There are three airports in and around Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main airport where all international flights arrive at. Malaysia Airlines also operates numerous domestic routes from this airport. The budget airlines depart from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2),all domestic and international flights operated by AirAsia depart from this terminal.. The third airport is the smaller but very modern airport Subang Airport. From here budget airline Firefly departs to many domestic, and also a few international destinations.
There are multiple ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to the airport (and vice versa). You can always rent a car at the airport counter from various car rentals company. The quickest way probably is the KLIA Express; this train brings you in 28 minutes from Kuala Lumpur central train station (KL Sentral) to the airport. You pay RM55 for a one way ticket, first train departs at 5am, the last train at 12.30am. KLIA Transit is also an option; but this train has a few stops at certain stations before heading to KLIA. Trains depart every 15 minutes during the day.
KLIA Express train sign
Transport with KLIA Express is most pleasant, considering you are quickly in the centre of Kuala Lumpur without concerns. From KL Sentral you can go, among other things, by metro, bus or taxi to your hotel or destination. In this case the taxi is preferred, because at KL Sentral a fixed price system is in place. At the taxi counter you indicate to which hotel you want to go, you pay the sum and you get a taxi ticket.
By taxi to KLIA
Airport Limo taxi counter at KLIA
Often the most comfortable method to get from the city center to the airport as you can get a taxi right in front of the hotel where you are staying (with KLIA Express you first need to travel to KL Sentral). Taxis usually charge around RM70 (regular taxi) to RM100+ (VIP, premier, airport limousine service or executive taxi) for a ride from the city center to the airport. From the airport to KL you just buy yourself a taxi ticket at the taxi counter; The regular taxi from the airport to Kuala Lumpur is always very modern compared to a regular taxi from KL to the airport (different operators);
Family taxi service at KLIA
Regular taxis often have small trunks; which could lead to problems when you are traveling with suitcases. The premium taxi is the most expensive form of transport between KLIA and Kuala Lumpur city center; but at the same time it is also the most comfortable solution. At KLIA you can arrange the premium taxi at the regular taxi counter. Here you can also arrange a family van; which is great if you travel with more than two persons including luggage. You can also take the premium taxi from your hotel to go to KLIA. If you do want to go by a premium taxi, but there are none in front of the hotel; have the concierge call one. It is best to ask the driver’s business card. This way you can always call him yourself for a pick up.
By bus to KLIA
Cheapest way to travel between Kuala Lumpur city center is to board one of coaches that depart from KL Sentral. Airport Coach is one of them; they charge around RM18 to bring you to KLIA.