Getting To and From LCCT

April 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Contrary to the common belief, the Low Cost Carrier Terminal-KLIA, or also known as LCCT, is nowhere near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Both the LCCT and KLIA do share the same runway network, but are located at either ends of the long runway. As a result, the LCCT is, by all practical accounts, a whole airport on its own. So since it really is not convenient to get to LCCT via KLIA, just exactly how do you get to and from LCCT?

First there is the option of taking a taxi, which is fairly simple and straightforward. Most taxis charge a standard rate if you are headed to LCCT from Kuala Lumpur, while taxis are readily available just outside the arrival hall of LCCT. Visitors should remember to only use authorised taxis and to avoid taxi touts. And in addition to that drawback, expect to pay between RM70 to RM100 for a one way trip. Exclusivity does have its price.

KLIA Transit at KL Sentral Station

Since LCCT serves low cost carriers, which in turn are patronised by budget travellers, there naturally is a low cost option for getting to and from LCCT. That option is taking a bus. There are a number of bus companies offering bus services that cater to LCCT, mostly between LCCT and KL Sentral. There is also a bus company that offers bus services between LCCT and Klang/Shah Alam. The tickets are priced from RM 9 onwards, depending on destination, and the travelling time is at least one hour.

The spacious and clean environment inside the KLIA Transit train

While taking the bus seems to be what many resort to, there are disadvantages to this method of transport, the most important being time. The duration of travel is not a guaranteed thing, as it relies on how much traffic there is on the road. Kuala Lumpur is notorious for traffic jams, so delays do happen, especially within the city limits. Another disadvantage would be the condition of the buses that ply the routes. Some of the buses are not well kept, with spotty air conditioning and a general condition that might put off some travellers.

The KLIA Transit shuttle waiting outside the LCCT

The third option, which is the KLIA Transit to LCCT is by far the most interesting. This transit strikes a nice balance with budget, reliability and simplicity. It is perhaps odd in the sense that it is neither solely a bus service nor a train service, but both. The KLIA Transit to LCCT service is run by KLIA Transit, a train service that runs between KL Sentral and KLIA, with train stations at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi. KLIA Transit also runs the KLIA Express, a nonstop train service direct between KLIA and KL Sentral.

Passengers can also purchase the shuttle and train tickets back to KL Sentral here

The KLIA Transit incorporates a train ride between KL Sentral and Salak Tinggi, along with a bus ride between Salak Tinggi and LCCT. Riders headed to LCCT will begin with the train ride first from KL Sentral, after buying the ticket at the counter, and disembark at Salak Tinggi station. They then board a waiting bus for the rest of the journey to LCCT. Riders who wish to get out of LCCT can purchase their tickets from company officials waiting by the bus just outside the arrival hall of the LCCT, then board the bus to Salak Tinggi station. The train to KL Sentral will arrive within five minutes of the bus’ arrival at the Salak Tinggi station. Total time is between 45 minutes to 50 minutes per trip. Tickets are priced at RM12.50 for a one way trip either way.

KLIA Transit Salak Tinggi station

While each transportation method has its pros and cons, we would definitely recommend the KLIA Transit to LCCT as an easy and safe way of getting to and from LCCT. Its relatively low price, reliability and comfort, especially while travelling on the train are some of its best selling points, although the dual method of train and bus might not appeal to some travellers.

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  1. Kelvin says:

    This articles is great! I believe it helps a lot for the foreigner travelers.

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