Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is one of the most exciting cities in southeast Asia offering plenty of history, impressive skylines and chaotic markets. It’s a mix of old and new with old colonial buildings against the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Be sure to visit Batu Caves, home to the country's most sacred Hindu shrine and see the rainforest, stroll along the Klang River, sample Malay cuisine, shop at the mega malls throughout the downtown Golden Triangle. KL is a diverse city with plenty on offer to explore.View our Kuala Lumpur travel guide
Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
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Visiting from Cairns to Kuala Lumpur
Fly Cairns (CNS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
The approximate flight time for flights from Cairns to Kuala Lumpur is 16 hours and 45 minutes.
When to visit
In KL, the weather is hot and it rains throughout most of the year. The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is May to July as its relatively dry during these months, less humidity and clear skies. Temperatures range around 30°C. The wet season is runs from October to March, though the temperatures remain around 30°C.
What is the main airport called?
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).Opens external site in a new window It is Malaysia's main international airport, located, approximately 45 km south of Kuala Lumpur city centre.
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur
The helpful staff at Kuala Lumpur Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Kuala Lumpur from Kuala Lumpur Airport
Getting into Kuala Lumpur is easy, with a range of transport options to suit your needs. Choose from taxis, bus, train, hotel shuttle, ride-share or car hire. Taxi is a convenient option with both airport and metered taxis available from outside the main terminal. Alternatively, you could request a ride through Grab, a ride share service. If you would like a private transfer, you can book a transfer to any destination in KL. By train, you can get to the city centre in around 30 minutes. It's the one of the best ways to get to the city, as its the fastest option. Trains run every 15 minutes from the airport to city’s central station (Sentral). The light rail is another option with a journey time of around 35 minutes. There is a shuttle bus, which takes around an hour and 30 minutes. It's possible to rent a car from the airport to see the major attractions, or you may wish to organise a hotel shuttle.
Getting around Kuala Lumpur
Getting around Kuala Lumpur is easy, with a variety of transport options whether it’s by train, light rail, monorail, taxi, bus, ride-share or car. Most parts of KL are connected by train, as well as the light rail and monorail. The trains in the city pass through attractions such as KLCC, Central Market and Muzium Negara. Bus is a comfortable way to get around, as they take you to popular attractions and quaint neighbourhoods. Look out for the free purple Go KL buses within the central business district that run along popular sites and famous shopping districts. Its best to buy a touch 'N' go card for cheaper fares on the trains and buses. Taxi is one of the most convenient ways to travel or you can use the ride-share service Grab and book a car through the app. Walking is a good way to see some of the sights, or you can jump on the hop-on hop-off bus.
Fly from Cairns
Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Cairns Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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