Kota Kinabalu Airport

General information

Kota Kinabalu is a large city in Sabah on the island of Borneo. The city is also called KK, like Kuala Lumpur that is known as KL. The airport is located south of the city in Tanjung Aru. The city of Kota Kinabalu is relatively little visited by international tourists, unlike popular places such as Mount Kinabalu (climbing and orangutans) and Semporna Archipelago (diving and relaxing). For nature lovers, there is plenty to see around Kota Kinabalu, not just beautiful beaches.


Where is Kota Kinabalu Airport situated?

The airport is located south of Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Kepayan road connects both places.

How many terminals does Kota Kinabalu Airport have?

The airport has two terminals, but only Terminal 1 handles passenger flights. Since December 2015, Terminal 2 is only used for cargo flights and General Aviation. T1 is a modern terminal consisting of three floors. The Arrivals hall is located on the ground floor, the check-in desks and Departures hall (Domestic / International) on the second floor.

Airport Map



The distance from Kota Kinabalu Airport to the centre of Kota Kinabalu is 8 kilometres. By car, it takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Kota Kinabalu.

From BKI Airport to Kota Kinabalu City centre by Car
8 km
15 min

Travel by car

Public transport

Unfortunately, there are no public transport possibilities at this airport. Check out our transportation page for other ways to travel from the airport to the city.

Bus services

You can also choose for an airport express bus service at Kota Kinabalu Airport. Learn more about your travel options, travel time and where to buy tickets.

Bus services

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Kota Kinabalu Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Kota Kinabalu is about MYR 30.-. Book your taxi at Kota Kinabalu Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From BKI Airport to Kota Kinabalu City centre by Taxi
8 km
15 min
MYR 30.-

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Car rental

At Kota Kinabalu Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Europcar, Hertz and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Kota Kinabalu Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

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At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Kota Kinabalu Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Kota Kinabalu Airport.



Departures and arrivals

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Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Kota Kinabalu Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Kota Kinabalu Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • AirAsia
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Malindo Air
  • Scoot
  • Jeju Air


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Kota Kinabalu Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Sovotel @ Napzone KKIA, Kota Kinabalu

7 km from Filipino Market Sabah, Napzone KKIA by Sovotel is situated in Kota Kinabalu and provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. 5 km from Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village, the property is also 6 km away from Imago Shopping Mall.


BULATAN Hostel, Tanjong Aru

Situated in Tanjong Aru, 4.4 km from Filipino Market Sabah, BULATAN Hostel features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant.


Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu

Boasting 6 dining options, an exclusive Chi, The Spa and an outdoor pool with water jets, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Kota Kinabalu offers luxury beachfront accommodation in Tanjung Aru.

Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Looking for the best hotels in Kota Kinabalu? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Stanton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Located in Kota Kinabalu and within 2.4 km of Filipino Market Sabah, Stanton Hotel features a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service. The hotel has family rooms.


The Aru Hotel at Aru Suites, Kota Kinabalu

Situated in Kota Kinabalu, 1.5 km from Tanjung Aru Beach, The Aru Hotel at Aru Suites features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking and a fitness centre.


Qlio Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Qlio Hotel offers accommodations in Kota Kinabalu. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel is 3 minutes walk away from Wisma Merdeka and 8 minutes walk away from Suria Sabah. Gaya Street Sunday Market is a 5 minute walk away.

Things to do

It is possible to book activities in the city and near Kota Kinabalu Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Full-Day Snorkeling Adventure from Kota Kinabalu

Snorkel the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu and see a host of colorful reef fish and coral gardens. Chill out on sandy beaches, and relax over a full a la carte lunch at an island café.


Borneo 3-Dive Scuba Diving Day Trip in Kota Kinabalu

Join a relaxing 3-dive scuba diving tour in the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park off the Borneo coast. Whether you are an experienced diver or a newbie, the rich variety of vibrant corals and fish in Malaysia will amaze you.


Borneo Full Day Try Dive (2 Dives) for Beginners

Always wanted to try scuba diving? Then take the plunge with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience in the tropical waters and exotic sea life off the Borneo coast. Enjoy 2 dives along stunning coral reefs in a relaxed and informative atmosphere.


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