The airport
Kota Kinabalu has the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, the airport is the central gateway into Sabah. Kota Kinabalu International Airport, KKIA, has flights coming in from Kuala Lumpur and international destinations as Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and Brunei. There are also domestic flights to and from other Sabah cities as Sandakan, Tawau and Lahad Datu. There are two terminals at KKIA, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the later re-opened in January 2007 in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

From Kota Kinabalu Airport
A taxi cost around RM 25 and takes only ten minutes to the city centre 8 kilometres (5 miles) away. There is no urban bus service at the airport but you can catch a minibus at the main road to the city centre that will cost RM 1.50. Alternatively, book an airport shuttle (from 40 RM in a shared minicoach).