March 31, 2012

KLIA Ekpres: Fastest Way to Downtown KL

As the airport is fifty kilometers away, the fastest way to go to downtown Kuala Lumpur from the airport (either from the main terminal or from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal) is the KLIA Ekspres, a high-speed rail service. The trains - with top speed of 176 km/h - terminate in KL Sentral, the main transportation hub in the city. It takes about 28 minutes for the trains to get from one end to the other. 

Note that passengers from the LCCT will have to take a bus first (Bus No. 1, in front of Domestic Arrival area) to Salak Tinggi station and board the train from there. Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours, and shuttle buses leave for/from LCCT every 20 minutes.

Passengers coming from the main KLIA terminal will board the train from there. The fare is RM 22 for round-trip journey. 

The train also passes through Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, so if you're interested to see the planned city slated to be the administrative center of Malaysia, you may alight at Putrajaya Sentral station (fare: RM 5.50 one way).  Cyberjaya is the "Silicon Valley" of Malaysia and is located adjacent to Putrajaya.  

Operating Hours: 
First train from KLIA: 0720 hours
Last train from KLIA: 0030 hours
First train from KL Sentral: 0433 hours 
Last train from KL Sentral:  0003 hours

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