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Guide to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The primary international airport in Malaysia and one of the busiest in southeast Asia, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is located about 45 kilometers from the Kuala Lumpur city center. About 50 carriers fly to and from KUL, and the airport has non-stop flights to dozens of destinations within Malaysia, as well as Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

The busiest international routes include Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Denpasar, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Melbourne and Dubai.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a hub for AirAsia, AirAsiaX, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air. Other major carriers that fly to KUL include Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Saudia and Turkish Airlines.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Basics

Kuala Lumpur International Airport consists of several terminals: The Main Terminal, the Satellite Building, the Contact Pier and klia2. The Main Terminal contains check-in counters for all flights except those departing from klia2. The Contact Pier, which is connected to the Main Terminal, handles Malaysia Airlines domestic flights as well as some international flights. The Satellite Terminal, which is reached via Aerotrain, handles most of the international flights for carriers other than those that operate out of klia2. klia2, which is located about two kilometers from the rest of the passenger complex, is a self-contained facility that is home to many low-cost carriers. Airlines that operate from klia2 are AirAsia, AirAsiaX, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Malindo Air, Thai AirAsia and Tigerair.

The airport also has a KL City Air Terminal, located at KL Sentral, where passengers can check in for flights on Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines.

KUL's website contains real-time flight status information for both arriving and departing flights.

Airport Services & Amenities

Passengers flying to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport will find a number of retail stores, dining establishments and travelers services available to them. These include:

  • ATMs, currency exchange counters and banks
  • Baggage wrapping services
  • Luggage storage lockers
  • A medical clinic and pharmacies
  • Free wi-fi internet service
  • Information counters
  • Lounges for premium cabin passengers on airlines including Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and China Airlines, as well as several pay-per-use lounges available to all travelers
  • A reflexology and massage center
  • Prayer rooms
  • Children's play areas

KUL Ground Transportation Options

Travelers flying to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport have several ground transportation choices. Several private car services are available, including taxis, limousines, luxury automobiles and vans. There are also shared-ride buses and shuttles are available to take passengers to destinations throughout Kuala Lumpur and surrounding towns.

Two trains operate between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KL Sentral station in the city center. The KLIA Ekspres is the faster of the two trains, with a total travel time of 28 minutes. The KLIA Transit train is a commuter train that stops at three stations before KL Sentral: Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya, and Salak Tinggi.

If you'd like to rent a car, several car rental companies have counters at the airport. These include Avis, Hertz, Insas Pacific Rent A Car, Kasina Baru, Mayflower Car Rental, Orix Car Rental and Pantas Rent A Car.

Passengers and visitors who are driving to the Kuala Lumpur Airport will find two parking lots. The covered parking lot offers short-term parking and daily parking. Drivers who are parking their cars for at least four days can park in the long-term parking lots at Block A.


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