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Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabulu

Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

  • Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is 1,635 km
  • RM195 was the cheapest return price from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu last month
  • The most popular airline flying from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu last month was AirAsia
  • The average flight time from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is 2h 30min
  • 3 airlines fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
  • There are 168 flights a week from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

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Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabulu

Travellers may fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and experience this island haven of Malaysia. From central Kuala Lumpur, travellers may use the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and enjoy at least 23 flights every day at their disposal. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport provides regular scheduled flights to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, with several airlines to choose from. These airlines include Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Malindo Air. All of the airlines as mentioned provide daily flights to the airport, with varying frequencies depending on the day of the week. Air Asia has 13 flights to Kota Kinabalu daily via the Kota Kinabalu Airport; earliest flights leave at 6:30 in the morning, while the last flight leaves Kuala Lumpur at 9:25 in the evening. Meanwhile, Malindo Air provides two flights to Kota Kinabalu daily, with the earliest flight leaving at around 7:00 in the morning and the second and last flight leaving at 12:45 in the afternoon. Finally, Malaysia Airlines has at least 10 flights through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport going to Kota Kinabalu daily, with the earliest flight out of the capital's airport leaving at 7:00 in the morning and the last flight leaving as late as 10:10 in the evening. Note that all the above-mentioned flights are direct by nature and are subject to change depending on various factors (weather conditions, prevailing societal conditions, air traffic, and others). Travellers may also catch connecting flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, through airlines such as Malaysia, Royal Brunei Airlines, SilkAir and Air Asia. Connecting flights usually has one to two stops, but sometimes, it reaches at least three stops before finally landing to the desired destination. Stops are determined by the route that the aircraft will take, and this is set by respective airlines.

Terminal Information

Travellers leaving for Kota Kinabalu from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport may be using the main terminal building, or sometimes called MTB, and the klia2, or the low-cost terminal of the airport. The airport terminal to be used will be determined by the passenger's airline of preference; Malaysia Airlines flights leave through the MTB, while Air Asia and Malindo Air flights leave through the klia2. Both the MTB and the klia2 have state-of-the-art-facilities, including, but not limited to, integrated check-in kiosks, spacious waiting areas and lounges, retail and other commercial outlets, inter-terminal connections, and ground transport to and from the city of Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, upon arrival to Kota Kinabalu, travellers will be welcomed to the two terminals of the airport. If flying via Malindo Air or Malaysia Airlines, travellers will land at Terminal 1, known as the main terminal of the Kota Kinabalu Airprot. Terminal 1 is retrofit with 64 check-in counters, which can accommodate nine million passengers annually, in addition to more than 30 immigration counters, six baggage carousels, nine aerobridges, and many others. It also houses several fast-food stalls and cafes. If flying through AirAsia, travellers will be using Terminal 2, which is the original terminal building of the airport. Both terminals are connected by ground transport to central Kota Kinabalu.

Practical Information

For Malaysian nationals travelling the route from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, simply prepare necessary travel documents as required by local travel authorities. Picture IDs, proof of nationality, and flight confirmation details are the most essential ones. Further, international passengers are advised to note of any additional requirements when travelling the domestic route, including visa requirements, booking or flight confirmation, passport and valid picture IDs, as such.

What to expect in Kota Kinabulu

Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu are set in the same time zone, which means that there is no time difference between the two areas in Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu's weather is also in-tune with main Kuala Lumpur, with average temperatures ranging from 22.9 degrees Celsius up to 31.4 degrees Celsius. Although at some point, Kuala Lumpur heat rises to 38.0-38.5 degrees Celsius, it is relatively the same to Kota Kinabalu’s. And while relatively, prices in Kota Kinabalu are almost the same to Kuala Lumpur prices, travellers should still prepare for a little extra – as some products and services are priced at least 1-10 percent more in Kota Kinabalu.

This information is correct as of June 2015. Information as stated on this page are retrieved in June 2015.


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