Getting to the city from Airport (KLIA/KLIA2)
Grab/Uber is the recommended mode of transportation from the airport to town. Usually would cost around RM 60-80 to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. There are also Airport Limos and metered taxis which can be taken from the taxi counter, but usually are much more expensive.
If you prefer public transportation, there are buses which goes to town and also KLIA Ekspres/Transit train service (ERL). This is a great option if you’re traveling light. You can find buses going to Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, and many other areas as well. For more information about the buses, see here for KLIA and here for KLIA2. It would cost RM55 from Airport to KL Sentral on KLIA Ekspres (ERL). You could get a KL TravelPass, which gives you 2 days of unlimited LRT/MRT/Monorail rides when you purchase a single journey (RM70) or return journey (RM115). You can find more information about the KL TravelPass here.
Recommend Option: If traveling in group, take Grab/Uber. If backpacking alone, take bus/train.
Traveling Within The City
GOKL Bus Service
GOKL is a free bus service that stops at various tourist attractions and business centers around Kuala Lumpur area.
Weekend Operating Hours: 7am – 11pm
Weekend Frequency: Every 10 minutes
The LRT, MRT, and Monorail are train lines that serve the majority of the Klang Valley, operated by MyRapidKL. Prices start from as low as RM0.80.
See LRT/MRT map here.
Learn more about LRT/MRT here.
Touch ‘N Go Card
The Touch ‘N Go card is a prepaid payment card that can be used on major public transport services including highway tolls, selected parking complexes and selected retail outlets. Cards can be purchased and reloaded from train stations, convenience stores (7-11, MyNews.com), petrol stations, selected pharmacies and selected supermarkets. Do note that some outlets offer a “no reload fee” option. Touch ‘N Go is most useful if you intend to drive or use bus/train.
We would recommend that your first choice for private transportation be Uber or Grab. Both these services allow for cash and cashless payment. You can download Uber or Grab via the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.
While there are taxi queues at the entrance of all hotels, shopping malls and most office blocks in the city center, it is not recommended to patronize their services as they frequently refuse to use the meter.
Should you need a taxi, please choose the “GrabTaxi” option in your Grab app – this guarantees you a trackable and metered ride.
Car rentals are a very pricey way to get around but this would be the highest convenience option as you would be in full control of your travel times. The airport will have a few counters where you can rent from. Be sure to also purchase a Touch ‘N Go card from convenience stores or petrol stations to pay for tolls and selected parking lots.
In Malaysia, we observe left hand traffic, like the British do 😉 Do be mindful that the fast lane on highways will be on the right. As for parking, most buildings will have their own parking lots and the fees will vary between RM5-RM20 depending on the type of building and number of hours.
oBike is a bike sharing platform where you can rent a bike. Most convenient for short trips and a great way to visit some UPV 😉 oBikes are available near certain train stations, malls, parks, and other spots. You can find more information about how oBike works, check their website. There’s also an unlimited free one hour ride promotion in conjunction with SEA Games 2017 (see their Facebook post for more information about the promotion).