Kota Kinabalu airport: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

The airport of the Malaysian Kota Kinabalu has two terminals. Terminal 1 has recently been renovated and expanded and handles both domestic and international flights. Terminal 2 lies somewhat remote, on the other side of the runway, and is only intended for budget airlines. There's no connection between both terminals.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: BKI
ICAO airport code: WBKK


Local transport


There's no direct train connection with Kota Kinabalu Airport. The nearest train station, of Sabah State Railway, is located two kilometers north of Terminal 1.

Car and bus

The airport is situated 8 kilometers southwest of Kota Kinabalu's city center. From the center you can reach the airport by rental car via the Jalan Lintas Road (A1) which connects with Jalan Kepayan, the road that runs along the terminal. The way to the airport is clearly signposted.

Regular buses 17 and 19 don't stop at the terminal, but on the road past the parking lot (Jalan Kepayan). These buses only run once an hour. It's easier to take a minibus to the city center.

Car rental Kota Kinabalu Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1. Four rental companies are present at Kota Kinabalu Airport, one international company (Hertz) and three local car rental providers: Borneo Trails, KK Leisure Tour and KMT. There are also counters of car rental companies in Terminal 2, but only of local providers.


Taxis are the only means of public transport between Kota Kinabalu Airport and the city center. You can buy a ticket for the taxi in a kiosk outside the Arrivals Hall (standard rate 30 ringgit). You can also choose to ignore the ticket kiosk and walk to the road in front of the terminal. It's cheaper to stop a taxi here. Make sure to agree upfront on a price though.

Airport Parking

There's a short and long-term parking lot outside the terminal.




There are no hotels at Kota Kinabalu Airport, but there are some nearby, including two Shangri-La hotels: Tanjung Aru Resort (Tel. +60(0)88 327 878) and Rasa Ria Resort‎ (Tel. +60(0)88 792 888). Other hotels nearby the airport are the Megah D'Aru Hotel (Tel. +60(0)88 239 666), the Crown Borneo Hotel‎ (Tel. +60(0)88 231 768) and the Seapark Condotel (Tel. +60(0)88 282 828).

Shops and restaurants

There are restaurants and (snack) bars in the Departure Hall (before customs). At the shops behind customs you'll find, apart from the usual duty-free shops, a jeweler, a souvenir shop and a shop specialized in frozen fish products.


You can store your baggage in lockers in the Departure Hall. Near the baggage claim area there's a lost-and-found counter.


In both the Arrivals and Departure Halls there are information desks for inquiries about flight schedules and airport services.


Except for basic facilities like faxing, copying and internet access Kota Kinabalu Airport doesn't offer business facilities. For this you need to turn to the luxury hotels and resorts (see Hotels) which have meeting space and conference rooms available.

Disabled facilities

Kota Kinabalu Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Other services

Maybank and CIMB Bank have exchange offices in the Arrivals and the Departure Halls. You can find ATM's scattered around the terminals. The First Aid station is located on the ground floor (Arrivals Hall). Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is only available in the VIP lounge at Kota Kinabalu Airport.




Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu
Beg Berkunci No 134
Aras 5, Bangunan Terminal
88740 Kota Kinabalu

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +60(0)88 325 555
Fax: +60(0)88 219 081
Email: unknown

Airport codes

IATA airport code: BKI
ICAO airport code: WBKK