Kuala Lumpur International Airport, more commonly known as KLIA, is Malaysia’s biggest and busiest international airport, having served over 48 million passengers in 2014. Located in Sepang district of Selangor, approximately 45 km from the Kuala Lumpur city center, KLIA serves mainly the Greater Klang Valley area. It is surrounded by four cities – Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban, and Malacca. Famous for being one of the largest airports in the world, KLIA spans a massive 100 square kilometers and has won numerous awards since its grand opening in 1998. It is also known for being an environmentally friendly airport, winning the Green Globe 21 certificate since from 2004 onwards.
KLIA consists of two terminals – KLIA and klia2. KLIA terminal further consists of three buildings: the Main Building (sometimes called Terminal M), the Satellite Building, and the Contact Pier. On the other hand, klia2 is designated for low-cost carrier airlines and consists of a Main Building, Satellite Building, and a shopping mall called Gateway@klia2. In both terminals, the Satellite Building handles most of the international flights, while the Main Building handles domestic and regional flights. The two terminals are 2 km apart, and are connected via the public train service (KLIA Ekspres or KLIA Transit) or by public bus. With a plethora of shopping and dining options, you’ll never have a dull moment at KLIA. KLIA also has free wireless Internet for 3 hours at a time, and Internet kiosks located at the Satellite buildings. One of the most special features of this airport is its Rainforest Walk, a miniature rainforest in the middle of each Satellite building!
The Transportation Hub is located at Gateway@klia2, linking you to the Express Rail Link (ERL). This is also the designated pick-up point for buses, taxis, and or private cars. To get to the city center, passengers can take the KLIA Ekspres, a non-stop airport transfer service to KL Sentral. Trains depart every 15 minutes and the journey will take 28 minutes. It costs just RM35 per adult for a one-way trip and wireless Internet is provided for free onboard. If you are making a stop at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya, or Bandar Tasik Selat, take the KLIA Transit instead. The prices vary depending on where you stop, but the cost to travel to KL Sentral is the same at RM35. A cheaper alternative at RM10 for a one-way trip per adult is the Express Coach service, which will take approximately 1 hour to reach the city center (KL Sentral).
Kuala Lumpur is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world, a city as much defined by its towering skyscrapers as by its tradition and heritage. It is a melting point of cultures, resulting in some of the most amazing cuisine you will ever taste in Southeast Asia. Feast on Malaysian delights such as fried Hokkien mee, chili pan mee, nasi lemak, banana leaf Indian food, or laksa. The list is endless! For the young at heart, party all night at one of KL’s many nightspots. The KL night scene has something for everybody, whether it’s a lounge-y bar for a chilled out vibe, or a hot and trendy club for the chic and fashionable, or a bar with a live band for those looking for some good music. For families with young children or those looking for a more relaxing holiday, KL is also well-known for its shopping, arts, and culture. There are many museums, beautifully designed places of worships, and nature spots such as Fraser’s Hill or Batu Caves.
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