There are several international airports in Malaysia, and numerous smaller domestic airports. The country’s biggest and busiest airport is in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), often referred to as KLIA, has two terminals that are several kilometres apart. KLIA1 has mainly long-haul international flights, while KLIA2 is the main hub for domestic departures and low-cost carriers. The country’s other main international airports include:
- Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
- Penang International Airport (PEN)
- Kuching International Airport (KCH)
- Langkawi International Airport (LGK)
- Senai International Airport (JHB)
Getting around Malaysia
Peninsular Malaysia has efficient and regular transportation links between most major towns and cities. Clean and safe buses connect most parts of the mainland and roads are usually well maintained. The extensive rail network covers most states on the peninsula. Several cities have commuter trains and light rail services.
Buses and minivans are the main modes of transportation in the two Malaysian parts of Borneo. There are also train lines in Sabah; Sarawak has no train network. Road conditions are generally not as good as in peninsular Malaysia, and public transportation is a little less reliable.
Taking a taxi
Taxis are available throughout Malaysia. While meters should always be used when present, finding a driver that will switch on the meter can be problematic in some areas, particularly in Malaysian Borneo. In such a case, visitors should negotiate a fare before beginning the journey. It can be worth asking your accommodation to book a ride for you at a set price. Cyclos operate in some areas, though they are more of a novelty for sightseeing tourists rather than a practical means of transportation. Unlike in neighbouring Thailand, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis aren’t common in Malaysia.