There are 5 ways to get from Tarakan to Sabah by plane, ferry or bus

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

Fly to Kota Kinabalu  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Tarakan (TRK) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) TRK - BKI

$64 - $417

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus Bintang Jaya Express  •  13 h 41 min

  1. Take the ferry from Tarakan to Tawau
  2. Take the bus from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu

$48 - $54

3 alternative options

Fly to Sandakan  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Tarakan (TRK) to Sandakan (SDK) TRK - SDK

$192 - $1,403

Fly to Tawau  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Tarakan (TRK) to Tawau (TWU) TRK - TWU

$102 - $1,816

Ferry, bus Sairah Express  •  15 h 32 min

  1. Take the ferry from Tarakan to Tawau
  2. Take the bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah to Papar

$58

Questions & Answers

The distance between Tarakan and Sabah is 262 km.

The best way to get from Tarakan to Sabah without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 13 h 41 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 44 min to get from Tarakan to Sabah, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Tarakan Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Lion Mentari Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air and Malaysia Airlines offer flights from Tarakan Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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There are one+ hotels available in Sabah. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tarakan to Tarakan Airport is to taxi which takes 5 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Tarakan to Sabah.
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  • Distance: 163.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 44 min

What companies run services between Tarakan, Indonesia and Sabah, Malaysia?

Malaysia Airlines, Lion Mentari Airlines and two other airlines fly from Tarakan to Penampang twice daily.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Tarakan to Kota Kinabalu via Tawau
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $410
Flights from Tarakan to Kota Kinabalu via Tawau, Sandakan
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Tarakan to Sandakan via Tawau
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,400
Flights from Tarakan to Sandakan via Tawau, Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Tarakan to Tawau
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $750
Batik Air
Website
batikair.com
Flights from Tarakan to Kota Kinabalu via Soekarno–Hatta
Ave. Duration
9 h 47 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Bus operators
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
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Sairah Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah to Papar
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
easybook.com
Book at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tarakan to Tawau
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
easybook.com

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