How to get to the city center: after landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you have 3 options: taxi, bus or Klia Express train.
- taxi: 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 Ringgit but if you need more space like Van 9 seaters the price is around 240 Ringgit).
- bus: it is the cheapest transport, the ticket to KL sentral (central railway station) is around 10 Ringgit 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 Ringgit (star shuttle bus)
- Klia express: follow the violet sign to Klia express stop. The ticket to KL sentral costs 55 Ringgit and it takes you only 30 minutes. Once in KL sentral you can take the tube, the KTM komuter train or a taxi. There is a taxi counter where you have to buy your ride just few meter from the taxi stop (a ride to Chinatown is 13 Ringgit).
Visiting the city: going around KL is very easy. You can use the tube, komuter train (ticket around 1 Ringgit), taxi (average expense 10/15 Ringgit – ask the driver to use the meter), Uber (cheaper than local taxi; just dowload the app from the mobile store on your phone). The cheapest transport is a free bus service called Go KL city bus: it runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with frequency of 5 minutes. There are 4 different routes with stops at main attractions and business centres. Another option is o take the “hop on / off” bus: it costs 55 Ringgit for 24 hours and it is very handy because there is only 1 route (a loop) stopping in front of the main attractions of KL.
Where to sleep: one of the best places is Chinatown because full of budget accomodations and the average expense is around 60 Ringgit for a double room.
Where to eat: you have many options like Jalan Alor (my favorite place, full of cheap restaurants and stands), Chinatown, Little India, Central Market. 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 close around 10 p.m.
Night Life: the most famous place is Changkat Bukit Bintang. It is a busy street plenty of international restobars, nightclubs, cocktail loungers, bars and pubs.
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 2 main bus stations: Puduraya Bus Terminal (Pudu Sentral) close to Chinatown and Bersepadu Selatan Terminal, the biggest place where you can leave also for Thailand or Singapore. I suggest you to buy ticket online in advance (or at bus terminal counter always in advance) and collect it at the 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 Ringgit) from KL Sentral.
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