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Flights to Kota Kinabalu in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 14% potential price rise
Cheapest inAprilBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average priceRM 364Average for round-trip flights in June 2021
Round-trip fromRM 248From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
One-way fromRM 41One-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu

Cheapest prices for Kota Kinabalu flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Kota Kinabalu found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
RM 340
February
RM 319
March
RM 324
April
RM 314
May
RM 300
June
RM 305
July
RM 301
August
RM 347
September
RM 309
October
RM 309
November
RM 332
December
RM 482
Currently, May is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Flying to Kota Kinabalu in December will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Average Kota Kinabalu flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
MY1 - BKI
Price
RM 300 - RM 541
BKI
Temperature
31 - 33 °C
BKI
Rainfall
79 - 411 mm
Flying to Kota Kinabalu in May is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Kota Kinabalu then April is statistically the hottest. October is historically the period with most rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to Kota Kinabalu?

The price you pay for your flight to Kota Kinabalu may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 56 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

The cheapest day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is usually Thursday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

To get the best value, try booking a flight at midday when visiting Kota Kinabalu. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the evening as these tend to have higher demand.

The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu enjoys a prime location on the shore of the South China Sea and is an inspired choice for exciting holiday and breaks. KK, as it’s also known, is surrounded by tropical rainforest and enjoys some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets in the world.  The city is on the beautiful island of Borneo, and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a major attraction, while the Koto Kinabalu National Park is also within easy reach.  Fish to your heart’s content in one of the world’s top fishing spots, or explore the history and culture of the region.  With spectacular beaches, Mount Kinabalu, historic sites and national parks within easy reach, you can easily tailor your holiday to your personal preferences.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is about 20 to 30 minutes from the city by boat, and divers from all over the world come to explore popular dive sites like the Gaya wreck. The islands and beaches throughout the national park are breathtaking, and offer a wide range of snorkelling and diving opportunities.

Learn more about the history of the city by visiting some of the local museums such as the Sabah State Museum, or take in local art at the Sabah Art Gallery or Borneo Art Gallery. Local sights such as the Atkinson Clock Tower which was built in 1902 when the city was still part of the British Commonwealth, or take a walk up to the Signal Hill Observatory for superb views. 

Be sure to see the fabulous city mosque and the Sabah state mosque, as well as the amazing Che Sui Khor Pagoda.  Each is an impressive structure and a stark contrast to the modern buildings in the downtown area.

No visit to the city would be complete without trying some of the many local foods and there are dozens of food stalls or kedai kopi (coffee shops) offering everything from Malay and Chinese to Javanese food.

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When is the best time to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Lying between the coast and Mount Kinabalu means that rain showers are an almost daily occurrence in the city. However, they are normally short and refreshing.  Temperatures are an average of 28C (82.4F) all year round, and the hottest months are April and May. January is the coolest month and also one of the best times to plan a visit to catch the Chinese New Year celebrations. Thanks to stable weather conditions, any time of year is perfect for a holiday in the city, though it is drier in February and March.

Because weather is reasonably stable and the difference between wet and dry season is not marked, flights to the city don’t fluctuate in price much over the course of the year.  School holidays and the Chinese New Year combined with the dry season make the months of January to April slightly more expensive, while the ‘wet season’ from September to the beginning of January tends to be slightly cheaper.

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Getting around Kota Kinabalu

There are minibus and van services which locals use to get around the town, and these are a budget-friendly option for travellers. Taxis are plentiful, but unlike the airport service, you will need to haggle to agree the fare you want to pay. The city is small and getting around on foot is relatively simple if you’re aware of traffic.

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What airport do you fly into for flights to Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu (BKI), located 5.8 km from the city centre, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Kota Kinabalu.

Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu in June, July 2021

The best prices found for BKI flights for June, July
5 Jul - 5 Jul
RM 244pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
14 Jul - 15 Jul
RM 248pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
AirAsia
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
AirAsia
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
12 Jul - 13 Jul
RM 281pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl

Kota Kinabalu 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu found for this year
5 Jul - 5 Jul
RM 244pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
14 Jul - 15 Jul
RM 248pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
AirAsia
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
AirAsia
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
12 Jul - 13 Jul
RM 281pp
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines
Direct
KUL
Kuala Lumpur Intl

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