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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 AIRPORT||February||16% cheaper||Flying 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 AIRPORT||December||19% more expensive||It 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 AIRPORT||April||472% more users visited||More momondo users searched in flights to Kota Kinabalu from London Heathrow Airport in April than any other month|
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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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