Posted by: Jom Naik Bas! | 21 October 2009

Kembara Jom Naik Bas! KLIA Transit to LCCT

The Low Cost Carrier Terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is situated some 50 km from the capital Kuala Lumpur. However, passengers need not worry about their transportation needs to the city centre as it is conveniently and efficiently connected by bus, taxi and limousine services. Since September 2009, passengers have another travel option to KL Sentral, as Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) introduces a shuttle service between the Salak Tinggi Station and the LCCT, on the KLIA Transit service. Jom Naik Bas! had the chance to ride the new service, from the LCCT to KL Sentral.

Situated just near the Arrival Hall exit are ticketing booths for bus, taxi and limousine services to Kuala Lumpur city centre and other destinations. Fares for the bus services starts at RM8 and are provided by at least 3 bus companies. There are no ticketing counters, however, for the KLIA Transit train service. But passengers will not miss the banners promoting the new service. On these banners, passengers are told to proceed to Bus Bay 6 to board the free shuttle bus that will bring passengers to Salak Tinggi Station.

Taxi and limousine counter.

Taxi and limousine counter.

Shuttle bus counter.

Shuttle bus counter.

KLIA Transit to LCCT promotional banner.

KLIA Transit to LCCT promotional banner.

As we walked towards Bus Bay 6,  many buses are parked and abuzz with boarding activities. Parked at Bus Bay 6 is a Cityliner midibus which was contracted to provide the bridging bus service. Cityliner is a major stage bus operator in Malaysia, with operations in several states. It is part of the Konsortium Transnasional Berhad, which is also the parent company for Transnasional, Plusliner and NiCE brands.

 

WST6501, a CNG-powered Daewoo BS 09 midibus.

WST6501, a CNG-powered Daewoo BS 09 midibus.

Bodywork by SKSBus.

Bodywork by SKSBus.

The bridging bus service is operated at a half-hour intervals. The airconditioned 30-seater midibus is fitted with luggage racks at the front and seats are of the high-back version. The bus itself is powered by Daewoo and runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Bodywork was supplied by SKSBus on the Ci 06 model. At the precise half-hour mark, the bus left the LCCT for its destination.

 

Saloon view from the front.

Saloon view from the front.

Saloon view from the back.

Saloon view from the back.

The luggage rack compartment.

The luggage rack compartment.

The journey to Salak Tinggi Station takes less than 15 minutes. The bus itself is powerful for a midi but the airconditioning system was somewhat less than desired. The Salak Tinggi Station is located at the Salak Tinggi Township, touted as the Airport City. It’s quite deserted since it is a Sunday and the vicinity is quite built up yet. There were, however, a cluster of shophouses located just a few hundred metres from the station.

 

Ticketing counter at Salak Tinggi Station.

Ticketing counter at Salak Tinggi Station.

The tickets issued for travel.

The tickets issued for travel.

View from the overhead bridge. The depot can be seen on the left.

View from the overhead bridge. The depot can be seen on the left.

Upon alighting, we purchased the tickets to KL Sentral. A one-way ticket for adults costs RM12.50 and children pays only half that price. We have to use the overhead bridge to get to the platform. On the overhead bridge, we were able to see the depot and maintenance shed for the ERL trains. We did not wait long for the KL-bound KLIA Transit train to arrive. And the best thing of all, it was near empty. The four-car trains are operated on the standard gauge railway track system, different from the Keretapi Tanah Melayu trains which runs on the narrow gauge tracks. Electricity is supplied via overhead cables and the Desiro Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) trains were procured from Siemens AG. The interior is luxuriously spacious and fitted with exceptionally comfortable seats. TV screens are also provided onboard.

The platform area at Salak Tinggi Station.

The platform area at Salak Tinggi Station.

The train arrival information system display.

The train arrival information system display.

The journey was amazingly smooth and almost quiet. You can hardly hear any grinding of the tracks. The trains were not jerky and the airconditioning system was superb. The service will call at two other stations – Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan – before terminating at KL Sentral. The train journey takes about 20 minutes from Salak Tinggi Station to KL Sentral, up to twice faster than commuting by bus.

 

KLIA Transit to KL Sentral arrives.

KLIA Transit to KL Sentral arrives.

The interior of a KLIA Transit EMU trainset.

The interior of a KLIA Transit EMU trainset.

KLIA Transit arrives in KL Sentral some 20 minutes later.

KLIA Transit arrives in KL Sentral some 20 minutes later.

I have no main grouses with the service. Generally, the service was efficient, comfortable and fast. However, it would be better if stepless buses, or at least those with lower floors are deployed on the shuttle. There are bound to be passengers with big luggage and certainly it is challenging and difficult to carry the bags onboard if the steps are high. Otherwise, it would have been an excellent service. Jom Naik Bas! certainly recommends the KLIA Transit to LCCT service to commuters.

For more information, log on to KLIA Transit to LCCT.

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Responses

  1. Dear JomNaikBas,

    I really enjoy reading all the bus reviews and events that are happening. Therefore,I would like to extend my heartiest thanks to you for making the report on the new KL Sentral – LCCT Service by KLIA Transit. After reading it, I think it will come in handy for me since I will be taking my first AirAsia flight trip back to Singapore from KL. I look forward to your new reviews.

    Warmenst Regards,
    Dinie Razin

  2. Detailed & informative review from a commuter viewpoint! Keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Dinie Razin and James.

    Thank you for your positive comments. Do come back to Jom Naik Bas! for more reviews in the coming months.

  4. Going to KL next week, search info and come across to your site, like your reviews, detailed info with many clear view of pictures and the consideration of passengers who with big luggage. Thumb up!

  5. its true got shuttle bus from kl sentral to klia? where shud i take the bus?

  6. Tak brapa faham info di atas. Dpd TBS bas apa yang ada ke KLIA dan LCCT. Jadual prjalanan ada tak? So tak perlu susah ke KLCrtal lagi utk naik bas.

  7. Hi Liza.

    Tiada khidmat bas disediakan antara TBS-BTS dan KLIA/LCCT. Khidmat bas shuttle hanya disediakan dari KL Sentral.

  8. Liza,
    From BTS, these only one choice that was provided if you want to go traveling the LCCT or KLIA which is KLIA transit services. The train is running every half an hour starts earlier from 04:40 in the morning until 12:10 in the midnight. The train bound for KLIA/LCCT will be arrive at the KLIA Transit station at BTS is every minutes of 00:10 and 00:40. The fare from BTS going to KLIA is only RM26.50 and the journey is only takes about 25 min only. For LCCT, the fare is only RM10:80 that was including train and bus. You have to stop at Salak Tinggi Station to transfer with the bus. And the total journey from BTS to LCCT is only about 40 min.

  9. dari lcct bagaiman nak pergi ke tbs?

  10. Saya turun flight di KLIA around 4.00 am dan akan naik flight ke KT around 7.00 am. So bas apa yang sesuai saya naik pada waktu tersebut?

  11. 7 am tu naik LCCT

  12. Saya turun flight di KLIA around 4.00 am dan akan naik flight ke KT around 7.00 am dekat LCCT. So bas apa yang sesuai untuk saya naik pada waktu tersebut?

  13. Need to be at LCCT at 6am, any bus from TBS? Which company? had google the TBS website but details… Info please…


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