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

Last updated on December 18th, 2022 at 08:20 am

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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. Click here to book online Kota Kinabalu activities and snorkeling day trips

The travel time by taxi from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is around 15 minutes. The taxi fare from Kota Kinabalu airport to city is around for 35 MYR which is $9 USD.

The cheapest way from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is by bus for 5 MYR which is only $1.5 USD. The bus travel time from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is around 25 minutes.

SIM CARD AT KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Kota Kinabalu airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Kota Kinabalu. Read here best Malaysia eSim and Malaysia sim card for tourist

You can find the cheapest Malaysian eSim with Airalo Malaysia eSim prepaid for $4.5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. For $9 USD with 3 GB data, for $13 USD with 5 GB data and for $25 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%)

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Read here how to get from Brunei airport to city center and Kuala Lumpur airport to city center

WHERE TO STAY IN KOTA KINABALU

In terms of accommodation, you can look for 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.

Book your accommodations in Malaysia through Agoda or Booking.

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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 CENTER

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

BY TAXI FROM 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 from Kota Kinabalu to city center is around 15 minutes.

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 depend on traffic and your final destination.

GRAB FROM KOTA KINABALU AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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You can get Grab like Uber in Asia for similar prices to a taxi from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center. Expect to pay around $8-10 USD and you can just download Grab App to book your ride.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM 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 are only ideal if you have the budget and 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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BEST WAY FROM KOTA KINABALU TO CITY CENTER

The best way from Kota Kinabalu airport to city center is by bus for less than $2 USD if you are on a budget and around 25 minutes travel time.

If you prefer more comfort you can go by taxi, Grab App or a private transfer great idea if you are traveling in a group or with so much luggage.

WHERE TO STAY IN KOTA KINABALU

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In terms of accommodation you can look for 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.

Book your accommodations in Malaysia through Agoda or Booking.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT MALAYSIA

Same as many Asian countries Malaysia has 2 different seasons, these are the wet and dry seasons. Since I have visited Malaysia many times and at 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 of walking and exploring the beauty of this country.

Click here to know more about the weather in Malaysia.

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 cards, you will find many ATMs all over Malaysia.

Click here to know the exact rate!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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