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Tamau River and Fireflies Cruise in Kota Kinabalu

Tamau River and Fireflies Cruise in Kota Kinabalu
6 hours
USD 79.00
Join the exciting river cruise to discover and explore Borneo wildlife at Tamau River with our professional English speaking guide. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive long-nosed proboscis, long-tailed macaques, birds such as Kingfishers and crocodiles. After dinner, as darkness set in, you will embark on another boat to witness and be amazed by nature's Christmas lighting, the fireflies!

Half-Day North Borneo Steam Engine Train from Kota Kinabalu

Half-Day North Borneo Steam Engine Train from Kota Kinabalu
4 hours
USD 188.00
Book this half-day trip in advance as it only runs twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday. You will embark the North Borneo Steam Engine train from Kota Kinabalu to Papar. The journey will take approximately 4-hour, starts from Tanjung Aru Railway Station to Papar. You will experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical “Tiffin” colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.

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Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) Information

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Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Where is Kota Kinabalu Airport?  

Kota Kinabalu, capital of Malaysia's Sabah state, is the main gateway for visitors to Borneo. The world's 3rd largest island, Borneo is shared by 3 countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, or KK as the locals call it, has a number of nearby tourist attractions. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kinabalu National Park and Mount Kinabalu are among the most popular.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) (IATA: BKI, ICAO: WBKK), also known as Kota Kinabalu Airport, or KK Airport, is located just southwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The airport is also referred to as KKIA or KKIA Airport, but this is not an official code.

In 2011, Kota Kinabalu Airport served 5,808,639 passengers, making it the country's 2nd busiest airport, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).

Airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport include Aeroflot, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Dragonair, Eastar Jet, Hong Kong Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, SilkAir and TransAsia Airways.

The busiest international destinations served from Kota Kinabalu Airport are Bandar, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Shenzhen, Singapore and Taipei. There are also flights to Makassar, Manila, Osaka, Perth and Vladivostok, among others.

The busiest domestic destinations served are Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Miri, Mulu, Penang, Sandakan and Tawau.

Your best bet for a Kota Kinabalu Airport transfer is a private bus. Details on all options are included in this guide.

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The 2 terminals at Kota Kinabalu Airport are located at opposite ends of the runway, and the roads leading from them to the city are different. A transfer between terminals can take 20-25 minutes, or longer.

  • Terminal 1 is served by Malaysia Airlines and Royal Burnei Airlines
  • Terminal 2 is primarily served by Air Asia


Kota Kinabalu Airport services include:

  • Internet kiosk, printing, fax, CD burning - Terminal 2
  • Duty free
  • Luggage storage - Terminal 1 (Level 3, by the frozen seafood shop!), Terminal 2 (near AirAsia ticketing)
  • Clinic - Terminal 1 (by McDonalds)
  • Birdnest shop - Terminal 1
  • Tourist information - Terminal 2


Look around if you transit Terminal 1. The column head design in the Departure Hall is inspired by ‘Wakid’ basket design, a symbolic native practice used when preparing for a meaningful journey. Rungus and Bajau ethnic patterns also appear in the floor tiles.

Additional Kota Kinabalu Airport information may be found by visiting their official website below.

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Last Updated: 14 Feb 2016