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There are 2 ways to get from Sandakan to Manado by plane, bus, ferry or car ferry

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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Fly  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Manado (MDC) SDK - MDC

$58 - $215

1 alternative option

Minibus, ferry, car ferry  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the Minibus from Sandakan to Tawau
  2. Take the ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
  3. Take the car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
  4. Take the car ferry from Tolitoli to Bitung

$85 - $102

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sandakan to Manado is to Minibus and ferry and car ferry which costs RM 350 - RM 430 and takes 2 days 16 h.

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The quickest way to get from Sandakan to Manado is to fly which costs RM 240 - RM 900 and takes 8 h 52 min.

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The distance between Sandakan and Manado is 890 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 52 min to get from Sandakan to Manado, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Sandakan Airport to Manado Airport. The quickest flight takes 12 h 20 min and has two stopovers.

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Garuda Indonesia, PT. Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air and three other airlines offer flights from Sandakan Airport to Manado Airport.

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There are 151+ hotels available in Manado. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Sandakan Airport is to Minibus which takes 20 min and costs RM 2.

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Map of how to get from Sandakan to Manado.
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  • Distance: 556.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 52 min

What companies run services between Sandakan, Malaysia and Manado, Indonesia?

Malaysia Airlines, Batik Air and four other airlines fly from Sandakan to Manado every 4 hours.

Airlines
Lion Mentari Airlines
Website
lionair.co.id
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Kuala Lumpur, Sultan Hasanuddin
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Tawau, Tarakan, Sultan Hasanuddin
Ave. Duration
13 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Tawau, Tarakan, Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $210
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Kota Kinabalu, Shenzhen
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Batik Air
Website
batikair.com
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
11 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Sandakan to Manado via Kuala Lumpur, Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
13 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Bus operators
Sabah Booking
Phone
+6089 215 969
Email
ask@sabahbooking.com
Website
sabahbooking.com
Bus from Sandakan to Tawau
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
sabahbooking.com
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
easybook.com
ASDP Indonesia Ferry
Phone
(021) 191
Website
indonesiaferry.co.id
Car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
indonesiaferry.co.id
Pelni
Website
pelni.co.id
Car ferry from Tolitoli to Bitung
Ave. Duration
22 h 44 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
pelni.co.id

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