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About Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Summary info about Kota Kinabalu flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price

$554

Best Round-Trip Price

$925

Fastest flight time

28h 35m

Operated By

4 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United States in the last 72 hours is $554 (New York John F Kennedy Intl to Kota Kinabalu).
The best round-trip flight price to Kota Kinabalu from United States in the last 72 hours is $925 (Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu).
The fastest flight to Kota Kinabalu from United States takes 28h 35m (Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu).
There are 4 airlines operating flights to Kota Kinabalu, including Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Philippine Airlines.

Cheapest flights to Kota Kinabalu airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Kota Kinabalu airports from your nearest city or airport
Los Angeles
Kota Kinabalu

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Los Angeles TO Kota Kinabalu

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

Typically, flights to Kota Kinabalu from Los Angeles are cheaper when flying from Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu, which has an average price of $1,013

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LOS ANGELESMay35% cheaperFlying from Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu costs on average just $657 in May
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LOS ANGELESDecember60% more expensiveIt costs about $1,616 for flights to Kota Kinabalu from Los Angeles in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO KOTA KINABALU FROM LOS ANGELESDecember520% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Kota Kinabalu from Los Angeles in December than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

When flying from the United States, there are a few locations that have Kota Kinabalu flight deals, including Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. Trips departing from Boston to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, generally last between 25 and 29 hours, while journeys originating in Los Angeles normally take between 28 and 32 hours. If you will be flying out of New York, you can expect the trip to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Kota Kinabalu to last on average between 31 and 33 hours.

Unfortunately, nonstop flights from the United States to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia are not currently available. Instead, you can plan on having up to two layovers during your trip. When leaving from Boston, it is common to have layovers in the cities of Doha and Kuala Lumpur, while trips departing from Los Angeles normally stop in cities such as Tokyo and Changi. If your flight originates in New York, you may have a layover in either Istanbul or Kuala Lumpur.

Users booking trips to Kota Kinabalu from Bandar Seri Begawan found flights 95% cheaper than the average price of flights to Kota Kinabalu. To find the cheapest price to Kota Kinabalu from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

In general, September is the cheapest month to fly from United States to Kota Kinabalu. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around $762. The month of October is another great option to travel to Kota Kinabalu, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $861.

If you are planning a flight to Kota Kinabalu and are looking to avoid the rain, you should avoid traveling during the months of May, June, and July. These months will typically see 5.1 inches or more of rain, meaning that rain is likely. If you do run into rain while in Kota Kinabalu, there are still things to do and ways to enjoy your trip. For those looking to get out of the rain and do a little shopping, check out Centre Point Sabah.

Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Kota Kinabalu is possible. If you are planning a flight to Kota Kinabalu, consider booking flights to Labuan Airport (73 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center), Kudat Airport (83 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center) or Lawas Airport (90 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center).

Lawas Airport has an average price of $70 per person and is typically the cheapest airport to fly into when visiting Kota Kinabalu. This average price does vary based on departure city. Try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool to find the cheapest flight.



Kota Kinabalu flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Kota Kinabalu found recently by users on momondo
Singapore Airlines
Nov 1
LAX9:45 amLos Angeles
30h 55m
2 stops
BKI4:40 pmKota Kinabalu
Dec 11
BKI2:45 pmKota Kinabalu
40h 10m
1 stop
LAX6:55 amLos Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Nov 1
LAX9:45 amLos Angeles
31h 30m
3 stops
BKI5:15 pmKota Kinabalu
Dec 11
BKI2:45 pmKota Kinabalu
40h 10m
1 stop
LAX6:55 amLos Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Nov 1
LAX9:45 amLos Angeles
31h 30m
3 stops
BKI5:15 pmKota Kinabalu
Dec 11
BKI4:40 pmKota Kinabalu
29h 50m
3 stops
LAX10:30 pmLos Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Nov 1
LAX9:45 amLos Angeles
31h 30m
3 stops
BKI5:15 pmKota Kinabalu
Dec 11
BKI4:40 pmKota Kinabalu
29h 50m
2 stops
LAX10:30 pmLos Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Nov 7
SFO4:30 amSan Francisco
33h 40m
2 stops
BKI2:10 pmKota Kinabalu
Nov 11
BKI11:10 amKota Kinabalu
31h 40m
2 stops
SFO6:50 pmSan Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Sep 8
SFO7:30 amSan Francisco
32h 20m
1 stop
BKI3:50 pmKota Kinabalu
Sep 20
BKI11:00 amKota Kinabalu
33h 40m
2 stops
SFO8:40 pmSan Francisco

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Kota Kinabalu

If you're looking for one-way flights from United States to Kota Kinabalu, view some of our deals below provided by Emirates
Multiple Airlines
Sep 26
JFK10:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
38h 50m
3 stops
BKI12:50 amKota Kinabalu
Multiple Airlines
Sep 26
JFK10:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
32h 45m
2 stops
BKI6:45 pmKota Kinabalu
Multiple Airlines
Sep 25
JFK8:25 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
30h 50m
2 stops
BKI3:15 amKota 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?

China Eastern, Korean Air, China Southern and Malaysia Airlines are the most popular airlines that fly from United States to Kota Kinabalu on a routine basis, according to our data. You should be able to find flights to Kota Kinabalu with these airlines and other airlines flying from United States.

Singapore Airlines Flights to Kota Kinabalu

The most popular airline for flights to Kota Kinabalu on momondo is Singapore Airlines, which operates 3 flights in this direction every week. Most depart out of Singapore Changi, with the best deal for Singapore Airlines flights to Kota Kinabalu being $894 (round-trip, Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu, momondo searches within the last 72 hours). In 50 Singapore Airlines reviews, it is rated 8.4 by momondo users.

Malaysia Airlines Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Malaysia Airlines (7.6/10, 8 reviews) is also a popular choice for flights to Kota Kinabalu, with deals from as low as $1,230 from Seattle/Tacoma Intl, round-trip. With 68 Malaysia Airlines flights to Kota Kinabalu on average each week, prices can vary significantly by origin and availability.


Airports near Kota Kinabalu

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

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

One of the easiest ways to travel from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to the city’s downtown area is by either taking a local taxi or renting your own vehicle. Depending on if there is any traffic at the time, the drive will normally last you between 15 and 20 minutes. You can rent a car directly from the airport, and there are a few companies to choose from, including Avis, Budget, and Hertz. There is also an airport taxi counter that can be found in the arrivals terminal. Unfortunately, neither ridesharing apps nor public transportation are options for traveling between these two locations.


Popular routes to Kota Kinabalu

Most frequently searched flights to Kota Kinabalu along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
San Francisco to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time30h 55m
Cheapest price$873
Los Angeles to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time28h 55m
Cheapest price$902
Boston to Kota Kinabalu Flights
Fastest flight time29h 20m
Cheapest price$2,458

Visa requirements for visiting Kota Kinabalu

If you are a United States citizen, you are not required to have a visa in order to fly to Kota Kinabalu or a different part of Malaysia. However, you must book a return ticket that is scheduled within at least 90 days of your arrival. In addition, you must have a valid United States passport that does not expire throughout the duration of your trip, or within six months of your expected return date. Your passport must have at least two blank pages in order to receive your stamp from immigration. If you are able to present all of these valid documents, you will generally have the right to stay in the country for up to 90 days as a tourist.


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Best things to do and see in Kota Kinabalu

If you want to spend some time by the ocean, make sure to head to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a group of five islands that is known for its swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Those that enjoy hiking won’t want to miss out on exploring Mount Kinabalu, a large peak that is situated in a protected park. Learn about the region’s rich local history by going to the Sabah State Museum, which has a selection of exhibits related to ethnography. The Mari Mari Cultural Village is also a popular attraction among visitors and will give you the opportunity to see traditional tribal performances.


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