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At a glance

Best time to go
Year round
Current Time
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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: RM30–50
  • Hawker stalls and food courts for meals: RM5–10
  • Public transport: RM5–10
  • Double room in a comfortable hotel: RM100–400
  • Two-course meal in a neighbourhood restaurant: RM40–60
  • Guided tour: RM250
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury double room: RM450–1000
  • Meal in top restaurant plus bottle of wine: RM200


Generally not required for stays of up to 60 days.

When to go and weather

Getting to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a major transport hub, with direct flights connecting Kuala Lumpur International Airport with cities all over the world.

The city is also easily reached on a host of short-haul local flights, many of them with budget airlines such as AirAsia and Firefly; most of these flights arrive at KLIA2, the second, separate terminal at KLIA, or the SkyPark Subang Terminal, which is also known as Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

The city has rail connections to other major towns in Peninsular Malaysia, including Butterworth (for Penang) and Alor Setar (for Langkawi). Long-distance buses connect KL with major cities all over Malaysia and beyond; most of these leave from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Kuala Lumpur

The best price found from United States to Kuala Lumpur is on October 10th, 2019, travelling with Singapore Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Seattle / Tacoma International
from $386.00
Kuala Lumpur International

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

KL Sentral is the hub of a public transport network including rail, light rail (LRT), mass rapid transit (MRT) and monorail systems.

  • Monorail Stops in convenient locations, but does get very crowded during rush hour.
  • LRT & MRT Handy for most central areas. Air-conditioned and reasonably frequent.
  • Bus The GOKL City Bus has four free loop services connecting many city-centre destinations between 6am and 11pm; look for lilac-coloured buses.
  • Taxi Flag down metered taxis. Some designated taxi ranks operate a prepaid coupon system for journeys. Booking a taxi via the app Grab is most popular.
  • Walking KL's city centre is compact – some of the sights are so close together that it's often quicker to walk than take public transport (which can easily become snarled in traffic and KL's tortuous one-way system).

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