I am back in KL this week rather unexpectedly for business reasons. I always hated catching taxis here but when I was leaving a client, Janet, the lovely receptionist called a taxi for me back to my hotel. I had thought that this would be expensive but it's not at all expensive and the only difference is that the driver adds an extra RM3 to the meter charges! This saves the annoying hassle of finding a taxi near KLCC that will actually USE THE METER!
So you now have 4 taxi options in KL, which you can use in any combination:
1. Hail a taxi from the street and risk being ripped off (very very likely, especially in Bukit Bintang, KLCC or anywhere where tourists go)
2. Take one of the hotel taxis where the metered fare is roughly double that of a normal taxi
3. At main train/air terminals, buy a fixed-price taxi coupon from the taxi counter to where you want to go (wonderful idea, but you got to be near a big travel terminal)
4. Call a taxi where you will definitely get charged by the meter but it costs an extra RM 3 upfront. The taxi companies I use are 0362592020 and 0390575757. You will also need a local Malaysian mobile or landline phone contact number for them to ring back.
Oh, and the cheapest phone SIM option is TuneTalk from AirAsia. Despite all the mobile phone kiosks telling you it's difficult to recharge TuneTalk, all you have to do is simply go to one of the many MyNews kiosks. I think you can buy it from some AirAsia places (I got mine from one of the people organising my local itinerary). I only loaded RM 10 into it and it has been fine for a week!