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Like already mentioned in the article “Kuala Lumpur – or simply ‘KL'”, I absolutely wanted to go up the KL Tower (also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur) some day and see the city from above. During our last stay we couldn’t make it and just passed the tower as we walked to the city.

Kuala Lumpur: view from the KL Tower at night

KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

Many people say that the view from up there is even better than from the viewing platform of the Petronas Towers. And the good thing is that you don’t have to wake up in the early morning to get a ticket (which is also much more expensive). So finally it was time to catch up on this during my last stopover in KL.

How to get to Kuala Lumpur

You can easily reach Kuala Lumpur by airplane. There are Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2, which are two of the largest transport hubs in Southeast Asia. From all countries of Asia as well as from Europe or the Emirates there are direct flights and flights with stopover to KL. Flights with low-cost airlines such as AirAsia arrive at the KLIA2 and flights with better airlines like Emirates, KLM etc. arrive at KLIA.

If you are looking for cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur and want to compare departure times, prices, duration of flight etc. then we recommend you Skyscanner. On the website you will find clearly all the information about your flight.

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Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur – our hotel tip

In order to best explore Kuala Lumpur, it’s important that the accommodation has a good location. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is located almost directly at one of Kuala Lumpur’s main train stations – KL Sentral. From there you can easily take long-haul trains, commuter trains and buses to almost every neighborhood/place in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia. The rooms are super modern and there is also a swimming pool.

Swimmingpool des Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Swimming pool and view of the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Check more hotels in Kuala Lumpur here.

Well, since I landed in KL in the late afternoon and the way to the tower is not the easiest, it was only possible in the late evening. The tower is located in the middle of a huge park and there is only ONE street that leads to the entry – it is at the “Jalan P Ramlee” by the way (east of the KL tower towards KLCC Park and Petronas Towers). So me and a Malay friend made an involuntary circuit around the whole park. After we asked a few people about the way, we finally arrived at the correct street at about 9.15 P.M. The viewing platform is only opened until 10.00 P.M. For the last part of the way there is a free shuttle service that we used with many thanks.

Entrance hall of the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur
Entrance hall

But being so late has its benefits as well – there is no waiting time at the ticket counter. So I bought a ticket to the Observation Deck for 49 Ringgit (as of May 2020) and a few minutes later I was already at the top.

Tip: It can get quite busy at other times of the day and there may be waiting times when buying a ticket. If you come during the day, it is worth to buy a ticket online in advance.

Floor before the elevators of the KL Tower
Floor before the elevators

The Petronas Twin Towers at night

One of the spyglasses on the Observation Deck

Information about the surrounding buildings

Nocturnal Kuala Lumpur from above

Wall with the world's highest television towers
Wall with the world’s highest television towers. Berlin is also represented!

Observation Deck in the KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur

I love it so see big cities from above – the higher and taller, the better! So the KL Tower was a mandatory visit for me and it was definitely worthwhile! I’m pretty sure it’s also interesting at daytime. And the price is only half of the price of the view from the Petronas Towers (currently RM 80).

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More hotel recommendations for Kuala Lumpur:

Kuala Lumpur: Tours and tickets

Photos: Photo 2 (hotel recommendation): Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral


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