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About Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Summary info about Kota Kinabalu flight prices, duration and airlines

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Fastest flight time

24h 30m

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4 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £376 (London Gatwick to Kota Kinabalu).
The best return flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £709 (London Heathrow to Kota Kinabalu).
The fastest flight to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom takes 24h 30m (London Stansted to Kota Kinabalu).
There are 4 airlines operating flights to Kota Kinabalu, including Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

Cheapest flights to Kota Kinabalu airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Kota Kinabalu airports from your nearest city or airport
London Heathrow Airport
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 £775

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTFebruary16% cheaperFlying from London Heathrow Airport to Kota Kinabalu costs on average just £671 in February
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTDecember19% more expensiveIt costs about £943 for flights to Kota Kinabalu from London Heathrow Airport in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTApril472% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Kota Kinabalu from London Heathrow Airport in April than any other month

When is the best time 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.

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.

The best price found on momondo to Kota Kinabalu was £23/pp from Miri, which is 95% 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.

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 £668. If you’re not able to fly to Kota Kinabalu in January, then February is your next best option. Flight prices from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu during February average around £669.

We recommend purchasing flights from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu 35 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 £775. However, in the past 72 hours, people saw flights from United Kingdom for as low as £709.

The cheapest day to depart from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as £760. Flights from United Kingdom to Kota Kinabalu on a Friday will generally be more expensive and average around £853. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.

The cheapest time of day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is at midday when flights can be purchased for as low as £784. Flights in the evening are often more expensive, with an average ticket price of £896.

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.

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

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.

With an average price of £460 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.

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
Multiple Airlines
7 Dec
LHR05:00London Heathrow
38h 15m
4 stops
BKI19:15Kota Kinabalu
18 Dec
BKI03:35Kota Kinabalu
53h 10m
3 stops
LHR08:45London Heathrow
Malaysia Airlines
6 Nov
LHR05:25London Heathrow
16h 45m
1 stop
BKI22:10Kota Kinabalu
20 Nov
BKI16:45Kota Kinabalu
25h 40m
1 stop
LHR18:25London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
6 Nov
LHR04:00London Heathrow
22h 20m
2 stops
BKI02:20Kota Kinabalu
20 Nov
BKI08:00Kota Kinabalu
25h 15m
2 stops
LHR09:15London Heathrow
Singapore Airlines
8 Nov
LHR17:05London Heathrow
61h 00m
1 stop
BKI06:05Kota Kinabalu
15 Nov
BKI08:30Kota Kinabalu
33h 50m
1 stop
LHR18:20London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
9 Nov
LHR13:45London Heathrow
29h 15m
1 stop
BKI19:00Kota Kinabalu
9 Jan
BKI07:30Kota Kinabalu
38h 40m
1 stop
LHR22:10London Heathrow
Malaysia Airlines
21 Nov
LHR16:25London Heathrow
16h 45m
1 stop
BKI09:10Kota Kinabalu
17 Feb
BKI00:20Kota Kinabalu
18h 05m
1 stop
LHR18:25London Heathrow

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 Etihad Airways
Multiple Airlines
13 Dec
LGW14:10London Gatwick
41h 00m
3 stops
BKI07:10Kota Kinabalu
Etihad Airways
10 Oct
LHR17:55London Heathrow
34h 40m
2 stops
BKI04:35Kota Kinabalu
Multiple Airlines
13 Oct
LGW01:45London Gatwick
26h 00m
3 stops
BKI03:45Kota Kinabalu

Which airlines fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Kota Kinabalu

Which airlines fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Based on our data, the most popular airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu from United Kingdom are Malaysia Airlines, China Southern, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. There may also be other airline options depending on where in United Kingdom you’re flying from.

Emirates Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Emirates will jet to Kota Kinabalu around 70 times in an average week. Where you fly from will dictate what kind of deals you can get for Emirates, but prices as low as £551 have been found from Edinburgh Turnhouse to Kota Kinabalu. Emirates has scored 8.4/10 in momondo user reviews.

Qatar Airways Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Qatar Airways flights to Kota Kinabalu can start from as low as £604 (round-trip, from Birmingham, found in the last 72 hours). Over 70 flights that Qatar Airways operates to Kota Kinabalu in a normal week, prices can vary significantly. The most popular Qatar Airways flight to Kota Kinabalu is from Kuala Lumpur Intl. Qatar Airways has been rated 7.9/10 by momondo users, in 330 reviews.

Airports near Kota Kinabalu

Below you will find all the airports in Kota Kinabalu along with their distance from the city centre

How do you get to the city centre from Kota Kinabalu airport?

Kota Kinabalu airport is situated on the city’s outskirts, providing easy access to the centre. The coastal Route 1 Highway runs straight between the airport and city centre, getting you there in less than 15 minutes. Taxis are available 24/7 from outside the airport but if you’re looking to save money you can download apps like Uber, Grab, or FYI. Just one taxi company operates in the airport. To grab one, you have to buy your ticket beforehand from the Airport Taxi desk inside Arrivals. The LTT KKIA shuttle bus is a cheaper option. It runs from 7.30am until 8.30pm from outside the terminal and gets you to Merdeka Square in about half an hour, stopping by various hotels along the way. Tickets are bought at the ‘Airport Bus’ desk inside Arrivals.

Popular routes to Kota Kinabalu

Most frequently searched flights to Kota Kinabalu along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
London to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time16h 45m
Cheapest price£652
Manchester to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time26h 25m
Cheapest price£856
Birmingham to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time20h 15m
Cheapest price£908

Visa requirements for 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.

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Best things to do and see 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.

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