In step with the global rise in interest in motor sports, Malaysia now has a challenging Formula 1 circuit just outside the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.
The Sepang F1 Circuit has a double-frontage grand stand for 30,000 spectators and natural stands that are able to accommodate 100,000 spectators. Since it first played host to Formula 1 in 1999, the Sepang Circuit has become one of the most popular circuits among the F1 drivers.
The course, covering an impressive 5.542km circuit, features 15 turns and 8 straights. The Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix brings the world’s best drivers together on this circuit.
Do bring plenty of sunblock and a hat.
How to get there
By Bus or Taxi
You can catch the Airport Coach bus service that departs from Jalan Duta Bus Station to KLIA. From KLIA, you can get a transfer to Sepang International Circuit via Taxi or Sepang Omni-bus. Alternatively, get the bus from Sentral Station to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) near KLIA. This service can drop you right in front of Sepang.
From Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral Station, take a Komuter Train to Nilai or the ERL (Express Rail Link) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). From Nilai and KLIA, you can catch a taxi or the Sepang Omnibus to take you to this circuit, 10 minutes from KLIA.
From Kuala Lumpur (KL), take the North-South Highway towards the KLIA Interchange. It takes roughly 45 minutes to get to the circuit from KL. Once you pay the toll, take the first left exit from the highway. A mosque will be on your left. You will then reach a round-about, through which you go straight. Then take the first left exit after the first traffic lights (about 8km). From there on, you will find ample signs to take you to the circuit.
Kuala Lumpur – your base for this destination – offers a full range of accommodation, from basic backpacker’s hostels to 5-star hotels. The KLIA Pan Pacific is 10 minutes away.