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

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Fly  •  4 h 57 min

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

$61 - $198

1 alternative option

Car ferry, bus  •  2 days 18 h

  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

$116 - $167

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The cheapest way to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu is to fly which costs ₱3,200 - ₱11,000 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu is to fly which costs ₱3,200 - ₱11,000 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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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 18 h and costs ₱6,000 - ₱9,000.

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It takes approximately 4 h 57 min 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 2 h 5 min.

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

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There are 741+ hotels available in Kota Kinabalu. Prices start at $31 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Manila to Kota Kinabalu.
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  • Distance: 687.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 57 min

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

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

Airlines
Royal Brunei Airlines
Website
flyroyalbrunei.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu via Bandar Seri Begawan
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $330
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $450
Bus operators
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
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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
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$50 - $70
Mega Value Class
$50 - $70
Tourist Class
$50 - $75
Cabin for 4
$70 - $85
Stateroom for 2
$140 - $170
Suiteroom for 2
$150 - $180
Aleson Shipping
Phone
63 (062) 992-0970
Website
aleson-shipping.com
Car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
aleson-shipping.com
Economy
$59
Aircon
$65
Cabin
$70

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