How to Get to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
According to a2zgov, the world’s leading airlines operate daily flights from Moscow to Kuala Lumpur, aircraft land at the main terminal of the city ‘s International Airport. There are no direct flights from the Russian capital: carriers offer flights with one or more connections.
From neighboring Singapore and Thailand, you can get to Kuala Lumpur by train or bus: it’s fast and fairly cheap. Trains arrive at the KL Sentral Central Station, buses arrive at one of the 4 bus stations located near metro stations.
From the airport to the city center you will be taken by a taxi, a comfortable bus or a high-speed train. Read all the details on how to get to Kuala Lumpur in our article.
Urban transport of the capital of Malaysia – buses, monorail and elevated metro. The latter is the most convenient for tourists.
There are 4 types of buses in Kuala Lumpur: Express (with orange signs, follow with a minimum number of stops or without them); urban (with red signs, run in the center); long-distance (with blue plates, go to the suburbs); local (with green signs, connect the outskirts with the center). A one-time ticket can be bought directly on the bus for 1-4 MYR, depending on the duration of the route.
To see the main sights and take panoramic photos from a great height, we recommend taking a ride on the monorail. The line has 11 stations located on 8.6 km between the termini KL Sentral and Titiwangsa. On the monorail, you can easily reach the Bukit Bintang area, reaching the station of the same name, as well as Chinatown (Maharajalela station is located 400 meters from Chinatown). Opening hours: from 6:00 to midnight, ticket price is 1.20-3.60 MYR depending on the distance.
- Downtown Kuala Lumpur
LRT Rail differs from the urban metro familiar to Russian travelers: only 4 of its stations are underground, the rest are located on the surface. There are 2 lines in the Kuala Lumpur metro: Ampang Line and Kelana Jaya Line, starting at Putra Heights station and intersecting at Masjid Jamek. The ticket price depends on the length of the route, you can buy a cumulative ticket (separate for each line) or a multiple ticket.
Tickets should be kept until the end of the trip: control is carried out at the entrance and exit from the cars.
Taxis are relatively inexpensive, calling or simply catching one on the street is easy. The cars are in good condition, most of them are made in Japan. Almost all of them are equipped with meters, so when landing, you need to make sure that the driver “accidentally” does not forget to turn it on. Orange-and-white taxis are the cheapest: landing and the first 2 km cost 3 MYR, each subsequent km is less than 1 MYR. Blue taxis are slightly more expensive: 4 MYR per landing, a little over 1 MYR for each km. Luggage is usually paid extra: 1 MYRfor a suitcase or bag. Night taxi fares (between 0:00 and 06:00) are increased by 50%. Intercity taxis often do not have a meter, so the price must be negotiated in advance. For long journeys, you can use the services of a bicycle or auto rickshaw, but trips for short distances are more expensive than taxis.
Light rail in Kuala Lumpur
The Putra LRT stretches for 29 km from the Lembah Subang depot, connecting the northeastern and western suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, to the Putra Terminal in Gombak. Buses run within a radius of 3 km from each station. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday – 6:00-0:00, Sunday – 8:00-23:00.
The Star Light Rail Route (Star LRT) runs from Kuala Lumpur’s eastern suburb of Ampang through the center to Sentul. Another line originates in Sentula and runs south through the center, ending at Sri Petaling next to the State Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil.
Rent a Car
You can rent a car directly at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Hertz, Avis, Mayflower, Kasina Baru, Orix, Insas Pacific and Pantas provide their services. Rental desks are located in the arrivals area, but it is better to book a car in advance via the Internet. The airport has a covered multi-storey car park with an hourly rate, as well as an open long-term car park at the main building.
The cost of renting an economy class car is from 495 MYR for 3 days, a middle class car is from 610 MYR, a five-seater minivan is from 870 MYR. Of course, this is not cheap, but very convenient: in the mainland of Malaysia, the system of high-speed highways is well developed. Gasoline here costs about 2 MYR per liter, gas stations are quite common. However, when planning to travel around the city by car, take into account the extra time for traffic jams: as in any metropolis in the world, the traffic here is very dense.
A single or double yellow line along the curb indicates that parking is prohibited here.
There are many paid parking lots in Kuala Lumpur, the average cost is from 0.6 MYR for half an hour. Parking meters are installed almost everywhere, in some places parking attendants work, attaching coupons to the windshields of cars. Many hotels offer guests free parking.
Communication and Wi-Fi
It is quite easy to find free Wi-Fi in Kuala Lumpur: it is available in many cafes, restaurants, hotel lobbies and shopping malls, you just need to ask the staff for the password. Most malls have internet cafes. The United Tourist Center of Malaysia provides not only interesting information about the country, but also the opportunity to use a computer with the Internet for free. At the same time, one should not forget about caution: it is undesirable to enter passwords and other confidential data on public computers.
Roaming in Malaysia is quite expensive, so it is more convenient to purchase a local SIM card from one of the three main mobile operators: Maxis, Celcom or Digi. You can do this right at the airport, in a mobile phone shop or any large store. In addition, there are public pay phones throughout Kuala Lumpur for local and international calls. They work with cards sold in supermarkets, gas stations, newsstands and Telekom Malaysia offices.