Kota Kinabalu Airport

The Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) services the city of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia’s region of Sabah. This is the gateway city for travellers wanting to explore the jungles and deep landscapes of Borneo, where some of the most pristine landscapes of the country are hidden away.

This airport was built in World War 2 by the Japanese Army, and has grown to become one of the busiest in Malaysia, seeing over six million passengers annually. It is an important hub connecting the peninsular side of the country with East Malaysia, the less developed, and more traditionally beautiful than its sister in the west.

As of 2008, the airport has a new Terminal 1 building that has very good amenities throughout. The facilities include premium airline lounges, ATMs, foreign exchange counters, showers, and free WiFi. There are duty-free shops, as well as dining outlets that include fast food chains McDonald’s and KFC, as well as a café.

Terminal 2 is reserved for low cost carriers, such as AirAsia, TigerAir, JetStar and Cebu Pacific, though you will find that there aren’t that many facilities in this part of the airport, so you are best eating, or accessing the banking services when you arrive in the main part of town.

Carriers flying to Kota Kinabalu from Australia are Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, and Royal Brunei Airlines.

Travel Information

· The airport is only 8km from the city centre, and driving into town shouldn’t take more than about 15 minutes. Take the Jalan Kepayan, then hop on the exit towards Jalan Mat Salleh, then turn right to join that same Jalan Mat Salleh. Continue on this road, which will pass a roundabout where you take the second exit for Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, then take the first exit for Jalan Laiman Diki and you will be in Kota Kinabalu. Booking a car online is recommended, as demand for hire vehicles can be high on the island.

· There is an Airport Bus that can take you into the city, and is a bit cheaper than taking a taxi. The airport bus charges around 5MYR ($1.50) for an adult one-way ticket into Kota Kinabalu. Airport transfers are also a good option if you are coming into Kota Kinabalu in the early morning, or late evening hours.

· Grabbing a taxi into town is probably the easiest way to make your way into the centre of Kota Kinabalu. The fare is pretty good, costing approximately 30MYR ($10) for the 15 minute journey.

Please note that information is correct as of August 2016

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 Getting To & From the Airport

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From Kota Kinabalu, take Jalan Datuk Chong Thian Vun to Jalan Coastal in Pusar Bandar Kota Kinabalu. Follow Jalan Coastal and Jalan Kepayan to Jalan Cempaka. Drive to Lorong Kurau by turning left onto Jalan Cempaka and then turn left onto Lorong Kurau straight to the airport. 

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Taxi is the only form of public transportation to reach the city and the airport, vice versa. To reach the city, a coupon can be bought from the Airport Taxi counter in the middle of Arrivals that can be found on Level 1. Likewise, hailing a taxi from the city proper will bring you back to the airport. 

 Who flies to Kota Kinabalu

 Airport Contact Details

Kota Kinabalu Airport

Pengurus Lapangan Terbang,
Aras 5 Bangunan Terminal,
Lapangan Terbang Atarabangsa Kota Kin.,
88740 Kota Kinabalu,

Tel:+60 (0)88 238555


 Location Details

Longitude:116° 3' 0'' E
Latitude:5° 56' 26'' N

 Airport Location

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