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Kuala Lumpur (KL) was established as a tin miner's shanty town at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers in 1857. With its rapid developement as one of Asia's most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur was given city status in 1 February 1972 and declared as a Federal Territory in 1974.
Claimed as the 'Garden City of Lights', its impressive skyline includes one of the tallest buildings in the world - Petronas Twin Towers. Besides there are other heritage buildings with unique architecture that are erected during the colonial days like the old Moorish styled railway station, stately colonial buildings and old shophouses.
The city has a comprehensive transportation system. It is accessible by KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, about 50km away. Within the city itself, tourists can move around easily by using Light Rail Transport (LRT), KTM Commuter Trains, buses and taxis.
Places of Interest
The state-of-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway into the country and services over 45 international airlines. The city is situated about 55km from KLIA. Several public transport options provide easy access to the city. Kuala Lumpur is also accessible from Port Klang, the country's largest seaport, 41km away. An excellent road and railway network links Kuala Lumpur to Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south.
⌈ KL Sentral :
Tel: +603 2279 8699
Tel: +603 2279 8000
⌈ KLIA Limousine Taxis:
Tel: +603 8787 3030 / 9223 8080
Airport limousine taxis are available at the Arrival Hall on Level 3 of KLIA. These taxis offers pick-up and transfer services using a prepaid coupon system. Travel time to the city takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Fares differ accordin to the zone and type of taxi (budget or premier). A surcharge will be imposed for transfers between midnight to 6.00pm
⌈ Airport Coach:
The airport coach provides scheduled services to Jalan Duta Bus Terminal and Chan Sow Lin LRT Station in the city. The bus station is situated at the Ground Floor of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
From KLIA to Jalan Duta Bus Terminal
From KLIA to Chan Sow Lin LRT Station
The airport coach also provides transfers to major hotels in the city and vice-versa for departing passengers. However, arrangements must be made 24 hours prior to departure. Travel time to the airport takes about 1½ hours, depending on traffice conditions.
⌈ Car Rental
Car rental services are available both at the airport and at KL Sentral. The Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway is the main route into the city. The drive takes about one hour or less, dependin on traffic conditions.
Getting around the city is convenient and affordable. KL Sentral, the city's modern transportation hub, provides a comprehensive network of train, bus and taxi services.
Air-conditioned buses ply various routes in the main areas of the city. Bus schedules are fairly reliable depending on traffic conditions and the time of day.
An extensive rail transport system links the major parts of the city. The three services available are Putra and STAR Light Rail Transits (LRT), KL Monorail and KTM Komuter. These services are frequent, puntual and hassle-free. Feeder bus services are available from train stations to designated surrounding areas. Weekly and monthly passes are available for frequent travellers. All lines, except STAR LRT converge at the KL Sentral Station.
Light Rail Transits (LRT)
Tel: +603 2273 1888
Tel: +603 2267 1200
In Kuala Lumpur, taxi fares are based on a metered rate and are available 24 hours a day. The flag-off rate is RM2.00 and 10 cents is charged for every subsequent 150 metres. Extra charges apply for services after midnight or for services booked by phone.
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