Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Travel Guide

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KLIA's Interior Near Boarding Gates
KLIA's Interior Near Boarding Gates

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, also known as KLIA in short, is the main airport for Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

The airport is located about an hour’s drive away from the city center. It is also the largest and busiest airport in the entire country.

Currently, there are two main buildings at the airport:

At the Main Terminal Building, you can find check-in counters, self-check-in kiosks, restaurants as well as gates for both domestic and international flights.

On the other hand, there are duty-free shops, cafés, restaurants, international airline lounges, an airside transit hotel and gates for international flights at Satellite Terminal A.

A train service called Aerotrain connect the two buildings.

Major airlines with planes flying in and out of KLIA’s main terminal and satellite terminal are:

  • Air Astana
  • Air China
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Batik Air
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Dragon
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Flynas
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Himalaya Airlines
  • Iraqi Airways
  • Japan Airlines
  • JC International Airlines
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Lion Air
  • Lucky Air
  • Mahan Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Malindo Air
  • Myanmar Airways International
  • Nepal Airlines
  • Oman Air
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Philippines Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Regent Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Saudia
  • Scoot
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • SilkAir
  • Singapore Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Thai Smile
  • Turkish Airlines
  • US-Bangla Airlines
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • VietJet Air
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • XiamenAir

The late Kisho Kurokawa, who is the architect for KLIA’s main terminal building, put forward a design that emphasized on natural lighting within the airport complex. The entire architecture of the airport is a mesh of modern technology, Islamic geometric patterns as well as elements of the tropical rainforest.

You might be interested in our guide on klia2 if you will be arriving to or departing from the terminal.

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Attraction Type

Transportation

Name in Local Language

  • Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur
  • Mandarin: 吉隆坡国际机场 (jílóngpō guójì jīchǎng)

History

KLIA Air Control Tower

The construction of KLIA started on June 1, 1993, as part of the Multimedia Super Corridor development plan.

The decision to build KLIA came after then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir Mohammad, determined that Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (formerly known as Subang International Airport), will not have sufficient capacity to take on the ever-increasing incoming air traffic.

On June 27, 1998, Kuala Lumpur International Airport was officially inaugurated by the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Ja’afar of Negeri Sembilan, who was the monarch and head of state for Malaysia.

Key Attractions

There are a few things that are worth checking out at this international airport, especially if it will be your first time here, or if you have a long layover.

Main Terminal Building

The Main Terminal Building is where the main entrance of the airport for passengers boarding flights departing from KLIA.

Airline Check-in and Baggage Drop Counters at Main Terminal Building of KLIA

As you enter the building, you will see information counters manned by different airline personnel as well as rows after rows of check-in and baggage drop counters.

For faster check-in, passengers can utilize one of the many self-service check-in kiosks available.

Immigration clearance and the cut-off between airside and groundside of the airport is located in this building too.

After getting their passport stamped, passengers heading to boarding gates with prefix A and B for domestic departures, or G and H for international departures, will find the gates in this very building.

Else, they will need to take the Aerotrain to Satellite Terminal A, where they will find boarding gates with prefix C.

This part of the airport is also where you can find train services provided by KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, bus services, as well as taxi and limousine services.

Satellite Terminal A

Satellite Terminal A of KLIA

To get to Satellite Terminal A, you need to take the Aerotrain from the Main Terminal Building. This terminal is where you can find boarding gates with prefix C.

Once you are here, you will be greeted by the Jungle Broadwalk, a garden with a water feature that mimics a tropical rainforest.

In this terminal building, there are many restaurants, duty-free shops, and boutiques of premium brands. You can either have a meal, a cup of coffee, or shop around while waiting for your boarding gate to open.

There are also a few lounges managed by international airlines and Plaza Premium Lounge that is open to the public. You will also find an airside transit hotel for passengers who have to get some rest and recharge before their flight’s departure.

Jungle Boardwalk

Jungle Boardwalk is a part of KLIA where you can find lush greenery and a mini man-made waterfall.

Waterfall at KLIA's Jungle Broadwalk

It is like an introduction to tropical rainforests in Malaysia.

You can also relax and take some pictures here while waiting for your next flight.

The opening hours of Jungle Broadwalk is from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Tourism Malaysia Office

If you require additional information to beef up the itinerary for your Kuala Lumpur or Malaysia trip, you can head over to the Tourism Malaysia Office at the Arrival Hall or Level 3 of the Main Terminal Building.

The office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staffs at the office are ready to answer any question you have about traveling in Malaysia.

Plaza Premium Lounge

There are a number of airline lounges at Satellite Terminal A of KLIA.

However, many of them are only open to air passengers who are flying business or first class or those who have accumulated enough miles from their airline loyalty programs.

If you didn’t meet the requirements, but still want a quiet place to rest, have some drinks, work or to take a shower, Plaza Premium Lounge is for you.

Located at Level 2 of Satellite Terminal A, the lounge comes with the following facilities that are on-par with other airline lounges:

  • workstations and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • business center services such as printing and photocopying
  • a wide selection of food items
  • hot and chilled beverages
  • clean shower facilities
  • local and international magazines for your reading pleasure
  • TV channels for your entertainment

You also have the opportunity to enjoy a scenic view of the runway while enjoying these facilities.

The following are prices for lounge use:

  • 2 hours: RM168.00 / USD39.00 per person
  • 5 hours: RM238.00 / USD55.00 per person
  • 10 hours: RM258.00 / USD60.00 per person

Travelers can also choose to use only the shower facilities. It costs USD8, and you can shower for up to 30 minutes.

You can pay at the entrance before entering the lounge. However, to guarantee a spot for yourself, especially during peak travel periods, it is better to make a booking on the official website by clicking on the button below.

Make a Booking

Aerotrain

Aerotrain Area of KLIA

The Aerotrain at KLIA is a 3-car automated people mover capable of moving 250 people between the Main Terminal Building and the satellite terminal.

The journey between the two complex takes around 2 minutes, and the train departs from either building every 3 to 5 minutes depending on the time of day.

Inside KLIA's Aerotrain

Luggage Storage Facilities

For travelers who wish to leave their luggage at the airport before heading to the city center, there are two types of luggage storage facilities you can use:

  • Smart lockers
  • Luggage storage shop

Smart Lockers

Smart lockers come in two sizes – medium and large. You can find them at Satellite Terminal A.

Rental charges for every locker go by 24-hour blocks. The following is a breakdown of the charges:

Medium-sized Locker (40cm in height, 32cm in width and 75cm in length)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM40.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM36:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM32.00 every 24 hours

Large-sized Locker (55cm in height, 43cm in width and 75cm in length)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM51.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM46:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM42.00 every 24 hours

Luggage Storage Shop

The luggage storage shop is located at the Arrival Hall, inside the Main Terminal Building.

You can store luggage pieces of any size here. The shop calculates storage charges on a per item basis. It also goes by 24-hour blocks.

The following is a breakdown of the charges:

Small-sized Item (43cm in height, 31cm in width and 21cm in length)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM19.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM17:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM15.00 every 24 hours

Medium-sized Item (60cm in height, 42cm in width and 25cm in length)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM30.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM27:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM23.00 every 24 hours

Large-sized Item (67cm in height, 46cm in width and 31cm in length)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM40.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM36:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM32.00 every 24 hours

Extra Large Item (any item exceeding the dimension of a large-sized item)

  • Between the 1st and the 6th Day: RM51.00 every 24 hours
  • Between the 7th and the 14th Day: RM46:00 every 24 hours
  • 15th Day and After: RM42.00 every 24 hours

klia2

klia2 and Its Air Control Tower

klia2 is a terminal built for budget airlines like AirAsia, AirAsia X, Jetstar Asia Airways, Tiger Airways and others.

A large retail space called [email protected] that comes with an integrated transportation hub is what makes klia2 a unique airport in the region.

At the moment, the only ways to travel between KLIA and klia2 is by taking a shuttle bus, the KLIA Ekspres, or KLIA Transit trains.

Nearby Hotels

Travelers with a long layover at Kuala Lumpur can consider staying at one of the nearby hotels below to get some rest while waiting for your next flight.

Sama-Sama Express KLIA (Satellite Terminal A)

Sama-Sama Express Hotel (Agoda | Booking.com | HotelsCombined) is an airside hotel. Passengers do not have to clear immigration counters to stay a night here. You can find it at Satellite Terminal A.

The rooms come with a shower, free Wi-Fi connectivity as well as free-flow coffee and tea.

Prices for the rooms start from RM260.00 (USD65.00) for 6 hours. After the first 6 hours, you can extend your stay for RM40.00 (USD10.00) per additional hour.

You can book a room through the hotel booking websites below:

AgodaBooking.comHotelsCombined

Other than rooms, Sama-Sama Express KLIA also offers a lounge for travelers passing through KLIA. Lounge package is separate from its rooms, and it costs RM55.00 (USD14) per person.

The lounge at Sama-Sama Express has the following facility:

  • Various meals and drinks
  • IDD phones
  • Shower facility with towel and bathroom amenities
  • Television with a variety of channels
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA

Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA

If you prefer to stay longer near the airport before your flight out of Kuala Lumpur, you can consider putting up at Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA (Agoda | Booking.com | HotelsCombined).

Many travelers choose to check-in here before going out to explore Kuala Lumpur or Putrajaya.

Before heading to the hotel, you need to clear immigration.

The hotel is about 15 minutes walk away from the Main Terminal Building, but there is a free shuttle service transporting passengers to the airport and back.

Unlike the airside transit hotel, this hotel offers full facilities like what you would expect of a standard hotel. They have a swimming pool, a gym, and a tennis court. There are also different types of rooms and suites to serve different groups of travelers.

You can either book your rooms from the official website, or get the best deals by using the hotel booking websites below:

AgodaBooking.comHotelsCombined

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Getting There and Around

There are many options to arrive at KLIA from different parts of the city center.

You can either take a train, bus, taxi, limousine or by using a ride-hailing service.

At the airport, Level 1 and 3 of the Main Terminal Building are the main areas where you will find different modes of transportation for your needs.

By Train

KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit are the two train services connecting KLIA with KL Sentral, the main transportation hub in the city center of Kuala Lumpur.

Taking either of these services is the fastest way to commute between the city center and the airport.

KLIA Transit trains stop at stations between KL Sentral and KLIA. Thus, you can board the train from these stations instead of KL Sentral. These stations are:

  • Bandar Tasik Selatan
  • Putrajaya and Cyberjaya / Putrajaya Sentral
  • Salak Tinggi

KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit Terminal at KLIA

KLIA Ekspres

Looking for the fastest way to go from the city center to KLIA, or vice versa? KLIA Ekspres is probably your best option.

The train departs every 15 minutes during peak hours, and the entire journey, either way, takes about 28 minutes. Also, delays almost never happen with this train service.

A single trip ticket from KL Sentral to KLIA or vice versa costs RM55 for adults and RM25 for children aged between 2 to 12 years old. You can buy the ticket online through their website or at the ticket counters.

You can get a 10% discount on your tickets if you buy them online, using the train service’s official mobile app or through their self-service kiosk at the airport.

Taking the KLIA Ekspres train from KLIA to klia2 or vice versa takes only 3 minutes. Train tickets for trips between these two air terminals can only be purchased at either of the stations. A ticket costs RM2 per person.

KLIA Transit

KLIA Transit is similar to KLIA Ekspres. However, since the train has more stops in between KLIA and KL Sentral, the travel time is longer. Moreover, it departs less frequently (every 20 minutes) as compared to KLIA Ekspres during peak hours.

The journey from KLIA to KL Sentral, or vice versa, by taking a KLIA Transit train takes around 35 minutes. Along the way, the train stops at the following stations:

  • Bandar Tasik Selatan
  • Putrajaya and Cyberjaya (Putrajaya Sentral)
  • Salak Tinggi

One-way tickets to go from KL Sentral to KLIA via KLIA Transit costs the same as tickets for KLIA Ekspres. Adults need to pay RM55 for a ticket while the price of a child ticket is at RM25. You can buy tickets for KLIA Transit at its stations.

KLIA Transit trains run between KLIA and klia2 too. A one-way journey between the two stations takes around 3 minutes. You can only purchase tickets for this journey at the counter. A ticket costs RM2 per person.

By Bus

Buses operated by several companies connect Kuala Lumpur International Airport with klia2, the city center of Kuala Lumpur, and different parts of West Malaysia.

From KLIA, you can also take a bus to Singapore or Hat Yai, a small city in southern Thailand.

To take a bus, you need to first go to the bus station at KLIA. Follow these instructions:

  1. At the Main Terminal Building, take the escalators or lifts down to Level 2.
  2. Follow the sign indicating “Bus Station klia2 Terminal / Other Destinations”.
  3. Take the escalator with a sign above it that says “Bus Station klia2 Terminal / Other Destinations” down to Level 1.
  4. You will see parking bays for buses, convenience stores as well as a bus ticket counter.

The following is a list of destinations, attractions, and points of interests connected to KLIA by buses.

To / From klia2

There are two options to take a bus to klia2 from KLIA or vice versa:

  • Free shuttle bus
  • Airport Liner

Free Shuttle Bus

Free shuttle buses running between KLIA and klia2 departs every 10 minutes. The service is available 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

To utilize the free shuttle, you need to first register for your landside transfer here: http://terminaltransfer.malaysiaairports.com.my/onlineregister

After registering yourself, head over to either of the following locations to board the bus.

This service is only for passengers with interconnecting flights at KLIA or klia2 terminals. Else, you cannot use the free shuttle service.

Airport Liner

Airport Liner has buses running from Nilai KTM Station to KLIA and klia2, or vice versa. You can take one from KLIA’s Bus Station. The fare to klia2 costs RM2.50 per person.

These buses depart from KLIA every 20 minutes. The entire journey from KLIA to klia2, or the other way round, takes around 10 minutes.

Before boarding the bus, you need to get your tickets from the ticket counter. Once you do that, look for buses with a green and grey exterior. You should also be able to spot the “Airport Liner” text on their body.

Feeling unsure? Double-check with the personnel manning the bus ticket counter.

To / From KL Sentral

Buses by Airport Coach is the best choice for travelers who want to take a bus from KLIA to KL Sentral, or vice versa.

Buses operated by Airport Coach usually have a green and grey exterior, together with a huge “AC” text on them.

You can board one of these buses at the Bus Station located at Level 1 of KLIA.

The bus will drop passengers off at bus drop-off area on the Ground Floor of KL Sentral. The same area is also where you can take a bus back to KLIA.

Airport Coach buses depart every 30 minutes from KLIA. The first bus of the day departs at 5:00am while the last bus of the day departs at 12:30am.

Departures from KL Sentral take place every 30 minutes too. The first bus departs at 5:30am while the last bus departs at 11:00pm.

Travel time between KLIA and KL Sentral is around 1 hour.

For the KLIA – KL Sentral route, you can only buy the tickets at Airport Coach’s ticket counter at KLIA or KL Sentral. A one-way ticket costs RM10 per person while return tickets cost RM18 per person.

To / From Kuala Lumpur

Other than KL Sentral, you can also take a bus to go between KLIA and the following points of interest around Kuala Lumpur:

  • Puduraya
  • Bukit Bintang
  • KLCC

Star Shuttle is the bus company servicing these routes. Their buses have a red and white exterior as well as a red star prominently displayed on both sides of the bus.

You can find them at the Bus Station located at Level 1 of KLIA.

The journey from KLIA to the city center of Kuala Lumpur, or vice versa, takes around an hour depending on traffic conditions.

A one-way ticket to Puduraya costs RM10.00 each whereas one-way tickets to Bukit Bintang or KLCC costs RM18.00 each.

You can get these tickets at BusOnlineTicket.com or at their ticket counter.

To / From Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport or Subang Airport

Some air travelers landing in KLIA might have a connecting flight departing from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, a smaller airport closer to the city center of Kuala Lumpur. Some might know the airport as Subang Airport.

To go from KLIA to Subang Airport, or vice versa, one can take a bus operated by Trans MVS Express. Just look for blue buses with red stripes on them when you are at the bus station of these airports.

A bus ride from KLIA to Subang Airport takes about an hour. A one-way ticket costs RM11.00 per person.

You can buy the tickets online at BusOnlineTicket.com or from the Trans MVS Express ticket counter at either of the airports.

To / From Mitsui Outlet Park

Mitsui Outlet Park is an outlet shopping mall where you can get branded goods at discounted prices. Some of the brands you can find here include Pierre Cardin, Clarks, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Nike, Adidas and many others.

Locals, as well as travelers who have some time to spend before their next flight, will come to the mall to shop.

You can take the free shuttle bus from Level 1 of KLIA to the mall. Just look out for the “Shuttle to Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA” sign. Follow it to find the right door where the shuttle bus will make a stop.

The shuttle bus, which is yellow in color, arrives and departs from KLIA every 20 minutes. The journey to Mitsui Outlet Park, or vice versa, only takes around 10 minutes. Of course, this is subjected to traffic conditions.

To / From Genting Highlands

Travelers who want to travel to Genting Highlands from KLIA can take an Aerobus or a bus operated by Star Shuttle.

A typical Aerobus has a yellow and red exterior. On the other hand, a Star Shuttle bus has a red and white exterior with a red star prominently displayed on its sides.

You can board one of these buses at the Bus Station located at Level 1 of KLIA.

They will drop passengers off at the Awana Bus Terminal in Genting Highlands. The bus terminal is also where you can take a bus back to KLIA.

The entire journey from KLIA to Genting Highlands, or vice versa, takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

You can buy the bus tickets online through BusOnlineTicket.com, or at their ticket counter.

A one-way ticket for an adult starts from RM30.00 while a ticket for a child starts from RM25.00.

To / From Petaling Jaya

Want to go from KLIA to Petaling Jaya? You can take an express bus operated by Aerobus. They have buses heading back and forth between KLIA and Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya.

A typical Aerobus has a yellow and red exterior. You can board one of them at the Bus Station located at Level 1 of KLIA.

The journey from KLIA to Paradigm Mall, or vice versa, takes around 1 hour.

You can buy Aerobus tickets online through their website, BusOnlineTicket.com, or at their ticket counter. A one-way ticket for an adult costs RM11.00 while a ticket for a child costs RM8.00.

To / From Singapore

It is possible to take a bus from KLIA to Singapore, or vice versa. The bus service to take is the Starmart Express.

From KLIA’s Bus Station, these buses, with a pink and red exterior, drop their passengers off at Golden Mile Tower, which is along Beach Road in Singapore.

A one-way ticket from KLIA to Singapore, or vice versa, costs RM60.00 each.

Travelers who want to take these buses can buy tickets from BusOnlineTicket.com. You can also get them from Starmart Express’ ticket counters at KLIA or Golden Mile Tower.

To / From Thailand

Other than Singapore, it is also possible to take a bus from KLIA to cross the Malaysia-Thailand border by land. You will be getting off at either Danok or Hatyai in southern Thailand.

The bus company to look for is Trans MVS Express. It has two departures from KLIA to Danok and Hatyai every day. There are also two departures daily from Hatyai to KLIA.

However, no buses transport passengers from Danok to KLIA.

One-way bus tickets for the journey between KLIA and Hatyai, as well as the trip from KLIA to Danok, is priced at RM70.00 per person.

You can get these tickets online at BusOnlineTicket.com or at Trans MVS Express’ ticket counter at KLIA, or the bus terminal in Hatyai and Danok.

Other Destinations Reachable by Bus

Aside from the popular routes above, it is also possible to reach other parts of West Malaysia by bus.

The towns across Peninsular Malaysia connected to KLIA by bus are:

Airport Coach

Airport Coach is a bus service that runs between KLIA and Johor. They drop passengers at the following bus terminals:

  • Batu Pahat Express Bus Terminal in Batu Pahat, Johor
  • Jalan Maharani Bus Stop in Muar, Johor

The exterior of Airport Coach buses is in green and grey.

A one-way ticket to Batu Pahat costs RM50.00 each whereas a one-way ticket to Muar costs RM40.00 each.

You can get your tickets from BusOnlineTicket.com, the ticket counters for Airport Coach at KLIA or the bus terminals listed above.

Trans MVS Express

Travelers heading to or coming from northern states of West Malaysia like Kedah and Penang can take a bus under Trans MVS Express.

These buses connect KLIA with the following terminals:

  • Butterworth Bus Terminal in Butterworth, Penang
  • Alor Setar, Kedah
  • Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah
  • Changloon Bus Terminal in Changloon, Kedah
  • Jitra, Kedah

The exterior of Trans MVS Express buses is in blue with red stripes.

The price of one-way tickets from KLIA to Butterworth, or vice versa, cost RM65.00 per ticket. As for bus rides between KLIA and bus terminals in Kedah, a one-way ticket costs RM70.00 each.

Travelers can buy the tickets from BusOnlineTicket.com, the Trans MVS Express counter at KLIA or the bus terminals where they operate.

Starmart Express

Aside from Singapore, buses under Starmart Express operate between KLIA and the following destinations:

  • Kuala Kangsar, Perak
  • Medan Simpang in Taiping, Perak
  • Kamunting Bus Terminal in Taiping, Perak

These buses have a pink and red exterior with the words “StarMart Express” clearly presented on both sides.

Passengers can buy their tickets from BusOnlineTicket.com, their ticket counter operating at KLIA as well as all the bus terminals listed above.

Star Shuttle

Other than Kuala Lumpur, travelers can take a bus by Star Shuttle to different parts of the Perak state in West Malaysia too.

The following are the destinations of Star Shuttle buses departing from KLIA:

  • Bidor Caltex Petrol Station in Bidor
  • Gopeng Bus Terminal in Gopeng
  • Aman Jaya Bus Terminal in Ipoh
  • Jalan Lumut in Setiawan
  • Jalan Intan 3 in Teluk Intan

Star Shuttle buses have a red and white exterior with a red star prominently displayed on both its sides.

You can buy Star Shuttle’s bus tickets online through BusOnlineTicket.com, or at their ticket counter.

Transnasional

Travelers planning to go to Melaka from KLIA, or the other way around, can consider taking a bus operated by a company called Transnasional.

These buses have a golden exterior and a red “Transnasional” text displayed on both sides of their body.

At Melaka, they drop passengers off at Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal.

The tickets for an adult costs RM24.10 while a ticket for a child costs RM18.10.

You can get the tickets from BusOnlineTicket.com or their ticket counter at the terminals above.

Yoyo Express

Yoyo Express has a fleet of double-decker and single deck buses.

Its double-decker buses come with an orange, yellow and green exterior while its single deck buses are in green. They both feature a huge “Yoyo! Express” text on both sides of their body.

They connect KLIA with the following bus terminals in Ipoh and Johor Bahru:

  • Amanjaya Bus Terminal in Ipoh
  • Tun Aminah Bus Terminal in Skudai
  • Yong Peng Bus Terminal

To buy a ticket for Yoyo Express buses, you can go to BusOnlineTicket.com, or its official website to make the purchase. The bus company also has a ticket counter at KLIA and all the bus terminals listed above.

By GRAB

GRAB is the preferred ride-hailing services in Malaysia. You can use the app to travel from the city center or anywhere in the Klang Valley to Kuala Lumpur Internation Airport (KLIA).

If you have never used the service before, here are the steps to register an account:

  1. Click on this link to register a GRAB account.
  2. Download GRAB to your mobile phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open the app and follow the steps to sign in.
  4. Select your pickup spot.
  5. Search for “KLIA”, select “KLIA DEPARTURE” and use it as your drop-off spot.
  6. Click on “Book” and a driver will be on his or her way.

Taking a ride from the city center of Kuala Lumpur to KLIA using GRAB costs around RM75 to RM95, depending on distance, tolls charges, and traffic conditions. The app will show the approximate fare and ask for your confirmation before proceeding to book a car for you.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is another option to get yourself to KLIA. You can also take a taxi from here if you are heading to a place within Kuala Lumpur or the Klang Valley.

It is worth noting, though, that taxis will cost slightly more as compared to rides provided by GRAB.

On top of that, there have been many instances where travelers encountered taxis that are uncomfortable or not properly maintained.

Taking a Taxi to KLIA

You can always take a taxi from anywhere within the Klang Valley or even from the surrounding states like Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, and Southern Perak to KLIA.

There shouldn’t be any problem for you to get a ride. Most taxi drivers are more than happy to send you to here because of the fare they stand to earn.

However, you should walk away and use GRAB instead when a driver is quoting a ridiculous fare with excuses such as poor traffic conditions, the long distance, rain or others.

A typical ride from anywhere within Kuala Lumpur to KLIA costs around RM75 to RM120 depending on traffic conditions. Toll charges will add around RM15 to the fare, and taking a ride past midnight will accrue a 50% surcharge.

Taking a Taxi from KLIA

Taxi services available at KLIA include Airport Taxi / Limo and metered taxis.

Airport Taxis / Limos have a quoted fare depending on destination while metered taxis charge a standard fare calculated by a meter on the car.

Airport Taxi / Limo

Airport Taxi Counter at KLIA

There are four types of vehicle that you can choose from:

Type | Car Mode | Capacity
Budget Taxi | Daewoo Tacuma Proton Wira | 3 – 4 passengers only
Budget Taxi | Proton Wira | 3 passengers only
Premier Limo | Renault Enviro | 4 – 5 passengers only
Premier Limo | Mercedes E220 | 4 passengers only
Super Luxury | Jaguar S-Type | 3 passengers only
Family Service | Kia Pregio Van | 8 passengers only

To take any of these vehicles to the city center, you can head to the following locations upon your arrival at KLIA:

  • International Arrival Hall (right after Customs Clearance, but before the public arrival area)
  • Domestic Arrival Hall (public area after Domestic Baggage Clearance)
  • Domestic Baggage Reclaim, Arrival Level

There will be a counter selling coupons for these vehicles. Let the staff manning these counters know your destination, and they will be able to let you know the fare.

Metered Taxis

There are two types of taxis waiting for passengers at Level 1 and 3 of KLIA’s main terminal building:

  • Budget taxis
  • Executive taxis

As you can probably tell from the name, executive taxis are more expensive than budget taxis.

Budget Taxi Fares

RM3.00 for the first kilometer or the first 3 minutes
RM0.10 for every subsequent 115 meters or subsequent 21 seconds

Budget Metered Taxi at KLIA

Executive Taxi Fares

RM6.00 for the first kilometer or the first 2 minutes
RM0.20 for every subsequent 150 meters or subsequent 45 seconds

Executive Metered Taxi at KLIA

For both types of taxi, there will be a 50% surcharge if you are taking a ride between 12:00am midnight and 6:00am.

Before boarding these taxis, you need to pay RM2 to the counter for a coupon. Once you have the coupon, pass it to the usher near the line of taxis, and he will show you the way to the taxi assigned to you.

Things to Note

  • Take a seat or hold onto the handrail while the Aerotrain is moving.

Opening Hours

24 hours.

Admission Fees

Free

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self-check-in kiosks.
  • Information counters.
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • ATMs
  • Internet terminals
  • Money changers
  • Business center
  • Post office
  • Luggage storage
  • Prayer rooms
  • Movie lounge
  • Lost and found facilities
  • Baby care room
  • Children’s play area
  • Clinic
  • Smoking lounge
  • Disabled-friendly facilities
  • Public phones

Parking

For the convenience of visitors and air passengers, Kuala Lumpur International Airport offers two main car parks with a total of 11,442 lots that cater to different types of vehicle.

The two main car parks are:

You can pay your parking charges by using cash at the designated counter or by using the autopay machines available. Alternatively, you can also pay using a Touch N Go card, which will incur an additional 10% charge on top of the existing charges.

KLIA's Parking Area

Short-Term Car Park

The short-term car park is a covered parking facility across four seven-story blocks (Block A, B, C, and D). It has 5,933 parking bays, 12 bus bays, and 1,202 parking lots for motorcycles.

Rates of the short-term car park go by an hourly rate. For vehicles parked for more than 24 hours, the rate table will start from the 1st hour again after the 24th hour.

Hourly Parking Rates:

  • 1st to the 3rd hour, or part thereof: RM4.00 per hour
  • 4th to the 5th hour, or part thereof: RM3.00 per hour
  • 6th to the 9th hour, or part thereof: RM2.50 per hour
  • 10th to the 18th hour, or part thereof: RM2.00 per hour
  • 19th to the 24th hour, or part thereof: No additional charges.

Maximum charge: RM46.00 per 24 hours

The penalty for lost or damaged chip coin is RM50.00.

Preferred Parking Area

Visitors or passengers who want to enjoy the most convenience by parking their vehicle nearest to the Main Terminal Building entrance can do so by utilizing the preferred parking facility.

You can find it at Level 2, Block B and C of the short-term car park.

The following are the rates for the preferred parking area:

  • 1st to the 3rd hour, or part thereof: RM5.00 per hour
  • Every subsequent hour from the 4th hour onwards, or part thereof: RM6.00 per hour

4WD Designated Parking

To offer additional security for 4-wheel drives, KLIA offers a dedicated parking area just for them.

Located at Level 2 of Block B and C, the area has a steel chain around its perimeters, and it is also guarded by a security personnel. The area is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To park your vehicle in the area, you need to register details about yourself and your vehicle. After that, you will be given a token that acts as an evidence of entry. You must return the token to the security personnel when you are exiting the area with your vehicle.

Motorcycle Parking

The parking area for motorcycles can be found at the short-term car park on the Ground Floor of Block A.

There is an RM1 per entry charge to park your motorcycle.

Long-Term Car Park

Want to park your vehicle at KLIA for longer while you fly off for a holiday or a business trip? You can do so at the long-term car park without having to pay a hefty parking charge.

Located at Level 4 and 5 of Block A, the long-term car park facility has 530 parking bays.

4 days is the minimum duration to park your vehicle in this area, and the parking rates are as follow:

  • First 4 days, or part thereof: RM144.00
  • Every subsequent day, or part thereof: RM15.00 per day.

The penalty for lost or damaged chip coin is RM50.00.

Clamping Penalty

The management of KLIA reserves the right to clamp any vehicle that is not parked in designated parking bays.

You will need to pay a penalty of RM100.00 for the release of the clamp.

Contact Information

Information Counter at Satellite Terminal A of KLIA

Phone Number

Main Terminal Building: +60 (3) 8776 4386 / +60 (3) 8776 4389
Contact Pier: +60 (3) 8776 0257 / +60 (3) 8776 0219
Satellite Building: +60 (3) 8776 2425

Email Address

[email protected]

Address

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur
64000 Sepang,
Selangor, Malaysia.

Website

http://www.klia.com.my/index.php?m=airport

GPS Coordinates

2.735044,101.701043

Travel Blog Mentions

12-Hour Layover at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Not many travel bloggers talk about their stop at KLIA, but Nafisa Habib, a travel blogger from Bangladesh did, and it was interesting to read. While she was traveling to Bali from Dhaka in August 2017, she needed to find ways to spend 12 hours at the airport. Needless to say, you will have some ideas of what to do here by reading her blog post.

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