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How to get from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is a hip district bordering the city centre of Kuala Lumpur; known for it's many interesting streets like Jalan Bukit Bintang, a busy street with upscale malls and fashion boutiques, or Changkat Bukit Bintang street, known for it's Al fresco bars and live music clubs, and Jalan Alor, a lively strip known for sidewalk restaurants serving Chinese clam soup and buttered prawns.

If you wish to visit the exciting Bukit Bintang area, you will need to take one of the 3 travel options available from the airport; you can either take a taxi, the metro or the bus. A Kuala Lumpur airport taxi ride is definitely the most convenient way to get to Bukit Bintang, taking only 50 minutes for the price of €15.40 (RM74), in normal traffic conditions. If you wish to take the bus or the metro from the airport, you will need to arrange onward transportation from the KL Sentral station, as both methods terminate at this station. The metro takes 28 minutes on the express train to reach KL Sentral station, for a one-way ticket costing €7.40 (RM35). Whereas a bus ticket costs €2.10 (RM10) and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the station.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €15.40 50min 24/7
Metro €15.60 60min 05:00–00:30
Bus €5 100min 06:00–00:30

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How to get from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang by taxi

Although being the most expensive option, taxis are the best way to reach Bukit Bintang, especially if you are travelling on limited time. Taxis are available 24/7 at the Kuala Lumpur airport taxi ranks, located outside of both KLIA 1 and 2. There are a large range of taxi sizes and standards to suit everyone; standard taxi vehicles are red and white, whilst executive taxis (larger in size) are generally blue. Kuala Lumpur taxis calculate their prices using a taximeter, or, you can purchase your trip using a coupon, on a fixed price.

Taxi fare from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang

Taxis calculate their fares either using a taximeter or on a coupon set price system. If you choose to travel using a coupon, your trip to Bukit Bintang should cost €15.40 (RM74). If you choose to travel using a taximeter, your taxi fare can vary, depending on traffic conditions and the time of day.
It is important to know taxi fares increase by 50% when travelling between the hours of 00:00 and 06:00, for both metered and coupon journeys.

Convenience

Taxis are by far the most convenient and comfortable method to get to Bukit Bintang. Not only are they available 24/7 but they provide door-to-door service, unlike public transport which requires multiple transfers.

Editor’s Note

It is important to never accept rides from drivers that offer a set price, as they are most likely fake drivers. Always travel either using a coupon fare or using a taximeter.

Useful Tips

You will need to take a larger taxi if you are travelling with big luggage as Malaysian taxis are notorious for having small boots.
There may be a pick up fee of RM2.00 added to your final fare when travelling from the airport.
It is not standard to tip your taxi driver, but it is always appreciated if you enjoyed your trip.

How to get from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang by metro

There are two different trains when travelling in the Kuala Lumpur metro; the KLIA Express and the KLIA Transit. As said in it's name, the express train is the fastest and more convenient option, as it takes you directly to KL Sentral station without stopping, taking only 28 minutes. The KLIA Transit, on the other hand, will stop at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya, Bandar Tasik and Selatan. Unfortunately, both trains terminate at the KL Sentral station, which is just outside the city centre.

You will need to take an additional train to get to the Bukit Bintang district. To do so, you can take the MRT line 9 – Sungai Buloh-Kajang line at Muzium Negara Station and get off at the Bukit Bintang station. The metro departs every 4 minutes.

How much is a metro ticket from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang?

A one-way ticket on the KLIA Express and Transit costs €7.40 (RM35). You can find the ticket counter directly on the metro platform.

Once you arrive at KL Sentral, you will need to purchase a ticket to get to Bukit Bintang station. A one-way ticket only costs €0.40 (RM2.00), and you can find the ticket counter directly on the metro platform.

Cost

€7.80

Trip Duration

1 H

There can be up to a 15 minute wait for the metro.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The metro is available everyday from the airport, between 05:00 - 00:30, departing every 15 minutes.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the metro station at the arrivals terminal – follow the signage to your platform. Note that the KLIA trains stop at both KLIA 1 and KLIA 2.
The LRT leaves from the KL Sentral station every 3 minutes between 06:00 – 23:59 (but has extended hours until 01:00 on certain days).

Convenience

Although cheaper than a taxi, the metro can be very inconvenient during peak hours, especially when you are travelling with luggage. Additionally, the metro from the airport does not take you directly to Bukit Bintang, meaning you will have to take an additional metro from the central station.

Editor’s Note

The KL Sentral station is a major hub where you can reach many main areas around the city.

Useful Tips

It is recommended to purchase a TnGo card for this travel option, as you won't have to spend time queuing in order to purchase your ticket.
The metro runs very frequently at KL Sentral during rush hours. If the train is too full, you can easily wait for the next one.
The Go KL City bus is a free transportation alternative rom KL Sentral Station travelling to different hotspots around the city between 06:00 - 23:00.

How to get from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang by bus

If you wish to take the bus from the airport, KLIA provides an Airport Coach Service which takes you to KL Sentral, where additional transport is required in order to reach Bukit Bintang. The airport bus provides a comfortable and cheap transit; however, the travel time can get heavily affected by traffic, and can take around 1 hour 30 minutes just to reach the city.

Once the bus drops you off at KL Sentral, you will need to take an additional train to get to the Bukit Bintang district. To do so, you can take the MRT line 9 – Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line at Muzium Negara Station and get off at the station Bukit Bintang. The metro departs every 4 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bukit Bintang?

A one-way bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur airport to KL Sentral costs €2.10 (RM10). You can purchase your tickets at the Transportation Hub (where your bus leaves) on the ground floor of the main terminal building – a 3-minute walk from the arrivals area. Tickets for the airport bus are purchased from counter n° 3.

Metro tickets are separate from the airport train tickets and are purchasable directly at KL Sentral. You will need to buy a token from the vending machines at the station for the cost of €0.40 (RM1.80).

Cost

€2.50

Trip Duration

1 H 50 Min.

There can be up to a 1 hour 30 minutes wait for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus is available from 06:00 to 00:30, departing every 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the bus station at the KLIA bus stop on the ground floor of the main terminal building - a 3 minutes walk from the arrivals hall exit. Follow the “Transportation Hub” signage.

The LRT leaves from the KL Sentral station every 3 minutes between 06:00 – 23:59 (but has extended hours until 01:00 on certain days).

Convenience

Much like the metro, the bus is a cheaper option, however, as the metro, it does not provide a direct link between the airport and Bukit Bintang, meaning that it is a far less convenient travel option, especially after a long flight and when you are travelling with luggage.

Editor’s Note

The Go KL City bus is a great - and free - way to travel to some of the major areas around the city. However, it is not convenient for those with luggage.

Useful Tips

There is a Green bus line that can get you from Bukit Bintang to the KLCC.
Manners are very important when boarding and leaving the metro – always allow people to get off before boarding.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) airport to Bukit Bintang?

A taxi from Kuala Lumpur airport costs around €15.40 (RM74). Be advised that there are extra charges for night time journeys (after midnight).

How far is Kuala Lumpur (KUL) airport from Bukit Bintang?

Bukit Bintang is located just outside of the city centre, around 55 Km away from Kuala Lumpur airport. The trip takes around 50 minutes by car, in normal traffic conditions.

How many transport options are available from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) airport to Bukit Bintang?

There are 3 transport options to get from the airport to the Bukit Bintang district; you can either take a taxi, a metro or a bus. Your only direct travel option is to take a taxi, as when taking the metro or the bus, you will have to stop at KL Sentral and take another metro line to Bukit Bintang.

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