There are 2 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Mount Kinabalu by train 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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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly, travel  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) KUL - BKI
  3. Travel from Kota Kinabalu to Mount Kinabalu

1 alternative option

Fly from Kuala Lumpur Subang, travel  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) SZB - BKI
  2. Travel from Kota Kinabalu to Mount Kinabalu

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Mount Kinabalu is 1679 km.

It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Kuala Lumpur to Mount Kinabalu, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Malindo Airways, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer flights from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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There are 70+ hotels available in Mount Kinabalu. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Mount Kinabalu.
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  • Distance: 1049.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 26 min

What companies run services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia?

There is no direct connection from Kuala Lumpur to Mount Kinabalu. However, you can take the train to Klia T1, take the walk to Kuala Lumpur airport, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then take the travel to Mount Kinabalu. Alternatively, you can take the train to Terminal Skypark Komuter Station, take the walk to Kuala Lumpur Subang airport, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then take the travel to Mount Kinabalu.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $170
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$24 - $140
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Johor Bahru
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Penang
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $170
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $380
Train operators
KLIA Express
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
kliaekspres.com

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