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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

Located 31 miles (50 km) south of Kuala Lumpur, this airport, completed in 1998, reflects Kuala Lumpur's recent development—its layout and buildings are futuristic, sparkly, occasionally leafy, and even monolithic (see the Web site's photos). The airport serves international flights. Subang/Sultan Abul Aziz Airport, which Kuala Lumpur International replaces, now serves domestic flights only. KUL's Web site shows:  
Generally, taxis are pre-paid, the amount being determined by the city zone of your destination. Purchase your ticket from the booth outside the arrival hall and present it to the driver.

The pre-paid ticket helps you avoid haggling over a price and unpleasant surprises regarding the cost. Fare to the city center will be about 70-85 ringgit ($19-$23) and will take 30 to 45 minutes for the journey; longer, of course, if the traffic's backed-up. There is a 50% surcharge for taxis between midnight and 8 A.M.

Express buses run between KLU and Nilai, Kuala Lumpur, Subang and Shah Alam. They are available from 5 A.M. to 11 P.M. daily, and can be boarded at Block C of the car park. Depending on your destination (you might want to check an interactive city map), the buses leave either every 15 minutes or every half hour. The trip takes up to two hours (in heavy traffic). The Express Bus company offers a Luxury Coach which costs about 25 ringgit ($7) one-way.

Many hotels will be happy to arrange for a limo to pick you up at the airport. This is convenient, although it can cost more than double the amount, about 180 ringgit ($45), that a taxi would. Contact your hotel in advance if you want to use this service.

You can also arrange for limousine transport upon arrival. It's available 24 hours/day. Coupons for the limos can be purchased at transportation counters in the arrivals hall. Interestingly, the vehicles have emergency buttons that both the passenger and the driver can press—to immobilize the car.

A control center at KLIA monitors for these distress signals and can send help. The vehicles are also equipped with satellite communication equipment which allows messages to be conveyed via a screen. Further, drivers have handphones and pagers. It's all quite James Bondish and, like the airport, ultra-moderne.

The usual large international car rental firms, plus local companies, are located at the airport. Traffic in Kuala Lumpur can be harrowing, so consider carefully before getting behind the wheel.

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