Kota Kinabalu Airport
The main gateway that welcomes visitors into the state of Sabah is the Kota Kinabalu airport or Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is divided into 2 terminals which are locally known as:
- KKIA (Terminal 1) and
- Terminal 2 (‘T2’, mainly used for Air Asia and other low cost carriers).
The entrance to these airports are located in Kepayan and Tanjung Aru which is about 10 – 20 minutes away from each other.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Terminal 1) (‘KKIA’)
KKIA is Kota Kinabalu International Airport’s main terminal and consists of 3 levels:
- Level 1 is for arrivals,
- Level 2 is mainly utilized for within-Sabah departures and the airline offices,
- Level 3 is for International and Sarawak/West Malaysia departures.
Shopping and Dining Experience at KKIA
Among the outlets you’ll find at KKIA are McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Dunkin’ Donuts, Old Town White Coffee Restaurant, Bagzbar, Apron Bites Café, Alam Sensasi Handicraft, Bonia, Children’s Boutique and Toy, Chocolates and Confectionaries, Flying Nomad, MarryBrown Restaurant, Emporium, The Body Shop, Perfume and Cosmetics, etc.
Other Services at KKIA
Aside from the many retail outlets, restaurants, café, travel agencies, etc, KKIA also provides other convenience such as duty-free outlets, ATMs and currency exchange counters, locker storage, baggage wrapping, baggage strapping, medical clinic and public wifi.
There are also premium passenger lounges available for passengers’ traveling convenience and comfort.
Services include TV channels, newspaper, food & beverage, shower, wifi and meet & greet space.
The charge starts at RM128 (2 hours).
For international departures it is located at the level 3, directly in front of Gate B3.
It opens daily from 6.30am until 1.00am.
For domestic departures, the premium passenger lounge is at Level 2 (near Gate 10).
It also opens daily albeit for a shorter period, from 7.00am until 10.00pm.
Shopping and Dining Experience at Terminal 2 (‘T2’)
Although T2 is not as spacious as KKIA (consisting of only 2 levels), passengers can still find duty-free outlets, ATMs, locker storage and currency exchange counters. Among the outlets at T2 are Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Dried & Frozen Seafood, Dunkin’ Donuts, Famous Amos, Emporium, handicraft kiosks, Food and Beverages, etc.
For non-Malaysians, please read the GST Refund Playbook to learn how you can get tax refunds for your purchases.
Do visit the Sabah Tourism Information Counter at Level 1 as you can get many brochures and leaflets on interesting places to visit all over Sabah, not to mention getting on-the-spot assistance and advice from the staff on duty.
How to Get From KKIA and T2 to KK City
KKIA and T2 are about 20 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city centre and there are buses and taxis aplenty for passengers travelling to and from KKIA and Terminal 2.
From KKIA or T2, you could easily get the cab/taxi coupons or the bus tickets from the respective counters.
The bus fare to KK is RM5.00 (Adult) and RM3.00 (Child below 12 years old).
The airport bus route is:
KKIA (Terminal 1)
KK City (Padang Merdeka)
And the bus departure schedule is as follows:
The cab fare is about RM30++ depending on your destination.
If you have made reservations at any of the many splendid hotels near to the KKIA or T2 or any of the hundreds of hotel in the KK City, and you’re travelling with 2 or 3 companions, sharing a cab would be the most convenient mode of transportation as the cab will drop you right in front of the hotel entrance.
Nonetheless, you could also easily walk to most hotels in the KK City if you ask for directions from the kindly airport bus driver or the friendly staff at the bus ticket counters at the KKIA or T2.
The airport bus does drop passengers at several stops in the KK City which are near to hotels such as Horizon Hotel, Cititel Hotel, Borneo Backpackers, Dreamtel, Hotel Sixty3, Le Meridien, etc.
Or if you’re a confident driver, you could rent a car at the many offices or counters at KKIA or T2.
How to Get to KKIA or T2 from KK City
If you are travelling to the airport from KK City and you want to take the bus (available from 7.30am to 8.15pm daily), you could purchase the ticket at Padang Merdeka.
The ticket costs RM5.00 (Adult) and RM3.00 (Child below 12 years old).
The schedule for the bus trips are as below:
And here’s the route of the airport bus:
KK City (Padang Merdeka)
Terminal 2 KKIA
KKIA (Terminal 1)
The bus also picks up passengers from the bus stops behind the Horizon Hotel and also the bus stop located in front of Asia City.
And if you prefer to take a cab to KKIA or T2, please negotiate the fare first – it should be about RM30++ from the KK City to KKIA or T2 (up to 4 passengers).
The fare is 50% higher from midnight to 6am.
The good thing about taking the cab is the convenience as you could choose your time and save a lot if you share the fare with friends.
For more information regarding the Airport Bus or if you have any enquiries, please contact:
Tel : 088-269500, 088-269506 or 016-8330405 (Luen Thung Tanjung Aru Transport Co. Sdn Bhd)