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11. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y


Kuala Lumpur is very modern and inviting - but out of town (I had to take a bus, than train and taxi).

There is a dedicated express train service (KLIA Express) from the city centre (KL Central Station) direct to the airport. The 35 Malaysian Ringgit (US$10) journey takes only 28 minutes, as opposed to the almost one hour taxi or bus ride.

You can also check-in from the KL Central Station (City Air Terminal) in the city centre if you are boarding any Malaysian Airlines, Brunei Airlines or Cathay Pacific flights.

From KL Central Station, you have access to the city subway/metro (Putra LRT), inter-city train (KTM), and taxi services.


12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

We live an equal distance from Chicago's O'Hare and Milwaukee's General Mitchell. We really like Milwaukee's - no crowds, cheaper parking, quick passage through security and the flight prices are usually cheaper than Chicago too.

Worst is Miami. Quite over-crowded, security hell, and just all-around unpleasant atmosphere.

13. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

I absolutely detest Chicago O'Hare. But it is one of the two major airports closest to me so maybe it is a case of familiarity bredding content.

I have been to maybe a dozen airports in the states, whereas in my home continent Europe I have only used the 3 main London airports, Bern, Basel and Zurich in Switzerland, and departed from Munich. So I can't tell much about European ones.

The most efficient airport is undoubtedly Atlanta. From handing over the keys of a rental car to sitting at the gate, it took me just 46 minutes.

A lot of airports need to learn the following:

- Suitable notification of delays, both broadcast efforts and timing
- Suitable signs. Pay a new or inexperienced visitor to the airport to take regular paths from arrival gate to baggage claim etc., and see if they get lost. A lot of airports are great once you know them, but for the first time visitor they are a maze. I stood waiting at the arrival area at O'Hare and pointed maybe 100 people to the baggage claim in the space of half an hour. The signs are there, but too far from the arrival gate to be of any use. This is typical in most airports.

14. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

"familiarity bredding content"

arrrrg where's the edit feature???

familiarity bredding conteMPt.

15. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Singapore is without doubt the best in my book.

Whereas i wouldn't describe Phnom Penh as the worst, we had a delayed flight there and all the staff (and the departures board) seemed to insist at any time of asking the plane was delayed for 30 minutes. This went on for about 5 hours. When the plane was eventually ready it was like the start of wacky races trying to get on board

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I've only ever connected through LAX twice, but coming back from overseas to connect home was a nightmare. They had 3 customs agents for U.S. citizens and just one for everyone else - and we outnumbered the U.S. by a longshot.

Then we had to wait over here, no over here, oh no, over here - and they kept cutting the line in two and then merging it back into one again, sending everyone in the middle of the line to the back. It was unbelievably long and frustrating. Very disorganized. Plus everyone who worked there looked like they'd been zapped of almost every last ounce of energy.

17. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

Uhm,well I haven't been to this airport but I've so much bad stuff about it that it must be the worst airport in Europe!The airport in Frankfurt!They say that it's sooooo BIG and you might get lost there even more than once!Many children has lost their parents while in airport!Second worst airport price goes to LAX!!!I waited 2 hours to get into the plain!!!!!!!Insane!!

The nicest..well I liked Sydney airport in Australia.

18. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

As a non-flyer, i obvious can't comment on the full airport experience, although i've been in enough to collect/see off people, or as somewhere to crash for the night!

Having said that, the one which everybody i know seems to agree is the worst to go through is Miami. This is one of America (and the worlds) leading INTERNATIONAL airports, yet i know of people from several countries who have been taken into cells and interrogated as terrorists etc, simple because the immigration didn't recognise the country name on the from of the passport and thought it was a made up country. And whilst i can accept that not every official will know of every country, you would have thought Norway, Belgium and Switzerland were all at least relatively well known and safe...

From what i've heard, they are also bad at not loosing luggage, but checking through it and repacking stuff into the wrong bags (last month, my best friend managed to aquired a number of thongs, 3 non matching shoes and a koran (!!!), somewhere between checking in at Miami and arriving in Frankfurt. His girlfriend was not amused)

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting BritHockey

"familiarity bredding content"

arrrrg where's the edit feature???

familiarity bredding conteMPt.

Say what ? breEding

20. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y