Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main international airport of Malaysia that is located at about 45km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. With its capacity to handle up to 70 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year, it has been dubbed as the 11th busiest airport in the world, and ranks 10th in the busiest international airport in Asia. Kuala Lumpur International Airport serves as the hub of major international airlines including Malaysia Airlines, MASkargo, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malindo Air, and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The airport is operated by Malaysia Airports (MAHB) Sepang Sdn Bhd.
Tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur should prepare themselves for long nights of strolling around night markets, helping themselves to sumptuous buffet, and opening their minds to the rich heritage of Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is a sight that has both locals and tourists marvelling at its beauty. The Petronas Twin Towers is more than a spectacular view; it is also one that invites people inside its magnificent structure. Tourists can catch a view of the city's skyline by visiting the skyscraper's Skybridge on the 41st floor and the viewing deck on the 86th floor. The Art Deco wet market is another attraction worth visiting for its free space especially dedicated for artists and their artworks. Portraitists and street artists are within the area, adding old-time and lively vibes to the market.
Prepare for an adventure when you pay a visit to the Batu Caves. Climbing up the 272 steps to the natural caverns in the cave is a nature trip and a fun activity that can be enjoyed with other travellers. Visitors who can't contain their love for art and creativity should make MAP a part of their lists of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. The arts organisation brings together artists and developers in a venue surrounded by arty shops and galleries. A unique dining experience awaits visitors in the town of Petaling Jaya where restaurants serve delectable dishes served in banana leaves.
How to get around within Kuala Lumpur
Passengers coming from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport can hop on either of the two direct rail services connecting the airport to the KL Sentral, a transportation hub connected to Peninsular Malaysia's expressway network. The KLIA Express and KLIA Transit provide train service that travel frequently along the 57km route between KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Visitors can also ride airport taxis and limousines to get to various areas outside the airport. Once outside the vicinity of the airport, visitors have several options in going around Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has a 144,403km road network that consists of expressways and paved roads that extend to the Thai border and Singapore, so travelling between attractions are made easy. Bus services such as Star Shuttle and Sepang Omnibus run from the airport to areas such as Kota Raya, Pudu Raya, Seremban in Negeri Sembilan, and Banting in Selangor. Visitors who would rather ride on taxis are advised to take extra care in negotiating with taxi drivers who reportedly increase the fare in the hopes that tourists will be tricked into paying much.
How to get there
As one of the busiest airports in Asia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport hosts frequent international and domestic flights via major airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Air Astana, Etihad Airways, Air France, Jetstar Asia Airways, among others. These airlines operate from destinations such as Manila, Japan, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong to land in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.