Transportation in KK
There are many ways for getting around in the city for tourists in Kota Kinabalu which includes public as well as private transport. Though public transport is in a nascent stage in almost all the parts of Sabah, yet their availability and frequency is fine. Here are the all the ways tourists can use for getting around KK and its surroundings:
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Taxi in Kota Kinabalu
KK is packed with thousands of private taxis. Besides their easy availability, another good thing about these taxis is that they are affordable as well. Especially when someone is in hurry, taking one of these taxis rather than waiting for a public transport bus would be a wise decision. Following are the few things about taxis knowing which shall be good for travelers since these are the most used mode of transport by vacationers in KK:
- A taxi in KK has ‘Teksi’ sign on its roof. Normally they are white-on-red but nowadays can be found in other colors too.
- Most taxi drivers are reluctant about following regulations with regards to fares. However, short rides are charged around RM10 and little longer ones around RM20. Hiring a taxi for an entire day should cost somewhere around RM300.
- Fares can be negotiated.
- Rides to and from the airport are charged at fixed prices.
- In case there is an argument with the taxi driver, making a call to the authorities is of a good help.
Rent a car and self-drive
Renting a car and self-driving is another great option. Cars can be rented from car-hire counters at the airport or around the city as well. These are also quite affordable and charges can be negotiated to fetch a good deal.
These green and yellow colored buses are used for moving around the city center. Available from Wawasan Bus Terminal, they have their pre-defined routes.