Kuala Lumpur in one day

Kuala Lumpur in one day

Kuala Lumpur is worth a visit, even if just for a day

What we learned in our years of travelling, do not plan too far ahead. Well, we did plan a few months ahead this time and it turned out, that we should not have planned at all. Last week we had to go to Kuala Lumpur for one day, totally unexpected. In this post we will tell you what you can do in Kuala Lumpur in one day.

How cool is that, we fly from Raja Ampat to Kuala Lumpur. We have enough time to explore Kuala Lumpur in one day. Culture shock in a good way.

We leave the island Pef early in the morning and on the way to Sorong we are lucky to see a whale passing by quite close. What a start into the day. We reach the city of Sorong in West Papua shortly after 10 am. Sorong is known as the gateway to the Raja Ampat area.

At noon we already sit in the plane to Makassar on Sulawesi where we’ve got four hours until the connecting flight. Enough time to treat ourselves with a delicious cappuccino. What an indulgence! It’s been already 12 weeks since the last proper cappuccino.

Sultan Abdul Samad Kuala Lumpur

The Sultan Abdul Samad building is one of the nicest ones in Kuala Lumpur

Right on time AirAsia is ready to take off. We are landing in Kuala Lumpur at 9 pm and head to the Tune Hotel right at the airport. It is less than five walking minutes to get to the Tune Hotel and the check-in is so efficient, that we’re in the room 20 minutes after landing.

LRT Rapid rail Kuala Lumpur

The LRT Rapid Rail is a very efficient way of visiting Kuala Lumpur in one day.

Kuala Lumpur in one day

We have booked for two nights only. There is not enough time to explore Kuala Lumpur in one day intensely but better than nothing. The airport is quite far from the city centre. It takes us one hour to get from the airport to KL Sentral station by bus. The KLIA Exspres is with 35 minutes a lot faster but also costs three times more. But to be honest, with the low ticket fares it is still affordable. You will find more details about ticket prices at the end of this blogpost.

We like bus rides as it is kind of an included sightseeing trip. There are different bus companies waiting at the KLIA2 airport to bring visitors to the city. We hop on the Skybus that runs every full hour right to KL Sentral. Tickets can be purchased in the bus.

The one hour drive from the airport to the city center goes by very quickly. We arrive at KL Sentral at 10 am. KL Sentral is the ideal starting point to get around the city as it is the station where several trains, the monorail and buses start from.

Business district Kuala Lumpur

Where modern meets tradition – Kuala Lumpur business district

We decide to go visiting the Petronas Towers first, therefore we hop on the LRT to get to KLCC station. For the 10 minute ride we pay MYR 2.60 (USD 0.70). We only stay one day in KL but that’s ok, because it’s not our first time here. If you do Kuala Lumpur in one day, we highly recommend to check out the famous Petronas Towers. They are not only photogenic but also cool to take some fun pictures.

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

Look how tiny the Petronas Towers can be. Or did Marcel grow that much?

The Petronas Towers, also known as Twin Towers are totally photogenic by night.

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers by night

Next stop is the Masijd Jamek LRT station. We hop off, stroll around the market and go for a delicious Tandoori Chicken to Yusoof Restoran, our favourite Indian restaurant.

Yusoof Restoran in Kuala Lumpur

Our favourite restaurant to eat Tandoori Chicken with Nan

We are not in the mood to do an extended city tour but there are a few things we highly recommend to check out when in Kuala Lumpur for one day. You can find more ideas of what to do in Kuala Lumpur in our blog post Stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

Dayabumi building Kuala Lumpur

The Dayabumi building is one of the first skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur

Don’t miss to take a picture of the gorgeous Sultan Abdul Samad building at Merdeka Square, the Dayabumi building – with 157 meters one of the first skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur – and the Guan Di Tempel in Chinatown.

Totally worth a visit are the Batu Caves, about a 30 minute train ride from KL Sentral. The one-way ticket is MYR 2 (USD 0.55) only. The Batu Caves are easy to find as the KTM station has the same name as the caves and the entrance is just a few walking minutes away. At the entrance you will see the 42.7 meter high statue which is quite impressive.

Entrance Batu caves

Big buddha at the entrance to the Batu caves

To get to the caves use the stairs. They lead up to the huge main cave and the cave temples. On the way lots of monkeys will follow you. It’s recommended not to feed them as they can get quite aggressive because they want more.

Batu caves in Kuala Lumpur

The main cave is like a huge cathedral

You like to go shopping? There are a few places you could check out. The most famous shopping area is called Bukit Bintang where you will find fancy shops, boutiques and brands. In Chinatown it’s the Petaling Market and if you are looking for exclusive fashion you may find it in the Suria KLCC Mall right under the Petronas Towers. For T-Shirts and watches (copies of course) the stands around the Central Market may be the perfect place. The covered Central Market offers lots of traditional clothes, scarfs and souvenirs. And for colorful saris Little India is the place to go.

Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur

At the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur

We love Bangkok and if we can, we choose the Thai capital for a Stopover. But we also like Kuala Lumpur, especially the tasty Indian food and the old, traditional shop houses.

Restaurant tip:

Restoran Yusoof Dan Zakhir, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Central Market Area

Delicious, cheap food, huge buffet with Indian specialties. Our favorite place to go for Tandoori chicken and nan (traditional Indian bread made in the Tandoor Oven) Price for a portion Tandoori chicken with nan: MYR 9.50 (USD 2.60)

Tandoori chicken at Yusoof restoran

Unbeatable… Tandoori chicken with fresh nan. Yammie!

You also find the Yusoof Restoran on Tripadvisor, we’ve seen that after we’ve eaten there.

Hotel tip at the airport:

  • Tune Hotel, KLIA2, rate for one night in a double room with own bathroom incl. taxes MYR 209 (USD 58)

Ticket price for buses and trains:

From/to Airport/KL city center

  • Skybus MYR 10 (USD 2.80) one-way, MYR 16 to 20 (USD 4.45 to 5.55) return depending on the season and bus company
  • KLIA Ekspres MYR 35 (USD 9.75) one-way, MYR 70 (CHF/EUR 17) return


  • LRT Rapit Rail e.g. KL Sentral to KLCC, the station to go for the Petronas Towers MYR 2.60 (USD 0.70)
  • KTM Kommuter Train e.g. KL Sentral to Batu Caves MYR 2.00 (USD 0.55)

Have you been to Kuala Lumpur? Do you have any tips to share? Your comment is very much appreciated.

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