Cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

Flight information Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

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Average flight time, total distance 1635 kilometres

2h 25min

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Kota Kinabalu

1 airport

Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is RM182. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
2h 25min is the average flight time from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.
There are 6 airlines who fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.
There are 217 flights per week flying from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, as of August.

Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, which is often referred to as KK by the locals, is the capital city of Sabah. It is served by Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) which is the second busiest airport in Malaysia. A usual Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Kota Kinabalu flight takes an average of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Travellers are required to have their passports stamped upon arrival and departure from BKI. International travellers arriving from other parts of Malaysia will be given a new visa stamp valid for the remaining period left on their original Malaysian visa. Meanwhile, Malaysian travellers may also use their MYKAD (Malaysian Identification Card) to visit Sabah but it is advisable bring along a passport.

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air are the only full service airlines that offer daily direct flights from KUL to BKI. Travellers looking for a cheap Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu flight may opt to travel with AirAsia, as it is the only low cost carrier which flies from KUL to BKI daily. AirAsia departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) from Terminal 2 and arrives at Terminal 1 in Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI).

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

There are no direct flights from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu International. Travellers are required to transit if they wish to travel from SZB to BKI.

Departure from Kuala Lumpur International to Kota Kinabalu

The cheapest way to get to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) from KL Sentral is via the use of KL Airport Coach (if travelling to KLIA) or SkyBus (if travelling to KLIA2 or LCCT KL). The journey takes roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes and will cost about RM10 to RM12 for a one-way ticket. Keep in mind that Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air depart for Kota Kinabalu from Terminal M at KLIA while AirAsia departs from Terminal 2 at KLIA2. The fastest way to get to KLIA from KL Sentral is via the use of KLIA Express train which costs RM55 per adult and RM25 per child. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is equipped with complimentary WiFi across both terminals, KLIA and KLIA2. There are also plenty of duty-free shopping and dining options at KUL. For those looking to travel between terminals, a complimentary shuttle bus is provided. In addition, prayer rooms are also available at both terminals.

Arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is located less than 10 kilometres away from the city centre. The cheapest way to get to the city is by using the Airport Bus which costs RM5 and takes about 30 minutes. Travellers can find the Airport Bus counter upon stepping out of the arrival hall in Terminal 1. Another option is to take an airport taxi which costs RM30 per taxi and fits up to four people. The journey should take around 20 minutes. Alternatively, travellers may also book a private or shared airport transfer from BKI to Kota Kinabalu city centre ahead of time.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) Information

Kota Kinabalu International is a modern albeit smaller airport compared to Kuala Lumpur International. Free WiFi is available at BKI as well as a few dining options such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, Old Town White Coffee, and Dunkin Donuts. For those looking for accommodation within the airport, Napzone KKIA by Sovotel is a capsule hotel located at the arrival hall. Travellers may also find other hotels close by such as Megah D'aru Hotel, The Crown Borneo Hotel, and C’haya Hotel.

Kota Kinabalu Recommendations

There are many things to do and sights to see in Kota Kinabalu. The North Borneo Railway proves to be a unique experience as tourists will be able to experience a four hour trip aboard a British Vulcan steam locomotive. Other attractions include Mari Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, and Tanjung Aru Beach to catch sunsets.

Sabah is famed for its seafood. So, be sure to enjoy a meal when you’re there. For those looking for delicious seafood, Welcome Seafood Restaurant is a popular destination for seafood lovers. Other highly rated restaurants are Kedai Makan Islamic Restaurant famed for its Roti Cobra (roti canai topped with a sunny side up egg, vegetables, meat, and curry), and Kedai Kopi Yee Fung for its Laksa.

Useful Kota Kinabalu Travel Information

What is the time difference between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu?

There is no time difference between Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.

What is the weather like in Kota Kinabalu?

Tropical Monsoon Climate with temperatures ranging from 23 - 32 degrees Celsius.

What is the currency and exchange rate for Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit as its currency.

What is the average cost of a hotel room in Kota Kinabalu?

The average room rate in Kota Kinabalu ranges from RM100 to RM500

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Information is accurate as of 19 September 2018

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