There are 2 ways to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu by plane, car ferry or bus

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Fly  •  5h 11m

  1. Fly from Manila (MNL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) MNL - BKI

RM 179 - RM 1726

1 alternative option

Car ferry, bus  •  2 days 21h

  1. Take the car ferry from Manila to Zamboanga
  2. Take the car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
  3. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam

RM 410 - RM 687

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The cheapest way to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu is to fly which costs ₱2,100 - ₱21,000 and takes 5h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu is to fly which costs ₱2,100 - ₱21,000 and takes 5h 11m.

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The distance between Manila and Kota Kinabalu is 1099 km.

The best way to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu without a car is to car ferry and bus which takes 2 days 21h and costs ₱4,800 - ₱8,500.

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It takes approximately 5h 11m to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Manila Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 5m.

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AirAsia Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines offer flights from Manila Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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There are 852+ hotels available in Kota Kinabalu. Prices start at RM 500 per night.

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What companies run services between Manila, Philippines and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

AirAsia Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines fly from Manila to Kota Kinabalu once daily.

Airlines
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 600
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
RM 160 - RM 500
Royal Brunei Airlines
Website
flyroyalbrunei.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu via Bandar Seri Begawan
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1100
Bus operators
Salam Bumimas Express
Phone
+6 082 531 133
Email
bintangjayaexpress@gmail.com
Website
salambumimas.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 43
Schedules at
salambumimas.com
Ferry operators
2 GO Travel
Phone
(+63 2) 528.7209
Email
info@2go.com.ph
Website
travel.2go.com.ph
Car ferry from Manila to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
44h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
RM 85 - RM 300
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Book at
12go.asia
Super Value Class
RM 85 - RM 130
Mega Value Class
RM 120 - RM 170
Tourist Class
RM 170 - RM 250
Cabin for 4
RM 250 - RM 300
Aleson Shipping
Phone
63 (062) 992-0970
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
RM 260 - RM 320
Schedules at
facebook.com
Economy
RM 268
Aircon
RM 293
Cabin
RM 318

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