Flight tickets, accommodation bookings and meals aside, transportation costs weigh heavily on the traveller too. Many would know that travelling to the airport from home tends to cost a lot. Generally, the fees could hike up to almost RM100, if not more, depending on the starting point.
Fortunately, there are a few options available to to Kuala Lumpur residents: the dirt-cheap bus from KL Sentral; the KLIA Ekspres, existing ride-sharing apps Uber and Grab, which already offer provide competitive prices to the airport.
But a new challenger has entered the fold: Airport2u.com, a new Malaysian-made app made specifically to tackle the issue of transportation costs to the airport. It is the brainchild of Apriman Darlis and Lee Kong Yew. Recently making its debut, the app has already claimed to be much lower in price than competing apps, because the car picks up multiple passengers (with a maximum of three per car) from a given point.
VulcanPost decided to pit all three ride-sharing apps together to see which is the cheapest of them all, and if Airport2u.com can really live up to its promise of being the ‘cheapest way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport’.
Since Grab’s GrabCar (Economy) offers the same rate from various locations in Klang Valley to KLIA, which is RM90, we choose the Budget Taxi option instead to compare with Uber and Airport2u.com.
Airport2u.com currently provides pickup times at 4am, 6am, 8am, 11am, 2pm and 5pm, and as prices differ between time slots, we chose the most expensive time slot at 4am, as a means of comparison. It’s also important to consider that Airport2u.com users must book seven days in advance to guarantee a place; booking one to six days in advance may be possible but it’s not guaranteed.
1. Paradigm Mall to KLIA 1
Image Credit: Uber/Grab/Airport2u.com
Airport2u.com provides a price reduction of at least RM33 as compared to Uber and Grab, for passengers from Paradigm Mall. Whilst Uber’s lowest price possible is RM83, and Grab’s at RM67, Airport2u.com offers a deal at RM49.35 for the commute.
2. DPULZE Shopping Centre to KLIA 1
Airport2u.com competes against Uber’s pricing for the commute from DPULZE Shopping Centre in Cyberjaya and the plus point is that whilst the price may vary slightly with Uber, Airport2u.com’s price is at a fixed RM27. Meanwhile, competitor, Grab’s price may even go up to RM55.
3. Berjaya Times Square to KLIA 1
Airport2u.com provides a price reduction of at least RM25 as compared to Uber and Grab, for passengers from Berjaya Times Square. Whilst Uber’s lowest price possible is RM87, and Grab’s at RM77, Airport2u.com offers a deal at RM52.35 for the commute.
4. The Curve to KLIA 1
Airport2u.com provides a price reduction of at least RM30 as compared to Uber and Grab, for passengers from The Curve. Whilst Uber’s lowest price possible is RM82, and Grab’s at RM83, Airport2u.com offers a deal at RM52.35 for the commute.
A cheaper alternative
The conventional way to travel from home or a destination, to the airport has been ride-sharing apps, a cab, or hitching a ride from a friend. With Airport2u.com, passengers will be able to ride any one of the 35 MPVs currently attached to the service.
Whilst the app is only available on Android for the moment, they also have a website in which users can make their bookings from, so as to have a hassle-free experience.
Personally I’m surprised about the rates offered by this new service. I messaged Airport2u.com on their Facebook page and they’ve confirmed that the rates mentioned on their page are net and is inclusive of any toll charges. They promptly replied:
“No extra hidden charges. Passenger pay only fares as displayed. Not a single cent more.”
So what’s the catch – do we have to tip the drivers? Airport2u.com told Vulcan Post that that is a personal choice that’s up to the rider, it’s not compulsory as it differs based on the culture of the rider. In some cultures, they explained, tipping is part of their etiquette, whereas to others, it isn’t a practice that is necessary. Thus they leave that choice up to the riders themselves.