28th International Input-Output Association Conference
Transportation and directions
1. International Direct Flight
There are several international flight operators might offer direct flight to Langkawi Island. Participants are advised to check your own flight and destination.
2. International Connecting Flight
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. The city is served by two airports, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA 2 for low-cost carrier terminal. Some destinations such as Amsterdam dan London offer direct flights to Kuala Lumpur. Direct flight London to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 12 hours and 55 minutes. Participants are advised to check your own flight and destination.
3. Domestic Flight
A Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi flight landing in Langkawi International Airport only takes an hour with frequent daily trips available. Langkawi International Airport is the only one airport in the island. The most convenient way is to take a connecting flight from KLIA or KLIA 2 (low-cost carrier terminal).
Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) to Langkawi International Airport (LGK)
There are also full-fledge airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Myanmar Airways International and Thai Lion Air serving the KUL to LGK route. Malaysia Airlines serving the most frequent flights from KUL to LGK.
4. Land and sea transport
If you are looking to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by train and ferry, there are several tips for participants.
A. From KLIA/KLIA2 participants need to take KLIA express to KL Sentral. The average price its estimated at USD13. For more information, please visit https://www.kliaekspres.com/
B. Then from KL Sentral, participants can take the Electric Train Services (ETS) which makes the journey from KL Sentral to city of Arau in about 6 hours. The average price estimated around 20 to 26 USD. For more information, visit https://www.ktmb.com.my/ETS.html
C. Upon arrival at the city of Arau, participants need to cabs/e-hailing (approximated price is 7 USD) to Kuala Perlis Jetty. Then catch a ferry (approximated price is 5 USD) to Kuah Terminal at Langkawi Island. The following website contains schedules and fares for one of the ferry operators https://www.langkawi-ferry.com/schedule-fare.html
Langkawi Island also can be accessed through land and sea transports. Nevertheless, this option may not be recommended because it may not be cost-efficient and will take longer times to arrive in Langkawi. In addition to that, travel restrictions and polices (due to pandemic Covid-19) may apply for some destinations and thus affecting the whole travel plan.
5. Arrival at Langkawi and access to conference venue
A. Distance from Langkawi International Airport to the conference venue (Bayview hotel) is approximately 17 kilometers. A thing to take note is there is no public transport like buses and trains in Langkawi. The following three options are convenient to be chosen.
B. E-hailing (Grab, Mycar) – Average estimated price at USD7
An option to get around the island apart from taxis is hiring a car or bikes. A car rental could range from RM60 – RM200 on the car chosen, whereas a bike rental cost RM30 a day. Another option would be bicycle rentals that cost RM15 a day.