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KLIA Ekspres - the fastest way to get to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the airport

KLIA Ekspres - the fastest way to get to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the airport

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s bustling capital city, is one of the most modern and convenient to get around in all of Southeast Asia. When landing at the airport just outside of town, you have a few options for how to get to the city center: you can take the city bus (the budget option), get a taxi or a Grab car, or take the KLIA Ekspress Train (the fastest option).

Here’s everything you need to know about the KLIA Ekspress:

KLIA Ekspress - Kuala Lumpur airport rail express train

KLIA Ekspress - Kuala Lumpur airport rail express train

After leaving the customs area, it’s really easy to find your way to the KLIA Ekspress station. The way is clearly marked and impossible to miss. Before boarding the train to the city center, you’ll need to buy a ticket.

If you are looking at a map of the Kuala Lumpur public transportation system, the KLIA Ekspress is the purple line (Line 6).

A one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the city center (KL Sentral Station) costs 55 MYR (about $13 USD).

A round-trip pass to and from the airport to the city costs 100 MYR (about $24 USD) and is valid for one month. If you will be visiting Malaysia for shorter than a month, your best budget deal is to go ahead and book the round-trip ticket. Don’t loose your ticket card!

If you have a debit or credit card that uses Visa contactless “tap to pay” technology, you can pay with your card at the airport ticket counter for the KLIA Ekspress train for a 10% discount on your tickets.

KLIA Ekspress ticket card - 55 MYR (one way); 100 MYR (round trip)

KLIA Ekspress ticket card - 55 MYR (one way); 100 MYR (round trip)

After you have your ticket, you can go to the KLIA station. Check the departure time for the next train. The station is just downstairs from the arrivals terminal. Be sure to use the toilet before you go to the station - there are restrooms in the airport terminal and on the train, but not in the KLIA station itself.

KLIA Ekspress station at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

KLIA Ekspress station at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The KLIA Ekspress trains are high-speed rail trains that trave the 57 kilometer trip from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to KL city center in around half an hour.

the KLIA Ekspress train arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

the KLIA Ekspress train arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The interior of the train is very comfortable. There are toilets available and free wifi on board. There are also plenty of places for passengers to stow their luggage during the trip.

onboard the KLIA Ekspress train - comfortable seating and free wifi!

onboard the KLIA Ekspress train - comfortable seating and free wifi!

The train travels quickly to the city center, stopping just once in between the airport and KL Sentral station. KL Sentral is the main transit hub for Kuala Lumpur’s public transporation system, and you can get to any part of the city on other metro lines from the station.

the view from the KLIA Ekspress while traveling from the airport to Kuala Lumpur city center

the view from the KLIA Ekspress while traveling from the airport to Kuala Lumpur city center

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