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On a trip between London and Sydney/Brisbane, we have a 4-5 hour stopover (between scheduled departure and arrival) at KL in each direction. We're travelling economy class on Malaysia Airlines.

I would guess that we won't have time to leave the airport; I'd be interested in any information about the sort of facilities we might find to kill a few hours (as well as knowing how long the baggage/immigration etc might take). I wouldn't mind spending a modest amount on lounges, for example, but which ones are good there (and would be convenient for our circumstances)? We are infrequent travellers, so anything subscription based is probably not suitable.

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are you going to be at the LCCT or the main airport? –  freethinker Aug 26 '11 at 12:27
    
@freethinker: AFAIK, Malaysia Airlines doesn't fly to LCCT for long distance flights, they use the main KLIA terminal. –  Ankur Banerjee Aug 26 '11 at 13:47
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I've used the Plaza Premium Lounge in KUL before. You can book with them directly, but if you search around online there are various websites that sell access, and you'd probably be looking at about $30/person.

In terms of the lounge, it was ok but nothing stunning. There are showers available (they'll lend you a towel), but they weren't in great condition (think slightly run-down hotel rather than a high-end airport lounge), though it's enough to let you get clean and refreshed! There was some food available, but not a great choice, and some drinks. Free fast wifi though, newspapers and magazines, and fairly nice chairs. For me it was worth the discounted price I'd paid, but not the full price. If you have any fancy credit cards it's worth checking with the issuer in advance, as some will include access to the lounge (the people in front of me in the queue had free access with their platinum card for example)

I don't believe there are any other pay-for lounges there - the rest tend to be airline ones reserved for their frequent travellers and business/first passengers.

That said, KUL is a very nice airport to just wait around in. On the upper level they have 4 areas where you can sit to watch TV, they have free wifi, they have a small tropical garden in the centre of the airport, and everyone's really nice. Depending on the flight times, you might find you only want a lounge (for a shower and some food) in one direction, and in the other just relaxing in the airport itself will be fine.

4-5 hours is possibly too tight to make it into the city and back (I've not tried it though!), hopefully someone else can comment on that!

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Gagravarr's answer pretty much covers lounge options and KLIA. I agree there isn't a whole lot you can do at the airport itself. If you want to just relax at a cafe and grab a bite, I would suggest going to the Old Town White Coffee outlet; the coffee, food, and atmosphere at Old Town is quite good for a chain.

It's definitely possible to get to KL City and back in slightly over an hour if you take KLIA Ekspres, but the question remains what you could possibly see in that time. The express train from the airport connects to KL Sentral railway station where all other lines pass through, but getting from there to any must-see attraction will also take time. To get from KL Sentral to KLCC station where Petronas Towers is, for instance, (KL City Centre) takes about 30-40 minutes for a return journey. In all, I'd say it might be hectic to go to city proper and see something in the time you have at hand.

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