Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kuala Lumpur's ultra-modern airport (airport code: KUL) is located a fair distance from the city. The terminal is connected to the city via a high speed rail line that can whisk you downtown in around 20 minutes.

The airport complex consists of a massive terminal building connected to a linear concourse that mostly serves domestic flights. The main terminal is connected to a remote star-shaped concourse by an automated train. The remote concourse mostly serves international flights. There's also a low-cost terminal serving budget airlines.

For more information about Kuala Lumpur International Airport, see the complete on-line guide at Asia-Airports.com.

Kuala Lumpur Arrivals

If arriving on an International flight, the plane will most likely park at the satellite concourse. On exiting the plane, you will need to make your way to the shuttle train connecting the satellite to the main terminal building. When you get off the train, take the escalators down to reach immigration. Baggage claim is a short walk behind immigration. You will pass a few exchanges along the way if you need to change money.

Once you've retrieved your bags, you can pass through customs and into the arrivals hall. If you want to use the express train or fixed-price taxi, the counters for these are just before you exit the secure area.

Kuala Lumpur Departures

Leaving Kuala Lumpur through KLIA is quite easy. Consult the big screens to find your check-in row in the humongous departure hall. After check-in, you take escalators at the back of the departure hall down to proceed through immigration. There is no departure tax. After immigration, you pass through a security screening, and then take the shuttle train to the remote concourse.

You will need to pass through another security screening to access your gate.

Kuala Lumpur Airport Duty Free

The duty free shopping at KLIA is not quite on the same level as the other major regional airports, but there is a more than adequate array of designer products as well as the usual suspects of booze and cigarettes. You'll also find several shops selling local products and crafts, although prices at the airport are nearly double those in town.