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Summary info about Kota Kinabalu flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price

£399

Best Round-Trip Price

£459

Fastest flight time

18h 00m

Operated By

5 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £399 (Manchester to Kota Kinabalu).
The best round-trip flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £459 (London Heathrow to Kota Kinabalu).
The fastest flight to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom takes 18h 00m (London Heathrow to Kota Kinabalu).
There are 5 airlines operating flights to Kota Kinabalu, including KLM, Singapore Airlines and China Eastern.

Kota Kinabalu flights insights and trends

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What is the cheapest month to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

In general, January is the cheapest month to fly from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around £768. If you’re not able to fly to Kota Kinabalu in January, then June is your next best option. Flight prices from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu during June average around £776.

What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Kota Kinabalu?

The cheapest day to depart from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu is on a Monday when prices can be found for as low as £820. Flights from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu on a Saturday will generally be more expensive and average around £942. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.

What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Kota Kinabalu?

The cheapest time of day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is at midday when flights can be purchased for as low as £694. Flights in the morning are often more expensive, with an average ticket price of £892.

How long does it take to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

If you’re flying from a popular airport in United Kingdom, such as London Heathrow or Manchester, and flying into the most popular airport in Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu), then you can expect flight times to average 16h 45m and 19h 25m, respectively.

How far in advance should I book a flight to Kota Kinabalu?

We recommend purchasing flights from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu 27 days ahead of your departure date because this is when momondo users tend to see the best flight rates. On average, our users have found flights to Kota Kinabalu for £874. However, in the past 72 hours, people saw flights from United Kingdom for as low as £734.

Cheapest flights to Kota Kinabalu airports

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London Heathrow Airport
Kota Kinabalu

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM London TO Kota Kinabalu

London (LON) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

Typically, flights to Kota Kinabalu from London are cheaper when flying from London to Kota Kinabalu, which has an average price of £874

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTApril13% cheaperFlying from London Heathrow Airport to Kota Kinabalu costs on average just £796 in April
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTAugust32% more expensiveIt costs about £1,205 for flights to Kota Kinabalu from London Heathrow Airport in August
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTJanuary1,122% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Kota Kinabalu from London Heathrow Airport in January than any other month

Frequently asked questions about flying to Kota Kinabalu

How long does it take to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Flights to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, from London, take between 18 to 21 hours if stopping for an hour or two along the way. Add a second stopover to your flight and it can take anywhere between 19 and 20 hours to get there. Flying out to Kota Kinabalu from Manchester usually means stopping twice, with a total flight time of between 20 and 25 hours. Opt for an overnight stay and it can take up to 37 hours. Flights from Glasgow to Kota Kinabalu stop twice and take around 21 hours (or up to 31 hours with a longer stopover). Stop three times and your journey time can vary anywhere between 30 and 40 hours.

Where can you fly directly into Kota Kinabalu from?

Direct flights from the UK to Kota Kinabalu airport, Malaysia, are few and far between, with most requiring one or two stops along the way. Flights out of London, Manchester, and Glasgow usually stop off in Kuala Lumpur before heading to Kota Kinabalu. If your flight is stopping twice, then you might switch planes in Abu Dhabi, Doha, or Dubai before grabbing a connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to your end point: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Some Kota Kinabalu flight deals stop three times (when flying out from Glasgow, for example), in which case your stopovers are likely to be in Amsterdam, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.

What is the absolute cheapest flight to Kota Kinabalu?

The best price found on momondo to Kota Kinabalu was £12/pp from Sandakan, which is 82% cheaper than the average flight price to Kota Kinabalu. To find the cheapest price to Kota Kinabalu from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

What is there to do in Kota Kinabalu when it’s raining?

Users planning a flight to Kota Kinabalu during the months of May, June, or July should anticipate rain. There are still things to do in Kota Kinabalu even when it's raining, though. Many tourists kill time during rain and storms by going to shopping centres in the area, like Centre Point Sabah.

When is the best time to plan a beach trip to Kota Kinabalu?

Visitors planning their holidays in Kota Kinabalu should book their flights for February or March if they are planning on visiting Pantai Tanjung Aru.

Is there an alternative airport near Kota Kinabalu?

Those flying to Kota Kinabalu could potentially find better pricing at Labuan Airport (73 mi from Kota Kinabalu city centre), Kudat Airport (83 mi from Kota Kinabalu city centre) or Lawas Airport (90 mi from Kota Kinabalu city centre) depending on the month and departure airport.

Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Kota Kinabalu?

With an average price of £66 per person, Labuan Airport is the cheapest airport to fly into when planning your trip to Kota Kinabalu. This price can fluctuate based on where you are flying from. momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool can help users find the best prices.

When did momondo last update prices for flights to Kota Kinabalu Airport?

Prices for flights to Kota Kinabalu Airport are updated daily.

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How old do you have to be to fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport?

The minimum age a child must be to fly alone is five but airlines that offer an unaccompanied minor (UNMR) service will have their own age restrictions, including rules around flight length, timings, and stopovers. We always recommend checking with the individual airline you are booking with to travel to Kota Kinabalu Airport.

What documentation or ID do you need to fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport?

The required travel and health documents for your Kota Kinabalu Airport trip may vary depending on your itinerary and personal circumstances. As a general rule, you should carry multiple documents, including a national ID card or driver's license and a passport valid for six months after your intended arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport. We recommend that you seek guidance from your airline or a reliable third party such as IATA.


Kota Kinabalu flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu found recently by users on momondo
China Eastern
13 Mar
LHR17:05London Heathrow
21h 55m
1 stop
BKI23:00Kota Kinabalu
19 Mar
BKI00:05Kota Kinabalu
25h 25m
1 stop
LHR17:30London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
13 Mar
LHR17:40London Heathrow
22h 05m
2 stops
BKI23:45Kota Kinabalu
20 Mar
BKI09:25Kota Kinabalu
38h 30m
2 stops
LHR15:55London Heathrow
China Eastern
11 Mar
LHR16:50London Heathrow
22h 10m
1 stop
BKI23:00Kota Kinabalu
14 Mar
BKI00:05Kota Kinabalu
25h 25m
1 stop
LHR17:30London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
13 Mar
LGW12:10London Gatwick
27h 35m
2 stops
BKI23:45Kota Kinabalu
20 Mar
BKI09:25Kota Kinabalu
29h 05m
2 stops
LGW06:30London Gatwick
Multiple Airlines
22 Apr
LHR22:00London Heathrow
41h 40m
2 stops
BKI22:40Kota Kinabalu
28 Apr
BKI07:00Kota Kinabalu
43h 50m
2 stops
LHR19:50London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
26 Apr
LGW11:35London Gatwick
28h 25m
1 stop
BKI23:00Kota Kinabalu
16 May
BKI01:30Kota Kinabalu
36h 10m
1 stop
LGW06:40London Gatwick

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Kota Kinabalu

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu, view some of our deals below provided by China Eastern and KLM
Multiple Airlines
30 Mar
MAN20:55Manchester
57h 50m
3 stops
BKI14:45Kota Kinabalu
Multiple Airlines
7 Mar
MAN14:20Manchester
24h 40m
2 stops
BKI23:00Kota Kinabalu
Multiple Airlines
7 Mar
MAN17:15Manchester
46h 05m
3 stops
BKI23:20Kota Kinabalu

Visa requirements for visiting Kota Kinabalu

What passport or visa requirements are there when visiting Kota Kinabalu?

UK citizens don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia unless staying for longer than three months. For longer stays, you must obtain a visa from the Malaysian High Commission in London before you travel. Either way, you’ll need a British passport that’s valid for at least six months from your date of entry. Note that if you’re planning to travel from Kota Kinabalu and Borneo Island to Peninsular Malaysia you’ll need to take your passport with you.


Best things to do and see in Kota Kinabalu

What can you see and do in Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu is situated west of the northern tip of Borneo island. It’s a bustling, modern city with towering hotels and a few colonial buildings left over from English rule. It’s also a place of striking natural beauty, sandwiched between the South China Sea and two national parks. The city centre is compact and easily walkable. Start the day strolling along KK Waterfront where modern shopping centres rub shoulders with colourful flea markets. Stop to admire Kinabalu City Mosque, a harmonious-looking building that appears to float on top of a shimmering lagoon. A 20-minute walk east of here are the Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill Observatory Tower. Both offer a sweeping panorama of the city from above. Round the day off by sampling fresh seafood at Todak Waterfront Hawker Centre then join the locals to watch the sun set on Tanjuk Aru Beach. Craving an adventure in the great outdoors? Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or head to Kinabalu National Park where experienced climbers can take on Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s tallest peak.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to find a flight deal to Kota Kinabalu?

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Can I find flights to Kota Kinabalu with flexible booking policies on momondo?

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