As an engineer, Mazlan had the opportunity to travel and work abroad. He has traveled to over 30 countries.
IMPORTANT INFO ON LCCT
UPDATE: This low-cost terminal has stopped operation since 9th May 2014 and all low-cost flights depart and arrive at the new low-cost terminal KLIA2 effective from 2nd May 2014. AirAsia had moved and started operation at KLIA2 on the 9th of May 2014.
Information in this article is no longer relevant. Please read my guide to KLIA2 for more info on the new low-cost terminal.
Low-cost airlines that had moved to KLIA2 were AirAsia, AirAsia X, Indonesia AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Thai AirAsia, Tiger Air, Cebu Pacific Air and Mandala Airlines.
Click here for Guide to KLIA2
When you are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you will be traveling either through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) main terminal in Sepang or through two low-cost carrier terminals, in Subang and Sepang.
KLIA's main terminal in Sepang handles airlines that provide full service. It, however, does handle a small number of budget airlines such as JetStar Asia.
Subang terminal, which is the nearest to the city, is relatively quiet and used only by Firefly airline. All other low-cost carrier airlines such as Air Asia uses the low-cost carrier terminal or known as LCCT, in Sepang.
LCCT is the busiest and largest low cost carrier terminal in the region.
Malaysia is also the regional hub for the low-cost aviation industry, with many choices to choose from, for travel to several local and international destinations. Air Asia X, an affiliate of Air Asia, offers budget flights to Australia, China, Japan, India, and Saudi Arabia.
In this article, I will share some of my experience on using LCCT as well as giving information on the terminal, on how to get there, facilities available, and hotels near the terminal.
LCCT is also home to Air Asia, Asia's largest and most successful low-cost airline.
LCCT was designed using the low-cost carriers' business model to reduce all operating expenses including lower landing fees, handling fees, and airport taxes. Hence, LCCT is a terminal with no frills and do not provide:
- rail connectivity, such as those that are available in KLIA main terminal building
- elaborate facilities and amenities in the passenger terminal building
- transit passengers do not enjoy the transfer facility to the main terminal. If passengers need to make a transfer, they have to clear immigration, collect their checked-in luggage and go through customs clearance at LCCT. They can then take a taxi or shuttle bus to the main terminal (allow 30-min for traveling time) and re-check in with the respective airlines
LCCT KLIA Malaysia - Location Map
LCCT is about 12.4 miles (20 km) from KLIA Main Terminal Building or also known as Terminal 1. Give yourself about 30-mins for the traveling time and traffic congestion, to get to either terminal. Add another 10-mins waiting time for the shuttle bus or taxi.
It is located on the opposite side of the KLIA main terminal building and is separated by runways and aprons. Hence, you have to travel along the perimeter of the airport, to get to these terminal buildings.
Therefore, when you plan for transfers and taking connecting flights from either terminal, allow at least 2-hour for traveling, waiting for custom and immigration clearances (for international flights), and waiting for check-in baggage to arrive.
Airlines Using LCCT
Airlines that use LCCT and their contact information are as follow:
Air Asia & Air Asia X
+603 7849 4608 www.tigerairways.com
+603 2142 1741 (Tel no. of their local agent) www.cebupacificair.com
Layout of LCCT
Facilities & Services at LCCT
Among the facilities available at LCCT are:
- Luggage Storage: This facility is for short-term storage only. Rates vary according to the size of bags and duration of storage
- Retail shops for last-minute shopping for souvenirs, chocolates, cigarettes, liquors, and food, etc.
- Restaurants: Serving fast food like McDonald's and favorite Asian foods
- Pharmacy and Clinic
- Pay Phones: This is useful if you do not have a local SIM card on your mobile
- Prayer rooms for Muslim travelers
- Foreign currency exchange services
- Premium Lounge: Fee is charged for the use of this 24-hour lounge
- Auto Teller Machines: Accept international bank cards to withdraw money
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Baggage Trolleys: Free to use
- Car rental
- Duty-free shops at international departure halls.
Bus Shuttle Between LCCT & KLIA
Bus shuttles between LCCT and KLIA main terminal (30-min traveling time) are available at Lane 3 in front of the domestic arrival hall and will cost you RM2.50 (US 0.78c).
If you are unsure, just ask any of the staff near the arrival hall.
Bus and Train from Kuala Lumpur to LCCT
1. Bus from Kuala Lumpur to LCCT
LCCT is almost 62 miles (100km) from Kuala Lumpur city center and if you take a taxi, it will cost you RM80 onwards (US$25) depending on your destination within the city. However, if you have many bags to carry, or have children with you, it may make sense to take a taxi instead.
Buses are cheaper and there are several bus companies that provide trips to the city. Allow for at least 1-hour of traveling time. The following are two bus companies that are operating these services:
- Skybus: From LCCT to KL Sentral bus stop. From here, you can take the LRT train, local town buses, or taxi to go to your final destination. Skybus travels every 30 minutes, but with less frequency after midnight. The current fare is RM10 (US$3). Visit their website for the bus schedule. If you buy a bus ticket online together with an Air Asia ticket, you pay less.
- Aerobus: This bus will also take you to the KL Sentral bus stop. The current fare is RM8.00 (US$2.50) and the frequency is every 30 minutes, with less frequency after midnight. Check their website for the bus schedules. If you buy the ticket online, there is a 10% discount. Aerobus will also take you from LCCT to Genting Highlands and the fare is RM35.00.
Taking buses makes economic sense and is the cheapest option.
2. KLIA Transit: KL Sentral to LCCT
There is no direct train connection between Kuala Lumpur city centers to LCCT. However, KLIA Transit offers a train ride from KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur to another station, Salak Tinggi, which is midway to LCCT. From this station, you will be transferred to a shuttle coach for the rest of the journey to LCCT. The current all-in fare is RM12.50.
This option is too much of a hassle and I do not recommend it. However, if you are traveling during the rush hours, the city traffic can be bad. Then this will be a better option. This train ride will skip that nasty traffic and when you get down at Salak Tinggi, traffic here should be good.
3. KTM Komuter Train
KTM Komuter train connects to several towns outside Kuala Lumpur city center and this is another option for you to consider.
If you take the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral, head south towards Nilai Station. From Nilai Station, take the bus shuttle to LCCT.
My comment is similar to taking the KLIA transit. It is a hassle and should only be considered if you travel during traffic rush hours. However, between the two options, KLIA transit is faster and better.
Go toKTM Komuter website for more information.
If you prefer to use an airport taxi from LCCT to your destination, you are advised to use the registered taxi service. Buy taxi coupons at counters available just outside domestic and international arrival halls.
Then go to the taxi waiting area, just outside the terminal building. Hand over your taxi coupon to the supervisor, who will then keep his coupon slip, hand over the other slip to the taxi driver, and hand back your slip. He will register the taxi registration number on his coupon. In case there are problems they can trace the taxi.
Rates vary according to destinations and type of taxi. When you buy a taxi coupon, you can use a budget taxi (compact sedan car) or a premium taxi (medium-size sedan car). If you need a bigger car, a van and MPV are also available.
Please note that these taxis run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The big gas cylinder will take almost half of the booth space and if you have big bags, it may not fit in. Check with the counter staff, when you buy a taxi coupon, on this matter.
Driving to LCCT and Parking at LCCT
If you are on a day trip or will be back the next day, another option is to drive and park your car at the airport. This is what I usually do.
1. Driving to LCCT
If you are from Kuala Lumpur or the surrounding area, there are many options to take to drive to LCCT. The best bet is to take the toll highway and head south. Watch out for the directional signboard for KLIA-Airport. Follow this direction and when you see either Sepang F1 circuit, LCCT, or Cargo signage, take this route. You will later come to a roundabout. Take the 3-o'clock turn that will take you to the Cargo and LCCT.
Toll highways that you can use are North-South Highway, ELITE Expressway, MAX Highway, and Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong.
2. Parking at LCCT
There are in total 3000 car parking bays at LCCT, spread over three parking zones. Zone A is the nearest to the terminal and charges the most, at RM3.50 per hour. Zone C is the cheapest at RM2.50 per hour. There is actually another parking area about 1 km away from LCCT and is the cheapest. It is however too far away to walk.
The parking area is fully gated and operational around the clock. There is a free bus shuttle to take you to and from parking zones, every 15 minutes. I prefer to walk, as it is not that far and will be faster, especially if you just missed the bus and had to wait for the next 15 minutes.
Free Wi-Fi and Charging Station at LCCT
Wi-Fi is available free, at LCCT in all areas including the departure halls for both domestic and international flights.
Check your email or confirm your hotel booking, before you take off on your journey.
There are also charging stations, should you need to charge your mobile phone or laptop.
Hotel Near LCCT
1. Tune Hotel - Budget Hotel
The nearest hotel to LCCT is Tune Hotel, which is about a 15 to 20-minute walk away.
Tune Hotel is a budget hotel with limited facilities. Its business model is similar to a low-cost airline where you have to pay for additional amenities.
If you are looking for a clean place to sleep while waiting for your flight especially if the flight is at odd hours, then Tune Hotel is perfect for you.
It is cheap if you do advance booking, but if it is a last-minute booking, it can be expensive and go beyond the 'budget hotel' category
2. Empress Hotel, Sepang 2-Star Hotel
A bit further away is this 11-story, 324-room Empress Hotel that is about 6.2 miles (10km) from LCCT. Their room rates include breakfast and average about US$70.00 per night for either double or single occupancy.
3. Concorde Inn KLIA 3-Star
The low rise, 423-room Concorde Inn KLIA is about 9.3 miles (15km) from LCCT and the average room rate is US$88 per night. It has complimentary Internet access and a shuttle to KLIA.
The main website for the Concorde Hotel group will handle online booking as well as information on Concorde Inn KLIA in Sepang,
Flying Air Asia Soon?
If you are flying Air Asia and not sure what meal to prebook online, check my article ' AirAsia Meal and Food - Photos and Review".
It gives a review of all the meals available onboard and meals that you can pre-book online. This will help you decide on what meal to buy.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Mazlan A
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on September 08, 2014:
Hi Adnan. Low cost airlines will charge you for a lot of things. However, you can carry with you cabin bag of specific size which does not weigh more than 7kg, free. If more, you will have to check in your bag and pay. You can also do checked baggage at a discount if you pre-booked online. Go to their website for more info.
Adnan on September 08, 2014:
Im trying to call Air Asia for such many times but the network keep busy. I just want to ask if i want to bring my beg pack only , should i still pay for luggage ?? How are we supposed to know ?? Since when we been charge to carry our luggage ? Every airlines company offer 20kg free for the passanger. Why i have to pay for my luggage?
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 25, 2014:
Hi anas, LCCT is now closed and for all low cost carriers, the new terminal is at KLIA2 ( see my Update at top of this article)
To get connected to KLIA2 free WIFi, check your mobile phone or computer setting and select 'FREE_WIFI@KLIA2'. Then launch your browser to open the login page. Then select the 'Click to surf' button. You should now be connected.
anas on June 24, 2014:
how i can get free wifi
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on October 16, 2012:
@teaches12345 You are right, travel requirements and issues varies across the globe. Knowing all these in advance will help minimize any inconveniences and make your travel less stressful
Dianna Mendez on October 04, 2012:
It is always nice to know how travel is different across the globe. I will know what to do if I ever get to enjoy the travel to Malaysia.
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on October 04, 2012:
Thanks Leah. I hope you do have a chance to visit Malaysia. I am sure you and family will enjoy the stay here.
Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 04, 2012:
What a great, thorough hub on the airports in Kuala Lumpur! If I ever fly through that airport, I will definitely refer back to this hub. I love your diagram of the airport!