How to get to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is served by the primary flight companies and by the well known low-cost company Air Asia. If you are already travelling through South East Asia or you want to reach another Malaysian destination, the best option is to fly with Air Asia that always offers great deals. The best websites where you can find out all the means of transport to reach your destination around Malaysia or Asia and purchase the tickets are Trip.com and 12Go.asia.com.
How to reach the city centre from KL International airport
After landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you have four options: taxi, bus, Klia Express train or a private transfer.
First of all, you have to buy the ticket at the “taxi counter” in the arrival area, then follow the sign “Teksim/Taxi” and queue up with the other customers (the price is around 90 RM, but if you need more space like Van 9 seaters the price is about 240 RM).
It is the cheapest transport, the ticket to KL Sentral (Central railway station) is around 10 RM, and it takes you 1 hour. There is also a bus to/from Chinatown (stop at Jalan Pudu road, close to Pudu Sentral bus terminal) and it costs 12 RM. Check the official web site of Star Shuttle Bus to see schedule and prices.
3) Klia express
Follow the violet sign to Klia express stop. The ticket to KL Sentral costs 55 RM, and it takes you only 30 minutes. Once you arrive in KL Sentral (KL central station), you can take the tube, the KTM Komuter train or a taxi to reach your accommodation.
There is a taxi counter where you have to buy your ride just a few meters from the taxi stop (a trip to Chinatown is 13 RM).
4) Private Transfer
If you don’t want to catch public transportation, you can also use private transfer. It is an excellent service to directly reach your accommodation above all if you are a group. We can suggest using Kiwitaxi. It is a pre-paid service, and the driver will wait for you inside the terminal with a sign that has your name. A shuttle bus transfer operates typically in an eight-seat van.
Alternatively, you can easily purchase your private transfer from KL International Airport to your Hotel using one the web platform Viator that offers good deals and different choices.
The best transportations to visit Kuala Lumpur
Going around KL is very easy. You can use the tube, Komuter train (ticket around 1 RM), taxi (average expense 10/15 RM – ask the driver to use the meter), Uber (cheaper than a local cab; download the app for your mobile phone) or the bus.
There is also a free bus service called Go KL city bus: it runs from 6 am to 11 pm with a frequency of 5 minutes. There are four different routes with stops at the main attractions and business centres. Click here to see the official web site with the map of the routes.
Another great option (in our opinion the best one if you have a few times) is to take the “Hop on-Hop off” bus. It costs 55 RM for 24 hours, and it is convenient because there is only 1 route (a loop) stopping in front of the main attractions of KL.
Where to sleep in Kuala Lumpur
So as the big cities, Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of accommodations, from cheap Hostels to luxury five stars Hotels. One of the best neighbourhood through the city is Chinatown because well located to visit the main attractions, only 10 minutes by taxi from KL Sentral railway station, 15 minutes walk from Pudu Sentral bus terminal where you can catch the bus to KLIA and full of budget accommodations. We slept at Swiss-Inn Chinatown.
Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur
You have several good options like Jalan Alor (our favourite place, full of cheap restaurants and stands), Chinatown, Little India or Changkat Bukit Bintang The food is good, and the average expense is around 15/20 Ringgit. Anyway, you can find local restaurants everywhere. Just consider that the restaurants often close around 10 pm
If you want to try an alternative experience, you should try the ”Dinner in the sky” or the fancy Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant. We ate at the stalls in Jalan Alor, at Leaf & Co. Cafe in Chinatown and at Opium KL in Changkat Bukit Bintang. Click below to find the best restaurants and reviews of customers.
Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
The most famous place for enjoying the Kuala Lumpur nightlife is Changkat Bukit Bintang. It is busy street plenty of international restaurants, cocktail lounges, bars, pubs and, of course, clubs playing all the hit of the moment.
Moving around Malaysia
The easiest way is to take a flight from KL airport with Air Asia. If you book in advance, you can get very cheap tickets. The other option is by bus, and there are two main bus stations: Puduraya Bus Terminal (Pudu Sentral) close to Chinatown and Bersepadu Selatan Terminal, the biggest Station of KL where you can also leave for Thailand or Singapore.
We suggest to buy the ticket online in advance (or at bus terminal counter always in advance) and collect it at the ticketing counter inside the terminal because the queue is often very long. The KTM Komuter Station is “Bandar Taksit Selatan”, and it takes you just 20 minutes (it costs 1 RM) from KL Sentral. The best website where you can purchase to find out all the means of transport to reach your destination and buy the tickets are Trip.com and 12Go.asia.com.