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

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Bus, Minibus  •  9 h

  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  •  9 h 19 min

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

$14 - $28

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Taxi  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take a taxi from Sandakan to Ranau 141.4 miles

$75 - $90

Drive  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Sandakan to Ranau 141.4 miles

$10 - $16

Fly, Minibus  •  5 h 12 min

  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 2 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sandakan to Ranau is to taxi which costs RM 310 - RM 380 and takes 2 h 52 min.

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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 9 h.

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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 9 h and costs RM 70 - RM 85.

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It takes approximately 9 h 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 45 min.

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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 2 h 52 min 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: 9 h

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 9 h.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $90
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu via Tawau
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $90
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $95
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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easybook.com
Rahamas Tiga Bersaudara
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu Bas Bandaran to Ranau
Ave. Duration
2 h
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
5 h
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
3 h 19 min
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
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
transtedar.com
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easybook.com
Optis Jaya Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam to Ranau
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
easybook.com
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easybook.com
Other operators
Taxi from Sandakan to Ranau
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Sandakan Taxi Service
Phone
+60 12-916 7860

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

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There are 69+ hotels available in Ranau. 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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