Kuala Lumpur: Local Travel Info
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Internal Flights and Major International Airports in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is served by two airports, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. The latter is mainly used for turboprop aircraft and selected low cost carriers. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is Malaysia’s main international airport. It is situated in the Sepang district of Selangor and is about 50 km (31miles) from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. KLIA handles all scheduled international and most internal flights and is a major stop for more than 50 airlines. A low cost carrier terminal was opened within the airport in 2006 to cater for the increased demand of budget travel in the region.
Getting to and from the airport at Kuala Lumpur
There are many ways to get to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The airport is linked to the main city centre by rail; KLIA Express, major expressways and bus service. The fastest way to get into Kuala Lumpur city is by KLIA Express. It is a high speed train service which brings passengers directly into the KL Sentral, the transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur. It takes only 28 minutes to reach the city and the train runs from 5am to 12 midnight daily. The cost of a single ticket is RM35. Alternatively, you can board the express coach which operates from 5am to 10.30pm. It takes 1 hour to reach the city centre and costs RM10 for an adult single ticket. Most taxis in Kuala Lumpur take passengers to and from the airport. All taxis are metered although there are some taxi drivers in metered red-and-white taxis who might refuse to use the meters to calculate the fare therefore it is important to agree on a price before getting into the taxi. Fares to and from KLIA should fall between RM60 and RM90. The second airport, which is the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, is 25 km away from Kuala Lumpur city centre. Visitors can either travel by taxi or take the Rapid KL bus U81 (destination Mah Sing and Pekan Subang) from the Sultan Mohd Bus Hub which is next to the Pasar Seni LRT station. The fare is RM2 and the ticket is valid for a full day’s travel on all RapidKL routes with "U" prefix.
Renting Cars in Kuala Lumpur
Car rental in Kuala Lumpur can be easily arranged. There are many reputable and international known car hire companies onsite at Kuala Lumpur airport and in the city. It can be quite challenging to drive around the city of Kuala Lumpur especially during peak hours. It would be a good idea to also rent a car navigation system to help you find your way around the city. Most car rental companies in Kuala Lumpur rent the navigation system on a daily charge. Car hire rates vary according to the time of the year and the price fluctuates when there is a major event in the city. The current car rental price for a small car is around RM50 to RM60 a day.
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Driving License requirements in Kuala Lumpur
If you want to rent a car in Kuala Lumpur, it is important to have a national driving license or an International Driving Permit. The driver must be at least 23 years old. The roads and streets in Kuala Lumpur are in good condition however it could be a challenging experience through the maze of one way road systems and traffic jams during rush hours. It will also be a good idea to learn some of their more common road signs written in Malay such as AWAS for caution. Driving is on the left hand-side of the road with a speed limit of 60kph (37mph) in the city. Seat belts and child seats are compulsory and drink driving is an offence taken very seriously in Malaysia. Offenders will be punished with large fines or imprisonment.
Kuala Lumpur by buses
Exploring Kuala Lumpur by buses is one of the best ways to learn about the city. There is a comprehensive bus and light rail system in Kuala Lumpur. There are many bus operators in Kuala Lumpur but visitors can easily get around the city by using the City Shuttle buses managed by RapidKL. There are 10 routes that cover most major areas of Kuala Lumpur city centre and City Shuttles are easily identifiable by a B prefix in their route numbers. Most City Shuttle buses in Kuala Lumpur operate from "hubs". There are 4 bus hubs namely KL Sentral, KLCC, Maluri and Titiwangsa. These bus hubs are usually located near public transit stations such as Kelana Jaya Line transit stations. The fare for the City Shuttles is RM2 for the whole day or you could buy an integrated daily pass for only RM7. The integrated daily pass allows you to ride any RapidKL bus and LightRail (LRT) for as many trips as you like for the whole day.
Kuala Lumpur by Taxi
Travelling around Kuala Lumpur by taxi is an easy way to see the city. Taxis in Kuala Lumpur are classed as standard or premium. Standard taxis are usually coloured red and white and Premium taxis are bright yellow in colour. Taxis in Kuala Lumpur are metered and the starting rate for a standard taxi is RM2 for the first kilometre and 10 sen for each additional 200 metres. The starting rate for premium taxis is RM4. There is an additional charge of RM1 for each bag placed in the boot, a surcharge of RM1 for taking a taxi from a hotel taxi stand. A 50% surcharge for travel between 12am to 6am applies. Visitors to Kuala Lumpur are advised to only travel on taxis that charge fares using a meter. You should always ensure the driver uses the meter before agreeing to setting off. Whilst most drivers will use the meter, some drivers may be unwilling to do so. When faced with such a situation, it is advisable to get out of the taxi and hail another one.
Cycling in Kuala Lumpur
The intricate city network and traffic doesn’t make cycling in Kuala Lumpur an attractive choice however visitors to Kuala Lumpur can hire a bike and enjoy a lovely ride in Kuala Lumpur’s two main lake gardens, Taman Tasik Perdana and Taman Tasik Titiwngsa. The tracks in these two parks run through woodlands and around the lake and make for easy cycling.