Cheap flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu

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Flight information Penang to Kota Kinabalu

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Average flight time, total distance 1749 kilometres

2h 45min

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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 Penang to Kota Kinabalu is RM260. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
2h 45min is the average flight time from Penang to Kota Kinabalu.
There is one airline that flies direct from Penang to Kota Kinabalu.
As of October, there are 15 flights per week flying from Penang to Kota Kinabalu.

Flying from Penang to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah in East Malaysia with a population of almost 500,000 people. The city is served by one airport, the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI). The flight time from Penang to Kota Kinabalu takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Airlines that fly from Penang International Airport (PEN) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Travellers searching for cheap flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu can travel with AirAsia, the only direct flight available on this route. There are no other airlines serving a direct route from Penang to Kota Kinabalu.

Departure from Penang International Airport

There are two options of getting to the Penang airport for your Penang to Kota Kinabalu flight. The easiest and most convenient way is using a public taxi or private airport transfer from Skyscanner. The average taxi fare will cost RM40 from George Town, RM80 from Batu Ferringhi and should take approximately 30 - 45 minutes.

The other option is to take the Rapid Penang bus service from Komtar Shopping Centre in George Town with a direct route to the airport. The bus fare will cost RM3 with a minimum journey time of 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Penang International Airport information

Although the Penang airport is considered small in size, it is the third busiest airport in Malaysia. With a small airport, comes limited dining and shopping options for travellers to enjoy while waiting for their flight from Penang to Kota Kinabalu. Travellers are recommended to eat before heading to the airport. Complimentary WiFi is offered in most public areas at the airport with a prayer room available if required.

Arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu airport is located 9km from Kota Kinabalu city centre. The only way to get to Kota Kinabalu city centre from the airport is via a public taxi or a private airport transfer from Skyscanner. The taxi fare will cost a minimum of RM30 depending on your drop-off location and will take around 15 minutes depending on the traffic conditions when you arrive from Penang to Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) Information

There is only one terminal in Kota Kinabalu airport serving both domestic and international flights. Complimentary WiFi is available for passengers to use upon arrival. Travellers should take note that the only 24-hour dining option in the airport is McDonalds.

Kota Kinabalu Recommendations

Once you have booked your cheap flight from Penang to Kota Kinabalu, some of the must-see attractions in Kota Kinabalu include Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Mount Kinabalu, Atkinson Clock Tower, Poring, Signal Hill Observatory Tower and the Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Kota Kinabalu is also known for its beautiful islands just off the town’s coast that can be reached via a boat. The boat ticket can be bought from Jesselton Point. Some of the top islands to visit when in Kota Kinabalu are Manukan Island, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Mamutik Island, Sapi Island and Sulug Island.

Useful Kota Kinabalu Travel Information

What is the time difference between Penang and Kota Kinabalu?

There is no time difference between Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

What is the weather like in Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu has an average temperature of 31°c with June - November being their rainy season.

What is the currency and exchange rate for Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu uses the Malaysian Ringgit (RM).

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

An average room rate in Kota Kinabalu ranges between RM200 - RM500 per night. Skyscanner can also help you compare the best hotel room promos in Kota Kinabalu!

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Information is accurate as of 19 October 2018

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