The train ride between KL Sentral and KLIA/KLIA2 is set to cost more come January 1. Express Rail Link (ERL), the operator of the rail service, has announced that its fares will be increased for the first time since it began operations 14 years ago.

From January 1 next year, the fare for a one-way trip on the KLIA Express will be RM55, an increase of RM20 from the current fare. The revision was approved by the government through the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in accordance with Section 120 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010.

Despite the hike, ERL CEO Noormah Mohd Noor said the new fare is still a discounted rate, as ERL has been authorised to revise the fare to RM64 based on the terms of the concession agreement. The company added that KLIA Ekspres still offers the lowest airport rail transfer fare in the world.

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“We structured our new fares with our customers in mind. We recognise that the rising cost of living is a challenge, and are working on ways to make more fare options available to our passengers,” she said in a press statement regarding the fare increase.

“We will continue to find ways to reduce the impact without compromising our service and safety standards, and give passengers new options to reduce their costs when they travel. We are working with our partners such as MasterCard to offer attractive discounts. For example, passengers travelling to the airport on KLIA Ekspres can pay as low as RM40 per trip, which is only RM5 more than the old fare of RM35,” she added.

Discounts of up to 20% will be available when using certain credit cards, and ERL is in discussion to expand the list. Passengers are also encouraged to buy their tickets online through the mobile app and from ERL’s kiosks, enjoying 10% off the fare by doing so.

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Meanwhile, Touch ‘n Go card users will save 10% during the promotion period, and travellers can also save RM10 by purchasing return tickets between KL Sentral and the airport.

As for daily commuters on the KLIA Transit, a new 44-trip Monthly TravelCard will be offered to ensure that they can commute to work daily, while keeping the increase to a minimum. TravelCard users will enjoy discounts of 17% – 83%, with an average discount of 45%. Senior citizens and disabled persons will continue to receive discounts of 30% on one-way fares on the KLIA Transit.

The concessionaire added that by May next year, six new trains will be progressively delivered, which will increase ERL’s capacity by 50%.