Flanked by four main cities, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban, and Malacca, Kuala Lumpur International Airport functions as Malaysia’s main international airport and is one of South East Asia’s major aviation hubs. The airport is located in the Sepang district of Selangor, about 45 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
The Satellite terminal handles most of the international flights, while the Main Terminal Building (MTB) manages domestic traffic, regional international flights, and international flights routed to other hubs within the country. In light of the proliferation of low-cost carriers and the popularity of budget travelling in recent years, KLIA2, a purpose-built terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers replaced the former Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in 2014.
For transportation within the airport, there is an automated people mover called the Aerotrain connecting the MTB and Satellite Terminal. KLIA2 is two kilometres away from the MTB and can be accessed by Express Rail Link, also referred to as KLIA Ekpres.
Both public and private buses connect KLIA to several points in Kuala Lumpur and beyond. There are various bus services, such as Airport Liner, City Liner, Sepang Omnibus, Star Shuttle, and Express Coach, that shuttle between a range of destinations and the airport.
If you’re looking to take a train, KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekpres are two direct rail services that connect KL Sentral directly to the airport. If you are looking to get a taxi, be sure that the cab has a meter or agree on a price with your driver before boarding.
The city’s public transport system is sufficiently developed, so getting around by train or bus is hassle-free. If you’re going to travel within the Central Business District, the KL monorail has got you covered, while the KTM Kommuter will get you to and from the city and the suburbs. If you would like to head to notable attractions, the double-decker KL Hop-on-Hop-off sightseeing tour buses, with information commentary given through headphones, will be a good option.
Once a sleepy Chinese tin-mining village, Kuala Lumpur has come a long way to become the bustling federal capital of Malaysia. Although Bahasa Malaysia is the national language, English and several other ethnic dialects are spoken too.
If you have more than just a few hours to spare, the golden triangle, which is the city’s main shopping and nightlife district, is definitely the place to go. There is a good mix of luxury shopping centres and mid-end malls to cater to your budget and lifestyle. Additionally, the area is also home to the Petronas Twin Towers and the ever-busy shopping area of Bukit Bintang.
If one is short on time, you can ride out to Putrajaya, a city that is just half an hour away from the airport. Although it does not have glitzy malls like KL city, there is the Putra Mosque, uniquely constructed from beautiful rose-tinted granite, or the imposing Palace of Justice that houses the judicial departments and courts, and the Putrajaya Botanic Garden that has more than 700 species of flowering plants, local plants as well as plants from the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.
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