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Taxi or train from Airport?

Hi

I will be staying at the Parkroyal in KL and will be arriving at KLIA at around 17:00hrs on a Monday afternoon.

Would it be faster for me to catch the Airport express to Sentral then a taxi to the hotel or catch a taxi directly from the airport to the hotel.

On my return I have an early flight to Phuket which leaves KLIA at 9:30am on a thursday morning.

Once again would it be fastest for me to take taxi and train or just taxi? & what time should I be leaving the hotel (I was thinking 7am latest)? Are taxis easy to get at that time of the morning?

I am not familiar with the traffic congestion in KL during these times so I'm not sure which is the best mode of transport to take.

There is also a monorail station very close to the hotel but I beleive this is not a good idea with luggage.

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1. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

Just got back from K.L.

Traffic in K.L. is always congested. I found that taking the Airport Express (Cost 35MYR or about 14AUD per person) was very quick. Takes 28 minutes from airport to central K.L.

At K.L. Sentral taxis are always available. You can choose from budget taxis (and they are budget!) or premium. You by a taxi voucher at the counter to go to your hotel. It cost me 11MYR by budget taxi to Traders Hotel.

Morning should not be a problem to get back to train station. Hotel should have 'blue' taxi out front or they will hail you one. These are premium taxis and cost a little more. Traders Hotel to Train station was 35MYR.

If you are buying duty free, K.L. is much cheaper than Oz or Phuket. You can buy going in or out at K.L.

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2. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

HI

generally given the location of the Park Royal getting a taxi will be the quicker. If you get the train, you will still have to get another taxi, or bus, or monorail to the Park Royal.

Take it you are flying with Malaysian to Phuket, so Park Royal to KLIA, will take about an hour, plus 2 hours check in (6.30-7am). Get the hotel to call you a cab or get them to organise one the night before. We have never had any problems. You could also take the number for Airport Limos who have the francise of taxis at the 2 termianls at KUL and ring them. If you are flying Air Asia, you will not be flying out of KLIA, but LCCT, so will need to tell the driver which terminal.

Two monorail stations about 200m either side of the hotel, moving luggage will not be easy unless you are travelling light.

Enjoy

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The taxi companies at the 2 terminals are 2 different set-ups. However I believe you can use either company (or even a city taxi) to go to the airport, but only the specific company given the right to operate from each terminal for rides from the airport.

Train is not going to save any time since the city terminal Sentral is actually located outside the city centre. You still need to brave through the jam in a taxi to reach the Parkroyal. Only advantage of the train is that the ride is smoother and it definitely feels "safer".

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4. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

Hi

Thanks for the replies.

Both my flights are with Malaysian in and out of KLIA.There will be two of us travelling together with the usualy amount of luggage.

I am not a big fan of fast driving taxi drivers in cars that vibrate erratically.I'm the one in the back seat always telling them to slow down!

For this reason I tend to favour taking the train then taxi from Sentral to hotel and visa versa, but having a reasonable early flight I am concerned with traffic as I would like to have breakfast before leaving the hotel.

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5. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

MH's morning flight to Phuket is a pain, but you get a full day on the island. Yes, you land before 10am Phuket time !

I believe it will be quicker if you take a taxi all the way, the KLIA taxis (as opposed to LCCT taxis) do feel a little more stable and is probably your best bet.

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6. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

I have been to KL twice and found that the Airport express is the best option especially when leaving.

The first time we flew out of KL we took a taxi from the hotel and it took about 90 minutes in the morning (that was a luxury taxi. The airport is quite a long way out of the city. So 90 minutes plus your check in time or 2 hours.

The 2nd time we took a taxi to the station to take the Airport Express about 20 minutes and from there it was so simple. There is a porter meets you at the taxi dropoff who takes your luggage and takes you in the lift, then to the area where you can check your luggage in with the airline, then he escorts you downstairs and puts your handluggage in the correct area in the train. Painless and you dont see your luggage until you get to your destination.

The porters dont really seem to want a tip and in fact I had one that I almost had to force the tip on

him. Just be aware that the check in at the station seems to close about 2 and a half hours before the flight. If you miss that deadline you have to take your luggage to the airport. You could check with the airline on the exact time.

We just went to the booth at airport and bought a return ticket on the Express and paid for it with a credit card. Then when we returned there was no waiting in a line etc.

The cost of train and taxi to hotel versus taxi to the city or return is about the same, but we found a vast difference in the time as you always to allow for traffic holdups

I found KL one of the most organised, streamlined airports and transport to the city

Enjoy

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7. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

With 2 of you it would be cheaper (and faster) to get a 'budget taxi' through Airport Limo service. They have a desk just outside the domestic arrivals gate - far right from International arrivals. It costs about A$52 for the return trip from KLIA to downtown and takes about 1 hour.

The cars are medium size sedans or hatch backs - fine for 2 people and average size luggage.

I have used them several times and they always arrive about 10 minutes early for the return trip to KLIA. Just phone them the day before.

By the time you add up the travel time on KLIA EXpress + waiting time + transfer at Sentral to another taxi to get to your hotel it is likely to take as long as the taxi ride from KLIA to your hotel and involve fewer changes of transport.

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8. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

Thanks for all thereplies.

I am thinking I will take the train then taxi from Sentral to Hotel.

What is the going rate for the taxi from Sentral to the Butik Bintang area at the moment?

I think that when I am going to the airport I will try to reach Sentral around 7am so I can check my luggage in there and then not have to worry about waiting in line at KLIA.

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9. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

A couple of months back it cost me 6 RM from the taxi rank just opposite the Monorail station (walk down the covered walk way on the lower ground floor of Sentral) to the Radius Hotel in Bukit Bintang - the driver used the meter.

The taxi drivers that wait around outside Sentral were asking 20 to 30 RM for the same trip.

I have had very, very few pleasant experiences (i.e. almost none) with KL taxi drivers. They seem very reluctant to use metres.

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10. Re: Taxi or train from Airport?

I found that when you get off the Airport Express to go into Singapore there are two taxi desks there, budget and luxury taxi. I think that the luxury cost about 50 to our hotel, the Melia right in the centre of town and the budget about 30 about $12 AU dollars and they were waiting right outside.

You can walk out and on to the road and they are probably cheaper but as I have said most taxi drivers dont want to use meters and once you get in will often quote ridiculous figures. Dont use a taxi unless they agree to use the meter (ask before you shut the door, or negiotate a fee). I found it is just easier to go to the taxi desk after a long flight.

The trip back was definately very smooth by Air Express train as I have said before, but then I dont know where the Park Royal is. Traffic in KL can be very bad if it is raining or night time and lots of streets are one way can be lots of traffic jams. In the morning going to the station for the train doesnt seem to be bad and we always got there in about 10/15 mins but that is from the Melia opposite times square. It was always cheaper going back with a taxi from the hotel.

If you are going to use a taxi while you are in Kl and you get the hotel to hail you one, they will never use the metre and want to charge 30 to 50 no matter where you go. When you walk 2 steps away from the hotel entrance and hail one they usually use the meter 90 percent of the time, if you ask. Then the same fare cost us about 10rgns about 3 AU dollars instead of 30 or 50. We often get out of a taxi who wont use their metre as are there are lots come along if you wait 5 mins. If I do find one that uses the metre happily, and sometimes they have the meter on when you get in, I usually give a small tip. The ones who dont use the meter are often pocketing the fare and that is why they dont used the meter.

Either way it is not so expensive that I worry too much if we get ripped off sometimes, especailly late at night if we want to get home from somewhere safely. Hope this helps