There are 5 ways to get from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau by plane, bus, taxi or car

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Fly  •  1 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Tawau (TWU) BKI - TWU

$34 - $88

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Bus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau

$11 - $17

3 alternative options

Minibus, bus  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Take the Minibus from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
  2. Take the bus from Kundasang to Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah

$23

Taxi  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau 278.8 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau 278.8 miles

$20 - $30

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Kota Kinabalu and arriving at Tawau. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 9 h.

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The distance between Kota Kinabalu and Tawau is 279 km. The road distance is 446 km.

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The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 25 min to get from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau, including transfers.

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Kota Kinabalu to Tawau bus services, operated by Bintang Jaya Express, depart from Kota Kinabalu station.

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The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau is to fly which takes 1 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Tawau Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Kota Kinabalu to Tawau bus services, operated by Bintang Jaya Express, arrive at Tawau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kota Kinabalu to Tawau is 446 km. It takes approximately 7 h 1 min to drive from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.

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Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Tawau Airport.

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Map of how to get from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.
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  • Distance: 174.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 25 min

What companies run services between Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Tawau, Malaysia?

Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia fly from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau every 3 hours. Alternatively, Bintang Jaya Express operates a bus from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau twice daily. Tickets cost $11 - $17 and the journey takes 9 h.

Airlines
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $110
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$24 - $130
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
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easybook.com
Sabah Booking
Phone
+6089 215 969
Email
ask@sabahbooking.com
Website
sabahbooking.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
sabahbooking.com
Optis Jaya Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kundasang to Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
Other operators
Taxi from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Taxi Kota Kinabalu
Phone
+60 1 2867 0238
Website
ipunciko.blogspot.com
Taxi Service Kota Kinabalu
Phone
+6 017 832 5898
Website
taxi-kinabalu.blogspot.com

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There are 18+ hotels available in Tawau. Prices start at $18 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 .

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