I have to admit, Malaysia was never on top of my travel list, but I was completely blown away. The country is so organized, diverse, clean and beautiful. This description stands tall even for Kuala Lumpur. One day in Kuala Lumpur it’s for sure not enough, but you can still discover plenty of it.
Let’s dig in together to discover the best itinerary for Kuala Lumpur if you’re short on time.
One day in Kuala Lumpur
1. Batu Caves
Batu Caves is the most important Hindu temple located outside India and one of the most famous places to see in Kuala Lumpur.
If you’re going to spend only a day in the city, you should start your day early. The first train leaves KL Sentral at 6:45 AM. You can check the schedule to make sure you’re there on time.
Don’t forget to check out my complete guide on how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves.
2. Petaling Street – Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown
I don’t know about you, but I have a think for Chinatowns. Whenever there’s one, I need to go and get lost there. I never buy anything, but I love the vibe. Petaling Street was no exception. I especially enjoyed the Chinese restaurant located on the left from the main entrance. The food was delicious and cheap.
3. KL Eco Forest Park
If there’s some nature in a big city, I definitely go for it. And when I find out it’s one of the oldest protected jungles in Malaysia, I can’t help myself but go and see it. The highlight of this walk in the jungle was the canopy walkway from where I was able to enjoy the sunset.
Bonus: the entrance is free.
4. The Petronas Twin Towers
I even had a joke with my boyfriend: “Did we even went to Kuala Lumpur if we haven’t seen The Petronas Twin Towers?” Probably not. So we went, and it was quite a nice view, especially because we were there on time for the KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain. The show takes place every evening at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00. However, KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain showtimes (Light only) are 19:30, 20:30 and 21:30 daily.
5. Bukit Bintang Street
The neighborhood that never sleeps, and it’s probably true because you won’t have time to sleep when you’ll see all the food around. You have the famous food night market happening here, and I’m telling you, the time will fly when you’ll try to decide what to eat.
You will find here both restaurants and hawker stalls with a broad variety of cuisines: from Indian to Chinese, Thai, and Malay.
Getting TO and FROM KL Airport
The transportation network is very developed in Malaysia and especially in Kuala Lumpur, which makes it easy and gives you plenty of options to reach the city. Furthermore, these are suitable for every budget. In our case, we picked the cheapest option, SkyBus, and it was super comfortable.
As I said above, taking a shuttle bus is a very comfortable option as they’re equipped with AC and padded seats and also affordable. You can consider this even if you’re traveling with luggage, as they have plenty of storage space and it’s free of charge.
If you’re landing at KLIA, purchase the tickets at the Airport Coach Counters located at the ground floor, Block C STCP KLIA.
In case you land at KLIA 2, you have to ask for the SkyBus Ticket Counter.
Travel time: around 1 hour, but this depends completely on traffic. We hopped on the bus at 6:00 AM and arrived in less than 50 minutes.
Ticket price: RM12 (€2.62)
Working hours: 6:00 – 00:30 daily (Airport Coach); 5:00 – 2:45 daily (SkyBus)
KLIA Express Train
First I mentioned the cheapest way to get into the city, second is the fastest (but definitely not the cheapest). You can catch the train from both terminals just by following the signs in the airport.
Travel time: around 30 minutes.
Ticket price: Adults – RM55 (€12); Children aged between 2-12 years old – RM25 (€6)
Working hours: 05:00 – 01:00 daily (every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes otherwise).
Last but not least, the option that’s not the cheapest, nor the fastest, but probably the most comfortable if you’re traveling in a small group. You can either book a Grab or hire a taxi at the airport, but the last one will be more expensive.
Furthermore, I advise you to use the Grab app as you will know in advance how much you have to pay and the price will be cheaper than using a regular taxi. The app works the same way as Uber does, you just download it, set your location and start riding.
Travel time: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the traffic.
Price: ~RM85-100 for a budget taxi in the airport and ~RM70 for a Grab.
How to move around Kuala Lumpur
Moving around the city using public transportation is very easy, fast and affordable. But because the traffic can get quite intense, I will always recommend using the metro, especially when you only have one day in Kuala Lumpur.
In case you want a more comfortable option, you can also take a taxi, or even better, a Grab, as the price is cheaper.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
There are so many options when it comes to accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. The most important aspect is to be close to a metro station. After reviewing loads of hotels and being confused about which area to pick, I came up with two recommendations:
- Bukit Bintang
The neighborhood that never sleeps, and it’s probably true because you won’t have time to sleep when you’ll see all the food around. You have the famous food night market happening here, and I’m telling you, the time will fly when you’ll try to decide what to eat. Also, the area is well connected by the metro.
2. KL Sentral
KL Sentral is the main train station in Kuala Lumpur and connects the whole city, including the airport. If you’re planning to use the metro to move around, it would be a good idea to book a place around this area. Also, you’ll want to stay nearby if you have to make it to the airport easy.
I know the time is short, but one day in Kuala Lumpur should make you want to come back for more and discover what’s left. There are plenty of things to do, so start planning.
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