Before anything, what are LCCT, KLIA, and KL Sentral? Here’s a brief description of each.
LCCT stands for “Low Cost Carrier Terminal.” Though this will eventually be replaced by KLIA2, LCCT is a budget terminal in Kuala Lumpur currently servicing low-cost carriers like Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. If you’re flying to Malaysia from the Philippines on either of those airlines, then you’ll likely be landing here. It’s about an hour away by bus to the KL city center.
KLIA stands for “Kuala Lumpur International Airport”, and is Malaysia’s main international airport. If you’re flying in to Malaysia on a non-low-cost carrier, then you’ll probably land here. Just twenty minutes from LCCT, KLIA is also about an hour away from the city center.
KL Sentral is Kuala Lumpur’s version of Grand Central Station. It’s the city’s intermodal transportation hub, home to KL’s many service rails and bus lines. If you’ll be taking the express train or bus into the city center from either airport, then you’ll be getting off here. This is also where you’ll be taking the bus or express train back to either airport.
How to Get to KL Sentral from LCCT
Basically, there are two ways to get to KL Sentral from LCCT – by taxi or by bus. Unless you have a fetish for taxis, then I suggest you forget that option because it’s by far the most expensive. KL Sentral is over an hour away from LCCT, so it will cost you around RM70 to get there by cab. That leaves us with the more practical and economical bus option.
There are two service providers that you can choose from – Skybus or Aerobus. Pretty much the same, both depart every half hour and get you to KL Sentral in about an hour. Exiting the terminal, make a left and walk all the way down. At the end you’ll find buses for both – red for Skybus and yellow for Aerobus.
Owned and operated by Air Asia, this is what we took. You can buy tickets at the Skybus counter just before exiting the terminal for RM9. You can save a little by buying your ticket online as well – RM8.50 – which is what we did. Just print it out and show it to the bus operator upon boarding.
It’s worth mentioning that the counter rate from KL Sentral back to LCCT is a little more expensive at RM10. Online rates are the same (RM8.50).
Big red. This photo was taken at KL Sentral. If you have large luggage, then you’ll need to stow it in the bus’ side compartment.
Here’s the current Skybus schedule (as of October 2013)
We didn’t take Aerobus at any point during our trip, so I’m not sure if it’s cheaper to buy your tickets online. You can pre-purchase a ticket from LCCT to KL Sentral for RM8, or buy it at the airport counter. Like Skybus, it’s a little more expensive to go from KL Sentral back to LCCT – RM10.
Yellow submarine. This picture was taken at KL Sentral as well.
Current Aerobus schedule (as of October 2013)
It’s important to note that there’s actually a third way you can get from the airport to KL Sentral, and it’s by express train. The fastest option available, KL Ekspres unfortunately doesn’t serve LCCT, so you’ll need to take a shuttle bus to KLIA first.
Exiting the LCCT terminal, make a left and look for a sign that says “KLIA Shuttle.” Buses leave every 20 minutes. The fare costs just RM1.50 per person, with a total travel time of 20 minutes. More details on getting to KL Sentral from KLIA via express train below.
How to Get to KL Sentral from KLIA
Like LCCT, KLIA is an hour away from the city center, so cabs will be very expensive, around RM70. Unless there are several people in your group, I suggest taking either the bus or express train.
If I’m not mistaken, only one provider takes you to KL Sentral from KLIA, and that’s Airport Coach. When finding your way out of the airport, follow the signs to the bus terminal, which is at the ground floor. Airport Coach has a counter there where you can buy one-way tickets for RM10, and round trip passes for RM18. You can pre-purchase your tickets online as well. Like buses from LCCT to KL Sentral, the trip will take around an hour.
Current Airport Coach schedule (as of October 2013)
KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit
The fastest way to get from KLIA to KL Sentral and back, the ride can take as little as 28 minutes. I suggest taking this if you’re pressed for time. For Words with Friends addicts, you’ll be happy to know that there’s 4G WiFi onboard too!
There are two types of express trains – KLIA Ekspres which is non-stop, and KLIA Transit which makes three quick stops and will get you there in around 35 minutes. Both will run you RM35 each way, tickets for which can be purchased at the KLIA Ekspres Ticket Counter, or self-service kiosks at either KL Sentral or KLIA. You can pre-purchase your tickets online as well.
We didn’t need to take the express train at all, but had we fallen behind during any leg of our trip, then this definitely would have been the way to go.
KLIA Ekspres schedule (as of October 2013)
KLIA Transit schedule (as of October 2013)
So there you have it, an easy-to-understand guide (I hope) on how to get to KL Sentral from the airports and back. If you opt to take the bus from KL Sentral to either airport, buses for all three lines mentioned above dock at the same place – at the ground floor of the station. If you have trouble locating it, just ask someone there and they’ll direct you.
Before arriving in Malaysia, Ren and I were confused enough about transportation to and from the airports that we almost considered taking a taxi from LCCT. Considering how easy it is to take the bus, that would have been a huge, expensive mistake. If you’re a first-time traveler to KL like we were, then I hope you find the above information useful. 🙂
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, centrally-located transit hotel in Kuala Lumpur, then I suggest MyHotel @ Sentral. Full details and pictures included in that post.
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JB and Renée are the Traveleaters behind Will Fly for Food, a travel blog for the gastronomically inclined. They enjoy experiencing food from different cultures so they’ve made it their mission to try every country’s national dish. Read more about them and their National Dish Quest here.