Airfare to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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A popular tourist town, Kota Kinabalu is most noted for its natural attractions: sun, sand, water and Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is southeast Asia’s tallest mountain, and a popular climb for locals and tourists alike. With a hight of less than 13,000 feet, most climbers spend two days reading the peak and returning to town.

Airfare to Kota Kinabalu will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.

Also consider flights into Kuala Lumpur. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia flies to Kota Kinabalu. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.

Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.

Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Malaysia Airlines is the national airline. However, Cathay Pacific, SilkAir and other airlines also stop in Kota Kinabalu.

The most expensive air tickets to Kota Kinabalu are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.

Summary of Money Saving Tips:

  • Fly mid-week
  • Book your holiday during the off-peak season
  • Consider flying into Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and traveling overland to Kota Kinabalu via train or bus and cheap flight
  • Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
  • Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition

For more information on Kota Kinabalu, check out BootsnAll’s Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide.

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