Getting around Kuala Lumpur


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The thriving capital city of Malaysia is well-served by transport – principally railways, taxis and buses. Around one kilometre to the south of its historic old train station lies KL Central. This hub lies at the hreart of the city's sophisticated urban transport network.
Within this hub various systems congregate - KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, LRT and Monorail systems. The one less satisfactory aspect of travelling across Kuala Lumpur is the fact that these systems were all built separately, and to this day remain largely un-integrated. This means different tickets have to be purchased for each stage of a journey. However, it remains perfectly feasible to get right round the city using the hub services, and a combination of monorail and railway.
Another factor which aims to make travelling as convenient as possible are rechargeable ‘Touch & Go' stored value cards, which are available at all LRT stations. These cards can be used to access the electronic gates at any of the LRT, train and monorail systems.
By bus and tram
Sightseeing around the city has been considerably streamlined in recent years. There are information booths on street corners where you are able to access route maps, as well as information on season tickets. Local buses leave from many of the city's bus terminals, including the vast Puduraya bus station and the Klang bus station. Your single fare for most destinations within Kuala Lumpur city limits is covered by one MYR. A two MYR ticket will allow you to take unlimited travel for one day on any of Rapid KL's 15 routes.
Local transport
Many travellers opt for taxis or the LRT systems. Not only are these modes of transport more efficient, they are air-conditioned. The city's local buses depart from half a dozen stands around the city. The zip around Kuala Lumpur's thoroughfares and are ideal if your destinations are Central Market, the Kota Raya department store, and many other locations.
There are numerous taxis in the city, queuing at designated stops. You are also able to flag-down taxis in transit, although drivers will only stop if it is safe and convenient for them to pull over. Fares commence at two MYR for the first two minutes, and proceed to charge at an additional 10 cents for every 45 seconds. From midnight until 6am you'll be automatically surcharged an extra 50%. Extra passengers (that is, more than two) are charged 20 cents each.
A note of caution is that not all drivers use a meter, even although it is a legal requirement for them to do so. Also, not every taxi driver possesses a complete geographical knowledge of the city. It is therefore recommended that you familiarize yourself with all possible routes by consulting a Kuala Lumpur street plan. While it will be impossible for you to take into account localized factors, such as roadworks or accidents, at least having armed yourself with some basic knowledge of the street layout will help you to correct the driver on the off-chance he is straying drastically!
By air
KL International Airport (KLIA) is one of Asia's major aviation hubs and is a destination in itself. It is located at the top of the southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering the states of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. Situated in the Sepang district, it is approximately 50km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

KLIA is a unique airport that offers something for everyone whether it is for business, entertainment or relaxation. The airport is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) where new technology is actively pursued.

Surrounded by four main cities - Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban and Malacca - the airport is a catchment area that offers exciting opportunities for businesses. As modern as it sounds, KLIA still strives to create a homely airport with a serene environment.

The airport was designed using the 'Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport' concept, in which it is surrounded by green space. With the co-operation of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, an entire section of the rain forest was transplanted in the Satellite Building.

Since its inauguration in year 1998, KLIA has won numerous awards from international organisations such as Skytrax and International Air Transport Association. With its continuous effort to provide excellent services to passengers, the airport has emerged as one of the top five airports in the world.
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