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There are 2 ways to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda by bus, ferry, car ferry or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, ferry, car ferry  •  3 days 21 h

  1. Take the bus from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
  2. Take the ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
  3. Take the car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
  4. Take the car ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan
  5. Take the bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda

$122 - $154

Cheapest option

Fly, bus  •  9 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN) BKI - BPN
  2. Take the bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda

$36 - $104

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The cheapest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda is to fly and bus which costs RM 150 - RM 440 and takes 9 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda is to fly and bus which costs RM 150 - RM 440 and takes 9 h 16 min.

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The distance between Kota Kinabalu and Samarinda is 729 km.

It takes approximately 3 days 21 h to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport. The quickest flight takes 11 h and has one stopover.

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AirAsia, PT. Sriwijaya Air, Royal Brunei Airlines and seven other airlines offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport.

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There are 23+ hotels available in Samarinda. Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs RM 14 - RM 17.

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Map of how to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda.
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  • Distance: 455.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 days 21 h

What companies run services between Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Samarinda, Indonesia?

There is no direct connection from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda. However, you can take the bus to Tawau, take the walk to Tawau, take the ferry to Tarakan, take the drive to Tarakan, take the car ferry to Tolitoli, take the car ferry to Balikpapan, take the drive to Balikpapan, then take the bus to Samarinda. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Kota Kinabalu airport, fly to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, take the taxi to Balikpapan, then take the bus to Samarinda.

Airlines
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Bandar Seri Begawan, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $250
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Soekarno–Hatta, Syamsudin Noor
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Lion Mentari Airlines
Website
lionair.co.id
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $330
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Singapore Changi, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Citilink Indonesia
Website
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Soekarno–Hatta, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Soekarno–Hatta, Juanda International
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Singapore Changi, Juanda International
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $500
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
PT. Sriwijaya Air
Website
sriwijayaair.co.id
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Tawau, Tarakan
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$29 - $95
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Sandakan, Tawau, Tarakan
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $110
Batik Air
Website
batikair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Bus operators
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
Book at
easybook.com
Cendana Mitra Perkasa
Website
cendanamitratravel.com
Bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7
Book at
cendanamitratravel.com
Jahe Raya
Website
web.facebook.com
Bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
web.facebook.com
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
easybook.com
ASDP Indonesia Ferry
Phone
(021) 191
Website
indonesiaferry.co.id
Car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
indonesiaferry.co.id
Pelni
Website
pelni.co.id
Car ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
43 h 42 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
pelni.co.id

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