Flying around Asia on Air Asia budget airlines? Stuck in LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) for a couple of hours and dont know what to expect? Backpackies is here to help!!! Well we have been transiting quite a lot here of late. With Air Asia expanding its routes to places like China, Japan, Korea, UK, you are bound to fly in to KL one way or another.
And Flying out of Kl is cheaper too! For example: It is cheaper to fly KL (Kuala Lumpur) – Macao than Penang – Macao, even though the distance is nearer. Don’t believe us, next time check and see.
Anyways, LCCT has now become the main Hub for Air Asia operations in Asia. So we did a little tour and tried out what this ” little expanding” airport has to offer.
The LCCT terminal is different from KLIA Airport. LCCT is the Low Cost Carrier Termnal. Although these two airports are next to each other. But you need to take a bus or a taxi in between them.
LCCT is about 50 minutes from KL town.It costs roughly RM 70 for a taxi from LCCT to town.
When you are in LCCT, a few things that you have got to remember is, your bags!
DONT WORRY, if your luggage is too heavy or out of dimension from the “suggested hand carry”chart. It is all about confidence! Carry that 20kg hand bag like it weights a feather. You will definitely get in. Usually the airline staff would not check your hand luggage to see if it is according to specs. Unless you look like you are lunging a cow in your bag then maybe then you will look pretty suspicious. By then, all the advice in the world wont be able to help you.
Flying in to LCCT, but planning to go to KL city? Well you don’t have to take a cab anymore. There are busses that will take you to the speed train. From there the speed train will take you to KL city. For rates, check out KLIA transit . Taking the train, you will avoid the KL jam. So if you have a long transit time, but is not that long till you got more than half a day to spend, you will need to get back to the LCCT terminal or KLIA terminal quickly. Might be wiser to take the express train compared to the taxi. Or course if there is 2-3 of you, then the taxi is cheaper.
Stuck in LCCT with nothing to do? If you have your own laptop, then good for you. There is free wifi internet connection. But you are only limited to a continuous usage of 2 hours. So if you have a long transit or want more surfing time, just disconnect, erase your cookies and WAALAAA! you have internet again for 2 more hours.
Transiting and wanting to keep your luggage somewhere while you walk around or make a quickie to KL town? Well if your baggage is normal size, then there is baggage storage just outside the arrival hall. Surf boards? errrrr *** not sure.
Make sure you have your gates and departure time written down.
Thirsty and want to buy water and newspapers? We notice, the first place people buy it from is the book store at the corner of the entrance, opposite Taste of Asia.
It is cheaper if you get it from the Emporium.
There are some minor shopping here. Perfume, chocolates, bags, shoes, body care products, and souvenirs.
Getting in touch with your loved ones? The usual problem is not buying a post card. It is POSTING IT!
Need to charge your phones? Apparently this is a free charger. You need to check it out and let us know if it is really free.
Long transit? Well one thing about LCCT is the airport is getting more and more crowded. The chairs aren’t exactly comfortable either.
Majority of them are plastic chairs to be exact. Imagine sitting on these for 6 hours? The gaps in between them make it impossible to sleep on them.
Some just don’t care and are ready to get comfy.
If you got moolah to spend. Why not try the premium lounge. The better premium lounge is in the departure lounge. The smaller Premium lounge just outside the immigration is lousy! Sitting area and some computers to use the internet.
There are more choices of food outlets in the main LCCT terminal compared to inside the departure lounge. So if you are planning to eat, we suggest you eat before heading into the departure lounge.
We were famished by the time we finished taking pictures of LCCT. Decided on taking the biggest burger they had in Mc Donalds. Apparently the triple cheese burger aint that big after all! 😀
If you are planning to have a cup of coffee? We all know Mc Donalds coffee is terrible. (although they have free refills, which is the only plus point), Coffee bean is better than Starbucks but they are both expensive. Which really leaves us with OLD TOWN WHITE COFFEE. Tried the “kau kau” (super strong) white coffee there. Fantastic! Plus its cheaper too! 😀 Yumsss enjoy!
We hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect here at the LCCT. If you have any other smart traveling tips, please share them with us. For more free budget information, visit us as www.backpackies.com or join our whacky travel group at backpackies is now on facebook
We wish you a happy and exciting trip ahead! Happy backpacking!