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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  •  4h 25m

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

$36 - $107

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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Sandakan  •  5h 5m

  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 Tawau  •  5h 3m

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

$51 - $211

Fly Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) SZB - BKI

$69 - $368

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Lahad Datu  •  6h 10m

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

$90 - $477

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah is to train and fly which costs RM 140 - RM 450 and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah is to train and fly which costs RM 140 - RM 450 and takes 4h 25m.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Sabah is 1719 km.

It takes approximately 4h 25m 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 2h 30m.

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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 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to train which takes 30m and costs RM 3 - RM 11.

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah.
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  • Distance: 1074.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 25m

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
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$24 - $140
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kuching
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Senai
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Senai
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $170
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Sandakan
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Senai, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Alor Setar, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Kuching, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Labuan, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $170
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Senai, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Alor Setar, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
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
30m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
kliaekspres.com

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