Car Hire from Langkawi Airport
Langkawi is a duty-free island just off Malaysia’s coastline. It’s a laid back place full of authentic villages, rice paddies and magnificent mountains. However, the majority of visitors come here for the incredible paradise beaches. There’s a choice of lively resorts and more secluded bays to choose from. Public transport across the island is scarce so hiring a car from Langkawi Airport is the only way to get around and discover this beautiful island.
Where to hire a car at Langkawi Airport
Kasina Rent a Car is the only car hire company at Langkawi Airport. The car hire office is located in the main terminal building, which is small and easy to navigate.
Petrol Stations near Langkawi Airport
Depending on the fuel policy in your car hire agreement you may need to refuel before returning the car to the airport.
The closest petrol station to Langkawi Airport is a Petronas service station just off route 116. It takes just over 10 minutes to drive there.
Driving around Langkawi Airport
The pace of life in Langkawi is slow and this is reflected on the roads. You may have to stop for the occasional herd of buffalo but generally roads are quiet and free of traffic. Roads leading away from Langkawi Airport include route 112 which travels towards Kuah town and route 114 which goes north along the coast.
Signposting and road names around the island can be a bit haphazard and untrustworthy. However, with a road running around the island’s entire perimeter, it’s very difficult to get lost in Langkawi. Roads are in good condition but petrol stations are few and far between so drivers should fill up when they can. As a former British colony, drivers drive on the left hand side of the road.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Langkawi Airport is a great way to venture beyond the beach resorts. Here are a few must-see destinations.
Kuah is Langkawi Island’s main town. It has an array of shops selling confectionary, tobacco and perfumes (to name but a few) in which visitors can take advantage of the island’s duty-free status. However, shopping isn’t the only attraction in Kuah. Other activities include trekking up to the top of Gunung Raya for views of the island, admiring the impressive eagle sculpture in Eagle Square or learning about Langkawi’s folklore in the Taman Lagenda Park.
Kuah is a 25 minute drive from Langkawi Airport taking route 112 south. There is parking throughout the town, particularly around the jetty.
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are widely regarded as Langkawi’s most beautiful attraction with some locals saying they are home to fairies. Seven natural pools connected by waterfalls allow visitors to swim and bathe with views of the seafront below. It’s also possible to trek up to the top of the hill. The 45 minute walk can be a little strenuous but rewards hikers with incredible views from the top and a variety of local flora, fauna and wildlife including monkeys and exotic birds along the way.
The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are just 15 minutes’ drive from Langkawi Airport. Drivers should take route 115 and then route 114 along the coast. Parking at the waterfalls is easy. There is a large car park at the base of the hill which costs MYR 2 to enter.
The beach of Pantai Tengah is one of the most beautiful on the island of Langkawi. It’s a beautiful white sandy beach backed by palm trees. There are a number of basic and more lavish accommodation options and visitors can occupy their time with mangrove tours, island hopping trips or a day at the spa. In the evening there are plenty of restaurants to choose from as well as some lively nightlife.
Pantai Tengah is just 15 minutes’ drive south from Langkawi Airport, taking the 115 south and then the 117.