The Cheapest Ways To Get To KLIA & KLIA2

The Cheapest Ways To Get To KLIA & KLIA2

With budget airlines mushrooming in the region and the downward slide of fuel prices, it has become increasingly affordable to just hop on a flight for a short getaway, or for a business meeting. However, what most of us fail to put into consideration is the cost of transportation to the airport.

As with most airports, KLIA and KLIA2 are located far from the city centre and suburbs. Getting a cab, especially in the wee hours of the morning, could cost you more than trying to get to Narnia.

However, there are ways you can keep your airport transportation expense low. If you are travelling light, have time on your end, you can get to the airport and save enough to cover a meal when you get there.

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Here are your options of transportation from the most expensive to the cheapest:

Grabbing a ride with GrabCar

GrabCar is an app-based car-with-driver service that allows you to request for a car on your smartphone. Currently this service is only available within the Klang Valley, especially in Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Hartamas areas, and KL city centre.

GrabCar does not charge a midnight surcharge, hence it is perfect for those who have to catch a red-eye flight. However, the app does not allow pre-booking. So, if your flight is in the crack of dawn, you may have to risk it by only requesting for an Uber at the time you are supposed to leave for the airport.

It is also on a fixed rate basis, where the fare is calculated based on the distance between the pick-up and drop-off points entered and the estimated travel time.

Using KL Sentral as the starting point, here’s how much it cost to take a GrabCar to KLIA/KLIA2:

 
KL Sentral – KLIA/KLIA2 – KL Sentral
Duration^To KLIA: 49 mins
From KLIA: 48 mins
Distance 60.9 km + 57.3 km
TollTo KLIA
• MEX - Putrajaya Toll Plaza - RM3.50
• ELITE – KLIA - RM4.30

From KLIA
• ELITE – Putrajaya - RM4.30

TOTAL: RM7.80 + RM4.30 = RM12.10
Estimated fare for GrabCar (Economy)RM80 to RM110

Two-way: RM190 + 12.10 = RM202.10
Estimated fare for GrabCar+ (Premium)RM200

Two-way: RM400 + 12.10 = RM412.10

Based on the average rate, GrabCar offer a slightly more expensive fare compared to uberX by RM18. However, if you would like a little bit luxury, GrabCar+ is still cheaper than UberBlack by RM26.

Unlike Uber, GrabCar allows both cash and credit card payment, which is perfect for those who live on cold hard cash.

Taking Uber to KLIA & KLIA2

It’s undeniable that car sharing apps like Uber has made our lives so much easier. The travel time on an Uber is the same as taking a GrabCar, and would incur the same toll charges if the Uber driver uses the same expressways.

However, similar to GrabCar, it doesn’t allow pre-booking, hence, it is advisable only if you stay in an area where there are abundance of Uber drivers.

Here’s the breakdown of the cost, depending on which type of Uber you choose:

 
KL Sentral – KLIA/KLIA2 – KL Sentral
Duration^To KLIA: 49 mins
From KLIA: 48 mins
Distance 60.9 km + 57.3 km
TollTo KLIA
• MEX - Putrajaya Toll Plaza - RM3.50
• ELITE – KLIA - RM4.30

From KLIA
• ELITE – Putrajaya - RM4.30

TOTAL: RM7.80 + RM4.30 = RM12.10
Estimated fare for uberXRM87 to RM88

Two-way: RM172 + 12.10 = RM184.10
Estimated fare for uberXLRM122 to RM123

Two-way: RM246 + 12.10 = RM248.10
Estimated fare for UberBLACKRM212 to RM213

Two-way: RM426 + 12.10 = RM438.10

Looks kind of steep? If you are sharing the ride with one or two other people, this could still be a comfortable and affordable option. The best part of this is, you won’t be charged a midnight surcharge if your flight is after midnight, and you get picked up right from your doorstep!

Taking a taxi to KLIA & KLIA2

One of the best things about getting a cab to the airport is, you can call and pre-book your ride in advance, so you can concentrate on cramming everything into your luggage 30 minutes before you need to leave for the airport.

However, with taxis, there are a lot of surcharges you need to consider. If you are taking one of those red-eye flights, you will need to pay a 50% midnight surcharge, and a pre-booking fee.

Here’s the lowdown on taxi fare from KL Sentral – KLIA/KLIA2 – KL Sentral:

 
Normal hours
(between 6.01 a.m. and 11.59 p.m.)
After midnight
(between 12.00 a.m. and 6.00 a.m.)
Duration^
To KLIA: 51 mins
From KLIA: 51 mins
Distance
57.4 km + 55.7 km
Toll
To KLIA
• MEX - Putrajaya Toll Plaza - RM3.50
• ELITE – KLIA - RM4.30

From KLIA
• ELITE – Putrajaya - RM4.30

TOTAL: RM7.80 + RM4.30 = RM12.10
Pre-booking fee
RM2
Total estimated fareRM73.66 to RM75.84

Two-way: RM149.50 + 12.10 = RM161.60
RM110.49 to RM113.76

Two-way: RM224.20 + RM12.10 = RM236.30
* Fare calculation is based on TaxiFareFinder.com calculator

 

Based on the estimation above, taxis are still a cheaper option compared to Uber or GrabCar if you are going to the airport in normal hours. However, if you are being charged a midnight surcharge, you may be better off with taking an uberX – which is cheaper in price, and probably much more comfortable.

Hopping on the KLIA Ekspres

Driving or taking any of the road transport can be risky, especially if you are traveling during peak hours. The traffic can totally throw off your travel time, and you really don’t want to risk missing your flight.

The most popular and convenient option you can consider is taking the KLIA Ekspres. Used to cost RM33 one way, the KLIA Ekspres fare saw a hike in January 2016. Here’s the latest fee schedule for KLIA Ekspres:

 
Adult
Child
One-way
RM55
RM25
Two-way
RM100
RM45

You can get a 10% discount if you purchase the ticket online.

Here is how much you need to fork out for KLIA Ekspres based on the number of people you are travelling with:

 
1 adult ticket
2 adult tickets
3 adult tickets
Duration
28 minutes
Total two-way fare (adult)
RM100
RM200
RM300

If you travel light, alone and also in a rush to catch your flight, KLIA Ekspres is no doubt your saviour. Paying RM100 for both ways is still much cheaper than getting a cab or an Uber, plus it’s much faster. However, if you are travelling in a group and time is on your side, KLIA Ekspres can be quite steep. Perhaps it is worth the money to skip the traffic congestion during peak hours.

Aboard the KLIA Transit

If you are not travelling to the airport from KL Sentral, you can opt for the KLIA Transit. It’s a commuter service between KLIA/KLIA2 and KL Sentral with three stops – at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan.

Here’s the fee schedule for KLIA Transit:

KLIA Transit

Image from www.kliaekspres.com

A return fare from KL Sentral to KLIA/KLIA2 is the same as KLIA Ekspres, but the travel time is longer at 39 minutes to KLIA2. If you are leaving from KL Sentral to either of the airports, it will make more sense to take the KLIA Ekspress.

However, if you are leaving from any of the three stops (Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya, and Salak Tinggi), it will be more cost efficient to take the KLIA Transit.

Here is the total travel cost per person (adult and child) for return (two-way) transportation:

Sector
KL Sentral
Bandar Tasik Selatan
Putrajaya & Cyberjaya
Salak Tinggi
KLIA
Bandar Tasik Selatan
RM12 (A)
RM5.80 (C)
Putrajaya & Cyberjaya
RM28 (A)
RM12.60 (C)
RM16 (A)
RM7.20 (C)
Salak Tinggi
RM36.60 (A)
RM16.40 (A)
RM24.80 (A)
RM11.20 (C)
RM9.40 (A)
RM4.20 (C)
KLIA
RM100 (A)
RM45 (C)
RM76.80 (A)
RM34.60 (C)
RM18.80 (A)
RM8.40 (C)
RM9.80 (A)
RM4.40 (C)
KLIA2
RM100 (A)
RM45 (C)
RM76.80 (A)
RM34.60 (C)
RM18.80 (A)
RM8.40 (C)
RM9.80 (A)
RM4.40 (C)
RM4 (A)
RM2 (C)

You can get a 10% discount if you purchase your ticket at the self-service kiosk, or if you regularly travel to the airport, you can opt for the KLIA Transit TravelCard with a one-month validity. It costs between RM60 and RM420, depending on the stops.

Driving to KLIA or KLIA2

If you have the privilege of being chauffeured by your friend or family member to the airport, it will definitely be the most comfortable and yet affordable option. Nothing beats sitting in your own car (or the car of someone you know), playing the music that you love, and chit chatting all the way to the destination.

But how much does it really cost to drive to the airport and back?

Let’s take the example of a 1.5 litre car with fuel efficiency of 7.0 litre per 100km, here’s how much it will cost and how long it will take:

 
KL Sentral – KLIA – KL Sentral
KL Sentral – KLIA2 – KL Sentral
Duration^To KLIA: 49 mins
From KLIA: 48 mins
To KLIA: 47 mins
From KLIA: 49 mins
Distance 60.9 km + 57.3 km58.7 km + 57.5 km
TollTo KLIA
• MEX - Putrajaya Toll Plaza - RM3.50
• ELITE – KLIA - RM4.30

From KLIA
• ELITE – Putrajaya - RM4.30

TOTAL: RM7.80 + RM4.30 = RM12.10
To KLIA
• MEX - Putrajaya Toll Plaza - RM3.50
• ELITE – KLIA - RM4.30

From KLIA
• ELITE – Putrajaya - RM4.30

TOTAL: RM7.80 + RM4.30 = RM12.10
Estimated fuel costRM6.82 + RM6.42 = RM13.24RM6.58 + RM6.44 = RM13.02
Parking*RM4 per hourRM4 for the first 3 hours
Total estimated travel costRM29.34RM29.12

According to the TravelSmarter website, it takes about 47 to 49 minutes to get to KLIA and KLIA2 respectively. Of course, the travel time for driving really depends on the traffic condition. It might take longer than one hour to get there if traffic is not in your favour.

Take a bus to KLIA/KLIA2

Why spend all your money on your transport to the airport when you can keep the money for your holiday abroad? There are many bus services to the airport that are cheaper than all of the above options.

Here are some of the common bus services and how much the return fare cost:

 
KLIA
KLIA2
Airport CoachPick-up/Drop-off: KL Sentral
• RM20
Not available
Aerobus Pick-up/Drop-off: Paradigm Mall PJ
• Adult: RM22
• Child: RM16
Pick-up/Drop-off: KL Sentral & Paradigm Mall PJ
• Adult: RM18
• Child: RM10
SkybusNot availablePick-up/Drop-off: KL Sentral & 1 Utama
• RM 19.98 to RM29
Express Coach Pick-up/Drop-off: KL Sentral
• Adult: RM18.00
• Child: RM10.00
Not available
Star ShuttlePick-up/Drop-off: Pudu Raya, Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh
• RM32 to RM30
Pick-up/Drop-off: Pudu Raya, Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh
• RM32 to RM30

Taking the bus to the airport is undoubtedly the cheapest option but it also requires you to plan ahead as the travel time is the longest among all of the transportations available. The estimated travel time is around one hour, depending on traffic.

However, if you need to catch a flight in the middle of the night, this may not be the best option as the bus services are not run 24 hours. Here is the schedule of all the bus services to both KLIA and KLIA2.

 
First departure
Last departure
Airport Coach
KL Sentral
5.30am
12.30am
KLIA
5.30am
12.30am
Aerobus
KL Sentral (To KLIA2)
2.45am
12.00am
KLIA2
4.30am
12.00am
Paradigm Mall, PJ
3.30am
9.00pm
KLIA
5.00am
11.00pm
Skybus
KL Sentral
3.00am
12.00am
KLIA2 – KL Sentral
5.00am
2.45am
1 Utama
3.00am
11.00pm
KLIA2 – 1 Utama
4.30am
12.30am
Express Coach
KL Sentral
5.00am
12.00am
KLIA
6.30am
12.30am
Star Shuttle
Pudu Raya
3.15am
12.15am
Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh
3.00am
12.00am
KLIA
5.00am
2.15am
KLIA2
5.15am
2.00am

The highest bus fare to KLIA is RM32 per person. If you are travelling in a group of three, that would come up to RM96. That’s still cheaper than any of the options above, except for driving there on your own. However, if no one is able to drive you there, the parking cost of leaving your car at the airport would have been more expensive than all your bus fare combined.

If the schedule of the bus coincides with your flight time, this is definitely the cheapest option for you to get to the airport.

 

There are many factors to consider when you are deciding which transport to use to go to the airport. Are you in a rush? How light or heavy you travel would also play a role in limiting your options. If you are travelling with many luggage, you may even be forced to grab more than one taxi or a larger vehicle (which cost more) to accommodate you and your travelling companions’ suitcases.

Of course, the more flexible you are, the more options you have to consider. Sometimes, paying more just to get the comfort of a car arriving at your doorstep to pick you up, anytime you want, may just be worth it.

Note: Calculation for distance, travel time and toll for the driving to the airport option is based on the TravelSmarter calculator.

^ Duration by road (driving, Uber, taxi) varies according to traffic condition. The above examples assume the route of MEX Highway & ELITE Highway.

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