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There are 5 ways to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu by taxi, bus, train or car

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Taxi, bus

  1. Take a taxi from Tenom to Beaufort
  2. Take the bus from Beaufort to KK Sentral

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Train

  1. Take the train from Tenom Station to Beaufort Station
  2. Take the train from Beaufort Station to Sembulan Station

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Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Tenom Station to Beaufort Station
  2. Take the bus from Beaufort to KK Sentral

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu

Drive

  1. Drive from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu

Tenom to Kota Kinabalu by train

The train journey time between Tenom and Kota Kinabalu is around 5h 31m and covers a distance of around 137 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h. Operated by Sabah State Railway, the Tenom to Kota Kinabalu train service departs from Tenom Station and arrives in Sembulan Station. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

14 Weekly Trains
5h 31m Average Duration
RM 16 Cheapest Price
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Tenom → Kota Kinabalu
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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
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kota Kinabalu is 03 88810200.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Kota Kinabalu is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Kota Kinabalu 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: 23 Jun 2022
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu is to train which costs RM 16 and takes 5h 31m.

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The fastest way to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu is to taxi which takes 2h 7m and costs RM 310 - RM 380.

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No, there is no direct train from Tenom station to Kota Kinabalu station. However, there are services departing from Tenom Station and arriving at Sembulan Station via Beaufort Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 31m.

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The distance between Tenom and Kota Kinabalu is 96 km. The road distance is 140.5 km.

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The best way to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu without a car is to taxi and bus which takes 3h 47m and costs RM 190 - RM 230.

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It takes approximately 3h 47m to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu, including transfers.

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Tenom to Kota Kinabalu train services, operated by Sabah State Railway, depart from Tenom Station.

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Tenom to Kota Kinabalu train services, operated by Sabah State Railway, arrive at Sembulan Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Tenom to Kota Kinabalu is 140 km. It takes approximately 2h 7m to drive from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu.

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Map of how to get from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu.
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  • Distance: 96 km
  • Duration: 3h 47m

What companies run services between Tenom, Malaysia and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

You can take a train from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu via Beaufort Station in around 5h 31m.

Train operators
Sabah State Railway
Phone
088-279300
Email
ict.jkns@gmail.com
Website
railway.sabah.gov.my
Train from Tenom Station to Beaufort Station
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 8
Schedules at
railway.sabah.gov.my
Train from Beaufort Station to Sembulan Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 8
Schedules at
railway.sabah.gov.my
Bus operators
Sipitang Express
Phone
088-751722
Email
sipitangexpress@yahoo.com.my
Website
sipitangexpress.com.my
Bus from Beaufort to KK Sentral
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
RM 15
Schedules at
sipitangexpress.com.my
Other operators
Taxi from Tenom to Beaufort
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 210

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