How to Reach Kota Kinabalu


  • By Air: Kota Kinabalu is connected to the rest of the world through its International Airport which is also Malaysia’s second busiest airport and the main gateway to Sabah. Since this airport is located 7kms away from the KK city centre, you will have to hire a taxi or board a bus to reach there.
  • By Sea: The only regular access to Kota Kinabalu by sea is from Labuan. Ferries from Labuan dock at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal which is located on the northern edge of the city centre.
  • By Bus: There are two long-distance bus terminals in KK that link the city to the other cities in Malaysia.
  • South Bus Terminal is across the road from City Park Bus Terminal and serves destinations south of Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort, Sipitang and Lawas.
  • North Bus Terminal is in Inanam, 10 km to the northeast of the city centre. This terminal serves buses going north and east of Kota Kinabalu, including Mount Kinabalu, Sandakan, Semporna and Tawau.


  • By Minivians: The best way to roam around Kota Kinabalu is to board the Minivians that operate from several stops, including Padang Merdeka Bus Station and the car park outside Milimewa Superstore. They circulate the town looking for passengers.
  • By Foot: Since most of the destinations in the city are within walking distance, Kota Kinabalu can be easily explored on foot. Certainly one of those options that can help you burn the extra calories as well!
  • By Taxi: You can also roam around the city on taxis that can be found throughout the city and at all bus stations and shopping centres.