There are 4 ways to get from Sandakan to Ranau by bus, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  11h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
  2. Take the bus from Kota Kinabalu Inanam to Ranau

RM 63 - RM 118

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Taxi  •  2h 52m

  1. Take a taxi from Sandakan to Ranau 226.7 km

RM 400 - RM 480

Drive  •  2h 52m

  1. Drive from Sandakan to Ranau 226.7 km

RM 40 - RM 65

Fly, taxi  •  2h 31m

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) SDK - BKI
  2. Take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau

RM 287 - RM 616

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The cheapest way to get from Sandakan to Ranau is to drive which costs RM 40 - RM 65 and takes 2h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Sandakan to Ranau is to fly and taxi which costs RM 280 - RM 650 and takes 2h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sandakan to Ranau. However, there are services departing from Sandakan and arriving at Ranau via Kota Kinabalu Inanam. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 19m.

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The distance between Sandakan and Ranau is 161 km. The road distance is 226.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Ranau without a car is to bus which takes 11h 19m and costs RM 60 - RM 120.

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It takes approximately 11h 19m to get from Sandakan to Ranau, including transfers.

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Sandakan to Ranau bus services, operated by Salam Bumimas Express, depart from Sandakan station.

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The quickest flight from Sandakan Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Sandakan to Ranau bus services, operated by Sairah Express, arrive at Ranau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sandakan to Ranau is 227 km. It takes approximately 2h 52m to drive from Sandakan to Ranau.

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  • Distance: 161.3 km
  • Duration: 11h 19m

What companies run services between Sandakan, Malaysia and Ranau, Malaysia?

You can take a bus from Sandakan to Ranau via Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam and Kota Kinabalu Inanam in around 11h 19m.

Airlines
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 70 - RM 400
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 90 - RM 380
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 60 - RM 210
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
Sairah Express
Phone
+6089 774 328
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
RM 30
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
TransTedar Express
Phone
+60 88-440 337
Website
transtedar.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 20
Schedules at
transtedar.com
Book at
easybook.com
Optis Jaya Express
Phone
+6088 433 779
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 72
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
Other operators
Taxi from Sandakan to Ranau
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Estimated price
RM 400 - RM 480
Sandakan Taxi Service
Phone
+60 12-916 7860
Grab Taxi
Website
grab.com

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Malindo Airways, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer flights from Sandakan Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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There are 86+ hotels available in Ranau. Prices start at RM 500 per night.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Sandakan Airport is to taxi which takes 13 min and costs RM 21 - RM 26.

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