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Cheap Flights to Kota Kinabalu

Popular in December High demand for flights, 10% potential price rise
Cheapest in May Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average price £732 Average for round-trip flights in July 2020
Round-trip from £691 From London to Kota Kinabalu
One-way from £681 One-way flight from London to Kota Kinabalu
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Kota Kinabalu related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Kota Kinabalu along with the rest of Malaysia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Malaysia has restricted entry to all travellers except for citizens, permanent residents with a MyPR card, diplomats, embassy employees, and spouses or children of Malaysian nationals, who must have a sticker label visa in the passport specifically indicating this status. Travellers with a Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) permit may also enter the country. They must have a negative COVID-19 testing result prior to their flight to Malaysia. All arriving travellers will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a designated quarantine station upon arrival. For Malaysian nationals, the government will bear the cost of MYR 150 per day for the quarantine. Other travellers will be required to bear all costs. Travellers may not transfer from international flights to domestic flights, except ifor Malaysian nationals who are travelling to Sabah or Sarawak.. If you are looking to book a trip to Kota Kinabalu and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Kota Kinabalu flights by month

January
£604
February
£609
March
£540
April
£555
May
£520
June
£543
July
£594
August
£741
September
£593
October
£549
November
£517
December
£605
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Kota Kinabalu is currently November; with August being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - BKI
Price
£517 - £1017
BKI
Temperature
31 - 33 °C
BKI
Rainfall
79 - 411 mm
Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, November is seen as the time to fly to Kota Kinabalu, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. April sees the temperatures in Kota Kinabalu peak to their warmest. October tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

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

Booking 44 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

The cheapest flights to Kota Kinabalu are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Saturday.

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

To get the best value, try booking a flight in the afternoon when visiting Kota Kinabalu. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the morning 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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