How To Get From Kota Kinabalu Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

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We will write how to get from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center. The distance from Kota Kinabalu Airport to downtown is 8 kilometers and the travel time from Kota Kinabalu airport to city is around 15 minutes by taxi and 35 MYR which is $9 USD.

The cheapest way from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is by bus around 25 minutes for 5 MYR which is only $1.5 USD. Read here Malaysia sim card for tourist, how to get from Brunei airport to city center and Kuala Lumpur airport to city center.

KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

BUS KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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There are buses leaving from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center running every 30 minutes starting from 7 am until 8 30 pm. The bus fare is 5 MYR which is $1.5 USD for one way ticket for adults and 3 MYR for children.

The total travel time from Sabah airport to city center is 25 minutes and the final stop is Padang Merdeka Bus Terminal. The bus is also stopping at Horizon Hotel and Center Point. You can buy tickets to the bus driver make sure you are bringing cash and local currency.

MINIVAN KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY

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There are also minivans from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center. The Minivan Number 17 is going from the airport to city center. Just in case you miss the bus you can get this transportation which is faster.

BY TAXI KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Sabah airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 15 minutes and the taxi fare from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is 35 MYR which is $9 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Prices are around €16 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €4 per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

WHERE TO STAY IN KOTA KINABALU

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In terms of accommodation you can look for an accommodation for as low as $10-20 USD for a room or even less if you decide to sleep in a dorm. If you want to try mid-range accommodation you can find one ranging from $20-40.

The daily rate of your accommodation will depend on how you want to. You can also try AirBnb if you are going for a more authentic feels in your stay at the country.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT MALAYSIA

Same as many Asian country Malaysia has 2 different season, these are the wet and dry season. Since I have visited Malaysia many times and different months of the year, I would tell you that there would be a chance of rain any time of the year. But the months of November to March is the wet season in Malaysia.

The dry season would be in the months of April to October. And I would suggest that the best time to visit Malaysia is the months of April to October because of the reason that all your itinerary will consist walking and exploring the beauty of this country.

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CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE IN MALAYSIA

The currency of Malaysia is called Malaysian Ringgit and this is the money you will use while you travel around the country. And the exchange rate is $1= 4.25 RM. Also if you are bringing debit card, you will find many ATM’s all over Malaysia.

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Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!