Flight tickets to Kota Kinabalu | Skyscanner Malaysia

Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), Malaysia

One of the largest airports in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) is situated 8 km southwest of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah. It was formerly used as a military airfield during World War II.

The airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 serves both domestic and international flights while Terminal 2 handles the low-cost carriers and cargo planes. Both terminals are not connected; it’s a 20-minute ride via a transfer vehicle to get from one terminal to the other.

There are various transportation options available such as taxis and minibuses to get from the airport to the city. The airport shuttle buses would be the cheapest option at just RM5. For convenience, you could arrange an airport transfer through Skyscanner.

Airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

There are a lot of cheap flights to KK. Airlines that offer competitive prices include AirAsia, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines.

Travelling to Kota Kinabalu

Best time to visit Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is hot and humid all year round, with an average high of 30 degrees Celsius. Like the rest of Malaysia, the city has two seasons: the dry season and wet season.

The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu is from November to March when the precipitation level is low and the weather is slightly less hot than the average. Meanwhile, September and October see the heaviest rainfall, which is why travellers tend to avoid these months.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

The biggest city in the state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is fast rising in popularity as a vacation destination, partly because it has the best shopping spots in the region. It is also home to coastal views that are best enjoyed from Tanjung Aru Beach. On top of that, Kota Kinabalu is the hop-off point to Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Borneo, as well as Manukan Island which is famous for its stunning seascape and snorkeling spots.

Kota Kinabalu travel budget

Kota Kinabalu uses the Ringgit as its currency.

The food price in Kota Kinabalu is not very different from any other city in Malaysia. A decent meal at a roadside stall or food centre costs around RM20 per plate, while dining at a local restaurant may cost up to RM40 per person.

A standard hotel room in Kota Kinabalu costs around RM250 while a four-star hotel can cost up to RM1,500 per night.

Minibuses and taxis dominate public transportation in Kota Kinabalu. A taxi ride within the city centre starts at RM15, and you may have to bargain for a fair price. For explorations out of the city, such as to Beaufort or Tenom, the North Borneo Railway would provide a nostalgic ride. If you’d like to travel with more freedom, arrange a value-for-money car rental in Kota Kinabalu with Skyscanner.

How to find cheap air tickets to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) on Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search engine helping over 80 million travellers each month find cheap flights across millions of routes and thousands of partners such as AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.

If you are new to Skyscanner, welcome! We are here to help you find cheap air tickets with ease.

Not sure when to visit Kota Kinabalu? Try the Cheapest Month feature to identify the cheapest month for flying to Kota Kinabalu.

Not sure if you've found the best price? Set up a Price Alert for your KK flights and get alerted when the price changes so you can book when the price is low.

Information accurate as of 18 April 2019.

Flexible where you fly? Search nearby airports for bigger savings.

Airports near Kota Kinabalu

Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu.
Delta, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, MASwings, KLM, SilkAir and Cebu Pacific all fly direct to Kota Kinabalu.
The cheapest month to fly to Kota Kinabalu is February.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.