The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is located about 8 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. The airport serves the city of Kota Kinabalu as well as the entire west coast of Sabah. It is one of the busiest airports in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport with around 4 million passengers using this airport annually for domestic and international flights.

Travelling around Sabah has never been difficult. There are a few choices of transportation to get around Sabah to choose from; one have to do some planning beforehand to avoid stress as well as saving time on the journey.

How to get to Tambunan from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)

KKIA to Padang Merdeka Terminal (bus and taxi terminal)
For backpackers, the cheapest way to travel to Tambunan is by bus. In general, Kota Kinabalu has four bus terminals, namely Wawasan Terminal, Padang Terminal, and City Park Terminal. Therefore, knowing which one to go is very important if travelers don't want to miss their destinations. To go Tambunan, travelers need to take a bus or taxi from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Padang Merdeka Bus Terminal.

Airport Bus
It costs RM 5 (one way) from KKIA to Padang Merdeka Bus Terminal

In this modern era, travelers can also opt for Grab from KKIA to Padang Merdeka Terminal. The price is depending on the peak hour.

Padang Merdeka Terminal to Tambunan
As the name implies, Padang Merdeka Terminal is located near the old field (padang) below the Signal hill. It is a bus terminal where travelers can take buses to most city/towns in West Coast and Interior of Sabah.

The best time to catch a bus to Tambunan is in the early morning when many buses are scheduled to leave between 7am and 10am. Some buses do leave in the afternoon but the frequencies then would be much lesser compared with those in the morning. Although there are some large buses, most are actually minivans which only depart once they are full. You would end up waiting for an hour. 




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