The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is more than 60 kilometres by road from the centre of Kuala Lumpur. But getting out there is surprisingly efficient on the KLIA ekspres – a snazzy electric train that reaches speeds of 160km/hour.
The swift KLIA ekpres train takes under thirty minutes – cutting an hour long road journey in half.
While I took the bus into Kuala Lumpur on my arrival, taking the train on the way back was a no-brainer really, especially considering that I had scored cost-effective accommodation at My Hotel Brickfields KL Sentral (which is very close to the station) on the last night of my stay.
In preparation, I checked out the KLIA ekspres train timetable online and decided on the 11 am train.
Knowing that train schedules can be merely a guide in some places, I was there well before time – but needn’t have been as the train was on time.
Still, it’s good to know that the KLIA expres goes every 20 minutes, so no drama all in all. To find the platform, head downstairs from Nu Sentral and you will find yourself in a bustling terminal with many different services leaving from numerous platforms. This is the KL Sentral Transport Interchange.
Follow the sign to your left at the bottom of the stairs that directs you to the KLIA Express…not the one on your right – that is KLIA transit – a different service which will still get you there, but is slower.
If you are arriving at KL Sentral by train, tram or bus just make your way to the main station area and follow the signs.
Failing that, there is an information booth for your convenience, so if you are feeling overwhelmed go get some guidance there.
There is a ticket booth at KL Sentral, so simply advise that you want a one way ticket to KLIA or KLIA2 , depending upon where your flight is leaving from (check your flight boarding pass or itinerary to determine this).
One-way from KL Sentral to KLIA2 will set you back 35 Malaysian ringgits (at the time of publishing) . You will be given a reusable plastic ticket so just head over to the gates and press your it against the sensor.
It takes a few moments, but the gates will swing open. Pass through and head down one floor via the elevator, and you will find yourself on the platform. Information boards above you will let you know how long you have to wait until your train arrives.
Once you get onto the train you will find it a pleasant set up. There is nice comfy seating with separate baggage storage areas making for a more spacious feel.
The train has free WIFI on it too. Score. There is music and advertisement on screens within, air conditioning – and I have to say the whole set up makes for one very enjoyable journey.
If you have heavy bags, there is a free porter service at KL Sentral, as well as at the airport stations. Be on the lookout for the gents in the purple shirts with ‘Porter’ written across the back.
Head up to the airport itself via the lift and present your ticket to the machine. This time you need to place it in a slot where it will be captured by the gates before it lets you through. The plastic tickets are thereby recycled. Pretty cool system.
To find out what you can expect from the ride, check out the video below.
And there you have it! How to get from KL Sentral to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport via the KLIA Expres. Simple.
The whole thing worked out really conveniently for me as well, because I was staying only 5 minutes walk away from the train station at My Hotel Brickfields (check out my review of this affordable accommodation)
Have you taken the KLIA ekspres? Or are you planning to? Have you gotten to or from Kuala Lumpur International Airport any other way?
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