Things To Know About Kuala Lumpur
Getting to Kuala Lumpur
As a major hub in South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur is incredibly easy to get to, with many flights using Kuala Lumpur as a layover destination. Flying to and from KL is very affordable and to keep costs down, check out Air Asia. Their prices are hard to beat, and for a budget airline, their service is fantastic!
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport, otherwise known as KLIA or KLIA 2 (two different terminals) is located 45min – 1-hour drive south of the city. There are lots of different methods of getting yourself to the city, including the KLIA Ekspres, Uber, Metered Taxi or Grab Taxi.
Accommodation – Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
There are many options for accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, and it is incredibly affordable. There are plenty of family friendly hotels in Kuala Lumpur, along with Airbnb and hostels – Kuala Lumpur has options for all tastes.
Naturally, there are many, many Airbnb listings, and costs are very reasonable. For a family of four, the average price is only $USD65/$AUD85. Stay more than a week and prices go down further! Budget accommodation is plentiful and starts around $USD25/$AUD35 a night!
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Hotels near KLIA
If you are only stopping in Kuala Lumpur for a short stopover you may be looking for a hotel near KLIA. Many airlines use Kuala Lumpur for layovers, and with the city itself being 45min-1hour away from KLIA a hotel near KLIA is a smart way to go.
Finding a hotel near KLIA is relatively simple. Any google search will reveal some Transit Hotels within KLIA itself. However, if you are a budget traveler there are better ways. Transit Hotels, for a family, can be super expensive, but finding a hotel near KLIA needn’t be!
Read our complete guide to KLIA Transit Hotels here
Getting around in Kuala Lumpur
Transport around Kuala Lumpur depends entirely on where you are staying. Within the main metro area, the train system is exceptional and very cheap. A huge part of Kuala Lumpur however, is not serviced by trains, so a popular method of transport is Uber or Grab Taxi. Regular taxis are certainly available, however, costs are considerably higher.
Uber is very popular in KL. However, you should be aware that since the introduction of the service, taxi drivers are rather upset. As a result, it is critical that when calling for an Uber you do so away from taxi ranks. There have been cases of taxi drivers getting VERY upset, however providing you order one away from a taxi rank, you shouldn’t face any issues.
Please be aware that although Uber is the most cost effective means of getting around the city, at the time of our visit driving to or from KLIA airport was substantially cheaper via the Grab Taxi Service (65MYR/$USD14.50/$AUD19 v’s 90MYR/$USD21/$AUD$26 with Uber)
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Weather in Kuala Lumpur
Hot! Hot! Hot! Which explains why air conditioning is so popular in KL!
Generally speaking, Kuala Lumpur’s weather is good throughout the year, so there is never really a bad time to visit this vibrant city. Temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year, hovering around 28-30 degrees Celsius or 82-86 degrees Fahrenheit and very humid! You are guaranteed warm temperatures, and the balmy evenings mean you never have cause for a jacket.
For further details on Kuala Lumpur weather, please click here.
The Cost of Living in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful destination for budget travelers. You will be able to relax and enjoy yourselves, splurge on some luxuries and be comfortable that you will be very unlikely to blow the budget!
For full details about the cost of living in Kuala Lumpur we highly recommend this link.