Kota Kinabalu Transportation

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    Speed Ferry to Pulau Labuan

    by DaHongHua Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    Speed ferry from the Jesselton Point to Labuan takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours depend on sea condition. Malaysian pay half price compare to foreign visitors. Business class is RM24.10 and normal class is RM17 but the feeling of jolt are the same as I experienced both trip within 24 hours rushing to a wedding dinner in Labuan and returned to KK airport.
    When departure at the Jesselton Point and Labuan, there are immigration check procedures checking the name on the ticket to the identity card watching the bearer's appearance match to the i/c.

    The Labuan Express 2 speed ferry Immigration procedure Normal class seats in front, lower deck. Business class on upper deck At Labuan Jetty
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    Speed boat to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

    by DaHongHua Updated Nov 27, 2014

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    The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park has 5 beautiful islands. You can go to all the islands or only the most popular Sapi and Manukan island.
    The only mode of transportation is taking the speed boat. There are many operators with different name and different type of boat. Please do a brief enquiry at the ticket counter, they are either in snorkeling or diving package with all in or cheaper pakage without guide and meal.
    All tourists must obey the safety procedure to wear life jacket and to sit to both sides to balance the boat. Stay until safe to jump off the boat to land on the beach or the bridge.

    the speed boats waiting for the sea lovers speed up, speed up arrival at Sapi Island onboard and smiles there are many speed boats at The Jesselton Point
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    Cheaper package to TAR Marine Park

    by DaHongHua Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    Although hire a tour guide and take a snorkeling package inclusive the afternoon buffet meal is the common way but that could easily cost you from RM140-RM180 per person.
    The cheaper way is to ask and get for the ticket at the ferry terminal, The Jesselton Point.
    The Summer Criuse, counter No.3 is among one, we bought our tickets there.
    We chose to hop on two islands, the Sapi island and Manukan island taking 2 snorkeling sets.
    Our cost is about RM43/ person without the meal.
    You must spare a comfortable time to ask around in order to get cheaper price. We have to register to buy the Marine Park's speed boat tickets. Upon landing on the first island, every Malaysian tourist need to pay RM3 admission fee, a one time fee for all the islands. Foreign visitors pay a higher fee at RM6.

    check around to ask for the service and price Summer Cruise has spped boat to the islands inquiry to register on the log book our ticket
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    Booking for a tour in Kota Kinabalu

    by DaHongHua Written Oct 31, 2014

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    You have a few places and choices to look for a tour agents in Kota Kinabalu.
    When you are at airport, there are brochures stand near the claim luggages belt. There are also many travel information inside the Sabah Tourism Board building at Jalan Gaya in the town centre. The staff can give you some information but can not sell you a trip.
    You hotel's information desk, the counters outside the arrival hall in the airport and the travel agents located at the Jesselton Point can help to arrange for either an inland tour or island tour.

    The front gate of the Jesselton Point some tickets counters book for an interesting inland and island tour
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    The Jesselton Point

    by DaHongHua Written Oct 23, 2014

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    The Jesselton Point is the ferry terminal. It is a terminal bound for sea sport activities taking speed boat or long distance travel for Pulau Labuan and even Brunai Darulsalam taking bigger ferry.
    The speed boat provide short distance services to bring the tourists to nearby islands or the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
    After you have bought your tickets, you may walk and shop around. It's facilities and shops is just like an airport, the different is just by air and by sea.

    get ready for Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park wait for the boat and the calling wearing a life jacket is compulsory the speed boats shopping outlets
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    Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2

    by DaHongHua Written Oct 22, 2014

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    Kota Kinabalu International Airport although sharing the running track among all flights. Low cost carriers including AAsia disembark at Terminal 2 and other airlines including MAS at Terminal 1.
    On arrival, all passengers travel with AAsia normally need to disembark climbing the steel stairs, then they proceed for immigration clearance.
    After that, those with check-in baggages go to claim their luggages. At the lauggages claiming hall, there are many stand with travels information and brochures that very useful to tourists.
    After the Custom clearance, there are also many tourist agents ready to offer service for you to tour Borneo and Sabah.

    Borneotravelguide.com take some brochures for reference this is my younger sister, she is so exciting outside the arrival hall there are some travel agents
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    Airport Bus

    by Paulm1987 Written Aug 1, 2014

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    If you want to save your money, when you arrive at Kota Kinabalu International, Use the Airport bus to travel to the City centre. The taxi's will charge you more...

    The Airport Bus Operates up until 8h30 in the evening. Look out for Airport bus counter just before you Exit the Airport and Buy the ticket.
    I don't remember the price but it was cheaper. Goodluck!

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    The Best Domestic Travel

    by Paulm1987 Written Aug 1, 2014

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    I flew with Air asia in Malaysia. Their service was great and their planes are modern. I flew from Penang Intl to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah on a return trip. I will surely fly with them again when I return to Malaysia.

    It's Affordable and Convenient.

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    Land / sea transport to Indonesia

    by lotharscheer Updated Jun 12, 2014

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    Land / sea transportation from Kota Kinabalu to Jakarta is possible but complicated: first ferry to Labuan, then to Brunei, then bus or minibus to Miri, bus to Kuching then to Pontianak, boat from there to Jakarta or Semarang. Or bus to Tawau, expressboat to Nunuakan, boat to Toli Toli, Palu (Pantoloan on Pelni website), Pare Pare or Makassar / Ujung Padang. Boats are not every day, mostly Pelni (pelni.co.id, website is only sometimes working, Jakarta would be Tanjug Priok on this site).
    Update: Pelni is now from Nunuakan apearently only running to Pare Pare / Makassar.

    Pelni (in Ambon) Pelni 2nd class cabin Lepard shark in Sipadan
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    Long-Distant Bus-Stop Opp High Court

    by cal6060 Written Oct 5, 2013

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    I found it interesting to know that you can take a bus from KK at 7:30am in the morning to travel all the way south to Borneo the state of Sarawak, and then to Pontianak (Indonesia). I have called up a friend who has done this before. She said the bus ride was comfortable and it stopped along the way to various cities and towns.

    Sabah -> Brunei -> Sarawak -> Pontianak

    Bintang Jaya Express (KK)
    Tel: 088-743178, 013-8162178 (Ah Liew)

    Bintang Jaya Express (MIRI) - Gateway to Mulu Cave
    Tel: 085-432178

    Bintang Jaya Express (Kuching)
    Tel: 082-531133

    Bintang Jaya Express (Pontianak) - Overland to Indonesia
    Tel: 0062561-736695

    It must be exciting travelling by this bus across Borneo.

    Others buses to southern Sabah towns like Sipitang, Beaufort, Lawas, Menumbok (Labuan Island).

    Check out Sipitang Express website for more information.

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    Getting Around KK

    by cal6060 Written Sep 27, 2013

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    Kota Kinabalu is a small city and easy to get around on foot. The safety to walk around alone in KK has become one of the most common questions asked by travelers specially single female. I would say KK is the safest city in Malaysia, the crime rate is relatively lower than any cities in West Malaysia. Most locals speak basic to fluent English and multiple languages . This makes it easy for travelers to ask direction from one of the friendly locals. You could easily emerge to the locals' culture and lifestyles due to their diverse ethnic backgrounds. There are many foreign expats or retirees choose KK as their second home because the city offers an urban lifestyle with slow pace traffics.

    Renting and driving a car might be a good way to explore the city and surround areas. It is easy to drive around in KK due to its uncomplicated streets' layout. The entire city has only few flyovers Highways. The local residents drive slower and are more friendly on the road comparing drivers in West Malaysia. Car rental will cost between RM80 - RM380 per day at KK Airport.

    Taxi in KK does not operate by meters. It costs RM30 from the KK Airport to downtown for the distance of 7 Km. Surprisingly, the cost of taxi between Airport to Mt Kinabalu National park is only RM60, 2-hour ride. You may need to bargain to get a better rate!

    Taking a local bus is relatively cheap in KK. But they don't have a proper bus system as in the first world. KK is still using the third world public transportation system. You get onto the right bus by looking at a signboard posted in front of the bus or listening to the name screaming by a ticket seller. The main bus-station is located opposite the Wawasan Shopping Mall. You can get a bus to sub-urban town like Penampang, Likas, Luyang, Papar, Ranau and etc. Minivans are commonly used as public transportation in KK.

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    Car Rental Service in KK

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 27, 2013

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    You can either rent a car at the airport or in downtown. It is not cheap to rent a car in KK, so a good plan will save you some money for transportation. You will see the local Car Rental counters right at the arriving hall, but they also have offices in downtown KK.

    Kancil costs between (RM90 - RM100 per day excluding insurance).
    Proton costs between (RM160 - RM230 per day excluding insurance).
    MPV Toyota or Proton (RM220 - RM380 per day excluding insurance).

    The insurance costs RM18 per day for below 1600cc, and RM26 per day for above 1600cc.

    Local Car Rental Companies:

    KMT Global Rental A Car & Tour Sdn Bhd
    Lot G.02, Ground Floor Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fund Stephen
    88300 Kota Kinabalu (Next to Wisma Merdeka and Suria Shopping Mall).
    Tel: +6088-223022, 239963, 016-8860963, 016-8895963
    Brunches: KK Airport Terminal 1 & 2.

    KK Leisure Tour & Rent A Car Sdn Bhd
    No 14, Lot7, Block A, 1st Floor, Asia City, 88000 Kota Kinabalu.
    (Nearby Centre Point Shopping Mall)
    Tel: +6088-234607, +6088-232320
    Email: carrental@malaysiatour2u.com/ kkleisure@gmail.com
    Check out its website

    It would be a good idea to rent a car at the Airport if you wish to drive for 2 hours to Mt Kinabalu National Park or Kundasan or any sub-urban towns. If you just go to your hotel in downtown, it is cheaper to take a taxi. You don't need a taxi in downtown as it is walking distance to the malls, and attractions in town. You can rent a car at the address above or other car rentals in downtown.

    Car Rental Service in KK Airport Terminal 2
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    KK Airport Terminal 2 - Airport Bus or Taxi

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 27, 2013

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    When you arrive KK Airport Terminal 2 (Air Asia Flights), you can either take a local bus or an Airport Taxi to town if you don't drive.

    There is a taxi counter where you can inquire or buy a ticket for an Airport Taxi to any place in downtown or other location as you wish. It is only about 7 to 8 KM between the airport and downtown KK. It will cost you RM30 (US$10) which is expensive for Malaysian standard. But on the other hand, if you travel for like 2-hour ride to Mt Kinabalu will only cost you around RM60 (US$20) which is cheap for Malaysian standard. I inquired the fare thru the counter on 26.9.13.

    Alternatively, you can walk toward the end of the right side of the Airport to catch a city taxi that drops off passengers from the city. The taxi supposed to be forbidden to take passengers from the Airport, but I think Malaysia "boleh" means can for anything in this situation. There was a city taxi driver approached me for the service. I would have negotiable the fare with him if I needed a taxi at that time.

    Bus# 16c stops at the end of the right side of the Airport. It costs RM1.5 for a ride to a terminal opposite a mall, Plaza Wawasan. The bus operates between 5:30 to 18:00. Don't expect an air-conditioning coach. It is a non air-conditioning old bus without much space for your luggages. It will be okay for backpackers.

    The Airport Bus Stop Airport Taxi Counter A city taxi dropped off a passenger.
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    Ferry from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu

    by Sevsa Written Feb 7, 2013

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    Ferry from Labuan to KK leaves at 1pm and costs RM34 for lower deck seats or RM39 for upper deck seats. The only difference I could see was that the upper deck seats have a video playing and you can see outside better, however the upper deck was also full while there were plenty of empty seats in the lower area.
    If arriving from Brunei get you ticket as soon as you exit the terminal, the window is to the right.
    You will have plenty of time to walk around the town. There are plenty of restaurants and duty free stores.
    The ferry arives at the Point Jesselton Ferry Terminal in KK and is a short walk into the center of town.

    Labuan Ferry Terminal
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    Get a seat of the left

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 28, 2012

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    If you are flying into Kota Kinabalu with Air Asia, try to get a seat on the left side of the plane. As the aircraft approaches the airport, there are spectacular views of the islands dotted off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

    Approaching Kota Kinabalu Approaching Kota Kinabalu Through the clouds en route to Kota Kinabalu
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