Hi there! Well, following my blog, you must know by now that I always like to talk about airport transport. Why? After years arriving in a new place and being surprised by the fact there’s no convenient public transport from the airport to the city, or being a victim of taxi drivers’ scams, I find it extremely important to share these tips with you. I’ve just arrived from Malaysia and travelled from the airport to the city (and vice-versa) several times. So I definitely have the tools to show you how to go from Kuala Lumpur airport to the city. Agreed?

How To Go From Kuala Lumpur Airport To The City

Merdeka Square, the historical heart of Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur Airport, also known as KLIA, is Malaysia’s main airport and handled nearly 50 million passengers in 2015. It is located 60km from Kuala Lumpur Sentral and has two separate terminals. Known as KLIA and KLIA2, the terminals are a few miles from each other and are connected by a rail system – the same that connects to the city centre.

How To Go From Kuala Lumpur Airport To The City

The airport is a hub for many airlines, including Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Malindo. Bear in mind that almost all low-cost airlines, including Air Asia, use KLIA2.


There are a few different ways to go from the airport to Central Kuala Lumpur (or Sentral, as it is spelt in Malay). The price difference between some of them is considerable if you’re travelling solo, but if you’re travelling in a small group, a private transfer or taxi may be the best option for.


Ok, this sounds quite obvious, so I’ll go straight to the point. You can take taxis from both KLIA and KLIA2, using the taxi booths available at the airport.

However, beware of unlicensed drivers in the airport hall. They can be slightly pushy and not always honest. There are also licensed ones as well, but according to friends who live in the city, they will rarely use the metre and will charge you an inflated fare. Personally, I tend to avoid them.


A good alternative to taxis in Kuala Lumpur is organising a private transfer, which can be booked online prior to your arrival.

The main benefit of booking a car transfer is that you’ll know the exact price, pay in advance and won’t have to deal with money as soon as you land, giving you the flexibility to get local currency after your hotel check-in. Add to that the safety aspect and guaranteed comfort.

This company offers affordable transfers from Kuala Lumpur airport to Sentral station – I used it a number of times now partnered with them. This means that, if you book your transfer with my links, you I will receive a small commission – you will not pay anything extra for that. Their typical prices are:, starting from 45USD. The good thing is that you can either pay in full online or pay part online and part directly to the driver. The journey takes around 40 minutes in good traffic.

KLIA to Sentral Station: From 48USD in an economy car for up to 4 people and 3 bags.

The good thing is that you can either pay in full online or pay part online and part directly to the driver. The journey takes around 40 minutes in good traffic.


KLIA Ekspress is the local express train that connects both Kuala Lumpur Airport terminals to the city’s central station (Sentral). The train is clean, reliable and also has free wifi.

How To Go From Kuala Lumpur Airport To The City

The lifts that’ll take you to the KLIA Ekspres railway station

The best way to buy your ticket is by downloading their app, available on both App and Android stores. You will be able to pay by credit card and will also have a 20% discount if you pay with MasterCard.

A one-way ticket costs 55RM per person, and return tickets cost 80RM – return tickets are valid for 30 days from the day of purchase. With the MasterCard discount, the price becomes very attractive. If you use the app to buy the tickets, you’ll receive a barcode to use at the barriers.

Alternatively, you can also buy from the self-service machines or the tills after you arrive. At the KLIA railway station you’ll have two platforms, one pink that says “KLIA Ekspres” and a blue one, which reads “KLIA Transit”. As the name says, the Ekspres train is a direct train (KLIA2-KLIA-KL Sentral). KLIA Transit stops at several stations before reaching KL Sentral.

Train Schedule: The first train from KLIA departs at 05:30am and the last one departs at 01:10am. From Sentral Station, the first train departs at 05:00am and the last one at 00:40am and the journey takes around 30 minutes.


Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station is the city’s main public transport hub and the only station that connects to every single railway line.

However, if you are paying single tickets, it’ll mean you have to buy a separate ticket for every leg and connection you take. Bear in mind that KLIA Espres, Komuter and LRT have separate entrances at the station.

What about you, what’s your preferred way to travel from an airport to the city?

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3 Responses

  1. Louis

    Thanks for the info Pedro. Very helpful and your webpage is so easy to follow!


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