KLIA Ekspres

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KLIA Ekspres
Express Rail Link
KLIAekspres SalakSelatan.jpg
Type Non-stop direct airport rail link
System ERL
Locale Kuala Lumpur - KLIA
Stations 3
Daily ridership 9,508 (2015)
Ridership 3.470 million (2015)[1]
(Increase 18.5%)
Line number  6  (purple)
Opened 14 April 2002; 15 years ago (2002-04-14)
Owner Express Rail Link
Operator(s) Express Rail Link
Conduction system With driver
Character Fully subsurface
Rolling stock Siemens Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit
Line length 57 km
Track gauge 1 435 mm Standard gauge
Route map
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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).[2] 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.

The line is one of the components of the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System.

Line information[edit]

KLIA Ekspres serves three stations. KLIA Ekspres runs non-stop from KL Sentral to KLIA, skipping the three KLIA Transit stops in between.

Name Type Notes
KL Sentral Side Connection to KTM ETS, Seremban Line, Port Klang Line, Kelana Jaya Line and walking distance to KL Monorail and Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
KLIA Side Connection to KLIA Transit
klia2 Side Terminus, connection to KLIA Transit

At KL Sentral, the two side platforms of the ERL are accessed from different parts of the station. The KLIA Ekspres platform is accessed from the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) while the KLIA Transit platform is accessed from the main Transit Concourse at Level 1. At KLIA and klia2, both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit use the same island platform, with each service serving only one side of the platform.


A 2.14 km extension to the klia2 terminal was completed in 2013. Commercial service began on 1 May 2014, when klia2 opened. Inter-terminal travel time from KLIA Main Terminal to the new terminal is 3 minutes with a fare of RM2.[3]

KLIA Ekspres - KLIA 2

Rolling stock[edit]

KLIA Ekspres carriage interior
Model Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit
Manufacturer Siemens AG
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 200 km/h (120 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 12 in)



On 24 August 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. [4] [5]

Other information[edit]

Travelling and ridership[edit]

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 19 September 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.[6] The 20 millionth passenger milestone was achieved on 12 December 2007 by Mr Sockalingam, which won economy class ticket to Dubai.[7]


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 costs RM55 (increased from RM35 on 1 January 2016).

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

Electronic Payment

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. The minimum balance of RM35 is required. The automated fare collection (AFC) systems including high speed fare gates (ACG), passenger service machine (PSM), MiFare smartcard tickets, Station Software and Central Management System (CMS) are provided by Longbow Technologies based in Malaysia.

Unfortunately Touch 'n Go card users can no longer access the airline check-in counters at KL Sentral using their Touch 'n Go card as of June 2015. The Touch 'n Go card can still be used to board the KLIA Express itself, but you will need to check-in at KLIA instead.

Air travel facilities[edit]

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, As of 2016, only Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines flights may check-in at KL CAT before boarding the train.[8]

Passenger service and amenities[edit]

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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "JADUAL 2.9 : BILANGAN PENUMPANG BAGI PERKHIDMATAN SISTEM ALIRAN RINGAN, SUKU KEEMPAT, 2015" [Table 2.9 : Number of Passengers for Light Rail Transit (LRT) Services, Fourth Quarter, 2015] (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our Services". Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.kliaekspres.com/erlsb/ExpressRailLinkExtensiontoKLIA2/tabid/373/Default.aspx
  4. ^ "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral". 
  5. ^ "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral, 3 hurt". 
  6. ^ Express Rail Link Celebrates 4th Anniversary
  7. ^ Express Rail Link Breaks 20 Million Passengers Mark
  8. ^ Intelligence Railway Gazette International August 2007

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