Kuala Lumpur in 60 Seconds
Everything you need to know for a trip to Malaysia’s bustling capital city
One Awesome Kuala Lumpur Video
A Haiku about Kuala Lumpur
A diverse people
Conventional yet modern
Speak Like A Local
Most Malaysians speak English, other languages spoken include Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.
Chat Like A Local
Malaysians use a mix of WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, and KakaoTalk.
All About That Cash
The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM, ~RM4 = US$1). Street food usually costs RM6-9 per dish.
Best Time to Visit
There are no seasons in tropical KL, but the wetter months are from March to April and September to November. Also, note that there is a chance of haze during later months.
Is it safe?
One Crazy Fact
KL has the world’s fourth-largest shopping mall, the 1Utama, which covers 5 million square feet.
-Bukit Bintang and KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre): The upscale central district for shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.
-KLCC and Bangsar: The popular cafe areas.
-Genting Highlands: A hilltop integrated resort, well-known for its theme park and casino.
-Chinatown and Little India: The main heritage and cultural districts.
World’s Tallest Twin Towers
At 451.9m above street level, the Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin structures and the fifth tallest skyscraper in the world.
Getting In and Out
There are 3 airports in KL: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), and the Subang International Airport. KLIA is the city’s main airport, with KLIA and KLIA2 linked by the KLIA Ekspres train service.
Travelling from KLIA/ KLIA2 to the city:
- By train: KLIA Ekspres takes around 30 minutes to KL Sentral, one-way adult ticket at RM35.
- By bus: Express coach takes one hour to KL Sentral, one-way adult ticket at RM10.
- By car: Major car rental operators include Avis, Prac, Mayflower and Orix.
- By taxi: Metered taxi services are available at Terminals 1 and 3 of the main building. Be sure to first get a coupon (RM2 for a regular taxi) from the taxi counter.
Travelling from Subang International Airport to the city:
- By bus: The bus bay is to the left outside the departure hall, with the Rapid KL bus #U81 travelling to the city. It takes around 30 minutes and costs RM2.
- By taxi: A ride to the city takes around 25 mins, at RM20-25. Be sure to first get a coupon from the taxi counter.
- By car: Rent a car from the Sime Darby service at the ground floor.
Common forms of transportation include:
Tip: Get the RapidKL Integrated Unlimited Pass for unlimited rides on the RapidKL buses, LRT lines or Monorail. More information here.