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Kuala Lumpur Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

Overview

One of the largest airports in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a mammoth facility serving roughly 35 million passengers each year. Covering an area of over 100 square kilometres and employing more than 25,000 people the airport has a huge selection of top-notch shops, restaurants, and other amenities to entertain passengers, including reflexology and massage, and child-care areas.

The terminal is comprised of three separate buildings: the Contact Pier, serving passengers of Malaysia Airlines; the Satellite Building, serving international flights and housing most of the airport's restaurants and shops; and Terminal 1, housing check-in gates and baggage claim.

While not on a level with the incredible facilities in Singapore or Seoul, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is clean and well-run, making it a pleasant and popular travel hub in Southeast Asia. Flights to Kuala Lumpur International Airport are available from a number of destinations in Asia and the Pacific, including Beijing, Christchurch, Bangkok, Dubai, Melbourne, Cairo, Tokyo, Moscow and Hong Kong.

Passengers travelling through Kuala Lumpur International Airport should remember that bringing alcohol into Kuala Lumpur is prohibited.

Location

The airport is located in Sepang, 31 miles (50km) south of Kuala Lumpur.

Getting to the city

The Express Rail Link train provides the fastest transportation to the city centre. The KLIA Ekspres and the KLIA Transit links the airport to Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral - City Air Terminal) and vice versa. Journeys run from 5am to 12.30am and cost about RM35 one way, RM70 return. At the City Air Terminal departing passengers have the option of checking-in their luggage, receiving their boarding passes and proceeding to board the train for the airport. Immigration clearance will be completed there. Travel time between KL Sentral and the airport is 28 minutes on the KLIA Express and 37 minutes on the KLIA Transit. Taxis are also available. Many hotels can arrange for a car to pick up guests, though this is generally more expensive than taking a taxi. An express coach service runs from the airport to KL Sentral for RM10 one way, RM18 return.

Time

GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: + 60 (0)3 8776 2000.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Thrifty, and a number of local car rental companies are all represented at the airport. Most visitors opt to avoid driving in Kuala Lumpur, and instead take taxis.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available; they should be paid for in advance at the three ticket counters in the International Arrivals Hall, Domestic Arrival Hall, and Domestic Baggage Reclaim on the Arrival Level. Prices are linked to distance and type of taxi: budget Daewoo and Proton taxis are cheapest, premier limos the most expensive. There is an added surcharge between midnight and 6am.

Transfer between terminals

An Aerotrain provides a free service between terminals. A shuttle bus runs every 30 mins between the low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and costs RM 1.50.

Facilities

Airport facilities include lounges/travel clubs, left luggage, disabled and nursery/baby changing facilities; banks, bureaux de change and ATMs; restaurants and bars, post office, pharmacy; and duty-free shops.

Parking

Parking at Kuala Lumpur International Airport starts at MYR 3.50 for the first hour, and MYR 2-3 per hour after that. There are two main car parks offering long and short-term parking.

Departure Tax

RM45, which is usually included in the ticket price.

Website

www.klia.com.my

Airlines

Flights to Kuala Lumpur International Airport are available via Air China, Air Mauritiu, AirAsia, China Eastern Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetstar Asia, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qater Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, United, Vietnam Airlines and Yemenia.

Internet

There is wifi throughout Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Business Lounges

There is a business centre, as well as private conference rooms, in Terminal 1, offering services like internet-ready computer terminals, phone, fax, printing and copying, and couriers. The Plaza Premium lounge in the Satellite Building has other basic facilities.


Kuala Lumpur Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.