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There are 3 ways to get from Sandakan to Tuaran by plane, bus or car

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  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

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Bus

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Sandakan to Tuaran

Sandakan (SDK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) flights

The flight time between Sandakan (SDK) and Kota Kinabalu (BKI) is around 1h and covers a distance of around 222 km. This includes an average layover time of around 4 min. Services are operated by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. Typically 40 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Tuaran is 03 88810200.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Tuaran is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Tuaran is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 03 88810200.

Last updated: 5 Jan 2023
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The cost-effective way to get from Sandakan to Tuaran is to drive, which costs RM 50 - RM 80 and takes 3h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Sandakan to Tuaran is to fly which costs RM 150 - RM 490 and takes 1h 36m.

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The distance between Sandakan and Tuaran is 213 km. The road distance is 306.3 km.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Tuaran without a car is to bus which takes 7h 23m and costs RM 100 - RM 120.

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It takes approximately 1h 36m to get from Sandakan to Tuaran, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Sandakan to Tuaran is to fly which takes 1h 36m and costs RM 150 - RM 490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs RM 100 - RM 120 and takes 7h 23m.

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The quickest flight from Sandakan Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sandakan to Tuaran is 306 km. It takes approximately 3h 55m to drive from Sandakan to Tuaran.

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

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There are 12+ hotels available in Tuaran. Prices start at RM 500 per night.

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Map of how to get from Sandakan to Tuaran.
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  • Distance: 212.5 km
  • Duration: 1h 36m

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

AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines fly from Sandakan to Tuaran every 4 hours. Alternatively, Salam Bumimas Express operates a bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam twice daily. Tickets cost RM 43 and the journey takes 7h.

Airlines
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 50 - RM 350
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 130 - RM 1200
Flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu via Lahad Datu
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 130 - RM 1200
Bus operators
Salam Bumimas Express
Phone
+6 082 531 133
Email
bintangjayaexpress@gmail.com
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 43
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The best way to get from Sandakan to Sandakan Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs RM 25 - RM 30.

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