Malaysia Travel Guides

Airports

Over 35 international airlines fly to Malaysia, making it easy to get here. There are six international airports, one each at: Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching, and Johor Bahru. A further 14 domestic airports serve the growing number of regional budget airlines.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is located 34 miles south of the capital and is the main entry point for overseas visitors. Over 20 million passengers pass through the airport every year and routes include flights to cities in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia. The airport was voted the world's best for two consecutive years and has an excellent range of facilities including VIP lounges, banks, duty-free shopping, restaurants, business services and smoking lounges.

The quickest way to reach the city from KLIA is by taking the KLIA Express (journey time: 30 minutes). Airport buses depart frequently for hotels in Kuala Lumpur via the Hentian Duta bus terminal. Taxis are plentiful and must be pre-paid in the Arrivals area at the airport.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest airport in Malaysia and is the main gateway to Sabah and Borneo. Facilities here include ATMs and currency exchange bureaux in terminals 1 and 2. These facilities are usually closed at night, so make sure you have some Malaysian ringgit before you arrive. The easiest way to reach Kota Kinabalu from the airport is to take a taxi for the five-mile journey.

Penang International Airport has flights to major cities in the region, as well as regular services to Malaysian destinations. Upon arrival, the easiest way to get to your hotel is to take a taxi from outside the terminal. A coupon system is used and set fares are based on your destination.

Public Transport

Although flying is the quickest way to get around Malaysia, visitors can also choose from trains, buses and self-drive. The railway service is cheap and links all major towns on the Malay peninsula, from Thailand to Singapore. Buses are popular with the locals, and air-conditioned services travel between most major towns. Hiring a car is a good option if you wish to travel to some of the more remote areas. Hire car services are available at most airports and in some of the larger cities.

The easiest way of travelling within towns and cities is by taxi. Fares are calculated according to meters. There is no extra cost for air-conditioned taxis, but a 50 per cent surcharge applies from midnight to 06:00. Interstate taxis operate between states and are an inexpensive and efficient way to reach your destination.

Rickshaws have nearly disappeared in Kuala Lumpur, but they are still a popular form of local transport in provincial areas. The three-wheeled vehicles are modified from a bicycle and often elaborately decorated. Fares should be negotiated before setting off.