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Airport taxis: Prices and options

June 26, 2014

Did you know that different taxi services in different levels? So before you become confused with all the offers at the taxi counters, take a look at the different kind of taxis available at the airports and their expected rates.

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taxi vanBy Michelle Brohier

Taking an airport taxi home is inevitable for those of us who don’t have a chauffeur or loved ones free enough to pick us from the airport. But taking an airport taxi in itself can be an ordeal as they are no doubt an expensive way to get around. Of course you could opt for the ERL but if you don’t live near KL Sentral; that would be pointless too.

Malaysian taxis have a sticky reputation, as it’s important to know your options or else be swayed into taking the more expensive route, especially from the airport. Even in KLIA, did you know that different taxi services in different levels? So before you become confused with all the offers at the taxi counters, take a look at the different kind of taxis available at the airports and their expected rates.

Premium Taxi Limo

limoThese premium taxis come in a classy black Proton Perdana and Nissan Sylphy and are known to charge a hefty amount for a ride home. They promise a smoother ride home, with a roomier interior thus the high charge. How high? Well if your home is somewhere within the Ampang area, be prepared to fork out around RM224 just to get home in this stylish car. Heading down to KLCC from KLIA? That’s RM102.

Budget Taxi Limo

There is a budget version of the taxi limo where they use a sedan Proton Waja. A downgrade from a Proton Perdana, but it promises to still be good enough to give you a comfortable trip home. How much of a budget is it? A trip to KLCC will see you forking out about RM74 with this one, and if you’re heading towards the Ampang area, that’s RM84.

Taxi Van

Have more than 4 people with you and cannot stand the idea of squeezing in? You’re going to need a van that can accommodate 8 people. If your drive is less than 45 minutes and is within 50km, you’ll be paying about RM160. So if you have exactly 8 people in the van that can be pretty cost effective. Any further and the price can even go up to RM300.

Metered Taxi
Metered-cab
What many people fail to discover, and this is also due to the different counters and touts telling you otherwise, is that it is possible to find a metered taxi that would be a lot cheaper than the limo taxis. So if you really want to cut cost in traveling, look out for these taxis. A trip down to KLCC will cost RM63. Even heading down to PJ can be cheaper, costing around RM58.

It can be tricky to find the counter for metered taxis as in KLIA, you will need to get to Level 1 and find the counter for it outside of the airport doors to get it.

Also, remember that if you’re travelling after midnight, you will be charged a little extra. Some taxis charge an extra 20%, while others add a flat extra fee of RM30.

No matter how much you’re willing to spend on that taxi, there’s no denying the desire to get home safe and comfortable.

This was brought you by MICHELLE BROHIER from RinggitPlus.com. RinggitPlus compares credit cards, personal loans and home loans to help Malaysians get more for their money.


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