7 Tips to Ride a Taxi in KL

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Available 24 hours a day, taxis can be very convenient, comfortable, and affordable methods of transportation in Kuala Lumpur, especially if you’re travelling in a group. Like many places in Southeast Asia, taxi services in Kuala Lumpur are infamous for a myriad of traffic offences and petty scams.

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KL has two types of taxis

Metered taxis in Kuala Lumpur are called budget (red and white in colour) and executive (yellow and blue in colour) taxis – the former charges RM3 for the first 1km and RM0.10 for each consequent 115 metres while rates for the latter are RM6 for the first 1km and RM0.20 for each consequent 150 metres.

Avoid taxis that don’t turn on their metres

A common occurrence in KL is cabbies refusing to turn on their metres and offering a flat (and overpriced) rate. Therefore, buy taxi coupons (counters can be found in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), KL Sentral station and bus terminals) or only board a taxi if the cabbie agrees to turn on the metre.

Kuala Lumpur street
Kuala Lumpur street

Use a reputable taxi booking app

Instead of hailing a taxi by the roadside, we highly recommend using a dependable taxi booking application. Malaysia’s most popular easy-to-use taxi apps include Crab and EasyTaxi, which provide important information such as the driver’s name and photograph, contact details, plate number, and estimated fare after you’ve booked a ride.