Everything you need to know for a trip to Malaysia’s bustling capital city

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A Haiku about Kuala Lumpur

A diverse people

Conventional yet modern

Tropical city

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?

Very safe.

One Crazy Fact

KL has the world’s fourth-largest shopping mall, the 1Utama, which covers 5 million square feet.

Main Districts

-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.

Getting Around

Common forms of transportation include:

- Walking 

- Bus: RapidKL is the largest bus operator in the city. View the map of the bus routes here. Bus fares are usually paid using stored-value tickets.

- Subway: The transit map shows all the LRT, KTM Komuter and KL Monorail lines. Fares and ticket information here.

- Taxi: Always be sure that the driver turns on the meter. Use MyTeksi or EzCab to book your taxis. Uber is also available.

Tip: Get the RapidKL Integrated Unlimited Pass for unlimited rides on the RapidKL buses, LRT lines or Monorail. More information here.