Buses from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan

Buses from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan

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Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan Schedule

Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Malaysia Airlines Economy #MH204207:15 - 07:55$ 35.74
AirAsia Economy #AK649208:45 - 09:35$ 68.82
AirAsia Economy #AK649611:40 - 12:25$ 32.56
Malaysia Airlines Economy #MH301815:00 - 15:55$ 104.96
Sida Express Express 20:00 - 03:25$ 10.75

Transportation from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan

  • Buses
    $ 11
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How to get from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan is a safe, comfortable and less expensive alternative for traveling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. To less traveled destinations, there may be only 1 scheduled trip a day. The most common bus types are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned, and premium buses.

It is best to reserve your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Check our list of bus companies available for online booking offering Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan tickets. When traveling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to higher numbers of travelers, both vacation-makers and urban workers returning home to their provincial home.

How far is it from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan?

Traveling by bus, the distance from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan depends on the route taken. Most bus companies travel via expressways or tollways. This may not necessarily be the shortest route but it is the fastest one as normally there is less traffic and no traffic lights.

To get to certain island destinations which are not connected to the mainland by a bridge, buses board large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus, but there is no need to take your luggage from the bus. The travel distance from port to port is added to the total distance.

How long does it take to get from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan by Bus?

The estimate travel time from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan is about 7h 25m. Note that traveling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan may differ greatly There is usually more traffic between morning until afternoon during weekdays than during weekends.

Another important factor that may affect travel time is the type of bus. Premium or VIP buses are usually faster as they use motorways and call to fewer bus stations (if any) en route. Buses normally make short 10-30-minute breaks after a few hours of continuous travel to allow passengers use bathrooms, stock up on munchies and let bus attendants and the driver have rest.

Some premium buses have onboard toilets and the second driver. Nevertheless, usually they still make en route stops for a quick lunch or fuel refill.

How much does it cost to get from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan by Bus?

The ticket price from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan can vary depending on the type of buses you choose. For a less expensive ticket consider non-air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Premium or luxury buses are more expensive but you can expect more comfort and some additional services like phone charging ports, personal entertainment system screens and toilets.

Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan timetable of bus departure and arrival times.

Best Rated Companies for this Route

Bus companies differ a lot in quality and service they provide. When choosing a bus company for you travels, do some basic research before you buy your tickets.

Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider. We also recommend you checking reviews on overall service quality of the bus companies serving this route.

Our service only partners with reliable and trustworthy bus companies. We do our best to provide your a choice of the best operators available on each route.