There are 5 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah 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 to Kota Kinabalu  •  4 h 25 min

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

$36 - $107

4 alternative options

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Tawau  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Tawau (TWU) KUL - TWU

$51 - $211

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Sandakan  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Sandakan (SDK) KUL - SDK

$41 - $238

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Lahad Datu  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Lahad Datu (LDU) KUL - LDU

$90 - $477

Fly Kuala Lumpur Subang to Kota Kinabalu  •  5 h 55 min

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

$69 - $366

Questions & Answers

The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Sabah is 1719 km.

It takes approximately 4 h 25 min to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah, 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 one+ hotels available in Sabah. Prices start at $100 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 Sabah.
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  • Distance: 1074.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 25 min

What companies run services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sabah, Malaysia?

Firefly, SilkAir and three other airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur to Penampang hourly.

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 to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Sandakan
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Kuching, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Labuan, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Sibu, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
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 to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Johor Bahru
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
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 to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
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
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
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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