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Sentral Station & KLIA Express
Sentral Station

All of the rail systems of Kuala Lumpur are joined to Sentral Station, a state of the art railway center which is astounding for both its simple thinking, beautifully designed marble floors and walls, the road ways that lead up to the station and the fact that right next to it are the Hilton and Le Meridian hotels which are simply magnificent twin towers.

Simplicity is the order of the day when it comes to Sentral Station. The KLIA Express, the raised railway (LRT) and the KTM which is a long distance commuter train run from here in separate sections of the building. The mono rail is situated just outside of the building. In between all of this there are shops, cafes and restaurants.

If you are traveling from Sentral Station to KLIA and are flying with Malaysian airlines you can check your baggage here and get your ticket before getting on the train. The KLIA Express leaves from the basement and costs RM35 one way. The journey takes 28 minutes and leaves on schedule to the second. If you do happen to miss it, don't worry as in 20 mutes another one will arrive. This is a non stop service to KLIA.

The raised railway runs from upstairs and in places the train actually runs through the building on its way. This system is charged on a per stop basis and one of its most important stops is the Twin Towers otherwise known as KLCC or Kuala Lumpur City Center.

The mono rail runs from Brickfields - a mainly Indian area of Kuala Lumpur. Within minutes you can be in Times Square, Sultan Ismal or Butit Bingtang, some of the major shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur.

The railway systems in Kuala Lumpur are clean, cheap, fast and safe, although you should never let your guard down.

KLIA Express

The railway service from the airport (KLIA Express) is excellent and for many people it is the only way to travel from the airport to KL. The service operates every 20 minutes from 5 AM to 12 AM and takes exactly 28 minutes to cover the 100 or so kilometers. The service is clean, fast and safe and has the advantage from running the basement of the arrivals hall at Kuala Lumpur's stunning airport. The cost of this service is RM35 one way and is a non-stop service to Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur.

The other public transport options from the airport to the city are by taxi, but beware because they are out to make a handsome profit on this trip. A taxi from the airport should never cost more than RM100 including tolls and even at that they are making a massive profit. If you manage to get one for RM60 you will be doing well. The advantage of a taxi is that if there are a number of you it will be cheaper and you will be brought straight to you hotel / final destination.

If you do choose the rail link to Sentral Station from KLIA you will need a taxi from there to your final destination. There will be people selling you taxis from desks within the station, but you may fare better if you just go outside and try to talk to the taxi drivers yourself.
About the Author
Ronan Menton is the webmaster for a number of travel related websites and has been for some time in Ireland, associated with search engine optimisation in the Irish travel industry. He spends two months a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and now sees it as his second home. For further information check: hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
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