Thursday, 16 October 2014

Subang airport shuttle coach service

Last month, I flew into the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport - otherwise more popularly known as the Subang Airport - in Selangor when I last decided to travel down by air from the Penang international airport at Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Nothing much has changed at this Subang Airport. It is still being serviced mainly by Fireflyz, Malindo Air and Berjaya Air which use the reliable ATR72 twin-engine turboprop for their short-haul flights around the region.

But one additional service introduced here since October 2013 - and this was the main reason why I chose to fly into Subang this time - was an airport shuttle coach service that takes passengers to-and-from the Subang Airport and various points in Kuala Lumpur.

Presently, there are two services provided by KL City Airport. One takes passengers from the airport to the nearest LRT rail station at Kelana Jaya.

The other route plies from this airport to the centre of Kuala Lumpur, and along the way it would stop opposite Sunway Pyramid, outside the Kampong Dato Harun KTM station, Bangsar LRT station, KL Sentral, the old KTM railway station before ending at the Pudu bus terminal.

There are plans to introduce other routes as well. but for the moment, these are the existing routes.

The shuttle services to Kelana Jaya LRT station and Pudu bus terminal both start from 6a.m. and end at 10.30p.m. every day. The buses are scheduled to run every half-hourly during peak hours and every hourly at other times of the day. Fares range from RM3 to RM13 depending on the distance travelled. I don't have the fare chart with me but I feel that the prices are very reasonable. I travelled under comfortable conditions - good leg space and everything else - and there were enough racks on the coach for anyone to put their luggages. Whoever introduced this shuttle service must be commended.

By right, the shuttle bus service should prove very popular with travellers but I found that many people are still unaware of them. For instance, when I arrived at the airport at 9.30a.m. the other day, apart from me, there was only one other traveller who hopped on board the bus to the city centre. But it is rather early days for them although I don't know how they are going to make themselves better known to travellers.

For the time being, however, this KL City Airport shuttle is very convenient and cheap for me. If one is not in a hurry and doesn't don't mind waiting for the bus to depart, it affords you a very relaxing journey to wherever you want to be dropped off along their routes, If you are in a hurry though, coupons for the airport taxis can be purchased easily while the more daring ones can choose to cross the busy main road and wait at the public RapidKL bus station. There are enough options around.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last day, I was waiting for the Shuttle bus to Subang airport from Kelana Jaya LRT Station. I was waiting almost 2 hours and no show any bus to the Subang Airport. And there also dont have any signage about the shuttle bus where to wait. I was very dissapointed. Lastly, I was decide to take a taxi from Kelana Jaya line to the Subang airport, Its was cost 20 Ringgit.