My Very First Ride On The KLIA Ekspres

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | Published in

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Believe it or not, I have never taken the KLIA Ekspres before in my life! As such, during my recent trip to Bangkok, I decided to give it a try.

For the uninitiated, KLIA Ekspres is a premium, non-stop high-speed train service linking Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It shares the line with KLIA Transit, which stops at 3 stations along the way.

My friend and I reached KL Sentral early in the morning and made our way to KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) within the KL Sentral building to purchase the tickets. The tickets cost RM35 per person one way.

After getting the tickets, we walked through the turnstiles, down the escalator and reached the platform.



A train was already there but even if we missed it, there would be a train departing every 15 minutes during peak hours or 20 minutes during non-peak hours. There were no crowds at all which I liked a lot!



KLIA Ekspres is operated by Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL). You can see the company's logo on the train below.



Stepping inside, I could see the interior was clean and spacious.



I can say we almost had the whole train to ourselves as there were just a small number of passengers. The seats were comfortable and they even have TV screens!



Since this was my first time on the train, I decided to check out the toilet!



It was not bad but I did not use it.



Like a child, I had some fun pressing on the red button to open and close the door. I mean, how often do you see a toilet door slide open or close at the push of a button? Haha!



Of course, once the door is closed, do not forget to lock the door as anyone outside the toilet can still open it by simply pushing a button located outside. This must have happened a lot of times in the past as can be seen by a reminder notice being placed there!

The train ride was smooth and comfortable. I enjoyed sitting by the window and watching the views outside.



I even took a couple of photos.



At one point, we passed by Putrajaya. Can you spot the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) in the picture below?



Before long, we reached KLIA. I timed the ride. It took us exactly 28 minutes to reach KLIA. Very efficient indeed!

The good thing about KLIA Ekspres is that it stops inside the KLIA building which is pretty convenient.

Walking inside KLIA, I saw this - a panda bear!!



What is a panda doing in an airport? Stay tuned for the answer in my next post coming right up!

FIRST COMMENTER

(61) Comments

  1. day-dreamer said...

    I have to say, the KLIA Transit is loads better compared to the LRT & Monorail, but it's really pricey! It cost me RM9.50 to get to Cyberjaya from KL Sentral. Add another RM2.50 and I can get to Ipoh on KTM already. Hahaha~

    November 24, 2010 at 3:08 AM
  2. Monica said...

    i've taken the KLIA Ekspres before and that was ages ago :D

    November 24, 2010 at 4:52 AM
  3. Monica said...

    lol is that ur panda bear??

    November 24, 2010 at 4:54 AM
  4. TZ said...

    I have lost track of how many times i sit in the KLIA espres already. Anyway it's a nice train to travel with...

    November 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM
  5. lina said...

    I think I only been in KLIA Express twice in my life.

    November 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM
  6. lina said...

    Wah! You really explored the train! :)

    November 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM
  7. lina said...

    For me, travelling alone, I'd use KLIA Express but with my family, using Airport Limo is more economical.

    November 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM
  8. khengsiong said...

    I also never tried KLIA express...

    November 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM
  9. khengsiong said...

    Lazy to go to KL Sentral to catch the train...

    November 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM
  10. khengsiong said...

    Besides, I hardly go to KLIA these days, more often fly from LCCT...

    November 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM
  11. khengsiong said...

    The last time I went to KLIA, I was on a business trip. So I just rode taxi and claimed...

    November 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM
  12. ErikaToh said...

    Woo...the ride looks fun, panda! I've never been on the KLIA Express too. Hehe...perhaps in the future I will~ :D

    Do have a lovely day, panda~

    November 24, 2010 at 9:47 AM
  13. reanaclaire said...

    yes, KLIA express is very convenient, but now since IPoh has YOYO bus services to KLIA/LCCT, I never need to go KLIA express anymore..

    November 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM
  14. Tekkaus said...

    Same here. I have never even been to KLIA before. :p

    November 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM
  15. Tekkaus said...

    RM35 is considered ok right? :D I have taken KLIA transit...but not Express. :p

    November 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    Of course no crowd with that kind of admission fees. :p

    November 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM
  17. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...what a weird toilet. The toilet bowl looks so futuristic. :D

    November 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    You are so Jakun. Hahaha :D Press again and again...hopefully the door can still function.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM
  19. Tekkaus said...

    What they are going to build another convention centre? What for? :p

    November 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...you meet your panda brother? LOL :D

    28 minutes is really fast. :D

    November 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM
  21. iamthewitch said...

    Yea I took the KLIA express once before and it was really efficient and fast! But a bit costly especially if travelling in groups lar.. plus need to travel to KL Sentral first (another cost factor) so end up might as well take taxi. :P

    November 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM
  22. Cloudia said...

    Wonderful!

    hope ours is as nice...someday



    Aloha from Waikiki

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    November 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
  23. Bananazஇ said...

    Never set foot into KLIA Ekspres before thanks for all the shots no need to take a ride to see what's inside. Your post said it all and very well indeed. tQ

    November 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM
  24. Bananazஇ said...

    It is cheaper and faster to travel via KLIA Ekpres if travelling alone than getting someone to send off by car as the time, toll, petrol, tyres etc would cost much more..

    November 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM
  25. Mei Teng said...

    The KLIA Express is a great way to travel. Only problem is when you reach KL Sentral, there aren't taxis that will fetch you. I wonder why this problem is still persisting!

    November 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM
  26. bluedreamer27 said...

    now... that sound intriguing... looking forward about that post...
    actually, in my entire life.. i was able to ride on a train just twice... that's because.. i'm not really fond of traveling

    November 24, 2010 at 11:16 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, yeah I agree it's pricey : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:09 AM
  28. foongpc said...

    monica, haha it's me the panda! : D

    November 25, 2010 at 2:09 AM
  29. foongpc said...

    TZ, yes it is! : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:51 AM
  30. foongpc said...

    lina, haha first time sire explore lah! : D

    Yes, if travel in a group or with family, going by cab or airport limo is cheaper.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:52 AM
  31. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, yeah me also lazy to go KL Sentral and take KLIA Ekspres. Normally I take cab to airport. But this time I wanted to check out KLIA Ekspres : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  32. foongpc said...

    erikatoh, you should give it a try someday! : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:54 AM
  33. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, oh yes just take whichever mode of transport that is more convenient : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:55 AM
  34. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, futuristic toilet? Haha!!

    What another convention center? This PICC was built some time back! : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:56 AM
  35. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, yeah if travel in group taking the cab is cheaper : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  36. foongpc said...

    cloudia, I thought yours are nicer? : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  37. foongpc said...

    bananaz, thanks! Yes if you travel alone, it's definitely cheaper using KLIA Ekspres. Siting a cab would cost you about RM70-RM80.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:58 AM
  38. foongpc said...

    mei teng, oh they must solve this taxi problem!

    November 25, 2010 at 2:59 AM
  39. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, you are not fond of traveling? But why? I love traveling! : )

    November 25, 2010 at 2:59 AM
  40. Ayie said...

    Hi foong, finally get to sneak again!

    The toilet is very decent and good enough size compared to place toilets.

    I wonder what's the mystery behind that Panda!?

    November 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM
  41. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    uh-oh never take this before. lol! but it looks quite luxury aye?

    November 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM
  42. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    hahahaha!! u played wit it? so cute like a kid! :p

    November 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM
  43. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    whoaa got nice views summore! nice! i mean better than nothing. :/

    November 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM
  44. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    eh the fluffy panda so cute!! urs??

    November 25, 2010 at 10:56 AM
  45. Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

    And I thought KLIA is an airline.

    KLIA is nice...and the panda too. ^_^

    November 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM
  46. [SK] said...

    i have taken the KLIA Express many many times already.. no doubt it's the best way to commute to KLIA..

    November 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM
  47. [SK] said...

    .. provided that you are alone.. if you have a group of people, better do a car pool as that is more economical..

    November 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM
  48. [SK] said...

    i heard if you have a 30mins to spare, you can actually take the KLIA Transit and stop at Putrajaya, and then from Putrajaya take the KLIA Transit again to KLIA.. with this, you can save like RM10 train fares..

    November 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM
  49. [SK] said...

    but no lah, i'd rather not do the hassle.. unless you always take the train but then for me really once in a bluemoon.. because 90% i'd be going to LCCT only~~ :p

    November 25, 2010 at 10:55 PM
  50. [SK] said...

    what you are doing in KLIA?? or course you are taking a flight to somewhere else lor..

    November 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM
  51. ken said...

    you experienced it first time.. i havent even get to experience it :P

    November 26, 2010 at 12:16 AM
  52. eiling lim said...

    not only you! I also haven't been on an ERL before!!! looks like a nice ride!

    November 26, 2010 at 8:21 AM
  53. lina said...
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    November 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM
  54. Merryn said...

    LoL! Panda is a toilet inspector! He checks out toilet everywhere new :P

    November 26, 2010 at 4:11 PM
  55. Che-Cheh said...

    Didn't know KLIA Express has toilet one.

    The panda... is that YOU? hehehe

    November 27, 2010 at 12:41 AM
  56. Life Ramblings said...

    i enjoy such scenic rides and the panda seems to be following you everywhere. :)

    November 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM
  57. Mariuca said...

    I've never taken the KLIA express he he...

    November 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM
  58. Mariuca said...

    Nice Putra Jaya pic btw! :D

    November 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM
  59. Mariuca said...

    And the bathroom looks clean so okay la for a 28-min journey yes?

    November 27, 2010 at 8:32 PM
  60. poorprince said...

    nice train i love its simplicity and it looks very comfortable

    November 27, 2010 at 10:53 PM
  61. Huahin Villas said...

    KLIA Ekspres is often considered as one of the best railway services in the world. It is indeed a wonderful experience to be a part of this ride. I think the journey was very comfortable.

    November 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM