Cheap Flights from Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) information

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport is a public commercial airport located in the town of Pengkalan Chepa, near the city of Kota Bharu which is the state capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. Often referred to as Kota Bharu Airport, the official name was taken from the thirteenth Sultan of Kelantan, Ismail Petra.

The Sultan Ismail Petra Airport currently has one terminal building that can support a capacity of 1.45 million passengers. The airport is relatively small, currently only serving seven domestic destinations across Malaysia. These flights are operated by full-serve airlines Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Malindo Air as well as low-cost airline, AirAsia.

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport is located approximately 19 kilometres from the city centre of Kota Bharu. A taxi ride from the city centre to the airport would take about 10 minutes of travel time and cost around MYR16-20.

Things to do in Sultan Ismail Petra Airport

The Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kota Bharu is a comparatively minor airport in Malaysia. However, the airport is still equipped with all the modern facilities and essential services needed by travellers flying from Kota Bharu. The airport offers medical services such as wheelchair services for disabled passengers, banking services such as ATMs and currency exchange, as well as porter services for passengers requiring help with their luggage.

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport also has shuttles and car rental companies available at the airport. Passengers will have some dining options including fast food restaurants and small cafes. There are also some gift shops and retail stores at the airport. As of writing, the airport currently does not offer free WiFi access throughout the terminal. However, some cafes may provide internet access.

For transiting passengers, the airport currently does not have hotels or accommodation located on airport grounds. However, there are some hotels located just minutes away from the airport. Search for hotels in Kota Bharu with Skyscanner to find the best accommodation for your trip.

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Top destinations from Sultan Ismail Petra Airport

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the largest city and federal capital of Malaysia. Often referred to as simply KL by locals, it has a unique mix of traditional culture and fast-paced modernity. This sprawling city is famous for its many cultural and contemporary wonders. Visitors to Kuala Lumpur should not miss going on the viewing deck of the Petronas Twin Towers or experience a free walking guided tour to discover cultural and natural landmarks across the city.

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport has at least nine flights from Kota Bahru to Kuala Lumpur daily. These direct flights are operated by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia.


Penang is a Malaysian island state located in the country's northwestern coast. Penang has two main areas – Penang Island where the capital city, Georgetown, is located and the Seberang Perai or Province Wellesley which is a strip of the main Peninsula. Penang is known for its excellent cuisine and multi-cultural history expressed through art and architecture. When visiting Penang, head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Zone and see the old historical area full of 19th-century buildings and stroll the streets of Penang to view the beautiful and eclectic street art.

There are two non-stop flights from Kota Bharu to Penang daily at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport. These flights are operated by Firefly. Malindo Air also offers connecting flights to Penang via Kuala Lumpur.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. Located on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is growing in popularity thanks to its nearness to Mount Kinabalu and several tropical islands and rich rainforests. When planning a trip to Kota Kinabalu, make sure to spend some time visiting the Atkinson Clock Tower and then walking uphill to the Signal Hill Observatory to get a great view of the city’s skyline.

The Sultan Ismail Petra Airport operates three direct flights from Kota Bharu to Kota Kinabalu per week operated by AirAsia. Malaysia Airlines also offers connecting flights to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur.

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