Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
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 RM 5. For convenience, you could arrange an airport transfer through Skyscanner.
Airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
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 RM 20 per plate, while dining at a local restaurant may cost up to RM 40 per person.
A standard hotel room in Kota Kinabalu costs around RM 250 while a four-star hotel can cost up to RM 1,500 per night.
Minibuses and taxis dominate public transportation in Kota Kinabalu. A taxi ride within the city centre starts at RM 15, 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)
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Information accurate as of 18 April 2019.
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