Getting Around, Kuala Lumpur Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia)

Aerial city pictureMalaysia has one of the best transport infrastructures in the whole of Asia, with good air and rail travel options, and fast road access from both neighbouring countries and within Kuala Lumpur itself.

Flights arrive at the city's major air hub, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, from all over the world, and public transport running from here to the city centre is excellent. In addition, bus and train travel to the capital from elsewhere in Malaysia is also very cheap, while hire cars can be booked online and picked up at the airport.

Photo of planes at the Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA / KUL)

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) / Arriving by Air

Address: 43900 Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia, MY
Tel: +60 03 8777 8888
Kuala Lumpur has two airports - the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the smaller, domestic-only Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (formerly Subang International Airport). Kuala Lumpur International Airport is south of the city near the Sepang race track and handles flights from all over the world as well as from other Malay cities. Its new Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) services budget flights to other Asian destinations, with the primarily carrier being AirAsia.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), often called Subang Airport, receives domestic flights operated by Berjaya Air and Firefly and was the city's primary airport before the construction of KLIA. Facilities at Subang Airport are limited, although ground transport is on hand, with taxis and buses being available for the ride into the city.

Options for travelling into the city from KLIA include express trains, coaches, taxi transport, and hire cars via the expressway. The easiest and quickest way to travel is via the KLA Ekspres rail service, which goes direct to KL Sentral every 15 minutes, while taxis run direct to hotels. The LCCT has no rail service, only buses and taxis.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) Guide

Photo of main highway leading to and from the city

Car Rental

All major car hire firms are represented at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and are bookable online. Kuala Lumpur has a good network of roads and expressways run all the way from Singapore in the south, through the city, and all the way to the Thai border in the north. From the airport, take the North-South Expressway Central Link, which goes direct to the city.

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Buses and Coaches

Getting to Kuala Lumpur from elsewhere in Malaysia, and also from neighbouring Thailand and Singapore, is straightforward, and bus transport regularly travels into the city's main station, the Puduraya bus station (Jalan Pudu). The station is situated close to Chinatown and can be a little congested at times. The Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC), on Jalan Ampang in the city centre, is the most convenient of the city's bus station, from where services frequently arrive from Singapore.

Travelling around Kuala Lumpur by bus is both cheap and easy with several different bus companies in operation. Most buses are air-conditioned, which is imperative during rush hour times.

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Train services arrive at the Central Station (KL Sentral) in Kuala Lumpur from all over the country, including from Butterworth in the north, and from Johor Bahru and Singapore in the south. The national railway system is the Keretapi Tanah Melayu, which is often abbreviated to simply 'KTM' for short. For intra-city travel, trains are of little use to tourists, as they generally only run between the city centre and suburbs. There is, however, an excellent monorail transport system that services the Golden Triangle.

City view, showing network of crossing roads


Taxi transport is cheap, fast and reliable in Kuala Lumpur, and cabs travel around the city at all hours. Although metered, most drivers will refuse to turn their meters on during busy times. If you feel you are being cheated, simply try the next cab and always agree on a price first. Taxi drivers will typically drop you off where they feel is most convenient, so don't expect door-to-door service as with elsewhere.