Different Taxi Rates?

Old Feb 1st 2013, 8:04 am
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So last weekend we did our first taxi trip to KLIA from downtown for an overseas trip. Our condo arranged a taxi and we went by the meter. Price was MYR150. This surprised me as I paid MYR85 last year when here for an interview. I asked for a receipt which had 'executive taxi' ticked but it was an ordinary blue cab that you see everywhere (van type). We have a car in KL so are inexperienced with the taxis.

Question: are there different fares for different taxi types? Or did we just get stung by a dodgy taxi meter?
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I think the Executive Taxis charge more, as I recall. We used one once and it sure was more expensive, though it was nice and comfy.
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Car Hire would be cheaper.

Try Kasina.
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No need for car hire as we have a car. This was always going to be a taxi trip I just wasn't expecting the rate we got charged. Next time well try a basic cab to compare the price.
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Isn't the train cheaper?

And were you on the meter??
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Meter was on yes. We are 2+1 so train was going to be more than what I thought would be an MYR80 fare, and a lot less hassle.
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Yes, the blue taxis AKA Executive Taxis have higher rates than your bog standard ones. Next time ask for budget taxi and they will know what you want.
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Default Re: Different Taxi Rates?

I was told that drivers of Executive (blue) taxis can be guaranteed to speak decent English and will know loads of destinations in the city - so they're more reliable too, hence the higher meter rates. You can look out for budget taxis (red/blue or red/white, or green, or purple... anything except plain blue!!) that have a big smiling yellow cartoon face sticker in the window - that means they are a "Tourism Taxi" and supposedly know lots of sites in KL and elsewhere... possibly with better English too but in my experience that's been variable...

Also worth jotting down on a thread like this that the standard starting fare when you get in a budget cab is 3rm, and if you call and book a cab (through e.g. Sunlight or Public Cabs or Supercabs or the MyTeksi app) there is a 2rm surcharge too. Any toll charges are also added on to the fare at the end of the journey.

A little off the main subject but re getting to the airport via KLIA Ekspres train from Sentral station v getting a budget cab, I think we've just about settled on the idea that KLIA Ekspres train is a better bet than budget taxi for KLIA, but taxi is a better bet for LCCT (based on living only a short journey from Sentral station):

KLIA Ekspres ticket is 35rm x2 so 70rm single journey for two people + cab fare to Sentral c. 7rm. We estimate 15 mins to Sentral, 20 mins max. buying ticket and waiting for KLIA Ekspres, 28 mins on the train to KLIA = 1 hour 5 mins tops. Budget taxis usually say they will take you to KLIA for 80rm - sure there's less hassle just sitting in a cab but the journey is still an hour by car without traffic, and I always worry about the unpredictable jams here, so KLIA Ekspres seems safest and is often under an hour if you're lucky and don't have to wait for a train (they go every 20 mins).

However, if you got the KLIA Ekspres to KLIA and then want to transfer to LCCT, you'd then have to add on 40 mins - a possible 20-minute wait for the bus to LCCT, and then 20 mins for the bus journey itself to LCCT = 2.50rm x 2 so 5rm fare (or a taxi at some extortionate fixed price) so the journey ends up 82rm but a whopping 1hr 45 mins travelling - and the LCCT bus is pretty grotty.

In contrast, budget taxis to LCCT usually charge roughly the same as they do to KLIA - 80rm, and we've done it for 70rm in a large, new people carrier that was still a budget cab. In the Arrivals Hall the counter where you buy a coupon for a pre-paid budget taxi (for 2 people with normal luggage) charges about the same - and the journey always seems to be about 1 hr 15 mins. Seeing as we always fly at unsociable hours from LCCT, we never worry about the traffic!
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I usually call Sunlight Radio taxis: 03-90571111.

You can view taxi rates here:
http://www.klia-taxi.com/contact.html
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Great info, thanks for the replies. I'll be booking a Sunlight cab or another equivalent 'budget' cab for the next KLIA/LCCT trip.
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