Tips to save Ringgits for your city trip or stopover in Kuala Lumpur
World cities have a reputation for being expensive. In general, the price level in Asia is considerably lower than in Europe, yet the metropolises are more expensive. Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is excellent as a stopover for your flight to other parts of Asia or Australia, or just as a starting point for your trip through South-East Asia.
This way you will discover Kuala Lumpur with a limited budget
Unfortunately Kuala Lumpur is not as cheap as Bangkok or Hanoi. In addition, many travelers visit the city as a short stopover. So your journey has yet to start and you do not want to hit a hole in your budget right away. With a bit of smart preparation you can save a lot of Ringgits. We will certainly give you some tips to discover Kuala Lumpur with a limited budget!
Do not choose a flight with an arrival after 23:00 or before 06:00
KLIA, as the airport is called, is located at a distance of about 60 kilometers from the city. During the day you can travel from the airport to the city in about half an hour with the KLIA express , a neat train. Another option is to take the special airport taxi, which is about one third more expensive. In the night hours the train does not run and there is a surcharge of 50% for the taxi. You actually have little choice and therefore always lose more money. That only pays if you have scored a very advantageous flight!
Do not take accommodation in the KLCC area
A popular area among tourists is the surroundings of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. This has contributed to the fact that the price level is higher here, especially in the hotels. The surroundings of Central Market, on the other hand, are much more suitable if you visit Kuala Lumpur with a small budget. You sit here near Merdeka Square, Chinatown and the Central Market and yet you find a lot less foreign tourists here. The more fun!
Arrange your own trips
Just outside Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves, the Hindu temples that are located in a cave and are only accessible from a 272 steps steep staircase. You have a beautiful view of the city from there. Various tour operators offer this destination as an excursion or part of an excursion. However, the Batu Caves are easily accessible on their own with the extensive public transport; line 2 takes you from KL Central, the central station, in about twenty minutes to near the entrance, for less than two euros each way. Access to the Caves is free.
Cheap alternative to the Skybridge
Previously, the entrance of the skybridge , which connects the Petronas Twin Towers to each other at 170 meters, is completely free. You only had to queue early in the morning to get tickets for the same day. For several years, Petronas has taken the idea that his towers can also generate more revenue. Today, therefore, a ticket costs around € 20; not really suitable for low budget Kuala Lumpur. A better, and with 12 euro entrance a much cheaper option, is to visit the Menara Kl Tower . The observation platform is located at a height of 275 meters. You have a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur from the tower and of course you see the Petronas Twin Towers part of the skyline.
Eat in small local restaurants
Malaysian cuisine is a delicious mix of Chinese and Indian influences. In the many malls and restaurants in the city you will always find a nice place, but it is of course much more fun and cheaper to sit at the local eateries. So take place among the locals to taste the traditional Malaysian dishes and save the necessary Ringgits. It is also fun and cheap to try different small dishes at the street food stalls!