Cheap Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

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Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu Flight Info

Cheapest return ticket price

US$154
Kuala Lumpur(SZB) ⇒ Kota Kinabalu(BKI)

Cheapest direct flight price

US$74
Kuala Lumpur(SZB) ⇒ Kota Kinabalu(BKI)

Peak season for travel

March
US$172

Off-season for travel

January
US$11

Price Trends for the Coming 12 Weeks

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

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    295
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  • Jan

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Cheap Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) the cheapest?

    Airlines adjust prices for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu based on the date and time of your booking. By analyzing data from all airlines, on Trip.com, you can find the lowest flight prices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • How much do flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) cost?

    According to Trip.com's data, the lowest price is around US$108.
  • How long does it take to fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)?

    It takes about 2 hours 40 minutes to fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI).
  • What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in Kota Kinabalu?

    • The distance from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to downtown is about 6km, by taxi about 20 minutes.
  • What time does the earliest flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu depart?

    The earliest flight departs from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 05:35 and arrives in Kota Kinabalu (BKI) at 08:15.
  • What time does the latest flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu depart?

    The latest flight departs from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 21:00 and arrives in Kota Kinabalu (BKI) at 23:35.
  • What are the most popular airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)?

    Airlines with flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI): AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia), Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines.
  • What's the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)?

    AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia) operates 1236 non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI).
  • How many airports are there in Kota Kinabalu (BKI)?

    There are 1 airport(s) near Kota Kinabalu (BKI): Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
  • What are some travel guidelines for Kota Kinabalu during the COVID19 pandemic?

    Entry restrictions and flight schedule changes and cancellations are frequently updated and subject to change. If you plan to travel to Kota Kinabalu, please obtain the most updated information from the airline you plan to book your travels with. You can also refer to COVID19 Country/Region Entry Restrictions for more information.
  • Which airlines offer free date changes for flights to this city during the COVID19 pandemic?

    There are no airlines with flights to this city that provide this service. Please use this information as a reference only and confirm with the airline prior to booking.
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah state and lies in east Malaysia. It is one of the major commercial and industrial centres of Malaysia, which makes it one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia. Hence is blessed with exquisite tourist spots. Also, tourism is a major industry supporting the city's economy. Inside the city, people can choose to explore delectable seafood, craft markets, museums, and some stunning lookout spots. Some nearby spots near the city will let you relish hot springs, windy river cruises, mangrove swamps, beautiful train rides, and ultimate diving experience. The city has plenty of locations to keep you busy, according to your itinerary. Be ready for a fun-filled holiday here!

Tip: December to April serves the best time to visit Kota Kinabalu.

 Arriving Kota Kinabalu

Kuala Lumpur Kota Kinabalu flight booking should be made for Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) as the destination. It is located about 8 kilometres from the city centre. There are n-number of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, flying daily.  Direct flight to Kota Kinabalu takes approximately 3 hours to reach the destination. Key airline operators on this route are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Airways, and Malindo Air Airlines.

Tip: Book your tickets in advance for a budgeted holiday in this ultimate natural beauty.

Exploring Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu offers you a variety of travel experiences. The Nature love side of you would like to take a river cruise on the Klias River and spot a range of animals. Kinabalu National Park is a must-visit on your list to witness 90 mammal species and vascular plant species. Mount Kinabalu is a sacred mountain located in this national park. Trek to the top for some picturesque views.

There are some strikingly beautiful mosques in the city, namely Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and State Mosque.

Visit the Sabah State Museum to explore the city’s history. It holds a Science and Technology Museum along with Sabah Art Gallery.

For an adventurous holiday, get into the waters of Poring Hot Springs. Go for a leisurely walk at the Tanjung Aru Beach and also try kayaking. Enjoy street foods on the beach as well. Padas River and Kiulu River provide you with adrenaline rush if you try out white water rafting here!

Tip: If you are thinking of driving around yourself, buy a detailed map from the Sabah Tourism Office.

Shoppers Hop in Kota Kinabalu

There are many shopping places in Kota Kinabalu. The weekly Gaya street market on Sundays has a large number of local vendors selling traditional ethnic souvenirs. The handicraft market on the waterfront is famous for selling handicraft items and foodstuffs. Head to the Kampung Air, the flea market for budget shopping and small souvenirs. For low priced goods, Gaya Street Sunday Market will be a great option. The market ranges from souvenirs, toys, accessories, clothes, food, etc.

Tip: Prepare yourself to walk a lot because the local markets will be crowded.

Dining in Kota Kinabalu

Some of the cuisines you will find here include Japanese, Hungarian, Malaysian, American, and the list goes on. Trying freshly caught fish would be great here as Kota Kinabalu is located near the coast. The best place to enjoy delectable seafood is on the waterfront, which houses several trendy restaurants. 

Some of the must-try dishes include Roti Cobra from Kedai Makan, Laksa from Yee Kung, and Pan Mee from Lido Pan Mee. Head to the Gaya Street to taste different varieties of local cuisines. Apart from that, you can find vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants everywhere.

Tip: Do try this local seafood of Kota Kinabalu: Beef Noodle, Laksa, Bak Kut The, and Claypot rice. 

To book a cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur, try Trip.com. It will not only help you in Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu flight booking but will also suggest you places to roam around, top markets for shopping and eating as well. Trip.com also lets you book your stay in Kota Kinabalu. Its customer rating will help you book the right hotel for yourself. Enjoy your trip to one of the most peaceful and diverse places in Malaysia!

  • Plan Your Trip from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

    Kota Kinabalu attracts thousands of visitors every year for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re taking a last-minute break or a much needed getaway, flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu on Trip.com can help you get there with ease. With Trip.com, you can browse popular airlines with flights to Kota Kinabalu, check the best season to visit, and preview Kota Kinabalu attractions before you arrive. With flight deals and exciting attractions waiting for you to explore in Kota Kinabalu, the best time to book flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is now! Planning a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is easy when you use Trip.com to help you make travel arrangements. Whether you are flying one-way, non-stop, or round-trip, you will find just the flight you need with us. If you want to lock in a great deal for your flights, go for a round-trip flight, if you need flexibility with your itinerary, book a one-way flight to Kota Kinabalu. With Trip.com, you can search for available flights and hotel rooms, and then make your booking quickly and easily online and on the go. Pack your travel accessories, make a must-see bucket list, and book your flight to Kota Kinabalu on Trip.com today!

  • A Trip to Remember (KUL—BKI)

    Make your journey from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) a trip to remember by using Trip.com to view Kota Kinabalu attractions before you arrive. Once you know what to do in Kota Kinabalu, you can reserve and book in advance for the best travel experience possible. Planning ahead is the most effective way to ensure your whole travel experience goes smoothly. Whether you need help choosing the perfect restaurant, discovering the best places to try local flavors, or finding the most stunning views in town, Trip.com is with you every step of the way for your trip to Kota Kinabalu.