The Kuala Lumpur International Airport or KLIA is the main international airport in Malaysia built in the 1990s to reduce the congestion in the tiny Subang International Airport [renamed Subang Skypark Terminal now]. Built 60 km away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, the KLIA is actually not located in Kuala Lumpur but in the district of Sepang in the state of Selangor. Having such distance means that people going to the airport needs a good transport connections to the airport. Apart from taxis and buses, there is a fast way to go to the airport from the city vice versa i.e. via the Express Rail Link [ERL].
The ERL is a very efficient train service if you are catching a flight/rushing into the city or if you love train travels. It is fast, safe and reliable. Not to forget, it is very punctual, something lacking with most Malaysia’s rail transportation today.
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There are 2 train services under the ERL: the KLIA Ekspress and the KLIA Transit.
KLIA Ekspres is the express train service going to and fro KL Sentral station and KLIA non-stop. By taking this train, travelling time between both places is only 28 minutes and rest assured, the trains leave and arrive on the dot. The ticket price for KLIA Ekspres is RM 35/way.
KLIA Transit, on the other hand, is the commuter train service going to and from KL Sentral station and KLIA with 3 stops along the way; Bandar Tasik Selatan [where you can interchange with the KTM Komuter line, Seri Petaling line LRT or express buses going south at the Southern Integrated Terminal – TBS-BTS], Salak Tinggi and Putrajaya. Different fares apply for the stops but if you are stopping at the last station, the price is the same as KLIA Ekspres – RM 35/way. It takes 45 minutes for the whole journey to complete.
The coaches of the ERL is very clean and neat. The floor is carpeted, it has a small LCD TV giving info to the passengers and attached lavatory. The seats are comfortable enough and there are places to put your luggage inside the coaches. You can also choose to check-in your luggage at KL Sentral to make things easier. But I am not sure how efficient the service is because I have never checked-in one.
Did I mention that there is WiFi on board the train? 😉
Although the price is a bit expensive as compared to taking buses [RM 35 as compared to RM 10], but considering the fact that you will reach KLIA in less than half an hour and straight into the airport, after which you can take the elevator to the boarding area at Level 5 of the Airport, I think it is worth a try.
Plus, taking the KLIA Ekspres means travelling on the fastest train in Malaysia to date, cruising the tracks at 160 km/h. Yeah, not as fast as the bullet train but that is bullet train and this is a normal standard gauge train.
So, next time you are going to KLIA from the city or going into the city from KLIA, have a ride on the KLIA Ekspress. And if you are in a hurry, take the Ekspres train, not the Transit train. 🙂
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