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

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Fly, bus  •  8 h 1 min

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

$37 - $106

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry, car ferry  •  4 days 18 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

$119 - $151

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda is to fly and bus which costs RM 150 - RM 440 and takes 8 h 1 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 8 h 1 min.

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The distance between Kota Kinabalu and Samarinda is 729 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 1 min to get from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Balikpapan Airport. The quickest flight takes 9 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Batik Air, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Balikpapan Airport.

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The nearest airport to Samarinda is Samarinda (SRI) Airport which is 1.5 km away. Other nearby airports include Balikpapan (BPN) (89.7 km).

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There are 17+ hotels available in Samarinda. Prices start at $16 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: 8 h 1 min

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 taxi to Kota Kinabalu airport, fly to Balikpapan, take the taxi to Balikpapan, then take the bus to Samarinda. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Kota Kinabalu to Samarinda via Tawau, Tawau, Tarakan, Tarakan, Tolitoli, Balikpapan, and Balikpapan in around 4 days 18 h.

Airlines
PT. Sriwijaya Air
Website
sriwijayaair.co.id
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan via Tawau, Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$29 - $95
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan via Sandakan, Tawau, Tarakan
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $110
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan via Jakarta
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $330
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan via Bandar Seri Begawan, Jakarta
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $250
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Balikpapan to Samarinda
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
Book at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
easybook.com
Indonesia Ferry
Website
indonesiaferry.co.id
Car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
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
$65 - $90
Schedules at
pelni.co.id

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