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How to get from Kuala Lumpur city to Kuala Lumpur airport

Kuala Lumpur city to Kuala Lumpur airport

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Kuala Lumpur is one of my favorite cities when it comes to public transportation and its reliability. There are many options you can choose while traveling around in Kuala Lumpur like RapidKL, GoKL, KTM Komuter, etc. Also, these are very reliable and you will be able to complete your journey without any problems. This article is going to be about how you can travel from Kuala Lumpur city to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

If you didn’t know, GoKL is a free bus that runs around the entire city. You can check out this article for more information about it. GoKL Buses.

Coming back to our article, the major areas you might choose to stay in Kuala Lumpur are Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Chinatown, and KL Sentral. In this article, I am going to list the ways you can travel to the airport from all of these places.

KL Sentral to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

KL Sentral is the main transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur. All the major rail lines and buses have their stops here. If you are staying near this area, then you won’t have any problem as you can get direct trains and buses to the airport.

The following options are available for traveling from KL Sentral to the airport.

KLIA Transit/KLIA Ekspres


These are the two major bus operators which you can choose to travel to the airport. Traveling by bus to the airport from KL Sentral is the cheapest option. These buses will take you to the KLIA2 terminal. It will take you around 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the airport.

They run every 15 to 20 mins from 3:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day. You can find both the ticket counters in the basement of KL Sentral.

Cost – RM12 (Rs.215)

KLIA Transit/KLIA Ekspres

Traveling by train can be a very good option if you are in a hurry and don’t want to get stuck in traffic. Being the fastest options, they are also a bit expensive. There are two types of train you can choose to go to the airport, the KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspres.

The KLIA Transit takes a few stops on the way to the airport, while the KLIA Ekspres will directly take you to the airport without stopping anywhere. There is no much time difference between both trains. The KLIA Transit takes around 35 minutes and the KLIA Ekspres take around 28 minutes. The price is the same for both of them so most people use the KLIA Ekspres for going to the airport.

Cost – RM55 (Rs.975)


This would be the most expensive and convenient options for all those who don’t prefer public transport. It would also be a good option for people traveling in a group.

If you are wondering what is Grab? It is the Malaysian Ola and Uber. Not only Malaysian, you will find these in Thailand and Indonesia as well.

The journey time for these taxis will be around 50 minutes.

Cost – RM80 to RM100 (Rs.1400 to Rs.1800).

Bukit Bintang and KLCC to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

Kuala Lumpur city

Bukit Bintang is one of the most happening places in Kuala Lumpur. It offers everything from shopping, night walks, luxury hotels, and some of the best budget hostels.

KLCC is the area where the world-famous Petronas Towers (Twin Towers) are built. Most of people choose to stay here as they enjoy the view of these towers from their rooms.

If you are staying near these areas then you can choose the following ways to travel.

MRT/LRT or KL Monorail via KL Sentral
GoKL bus via KL Sentral
Star Shuttle Express

MRT or KL Monorail via KL Sentral

You can travel to KL Sentral using the MRT or KL Monorail from Bukit Bintang and LRT from KLCC.

You can opt for any of these services as they both are very reliable and convenient. The price difference is less than RM1 between the two. Depending upon the area where you are staying you can choose between the two at your convenience.

The journey time from Bukit Bintang/KLCC to KL Sentral is around 12 to 15 min.

Cost –

MRT – RM1.90

KL Monorail – RM2.50

LRT – RM2.40

After reaching KL Sentral you can easily reach the airport using the ways I have mentioned above.

GoKL via KL Sentral

Being a budget traveler, I always look for ways to save money. If you use this option you can travel from Bukit Bintang to KL Sentral without spending any money.

But this might be a little confusing and inconvenient option as compared to the others.

As I said above, that GoKL Buses are free buses you can ride in the city. One problem here is that there is no direct bus from Bukit Bintang to KL Sentral. You have to change two buses to get to KL Sentral.

First you have to catch a blue line to Titiwangsa and then catch a red line to KL Sentral. The overall journey from Bukit Bintang will be around 45 min to 1 hour. So, if you have time then you can choose this option and ride for free.

Like Bukit Bintang you will have to change 2 buses to reach KL Sentral from KLCC if you are using GoKL Bus.

You have to board the blue line from Concorde hotel to Titiwangsa. Concorde hotel is just 10 min walk from KLCC park. After reaching Titiwangsa you can catch a red line to KL Sentral.

The overall journey from KLCC to KL Sentral is around 1 hour.

Star Shuttle Express

This is a direct option from Bukit Bintang/KLCC to KLIA and KLIA2. You can find this bus from Pudu Sentral which is around 1.5kms from the main Bukit Bintang area and 3.3 kms from KLCC.

You can buy the tickets at the counter and also purchase them online. This would be the cheapest and the easiest option to choose from. The journey time is around 1 hour 20 min to 1 hour 30 min.  

Cost – RM12 (Rs.215)


Taxi and grab are available from both the places and it would be a very convenient option for people traveling in groups. Although I wouldn’t recommend this to a solo traveler unless you are willing to spend this much money for your ride to the airport.

The journey takes around 45 min to 1 hour depending on the traffic.

Cost – RM80 to RM120 (Rs.1400 to Rs.2200)

Chinatown to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

Kuala Lumpur city

Chinatown is a budget friendly area as compared to Bukit Bintang and KLCC. Kuala City to Kuala Lumpur airport will be the most convenient if you choose to stay in Chinatown. You can find cheap markets and shopping malls here. Also, the Pentaling street is famous for shopping here.

You can travel to the airport from Chinatown using these ways.

LRT via KL Sentral
GoKL via KL Sentral
Start Shuttle Express

LRT or MRT via KL Sentral

This is the most convenient option as the LRT station is very near from Chinatown. The station from which you are going to board is Pasar Seni. This LRT will take you to KL Sentral in just 10 to 15 min.

Cost –

LRT – RM1.30 (Rs.23)

MRT – RM2.10 (Rs.38)

GoKL via KL Sentral

I wouldn’t recommend to use this option as it would be a very long and a tiring option. Yes, it will be free but you will have to change 3 buses to reach KL Sentral. It really doesn’t make sense to waste 1 hour just to save RM1.30.

But still if want to choose this option I will mention the ways you can do it.

Pasar Seni – Bukit Bintang Purple Line

Bukit Bintang – Titiwangsa Blue Line

Titiwangsa – KL Sentral Red Line

Star Shuttle Express

This option is the same as the KLCC and Bukit Bintang. You can catch the same us from Pudu Sentral.

The distance between Pudu Sentral and Chinatown is just 700m.

Cost – RM12 (Rs.215)


The taxi ride is also similar to KLCC and Bukit Bintang. The journey will be around 45 min to 1 hour.

Cost – RM80 to RM120 (Rs.1400 to Rs.2200)

These are the ways you can travel from Kuala Lumpur city to Kuala Lumpur airport.

Hope you find this useful.

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Hey guys, this Is Vishal Hadal, Owner of Stubborn Hippie. Stubborn Hippie is a blog regarding budget traveling, solo traveling and some amazing and  wonderful stories which i experience along the road. 


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