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Malaysia Getting There - International Travel
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The national flag carrier is Malaysia Airlines (MH). It is the southeast Asia’s biggest airline and flies to over 110 cities across six continents. More details can be obtained from the London office of Malaysia Airlines (telephone: (0870) 607 9090). Thai International, Singapore Airlines, and Royal Brunei operate flights to certain Malaysian destinations.

Approximate flight times

Kuala Lumpur to London is about 14 hours.

International airports

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) (Sepang) is 55 kilometres (34 miles) south of the capital and near Putra Jaya, Malaysia’s future administrative capital. It handles 25 million passengers per annual and receives all main international airlines.

Kuala Lumpur’s city centre can be reached via the Kuala Lumpur–Seremban Highway/KLIA interchange and the Shah Alam/North–South Central Link Expressway. Journey time is roughly 45 minutes. Taxis must be pre-paid in the Arrivals Area at the airport and travel time is 40 minutes. KL City Buses operate 24-hour Express Bus Service to the Airport Bus Terminal, Hentian Duta, Kuala Lumpur city centre, departing every 15 minutes (luxury coach) or every hour (semi-luxury coach). The trip takes approximately 1 hour. Regular buses run from Hentian Duta to Lot 10 on Jalan Sultan Ismail in the city centre between 8.00 am and 0.30 am and travel time is about 30 minutes.

The cheapest mean to reach the city is by train and bus. The Stage Bus Service operates from 7.15 am - 10.30 pm and departs from the airport every 30 minutes for Nilai KTM Station with travel time of about 30 minutes. The trains from Nilai operate from 6.44 am - 10.44 pm every 20-30 minutes to Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and travel time is about 1 hour. The Express Rail Link (ERL) travels between Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) and the major airport terminal at a speed of 100 miles per hour or 160 kilometres per hour and journey time is about 30 minutes.

Airport facilities include ATM, bureaux de change, duty-free, postal services, shopping, restaurants, hotel reservations, tourist counters, medical services, left-luggage, prayer rooms and car hire (Budget and Hertz). Business facilities are business centres (with telephone, fax, Internet, teleconferencing, postal and secretarial services), executive lounges and limousine services to the city centre.

Penang (PEN) (Bayan Lepas) is 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of Georgetown, the capital of this small island off the northwest coast. Flight connections from the UK via Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok are available.

Airport facilities include restaurants and bars, incoming and outgoing duty-free shop, bank/bureau de change and car hire.

Kota Kinabalu (BKI) is on the northern coast of Sabah state or the northeastern part of Borneo Island, 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) from the city. It is the international gateway to Sarawak and Sabah which is served all the international flights from all over the world. Flight connections from the UK go via Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Airport facilities include restaurant, bar, and bank/bureau de change facilities.

Kuching (KCH) is located in the west of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the city. It has a limited number of international flights.

Departure tax

RM45.00 is levied for international departures.


Georgetown (for Penang), Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) and, in East Malaysia (for Sabah and Sarawak), Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Lahad Datu, Rejang, Sandakan and Tawau are the main ports in Malaysia. Shipping lines with passenger services to Malaysia are Blue Funnel, P&O and Straits Shipping. Cargo and passenger lines include Austasia, Knutsen, Lykes, Neptune Orient, Orient Overseas and Straits Shipping. Star Cruises from Singapore organises luxury cruises departing from Port Kelang. Coral Princess and Gemini also the lines offering cruises. Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn Cruise Lines call at Malaysia.


Through services run every day to and from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur and between Butterworth and Bangkok (Thailand). From the Eastern and Oriental Express, a 41-hour round trip is available. A comfortable train modelled on the famous Orient Express that leaves Singapore for journeys through Malay's capital and heads north towards Bangkok from where it returns to Singapore.


Peninsular Malaysia is linked by 2 causeways to Singapore and by good roads to Thailand. Toll fees are collected on every highway throughout the country. Road connections between Sarawak and Sabah (the 2 eastern states) and their neighbours on Borneo, Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan are quite good.
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