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Home Flights Asia Malaysia Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu

Popular in June High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise
Cheapest in September Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price $846 Average for round-trip flights in April 2020
Round-trip from $1127 From New York to Kota Kinabalu

Cheapest Prices for Kota Kinabalu flights by month

January
$886
February
$916
March
$969
April
$923
May
$1021
June
$1263
July
$1090
August
$952
September
$983
October
$868
November
$731
December
$1006
Currently, November is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Flying to Kota Kinabalu in June 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?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
NYC - BKI
Price
$731 - $1885
BKI
Temperature
87.8 - 91.4 °F
BKI
Rainfall
3.11 - 16.18 inches
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. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Kota Kinabalu, the warmest period tends to be April, with the wettest being October.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

At the moment, Saturday is the most economical day to take a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Sunday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly?

To get the best value, try booking a flight in the morning when visiting Kota Kinabalu. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the afternoon 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 vacations 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 vacation 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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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 82.4 degrees (Fahrenheit) 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 vacation 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 vacations 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 travelers. 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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