Lake Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

I was in KL recently to attend the official opening of Tune Hotel klia2, which is just a ten minute walk away from the newly opened KLIA2.


A month after the airport began commercial operations, how did it fare?

Well, except for some teething problems, not too bad indeed.

On the way to Customs

The airport, which authorities say is the world’s largest built specifically for budget airlines, is a refreshing change from the previous low-cost terminal, a bare-bones terminal resembling a bus station.

Painting works still ongoing at klia2

The smell of paint hits you first as you exit the sky bridge.

Lack of seats in klia2

A lack of seats also saw some passengers sprawling around on the floor.

Baggage claiming carousel at klia2

But it didn’t take long for us to clear customs and exit the terminal – less than 10 minutes in fact.

[email protected] shopping mall

Once you exit the terminal, you’ll enter the [email protected] shopping mall which boasts two bookstores, beauty outlets, grocery shops, fast food chains like Marrybrown and a food court.

Walking to Tune Hotel klia2

And just across from the mall is Tune Hotel klia2, a budget hotel with modern and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi – perfect for those with early morning flights. (stay tuned for my review on Tune Hotel klia2)

But of course, most of those passing through KLIA2 will end up in Kuala Lumpur city, and there are a myriad of options to get there.

Recent party at Tune Hotel klia2

Besides bus and taxi services (not just to KL but to other cities like Ipoh as well), there’s also the Express Rail Link KLIA Express train service that connects to and from Kuala Lumpur Sentral in about 30 minutes.

KLIA Ekspres

Once there, the shopping malls at Mid Valley or Bukit Bintang, the pubs and bistros at Bangsar and the sights and smell of Petaling Street are just a short cab ride away.

Kampung Baru, KL