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Kuala Lumpur - Getting There

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The best way to reach KL is by air. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is located in the Sepang district, about 50 km (around 34 miles) from KL city. Home to the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, KLIA is served by more than 40 international airlines. There is also a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) catering to budget carriers (e.g. AirAsia, Tiger Airways), but some budget carriers also operate from KLIA. For flight information, dial +03 8776 2000 (KLIA); dial +03 8777 8888 (LCCT), or access KLIA's website at www.klia.com.my.

For land transfers from KLIA to your final destination, the two best options would be to go by private taxi (if you are unfamiliar with the city), or to hire a car and drive to your final destination by yourself. Airport taxis are convenient for expatriates who are unfamiliar with KL. There are family service taxis that can take up to eight passengers. For more information about the rates and bookings, contact Airport Limo at Tel: +603 8787 3678 (24 hours). For expatriates traveling light and alone, there is an express rail service (KLIA Ekspres) that takes slightly less than 30 minutes to reach KL city. Call the General Number at +603 2267 8088 or the

Customer Enquiry Number at +603 2267 8000, or visit the website at www.kliaekspres.com. For expatriates who wish to drive by themselves, there are many car rental companies available at the airport.

KL is well connected by road and rail, with excellent road and rail connections to Thailand up north and down south to Singapore. The North-South Expressway (E1 and E2) runs from the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah (up north) to Johor Bahru in the south down to Singapore. The main exits from the expressway for KL are Jalan Duta (from the north) and Sungai Besi (from the south). The East Coast Expressway links KL with the east coast states (Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan). The Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) rail network connects KL to many major Malaysian cities, including Singapore and Hat Yai (the nearest Thai city from the Malaysian border). The land distance from Singapore to KL is less than 400 km (around 270 miles). The journey from either Singapore in the south or from Hat Yai in the north to KL takes around 12 hours each. The contact number for the railway station in central KL is +60 3 2273 8000.

Another way to reach KL is by sea via international cruises. The nearest international cruise terminal to KL city is in Port Klang, located southwest of KL city. The cruise terminal is operated by Star Cruises, a major cruise operator in Asia, but the cruise terminal also handles other cruise operators. The cruise terminal is about 45 kilometers (28 miles) away, and a land transfer will take around 45 minutes to an hour to KL city.

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