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Airports in Malaysia

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.

see full airport guide


Penang International Airport (PEN)

Overview

Penang International Airport is served by a number of low-cost carriers. It's the perfect gateway to one of Malaysia's popular coastal towns just near the Thai border. Penang International Airport won the 2009 Airport of the Year Award for airports serving fewer than 15 million passengers each year. It used to be called Bayan Lepas International and is a mid-sized, visitor-friendly airport offering passengers easy access to one of the premier destinations in southeast Asia.

Location

Penang Airport is located four miles (6km) north of Bayan Baru or 10 miles (16km) west of Georgetown.

Getting to the city

The hourly (6am to 9pm) yellow bus 83, costs RM 1.60 and goes to Georgetown via Penang's main bus station (Komtar), the trip takes about an hour. However, most foreign visitors take taxis, which are available outside the terminal.

Time

GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: +60 (0)4 643 4411.

see full airport guide


Kuching International Airport (KCH)

Location

The airport is situated about six miles (11km) south of Kuching city centre.

Getting to the city

There is no public transport into Kuching, however taxis and rental cars are available at the airport.

Time

GMT +8

see full airport guide


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

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