KLIA Ekspres train.
|Type||Airport rail link|
|Locale||Kuala Lumpur - KLIA|
|Opening||14 April 2002|
|Operator(s)||Express Rail Link|
|Conduction system||With driver|
|Rolling stock||Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit|
|Line length||57 km|
|Track gauge||1 435 mm Standard gauge|
KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop airport rail link service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, linking Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The service is one of the two services on the Express Rail Link (ERL), sharing the same tracks with KLIA Transit which stops at all stations along the line. The service is run by Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. which began its operations on 14 April 2002.
KLIA Ekspres serves three stations. KLIA Ekspres runs non-stop from KL Sentral to KLIA, skipping the three KLIA Transit stops in between.
|KL Sentral||Side||Connection to Rapid Rail, KTM Komuter, KTM Intercity and walking distance to Monorail Line.|
The KLIA Ekspres stations in KL Sentral and KLIA are different from those of KLIA Transit. At KL Sentral, the KLIA Ekspres platform is accessed from KL CAT while KLIA Transit is accessed from the main Transit Concourse at Level One. In KLIA, KLIA Ekspres is accessed from Level One of the main terminal building.
Travelling and ridership
The KLIA Ekspres service officially began operations on 14 April 2002 connecting Kuala Lumpur with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The non-stop 57-kilometer journey takes around 28 minutes with trains departing at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and 20-minute intervals during off-peak hours.
- First train: 05:00
- Last train: 00:00
- Peak Hours: 05:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
- Off-Peak Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 and 22:00 - 00:00
On September 19, 2005, the company celebrated its 10 millionth passenger on the KLIA express. The 10 millionth passenger was Emylia Rosnaida who won a business class return trip to New York City from Kuala Lumpur. The 20 millionth passenger milestone was achieve 12 December 2007 by Mr Sockalingam, which won economy class ticket to Dubai.
Travellers from KL Sentral to KLIA can purchase the tickets to board the KLIA Ekspres at the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) which is an integral part of the KL Sentral transport hub while travellers from KLIA to KL Sentral must purchase their tickets before boarding in order to pass through the automated barriers at KL Sentral.
Ticketing is done either by automated ticketing machines or by ticketing staff at the stations. A one-way trip would cost RM35.
Validity of purchased tickets are as follows:
- Standard One-Way Ticket: 3 months
- Standard Two-Way Ticket:
- First trip - 3 months
- Second trip - 3 months after the first trip
Passengers holding a Visa payWave credit card are able to use their cards at special fare gates when entering or leaving the pay area at all stations applicable to KLIA Ekpres and KLIA Transit.
All fare gates accept Touch 'n Go cards if the card contains sufficient funds.
Air Travel facilities
On 13 July 2007, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, the operator of KLIA Ekspres, announced that from 23 July 2007 onwards, all 43 airlines serving KL International Airport may use the check-in facilities at KL CAT. However to date only Emirates Airline, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines flights may check-in at KL CAT before boarding the train.
Passenger Service and Amenities
Passengers with laptops and smartphones have access to a high speed internet connection free of charge through WiFi on board all KLIA Ekspres trains as well as on the station platforms. The service is powered by Yes 4G of Yes Communications, a subsidiary of the YTL Corporation which holds a 50% sharehold over the train service.
A disabled friendly unisex lavatory is available on board all KLIA Ekspres trains. Restrooms are also located on the departure platform at KL Sentral. There are no restrooms on the KLIA boarding platform. Passengers waiting there are expected to use the restrooms on any of the upper floor levels of the main terminal.
On August 24, 2010, Express Rail Link suffered their first reported accident, in which 3 passengers were injured. Two ERL trains collided at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Of the trains involved one of them was about to depart at 9:45 pm for Kuala Lumpur International Airport while the other train, which was empty, rammed into its rear.  
A 2.14 km extension to the new KLIA2 terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport is now in use. Commercial service began on 1 May 2014, when KLIA2 opened. Travel time to the new terminal is 3 minutes, with a fare of RM2 charged for inter-terminal connections.
|Model||Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit|
|No. of trains||8|
|No. of carriages||2 propulsion carriages
2 passenger carriages
|Dimensions||Length - 68,700 mm (2,700 in)
Width - 2,840 mm (112 in)
Height - 4,160 mm (164 in)
|Weight||120 Metric Tonnes|
|Electrical System Voltage||25 kV 50 Hz AC|
|Acceleration||1.0 m/s2 (3.3 ft/s2)|
|Top Speed||176 km/h (109 mph)|
|Commercial Top Speed||160 km/h (99 mph)|
|No. of passengers||156 seated|
|Tracks||Length - 57 km (35 mi)
Gauge - 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
- "Our Services". Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
- Express Rail Link Celebrates 4th Anniversary
- Express Rail Link Breaks 20 Million Passengers Mark
- Intelligence Railway Gazette International August 2007
- "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral".
- "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral, 3 hurt".
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