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There are 5 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah by train or plane

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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Kota Kinabalu  •  4h 36m

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

RM 210 - RM 402

4 alternative options

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Sandakan  •  4h 55m

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

RM 419 - RM 2281

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Tawau  •  5h 10m

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

RM 253 - RM 400

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Lahad Datu  •  6h 27m

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

RM 528 - RM 705

Fly Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu  •  5h 53m

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

RM 406 - RM 528

Kuala Lumpur → Sabah
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Yes, travel within Malaysia is currently allowed.

The COVID-19 helpline number in Sabah is 03 88810200.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Sabah is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Sabah is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus hotline on 03 88810200.

Exceptions may apply, for full details: Ministry of Health Malaysia.
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The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah is to train and fly which costs RM 210 - RM 410 and takes 4h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah is to train and fly which costs RM 210 - RM 410 and takes 4h 36m.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Sabah is 1719 km.

It takes approximately 4h 36m 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 35m.

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

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to train which takes 30 min 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: 1719.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 36m

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

Malindo Airways, Firefly and two other airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur to Donggongon hourly.

Airlines
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Bintulu
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Senai
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Kuching
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 360 - RM 2200
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 360 - RM 2200
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 190 - RM 750
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Senai
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 600
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Senai
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 3300
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 3900
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Sultan Ismail Petra
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 3600
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 1300
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Bandar Seri Begawan
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1700
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Labuan
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 1300
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 1600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan via Tawau
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 1700
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 750
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau via Sandakan
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 750
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 390 - RM 1600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Sandakan
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 390 - RM 1600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu via Labuan, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 1600
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1100 - RM 3000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1100 - RM 2900
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Alor Setar, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1200 - RM 3100
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 1300
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 1600
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 290 - RM 750
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Trengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1100 - RM 3000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1100 - RM 2900
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Alor Setar, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 1200 - RM 3100
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 200 - RM 700
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 1100
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 900 - RM 4600
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Kota Kinabalu via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 800 - RM 4200
Royal Brunei Airlines
Website
flyroyalbrunei.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu via Bandar Seri Begawan
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1700
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 55
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/

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