The Most Popular Terminals in Malaysia

Travelers at Malaysia Terminal

Malaysia, in total, has six international airports across all its territories, with each one having a terminal of a unique design to meet the growing demands of travelers. While all of them are up to international standards, the most popular among them is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and its terminals 1 and 2. Here’s all you need to know about popular terminals in Malaysia you are most likely to visit.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 1 (KLIA 1)

KLIA 1 is the primary terminal in Kuala Lumpur airport and is called the Main Terminal Building (MTB). It has 216 check-in counters labeled from A-M (excluding I) on six different islands. Also called the Kuala Lumpur Terminal M, it is the domestic terminal for Malaysia Airlines along with a few international flights. Level 5 of the terminal Kuala Lumpur is the Departure level. It has all the amenities such as ATM, lockers, Lounges, cafes, and stores. The way to and from Kuala Lumpur Terminal M is by airport limousine or car rentals or by the bus service. 

Buses are the most popular way to travel, and the journey typically takes about half-hour to the city. The KLIA Ekspres is the fastest bus and can be found at the level 1 of the terminal. To make it easier, you can find your ride to the city with the help of redBus and book a bus ticket online to your chosen destination.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2)

Located 2 km from Kuala Lumpur Terminal M, the KLIA 2 is a terminal for low-cost carriers such as Air Asia, Tiger Air, and more. It’s the newer of the two terminals. The terminal features all amenities, including accommodation for travelers with layovers and some great restaurants in the house. Level 1 is where the transportation hub is located. From here, you can take a taxi or bus to the city. 

You can book a klia2 to KL Sentral bus on the redBus app and catch yours at the gateway of level 1. Choose any from the sixteen operators who run a regular service from klia2 Selangor to different parts such as Malacca, Melaka Sentral, KL Sentral, Johor Bahru, and more. If you want the fastest, then book the Express bus from KL Sentral to klia2 and be there in no time. 

There is also a transport facility between KLIA 1 and KLIA2, which takes about 2-10 minutes depending on the type of transport you choose. The KLIA Aerotrain goes in under 2 minutes, and the shuttle bus takes 10 minutes. The express rail link takes 4 minutes.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1

The terminal Kota Kinabalu is known for its aesthetic elegance and modern architectural design that reflects the state’s natural beauty. It has three floors in total, and the first floor is the arrival where the taxis and the bus drops you off. You can take a bus from the city center of Kota Kinabalu, particularly the Padang Merdeka area to the airport between 7 am to 7 pm. 

The buses have an interval of 1-1.5 hours, and the tickets can be purchased on the spot. Level 1 also has chain restaurants such as KFC and Dunkin’ Donuts. Level 2 is the departure platform, and you are free to roam about in the retail and concessions area for shopping and dining after security checks.

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Terminal 

Located in Kota Bharu, it is the busiest airport in the northeast. It offers domestic flights from Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and more. The terminal provides all the basic services, including medical and wheelchair. The nearest major bus station is the terminal Kota Bharu to which you can find direct buses. Traveling for a distance of 12 km, it takes between 25 to 30 minutes to get to the airport from the terminal in Kelantan.

Penang International Airport Terminal 

The PIA terminal maintains international standards with all the basic facilities such as ATMs, foreign exchanges, food, shopping areas, baby care rooms, and prayer hall. There is free WiFi everywhere with decent connectivity. Once in the arrival hall, you can find private drivers looking for customers to offer cab rides to the city. 

The best way to get to your desired destination, however, is to take the bus as they are frequent, reliable, and a lot cheaper. Depending on the traffic, the journey can take anywhere between forty to ninety minutes. Rapid Penang offers local buses within the city. At the same time, tickets to other places can be booked online on the redBus app. You can also book direct buses to Penang Sentral to take the ferry or the metro.

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