Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Tourist Guide

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) serves as Malaysia’s primary international gateway, connecting travelers from around the world. Whether you’re on a layover or starting your journey here, KLIA offers various amenities and services. Let’s explore the KLIA Terminal features, answer common questions, and provide helpful tips.

1. KLIA Terminal

KLIA consists of three terminals:

  1. Main Terminal Building (Terminal 1):
    • Located between the two runways, the Main Terminal Building has 39 square roof units, allowing for future expansion.
    • It houses 216 check-in counters organized into six rows (labeled from A to M, excluding I).
    • Multi-check-in services cater to arriving, departing, or transit passengers.
    • Immigration counters include 61 for departing passengers and 69 for arriving passengers.
    • Additionally, there are 16 transfer counters, 32 customs counters, and 12 baggage conveyor belts (10 for international passengers and 2 for domestic passengers).
    • On February 12, 2007, Malaysia Airports introduced integrated self-check-in kiosks for passengers, with KLM being the first airline to use this system. More kiosks will be installed later by the airport operator.
  2. Satellite Building (Terminal 2):
    • Covering an area of 143,404 square meters, the Satellite Building handles international flights at KLIA.
    • Passengers must use the Aerotrain to reach this building from the Main Terminal.
    • The Satellite Building features prestigious duty-free shops and branded boutiques, including Burberry and Dunhill.
  3. Departure Hall (Balai Berlepas):
    • The Departure Hall, connected to the Main Terminal, serves as the departure and arrival terminal for domestic flights.
    • While Malaysia Airlines currently uses this terminal for domestic flights, it was previously used by low-cost carriers like AirAsia before the construction of the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).
    • The northern part of the terminal accommodates narrow-body aircraft (e.g., Boeing 737, Airbus A320), while the southern part can handle larger aircraft like the Boeing 747.
    • Travelators are installed throughout the hall to assist passenger movement.

2. Layover Activities at KLIA

Q: I have a 7-hour stop in the airport. Is there any place to visit within 3 to 4 hours in Kuala Lumpur near the airport?

A: With a limited layover, consider exploring within the airport itself. Here are some options:

  • Duty-Free Shopping: KLIA boasts numerous duty-free shops where you can browse for souvenirs, cosmetics, electronics, and more.
  • Dining and Cafés: Enjoy a meal or coffee at the airport’s restaurants and cafés.
  • Airport Lounges: If you have lounge access, relax in comfort while waiting for your next flight.

Venturing outside KLIA during a short layover is not recommended. Exiting the airport involves passing through immigration, which can take time. Additionally, transportation to the city center (e.g., train, airport taxi, or limousine) requires additional hours. To make the most of your layover, stay within the airport premises.

3. Services Within KLIA Terminal

Q: Is there any printing service in KLIA?

A: Yes, you can find printing services at the Sama Sama Hotel inside KLIA. They charge approximately 6 MYR per paper.

3. Parking Fees at KLIA

Q: How much is the parking fee per day at KLIA?

A: For cars, the parking fee is approximately 143 MYR per day. The airport uses an hourly system, with the first hour costing 5 MYR and subsequent hours at 6 MYR each. Night hours are even more expensive. If possible, consider alternative parking options outside the airport to save costs. Unfortunately, I don’t have information on bike parking fees (based on my last visit in 2018).

4. Bringing Cash into Malaysia

Q: If tourists bring in cash exceeding USD 10,000, what happens with Malaysia Customs?

A: Tourists must declare any amount exceeding USD 10,000 immediately using Customs Form 22. Law enforcement officers may conduct an interview to verify the source of the money and the purpose of bringing it into Malaysia. However, there is no specific limit on the amount of money you can legally bring into the country.

5. Getting to KLCC (Near Petronas Twin Towers) from KLIA2

Q: How can I go to KLCC Sentral (or near Petronas Twin Towers) via bus from KLIA2?

A: You have two options:

  1. Bus Route: Take an Aerobus or Skybus from KLIA2 to KL Sentral. From KL Sentral, board the Kelana Jaya Line LRT (KJ Line) and alight directly at KLCC LRT station.
  2. KLIA Express Train: Alternatively, take the KLIA Express Train to KL Sentral. Then transfer to the KJ Line LRT, which will take you directly to KLCC LRT Station.

6. Bus Ticket Counters and Payment Methods

Q: Do the bus ticket counters at KLIA accept credit cards?

A: No, the bus counters accept CASH ONLY. Be sure to have Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) on hand when purchasing bus tickets.

7. Luggage Storage at KLIA Terminal

Q: Are there places to store luggage at KLIA while we visit the City Centre, and how much does it cost for 10 hours?

A: Yes, KLIA provides luggage storage facilities. The cost depends on the size of your luggage but is generally less than MYR 50.00. It’s a convenient option if you want to explore the city without carrying your bags.

Whether you’re a transit passenger or starting your Malaysian adventure, KLIA aims to make your experience comfortable and hassle-free. Safe travels! 🛫🌏

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