Getting to Kota Kinabalu

For anyone who is planning a vacation to Kota Kinabalu or travel there for business, information on how to get there is of supreme importance. There really is only one goot way of getting to Kota Kinabalu, by air.

Kota Kinabalu Airport

Travelling by air is by far the best way to reach Kota Kinabalu. There are many airlines operating from flights from different parts of the world to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Some of them are Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Malaysian Airlines or AirAsia. One can find direct flights from many international destinations to KK such as Hong Kong, Jakarta, Bali, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Manila, Perth to name a few.

While if flights from any particular part of the world from where tourists wish to arrive to KK are not available, then first taking a flight to Kuala Lampur and thereafter from KL to KK is the best possible way.

About KK International Airport

The airport at KK is the second busiest airport of Malaysia. It is also the main gateway to all the Sabahan cities and towns. The airport has two terminals, namely T1 and T2. T1 handles full-service airlines while budget airlines operate through T2. People are advised to make use of shuttle buses plying on the airport to move from one terminal to another since the two are quite far apart. The tickets to these buses can be bought for RM5 from the counters. Both terminals are furnished with an ATM and currency exchange facility but tourists are advised to carry Malaysian Ringgit with them even before arrival. This is because they would need money to be paid for taking a taxi or bus and also because currency exchange at the airport is extremely expensive.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Situated at a distance of about 11 km from the city center, the airport is easy accessible from all parts of the town. Travelers after landing at the airport, desirous of moving to the city center can take airport shuttle buses. These buses take passengers to all parts of the city and the travel is quite comfortable. Another option available with travelers is taxis. This includes private as well as shared taxis that can be conveniently found outside the airport.


Getting to Kota Kinabalu by Ferry

The only way of reaching Kota Kinabalu by sea is through Labuan. Two ferries ply from Labuan to KK every day, the first one starting at 8:30 a.m. and the second one at 1:00 p.m. The journey takes 3 hours to complete and drops travelers at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal which lies in the northern part of the city center.