RM 48 Was All It Took To Get To KLIA2

Traveling to airport in Kuala Lumpur is freaking expensive, especially for someone like me who stays 52km away in Kepong. It could even be more expensive than the price of air ticket itself, I kid you not ..

Ride-sharing + Skybus is my usual way to the far-flung airport, and that comes up to approximately RM 25-30 fare, 1.5 hours journey if all is smooth-sailing. But on the day when you want to take a chill pill and the Public Transportation God decide making it tough, it would be silly taking saying no to cheaper direct ride, right?

 

Skybus

Skybus
Skybus

Departure fr 1 Utama

Arrival at KLIA2

10:00 am

11:15 am

11:00 am

12:15 pm

RM 15 fare from 1 Utama to KLIA2 is really affordable. The issue with Skybus is their frequency, usually at one-hour interval. I usually just stick with their timing, and arrive early at the airport.

For this time round, my flight departure time is at 13:45pm, and I wanted to be at the airport around 11:45am.

  • The 11:00am bus means arrival will be around 12:00-12:15pm, and I didn’t want to cut it too thin.
  • But taking the 10:00am bus, means that I had to get out from home around 09:15-09:30am.

On a lazy day, I did what I had to do: I opted for an alternative ride.

 

Other Ways to The Airport

Transportation

Total

Base Fare

Toll fee

Budget Taxi

RM 91.40 – 133.40

RM 83 – 125

RM 8.40

GrabCar

RM 73.40

RM 65

RM 8.40

GrabHitch

RM 48

RM 48

RM 0

Toll fee is based on PLUS Sg Buloh – KLIA route.

 

GrabHitch

It’s a no brainer, right? GrabHitch offer at least 65% cheaper fare, versus GrabCar and budget taxi. RM48 for a 52km private car ride to the airport, why pay more? But .. I was still unsure after my first weird experience here.

 

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Placed booking at 12.30am, for pick-up 10 hours later

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Any luck?
Everyone deserves a second chance, so I decided to give GrabHitch another try. It was decided at the very last minute; made my booking past midnight the day before, for a 10.30am pick-up time. Not the wisest move, but I was busy running around the day before … oh well .. and I was lucky that a driver (Alex) accepted my booking.

He texted my at 12.45am, checking on my house number .. but other than that, all went well. No weird Facebook friend request, thank god. He arrived 15 minutes before scheduled pick-up time, and that was a great sign. When asked whether he prefers me to sit in the front passenger seat, or at the back, he said entirely up to me. As I was tired that morning, I opted to sit at the back for me to ‘zone out’ when I need out.

He’s a Johorean and was on his way back to Johor; KLIA2 is just along the way. He told me that he’s getting all the RM 48 fare; need not share with Grab for now. I liked it that we conversed during the start of the trip, and thereafter, he took my cue and cut off the conversation. That gave me the rest needed before my flight back to Bangkok.

So, it was a good second GrabHitch ride … it’s kind of similar to GrabCar ride, but at a cheaper rate. And I got to practice my half-baked Mandarin, conversing with Alex who speaks Mandarin.

If you would like to try Grab, please use this link https://invite.grab.co/5B47CD, and both you and I get RM 10 discount.

Update September 2017: Malaysia has stopped using GrabHitch.

Notyourtypicaltourist

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.