There are 4 ways to get from Zamboanga to Sabah by plane, car ferry, taxi 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.

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Fly  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Zamboanga (ZAM) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) ZAM - BKI

$75 - $273

Cheapest option

Car ferry, bus  •  23 h

  1. Take the car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
  2. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

$67 - $82

2 alternative options

Car ferry, taxi  •  20 h 19 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
  2. Take a taxi from Sandakan Harbour to Kota Kinabalu

$168 - $209

Car ferry, bus via Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam  •  22 h 10 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
  2. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam

$73 - $86

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The cheapest way to get from Zamboanga to Sabah is to car ferry and bus which costs ₱3,600 - ₱4,500 and takes 23 h.

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The quickest way to get from Zamboanga to Sabah is to fly which costs ₱4,000 - ₱15,000 and takes 4 h 59 min.

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The distance between Zamboanga and Sabah is 579 km.

The best way to get from Zamboanga to Sabah without a car is to car ferry and taxi which takes 20 h 19 min and costs ₱9,000 - ₱12,000.

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It takes approximately 4 h 59 min to get from Zamboanga to Sabah, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Zamboanga Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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AirAsia Philippines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer flights from Zamboanga 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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Map of how to get from Zamboanga to Sabah.
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  • Distance: 361.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 59 min

What companies run services between Zamboanga, Philippines and Sabah, Malaysia?

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia Philippines fly from Zamboanga to Penampang once daily.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu via Manila
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $270
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu via Manila
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Bus operators
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
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
Book at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Aleson Shipping
Phone
63 (062) 992-0970
Website
aleson-shipping.com
Car ferry from Zamboanga to Sandakan Harbour
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
aleson-shipping.com
Economy
$59
Aircon
$64
Cabin
$70
Other operators
Taxi from Sandakan Harbour to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Sandakan Taxi Service
Phone
+60 12-916 7860

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