The international Airport of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
General information, layout and airport terminals
The international Airport of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), abbreviated as KLIAwas officially introduced in 1998 to replace the previously existing Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. The airport ranked in the leading position among the airports of the world in many respects. Currently, KLIA is 13th in the world in terms of passenger traffic and 18th on cargo turnover. The airport is located 50 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur.
The website http://www.klia.com.my/.
For Russian tourists the airport is the main aviation hub in Malaysia. Direct flights from Russia here not running, but you can get on a convenient flight with transfers. Most often it is the airlines Quatar Airways, Air Astana (carries out flights not only from Moscow), Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, etc. From other Asian countries is very low cost you can get Asian budget carrier AirAsia.
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The airport consists of two terminals: international and international the KLIA low cost carrier terminal KLIA 2. The previously existing budget terminal LCCT is no longer functioning.
Main terminal KLIA
Most of the international flights from distant destinations served by this terminal. In transport schemes, routes, reservation system and tickets it is usually referred to as KLIA, i.e. the same as the airport in General. Pronounced Key-El-Ay-Hey.
Inside a KLIA satellite terminal Satellite terminal A, which is located in the middle of the airfield. It to the satellite terminal dock international airlines. There is practically nothing there except a few cafes and restaurants, toilets, tourist information Desk (where you can get free guides and maps), the international Web of telephone and toilets. Baggage claim and passport control is also not here. Therefore, once in the satellite terminal via jet bridge, go to the main terminal. By the way, if you fly through KL transit, can this drain is to purchase a sightseeing tour of the city, but this is only the case if you have a "distance" between flights of at least 8 hours.
From satellite terminal to the top, you need to take a ride on the automatic train Aerotrain. Find the platform very easy: it is located in the centre of the terminal and all passengers all the way and all the signs lead to it. Just go in the opened door of the car, and after a couple of minutes you are already in the main terminal.
Passport control, baggage collection and customs inspection are carried out in the main terminal. All procedures are simple and well organized. The first thing you will need to go through passport control and right there on the passport control Desk, to take fingerprints of the two index fingers. Apply the fingers to the scanner at the command of border guard and after a few seconds everything is ready. If you enter without a visa in the passport will receive a stamp for a period of 30 days and sticker. About visa to Malaysia here.
Next, go to baggage, and after that go for "green" or "red" corridor of customs, this is as usual. About customs regulations in Malaysia read here. After these procedures you will find yourself in the arrivals hall on the third floor of the airport.
Here you can exchange money. The rate of currency exchange at the airport, as usual, slightly lower than in the city. For example, in October 2011, the rate at the airport KLIA - 2.93, and in Kuala Lumpur 3.08 on the same day, i.e. the difference in the exchange of $ 100 will be 15 ringgit (about 300 rubles). But without local currency can not do, dollars in Malaysia is not in Vogue. Can change a small amount at the airport, and the principal amount to be changed in exchange offices in the cities as necessary. The current official exchange rate and a detailed description of the currencies of Malaysia, you can see here.
If you fly from KLIA, the procedure is the same, only in reverse: check-in and Luggage delivery, passport control, visit the duty-free, Aerotrain, boarding. Departure hall (Departure Hall) is located on the fifth floor. When you get to the departure waiting area (after passport control), no hurry to go to the Aerotrain to the satellite terminal, and wander around the main point: a large part of the duty-free, cafes, shops located in the main terminal and in satellite to do almost nothing. And you can ride on the Aerotrain back, money you nobody will take :-).
Now, how to get from KLIA to the city
The fastest way is by train KLIA Express or KLIA Transit. It is the fastest way to get to the city centre. Two types of trains provide connection between the main terminal of the airport and KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. To get to the trains, you need to go down to the first floor on the escalator, pass the signs to the trains and buy a ticket at the counter. There are two types of trains respectively and tickets:
- KLIA Express. To end without stops at the station in 28 minutes. But will this trip cost you 35 ringgit (15 - for children under 12 years; under 2 years free). Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes the rest of the time. Trains from 5 a.m. until midnight.
- KLIA Transit. Different from the Express fact that it makes the path of three stops at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya, and Bandar Tasik Selatan, and the total journey time is 35 minutes. The cost from the airport to KL Sentral is 35 ringgit. Trains depart every 30 minutes.
From KL Sentral, you can easily get to any tourist area of the city by public transport or taxi. Information about public transport in Kuala Lumpur here.
You can pre-buy an electronic ticket on a train here https://www.kliaekspres.com (payment by Visa or Mastercard), but it makes sense to do it only in case if you don't want to deal with cash and exchanging money at the airport. And so, tickets are always available.
The most expensive and the most convenient way is by taxi. It is recommended to use the official Airport Limo taxi and to refuse the services of informal taxis and the local bomb. The cost of travel by Airport Limo taxi is a fixed per journey (not the meter) and range from 70 to 100 ringgit depending on the car class and destination in the city.
Taxi are on the desks Limo taxi: when you exit the international arrival hall (International Arrival Hall); at the arrival hall of internal flights (Domestic Arrival Hall); in the baggage claim area of the domestic flights arrival (Domestic Baggage Reclaim). Ie all these racks you will find right here on the 3rd floor where you will be after you get your Luggage. At front you speak your destination (so you are not slipped a cab, ask for the budget taxi), pay the amount and get a receipt with which you go to the exit on the same floor and looking for the right machine.
If you do decide to take advantage of the airport taxi, be prepared that taxi drivers will try to cheat you and charge you more money. But you now know how much is official taxi, and you can bargain. You can find a taxi outside the airport or in the Parking lot, but be sure to confirm with the driver the final price in advance, and even better, write it on a piece of paper and show the driver that you accurately understand each other.
Can also order online the tourist Shuttle service from the airport. It is more expensive than a taxi, but the service above: you are greeted at the airport with a sign, taken to a predetermined place/hotel with no problems with the language barrier. What is good to change money at the airport and pay on the spot does not need anything, everything can be paid online in advance. Check rates and book the Shuttle from the airport to the city centre or other cities/resorts in Malaysia can through the search form:
Very cheap and quite convenient way is by bus. By bus you can reach not only to CL but also to some other cities in Malaysia.
Recover all buses and waiting passengers on the covered Parking, which is located at the exit of the main terminal on the ground floor across the road, on the right, unit C. you can Get there also possible without leaving the airport, follow the signs. There are several operators performing bus routes to/from the city bus stand, main terminal. Here are some:
- Airport Coach. Very comfortable and high-quality operator, in addition to the implementation of direct flights to/from the airport for a fee of RM25 may drop off or pick up to/from the hotel.
The bus leaves every 30 minutes from the airport from 6:30 until 00:30 and advanced at 3:30 at night. From KL leave from 5:00 to 23:00 and advanced at 2:00. Journey time 1-1. 5 hours. The final station in KL - KL Sentral. From the airport leave from platform No. 1 bus station main terminal. Tickets cost RM10 (RM6 child) one way and RM18 return. Tickets at the airport are sold at the ticket office number 3; in KL on the lower level of KL Sentral. On the official website of the carrier http://airportcoach.com.my/v1/airport-coach/ a the schedule and cost.
- Starwira. The Star Shuttle buses leave from the main terminal and follow to the station Pudu Raya, close to Chinatown (Chinatown is one of the popular tourist areas of Kuala Lumpur). The cost of the trip RM10 (from KL - RM12). Buses depart every 30 minutes around the clock. This operator also offers delivery to the hotel (according to hotel list on the website) for RM18 and transfer from the hotel to the place of departure of the bus for RM20. In addition, Starwira provides transportation in Ipoh (Ipoh) and Sialum (Sitiawan, to get to Pangkor island). On the official website of the carrier www.starwira.com you can check the timetable and cost if the information in this article obsolete.
But in General all these details about companies, you do not need. Just get down to the bus station, buy a bus ticket and wait for dispatch. Once you go down to the station first thing you see is a "Barker" and got your reply where you want, will sum to the correct bus or to the cashier.
How to get from KLIA to KLIA2
If after arriving at KLIA, you continue your way budget airlines such as AirAsia, you will need to get to the low cost carrier terminal KLIA2. To do this most convenient by train KLIA Transit. Trains depart from the lower level of the terminal (easy to find on the signs) cost 2 ringgit between the terminals in the path of no more than 5 minutes.
The low cost carrier terminal KLIA2
9 may 2014 earned a new low cost carrier terminal KLIA2. Up to this point all of the budget airline worked through the LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal), with the commissioning of the new terminal stopped taking passengers. All the low cost flights now arrive and depart not from the LCCT, and KLIA2, including the most popular budget airline AirAsia in the region.
The new terminal KLIA2 is four times bigger than the old LCCT. It is the world's largest airport, intended for use only budget airlines. Read more about the new terminal KLIA2 here...
How to get from KLIA2 to the city
As well as from the main KLIA terminal, KLIA2, you can take a taxi, bus, train. All transport is concentrated on the lower floor of the airport. The cheapest way is the bus (10 ringgit), the fastest train KLIA Express (55 ringgit). Buses go to the city station and Puduraya KL Central.
Downstairs is a bus station, and you can leave here and not only in Kuala Lumpur but also in other cities: Melaka, Johor Bahru, Genting Highlands, Ipoh etc.