about haggling and being overcharged, you can purchase a taxi coupon from the counter. The coupon will have your destination printed on it.

Once you have the coupon, walk out of the main entrance. A taxi usher will then lead you to the next taxi in line, before informing the driver of your destination.

Things to Note

  • Beware of pickpockets, especially when the station or train platforms get crowded.

Opening Hours

24 hours. Most shops and facilities close after midnight.

Ticket Counters

Depending on their first and last departure time, ticket counters of different transportation services at KL Sentral have different opening hours.

  • KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit: 4:15am to 12:45am
  • LRT: 6:00am to 11:55pm
  • KL Monorail: 6:00am to 11:30pm
  • KTM Komuter: 6:00am to 11:15pm
  • KTM ETS and KTM Intercity: 7:00am to 9:30pm

It is advisable to be present at the counter at least half an hour before their closing time, especially on the eves of public holidays or weekends.

Contact Information

Address

Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Stesen Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone

General Line: +60 3 2773 8888
Information Line: +60 3 2773 8899

Website

http://www.stesensentral.com/index.php

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GPS Coordinates

3.134161, 101.686112

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Shower room facility
  • Baby changing room
  • Emergency room
  • Luggage lockers (Level 1)
  • Information counter (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Banks / ATMs / Foreign exchange counters
  • VIP room
  • Clinic (Level 2)
  • Muslim prayer room
  • Police booth (Level 2, North Entrance)

Parking

The car parks are located at Level 3.

The charges are as follow:

  • Full 1 Day Parking: RM40.00
  • First Hour: RM 4.00
  • Next Subsequent Hour: RM4.00

Travel Blog Mentions

Travel Story: Hello Again Malaysia! [Part 1]

Xiao Vee, a blogger from Surabaya, Indonesia visited Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands in December 2013. She took the GoGenting Express from KL Sentral.

DAY ONE IN MALAYSIA: Genting Highlands and Downtown KL

In October 2013, Olan Emboscado, a blogger from Davao City, Philippines published a post about his trip to Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands. KL Sentral made a brief appearance in his blog post.

Day 1: Get Lost In Translation in Genting Highlands, Malaysia

The bloggers behind Triptoeing stopped by KL Sentral as part of their fun journey to Genting Highlands.

KL Sentral Travel Guide on Pinterest

Image Credits: Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD), KLIA Ekspress and MyRapid

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Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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