Sabah is well-connected domestically and internationally. The main gateway to Sabah is the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) situated about 20 minutes away from the city. Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia provide daily direct flights to Sabah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city.
Internationally, Sabah is accessible from Brunei Darussalam, China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and South Korea. The flights that operate here include Silk Air, Cathay Pacific, Royal Brunei Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, China Southern, Dragonair, Rayani Air, MASwings, FireFly, Indonesia AirAsia and Malindo Air. Visitors from Australia can also arrive in Sabah via Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines also has direct domestic flights to Kota Kinabalu from Johor Bahru, Kuching, Sibu, and Miri, with in-state service to Sandakan and other towns. AirAsia has direct domestic flights from Johor Bahru.
Visitors from Labuan, Indonesia and Philippines can arrive in Sabah by sea. Ferry terminals and immigration checkpoints are situated at Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau. The Sutera Harbour Marina in Kota Kinabalu welcomes foreign guests who wish to berth their yachts in comfort and convenience. Vessels are required to do port clearance before their crew is allowed ashore.
Overland travel between Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Brunei Darussalam is possible via the Trans Borneo Highway. However, visitors are advised to be prepared for long journeys. Those who are intending to self-drive should plan their routes and rest stops.
Sabah has international air links to major destinations in East Asia and Australia. All international arrivals and departures are directed to Kota Kinabalu, the Capital City of Sabah. Most international air links from Europe and America can be connected through major cities in the South East Asia region such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Manila and Bandar Seri Begawan.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the gate way to Sabah. Located 7km from the city of Kota Kinabalu. The only mode of public transport from the Airport is by taxi. Journey from the airport to the city is controlled where only airport taxis are allowed to pick up passengers. Please don't forget to purchase your taxi coupons from the taxi counter outside arrival hall. Two licensed money changers are available outside the arrival hall to change your foreign currency or traveler's cheques. All airport trolleys are free of charge. Some hotels provide shuttle bus to pick up passengers from the air port. Please go to Transportation for more details.
KKIA located at the Kepayan area, it can be accessed via Jalan Kepayan, Jalan Lintas and Jalan Putatan. The airport is capable of handling 9 million passengers annually, compared to its previous capacity which is 2.5 million passengers annually. It also features duty-free shops, other shops, lounges, travel agents, restaurants and many others.