Travel Guide: Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kuala Lumpur Centre

QUICK GUIDE: What's The Best Way To Get From KLIA Kuala Lumpur Airport into KL City Centre?

KLIA2 Train

So you’re planning your trip to the beautiful jungle metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and you’re now wondering ‘what’s the best way to get from KL Airport to KL City?‘.

Well, you’ve come to the right place as by the end of this article you’ll know the 3 different transport options to travel from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kuala Lumpur City. Complete with prices and journey times.

I’ve visited Kuala Lumpur multiple times and travelled on the KLIA Ekspres (train), Sky Bus and I’ve also taken the airport taxis.

But which method is right for you? Let’s find out based Cost, Time & Comfort.

KLIA Ekspres Platform

KLIA Ekspres Train

It’s simple, it’s fast and, in my opinion, the most relaxing option. The trains are modern, clean and comfortable and there’s plenty of space for your luggage. Another bonus is the free onboard WiFi.

You can get the KLIA Ekspres from both terminals at the airport (KLIA or KLIA2) and it only takes 30 minutes.

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And to avoid the ticket queues while saving yourself some money, you can pre-order your ticket through the official KLIA Ekspres app: Klook.

Don’t worry though, if you forget, you can easily buy them at the station, or via Klook, on the day.

Top tip: Go to platform A for the direct KLIA Ekspres train to KL Sentral. Avoid KLIA Transit – this is the local stopping train and takes longer.

How much are tickets?

*When you order a ticket through Klook you’ll receive an email with a QR code. Scan this at the KLIA Ekspres entrance. No need to queue up.

How frequent is the KLIA Ekspres train?

  • Every 15-20 minutes (5am to 12am)
  • Every 30 minutes (12am to 1am)

Sky Bus Kuala Lumpur Airport Bus

Sky Bus – Best Value Option (RM11)

The Sky Bus is the most popular way to travel from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. Compared to the Ekspres train, you can save 44MYR, which is enough to buy your KL Tower Sky Box tickets. (The 7th highest tower in the world.)

It takes 1-1.5 hours to drive from KL Airport to KL Sentral Station, so if you’re in a rush, it’s quicker to take the KLIA Ekspres train (30 mins).

The bus itself is comfy, has aircon and large windows where you can enjoy the beautiful views of Kuala Lumpur.

How much are Sky Bus tickets?

  • 11MYR Single
  • 14.50MYR Return

How frequent is the Sky Bus?

Where to catch the Sky Bus from?

  • KLIA2: Ground Floor
  • KLIA: Level 2

Where can I buy Sky Bus tickets from?

Taxi Kuala Lumpur Airport to City

KLIA2 Airport Taxi

This is the best option if you’re in a group or your hotel is far KL Sentral. The taxis use a fixed fair so no nasty surprises when you arrive at your hotel.

You’ll head to the transportation hub on the ground floor, and pay upfront at one of the taxi booths. They’ll then give you a ticket which you give to the driver.

It takes around 60-90 minutes to drive from KL airport to the centre. If you’re in a hurry, or your hotel is in KL centre, then you’re better off getting the KLIA Ekspres train.

Arriving at Kuala Lumpur Airport after 12am? There is a 50% surcharge on all taxis between 12am and 5am.

How much is a taxi from KL Airport to KL City?*

  • Budget: 74.30MYR
  • Premier: 102.10MYR
  • Family (Mini Van): 199.80MYR
  • Grab Taxi: 75MYR

*All taxi prices include toll fees.

Where is the taxi rank in Kuala Lumpur Airport?

  • KLIA2: Transportation Hub On The Ground Floor
  • KLIA: Level 3

Returning to KL Airport

The taxi app Grab is available throughout Kuala Lumpur, you can download it for free on Android & iOS.

It’s cheap, reliable and very helpful if you’re trying to avoid the mid-day tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur.

Any Questions?

I hope this guide helps you in choosing your best travel option when arriving at Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 international airport. If you’ve got any KLIA top tips, then comment below and I’ll update this guide.



  1. Thank you for this. Am I right in thinking that the Klook is official? And I can pay in £ which works out less than ringgits?

    • Hi Alison,

      It’s optional if you want to tip the taxi drivers, it’s not expected from you, and it’s not common practise in Kuala Lumpur. If your taxi driver from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur makes an effort though to be friendly, feel free to give a tip : )


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