Kuala Lumpur

Things to know when you arrive in Kuala Lumpur

You will arrive either at KLIA, or KLIA2 terminal. The latter is for low-cost airlines like AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Cebu Pacific Air (5J), TigerAir (Scoot), JC Cambodia International Airlines (QD). The former is for all the other airlines. Remember your terminal for your outgoing flight.

Visa

You will most likely receive a ninety day Visa on Arrival, free of charge, as we did at the passport control. Make sure to check the visa requirements for your country here.

Local currency – Ringgits

After the passport control, pick up your checked in luggage and head out. There’s a kiosk to buy bus tickets, but I haven’t found any ATM until that point so I did not have local currency. After you reach the free zone, there are three ATMs on the left. I always use the HSBC one, which doesn’t add any withdrawal fee.

Transport to Kuala Lumpur

There are three options which you may also use on your way back.

The cheapest option is to take the shuttle bus to KL Sentral. Follow the signs in the terminal and you will reach the basement where tickets are sold for RM12 (USD3). The trip will take around one hour and half. From KL Sentral you can take any other train onwards. You will need to buy another ticket from the Ticket Counters by selecting your destination station.

The fastest option is to take the KLIA Ekspres. A one way ticket costs RM55, but you will be to KL Sentral in only 30 minutes. Make sure to check the ongoing deals which may give you a 10% discount or a RM10 Grab voucher and the trains schedule.

The comfortable option is to take Grab, which is widely used in Kuala Lumpur. A trip from the Airport to KL will cost 75RM, all tolls included, and will take a bit more than one hour. If you decide to take a taxi, make sure the meter is running.

Internet SIM Card

I did not buy a local number during my stay in Kuala Lumpur, but I advise you to do it if you intent to use Grab. It will save you some headaches. Go ahead and buy from the airport. It should be cheaps and provide fast 4G internet.

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