Getting Here

Travel to Malaysia From Different Regions

From the UK and Ireland
London Heathrow offers daily nonstop flights to Kuala Lumpur, taking approximately thirteen hours with Malaysia Airlines. Other airlines from the UK and Ireland may require layovers in Europe or the Middle East. During non-peak times, fares can be as low as £500/€450, but prices can increase by about twenty percent during peak season.

From the US and Canada
Travel from North America, including layovers, generally takes at least twenty hours. Depending on the route, it can sometimes be more economical to fly westwards from the east coast with stops in Northeast Asia. Fares typically start at around US$1100 or Can$1200 from major North American airports on the coasts.

From Australia and New Zealand

Flights from Australia and New Zealand to Malaysia are readily available, with budget options like AirAsia X from Australia. Sample fares include approximately Aus$550 for a return flight from Perth to KL in low season and at least Aus$750 from Melbourne to KL. From Christchurch to KL, fares generally start at NZ$1300 on AirAsia X.

From South Africa
Reaching Malaysia from South Africa can be done via nonstop flights with Singapore Airlines, taking around ten hours from Johannesburg with connections from Cape Town. Alternatively, it may be more cost-effective to book flights with layovers, often in the Middle East. Prices can vary, with fares starting at approximately ZAR6000 including taxes.

From Southeast Asia
Budget airlines like AirAsia and Firefly make it convenient to explore Malaysia as part of a broader Southeast Asia trip. Fares can be competitive, especially when booking well in advance. Additionally, overland travel is an option from neighboring countries, including road connections from Thailand, ferries from Indonesia and the southern Philippines, and train services from Thailand.

From Thailand
Thailand offers two daily express rail services to Malaysia, one from Hat Yai to KL and the other from Bangkok to Butterworth. Fares for Hat Yai to KL starts at RM46 for an ordinary seat and RM58 for a lower-berth sleeper. There are also numerous flights connecting Thai cities and Malaysian airports, and several scheduled ferry services.

From Indonesia
Flights, including those by low-cost carriers, connect major Indonesian airports with Malaysia. For Kalimantan, AirAsia operates between Balikpapan and KL, and MASwings runs routes between Pontianak and Kuching and Tarakan and Tawau. Overland travel between Sarawak and Kalimantan is possible through the Entikong border.

From the Philippines
Despite the proximity, there are limited transport links between the southern Philippines and Sabah. A ferry service connects Zamboanga and Sandakan. Additionally, there are flight options from Clark to KL and Kota Kinabalu, as well as connections by full-cost and budget airlines.