There are 3 ways to get from Sandakan to Pulau Sipadan by bus, ferry, plane or taxi

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Sandakan Express Bus Terminal to Semporna
  2. Take the ferry from Semporna Jetty to Pulau Sipadan

2 alternative options

Fly to Tawau, taxi, bus, ferry  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Tawau (TWU) SDK - TWU
  2. Take a taxi from Tawau to Kunak
  3. Take the bus from Kunak to Semporna
  4. Take the ferry from Semporna Jetty to Pulau Sipadan

Fly to Lahad Datu, bus, ferry  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Lahad Datu (LDU) SDK - LDU
  2. Take the bus from Lahad Datu to Semporna
  3. Take the ferry from Semporna Jetty to Pulau Sipadan

Questions & Answers

The distance between Sandakan and Pulau Sipadan is 200 km.

It takes approximately 7 h 53 min to get from Sandakan to Pulau Sipadan, including transfers.

More details

What companies run services between Sandakan, Malaysia and Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia?

There is no direct connection from Sandakan to Pulau Sipadan. However, you can take the bus to Semporna, take the walk to Semporna Jetty, then take the ferry to Pulau Sipadan. Alternatively, you can take the Minibus to Sandakan Airport, take the walk to Sandakan airport, fly to Tawau, take the taxi to Kunak, take the bus to Semporna, take the walk to Semporna Jetty, then take the ferry to Pulau Sipadan.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sandakan to Tawau
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $240
Flights from Sandakan to Lahad Datu via Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Bus operators
Dyana Express
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Sandakan Express Bus Terminal to Semporna
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.com
Bus from Kunak to Semporna
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.my
Bus from Lahad Datu to Semporna
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.my
Ferry operators
ferry
Ferry from Semporna Jetty to Pulau Sipadan
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
On demand
Other operators
Taxi from Tawau to Kunak
Ave. Duration
50 min
Estimated price
$20 - $24
Pertubuhan Pemandu & Pengusaha Teksi
Phone
+60 89-776 475

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