Getting around in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the gateway to Sabah. Local and regional carriers like Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Asiana fly in from international cities like Jakarta, Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.

From there, buses, taxis and minivans take you to the town centre 10 minutes away.

Getting to Kota Kinabalu by boat is possible from the Malaysian Federal Territory of Labuan. There are daily ferries that that will arrive into Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. The journey takes 3 hours from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu. This ferry also goes to Brunei.

Kota Kinabalu is accessible by road along the Pan Borneo Highway that connects Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei. This stretch forms part of the Borneo Overland Trail. There are regular coaches from Lawas (4 hours) and Miri (10 hours) in Sarawak to Kota Kinabalu.

By Bus
Kota Kinabalu has green and yellow city buses that depart from Wawasan Bus Terminal, just opposite Wawasan Plaza in the town centre. There are four routes that circle the city centre. Buses are frequent, cheap and relatively comfortable.

By Car
Driving around Kota Kinabalu is a pleasant way to the see the city, especially if you are planning a few day trips further afield. Car rental companies can be found at Kota Kinabalu International Airport or in the town centre, and renting a 4WD (which is a popular mode of transport in this part of the world) can be cost-effective.

By Taxi
Taxis are a great way of getting around Kota Kinabalu on short journeys, and are readily available at the airport, hotels, the main bus station opposite Wawasan Plaza and in the town centre. Most taxis are unmetered, so remember to agree on a price before hopping in.

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