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There are 5 ways to get from Sandakan to Ranau by bus, taxi, car or plane

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Bus, Minibus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
  2. Take the Minibus from Kota Kinabalu Bas Bandaran to Ranau

$17 - $20

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Bus  •  9h 19m

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

$14 - $27

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Taxi  •  2h 52m

  1. Take a taxi from Sandakan to Ranau 141.4 miles

$75 - $90

Drive  •  2h 52m

  1. Drive from Sandakan to Ranau 141.4 miles

$10 - $16

Fly, Minibus  •  5h 12m

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) SDK - BKI
  2. Take the Minibus from Kota Kinabalu Bas Bandaran to Ranau

$27 - $97

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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 taxi which costs RM 310 - RM 380 and takes 2h 52m.

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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 Bas Bandaran. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h.

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The distance between Sandakan and Ranau is 161 km. The road distance is 226.2 km.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Ranau without a car is to bus and Minibus which takes 9h and costs RM 70 - RM 85.

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It takes approximately 9h to get from Sandakan to Ranau, including transfers.

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Sandakan to Ranau bus services, operated by Bintang Jaya 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 45m.

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Sandakan to Ranau bus services, operated by Rahamas Tiga Bersaudara, arrive at Ranau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sandakan to Ranau is 226 km. It takes approximately 2h 52m to drive from Sandakan to Ranau.

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Map of how to get from Sandakan to Ranau.
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  • Distance: 100.8 miles
  • Duration: 9h

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

You can take a bus from Sandakan to Ranau via Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu Bas Bandaran in around 9h.

Airlines
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $95
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $90
Bus operators
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
Book at
easybook.com
Rahamas Tiga Bersaudara
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu Bas Bandaran to Ranau
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
easybook.com
Tung Ma Express
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
beautifulkk.com
Sairah Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
TransTedar Express
Website
transtedar.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
transtedar.com
Book at
easybook.com
Optis Jaya Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
Other operators
Taxi from Sandakan to Ranau
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Sandakan Taxi Service
Phone
+60 12-916 7860

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

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There are 79+ hotels available in Ranau. Prices start at $18 USD per night.

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

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