This drab, industrial port is the access point to the capital of Kuala Lumpur (KL), an hour (if you are lucky) away by road. Most cruise ships use the Star cruises terminal at Pulau Indah, the terminal building relatively new and inviting. If the ferry is docked at the terminal, cruise ships will use the cargo terminal which is even further out.
The Terminal is equipped with state of the art facilities and amenities for the comfort of passengers and terminal users including air-conditioned buildings, link bridges for embarkation and disembarkation, covered walkways connecting wharfside and terminal, ATMs, foreign exchange counters, restaurants, souvenir and gift shops and duty free outlets. Ample parking space is also available for cars and buses besides counters for taxi service.
Name of closest airport to port/terminal: Kuala Lumpur International
Distance/drive time to airport: 75 km
Transport to airport: Taxi
Can passengers walk to town: No
Distance from cruise terminal to Port Kelang: 10 km
Availability of taxis at port/terminal: Yes but limited. See below.
Availability of public transport at port/terminal: No
Distance from ship to tour buses: 200m
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Port Klang (Malay: Pelabuhan Kelang or Pelabuhan Klang) is the principal port in Selangor, a state of Malaysia. It also serves as the port for the Klang Valley, Malaysia's most developed region where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located. There is not much to see or do in Port Klang itself.
Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is a mangrove covered island off the coast of Port Klang. The entire village on the island is built on stilts, making it an interesting day trip. How to get there: Take a ferry from the Pulau Ketam jetty beside (and not inside) the Passenger Cruise Terminal. There are about 15 trips a day and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
If you want to go to Kuala Lumpur a cruise excursion might be the way to go, as traffic can be horrendous.
The Port Klang bus and taxi terminal is inconveniently located about 1km inland from the port area. One can walk the distance but the heat, noise and pollution may make it an unpleasant experience.
Taxis have fixed rates, posted in the terminal. Expect to pay over $85 for a sightseeing tour to Kuala Lumpur.
The railway station is located 13 km outside the port area. KTM Komuter, Klang Valley's commuter train network, links the station with Klang (20 minutes) and Kuala Lumpur (one hour 10 minutes) with trains once every 15 minutes during peak hours, and once every 20 minutes during off-peak hours. You will need a taxi to the train station. Expect to pay around $20 for the short taxi ride.
In Kuala Lumpur there is a Hop on/off Bus to show you the sights.
This port is mainly used to visit Kuala Lumpur.
A shuttle bus often is provided to AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping center 20 minutes away. This mall is large with over 160 stores.
The Malaysian currency is the ringgit. Ringgits are freely convertible and the exchange rate is US$1 = approx. RM3.
ATMs are widely available in cities, but do stock up on cash if heading out into the smaller islands or the jungle. Credit cards can be used in most shops, restaurants and hotels, although skimming can be a problem in dodgier outlets.
Tipping is not customary in Malaysia. However, hotel porters and taxi drivers will appreciate a small tip if you have been provided with exemplary service. Most expensive restaurants, bars and hotels may indicate prices in the form of RM19++, meaning that sales tax (5%) and service charge (10%) will be added to the bill.
The sole official language of Malaysia is Malay (Bahasa Malaysia). English is also taught in schools and widely spoken in the cities although in rural areas a little Malay will come in handy.
Free wifi at the terminal on the first floor.
Broadband Internet is available in most hotels, cafes which offer free WiFi for customers, and some restaurants and cafes. Both cable broadband and wireless broadband (available in hot spots areas such as Starbucks and McDonald's) are available.
Emergency numbers All type of emergency 999; From mobile phone - 999 or 112
In general shops open from 10.30am till 9.30pm in the large cities. They open and close for business earlier in the smaller towns and rural areas.
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