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$522 Find cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu

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Cheap flight deals to Kota Kinabalu

Here are some of the best deals found on KAYAK recently from the most popular airlines for round-trip flights to Kota Kinabalu that are departing in the next months. While these flights were available on KAYAK in the last 72 hours, prices and availability are subject to change and deals may expire.
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20:50 - 16:45AKL-BKI
23h 55m1 stop
12:05 - 05:30BKI-AKL
37h 25m2 stops
$1,196
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Sat, 3 Aug - Sat, 17 Aug
21:25 - 22:55AKL-BKI
29h 30m1 stop
23:55 - 16:35BKI-AKL
35h 40m1 stop
$1,252China Southern
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Wed, 18 Sep - Wed, 16 Oct
21:25 - 22:55AKL-BKI
29h 30m1 stop
23:55 - 15:35BKI-AKL
35h 40m1 stop
$1,257China Southern
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Sat, 3 Aug - Sat, 17 Aug
21:25 - 22:55AKL-BKI
29h 30m1 stop
09:50 - 16:35BKI-AKL
25h 45m2 stops
$1,299
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Wed, 18 Sep - Wed, 16 Oct
21:25 - 22:55AKL-BKI
29h 30m1 stop
09:50 - 16:35BKI-AKL
25h 45m2 stops
$1,301
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Sun, 22 Sep - Sun, 20 Oct
19:30 - 22:55AKL-BKI
31h 25m2 stops
06:00 - 05:30BKI-AKL
19h 30m2 stops
$1,314
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Sat, 3 Aug - Sat, 17 Aug
20:50 - 02:20AKL-BKI
33h 30m3 stops
06:00 - 05:30BKI-AKL
19h 30m2 stops
$1,324
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Sat, 3 Aug - Sat, 17 Aug
20:50 - 02:20AKL-BKI
33h 30m3 stops
16:35 - 05:30BKI-AKL
32h 55m3 stops
$1,356
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Sat, 3 Aug - Sat, 17 Aug
00:25 - 00:40AKL-BKI
28h 15m1 stop
21:45 - 23:50BKI-AKL
21h 05m1 stop
$1,464Malaysia Airlines
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Sat, 21 Sep - Sun, 20 Oct
00:25 - 18:20AKL-BKI
21h 55m1 stop
21:45 - 23:50BKI-AKL
21h 05m1 stop
$1,557Malaysia Airlines
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Flights to Kota Kinabalu - Travel Insights & Trends

Get data-powered insights and trends into flights to Kota Kinabalu to help you find the cheapest flights, the best time to fly and much more.

What is the cheapest day to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

The average price of all flights to Kota Kinabalu clicked on KAYAK for each day over the last 12 months.
Based on KAYAK data, the cheapest day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is Thursday where tickets can be as cheap as $1,565. On the other hand, the most expensive day to fly is Saturday, where prices are $1,892 on average.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Kota Kinabalu?

To calculate monthly average prices, KAYAK takes all prices for each month over the last year for flights to Kota Kinabalu, removes the top 0.1% to account for outliers, and then takes the median of all values for each month.
The cheapest month for flights to Kota Kinabalu is March, where tickets cost $1,459 on average for one-way flights. On the other hand, the most expensive months are December and October, where the average cost of tickets from New Zealand is $2,308 and $2,092 respectively. For return trips, the best month to travel is March with an average price of $1,459.

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

The average price for all flights to Kota Kinabalu depending on the time of departure, clicked by users on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks.
The cheapest time of day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is generally in the morning, when flights cost $1,328 on average. The most expensive time of day to fly to Kota Kinabalu is generally in the afternoon, which is peak travel time and where the average cost of a ticket is $1,683.

How long is the flight to Kota Kinabalu?

The duration of your flight to Kota Kinabalu depends on your departure and arrival airports. Obviously any flights that include a layover will also be longer. The most popular route to Kota Kinabalu on KAYAK is from Auckland, which takes 23h 55m.

Good to know

Low season

October

High season

May

Cheapest flight

$522
Best time to beat the crowds but there is an average 17% increase in price.
Most popular time to fly and prices are also 15% lower on average.
Flight from Auckland to Kota Kinabalu

When to book flights to Kota Kinabalu

Are your dates flexible? Find out the best times to travel to Kota Kinabalu based on our flight data from the last year. Discover the cheapest month and even day to fly.
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KAYAK looks at all historical flight data for each date to provide a predicted price for one-way trips or returns with a duration up to 40 days. The information is for flights to Kota Kinabalu based on your location. While we try to provide actual minimum prices for each date, some prices are predictions and actual prices may differ.

FAQs - booking Kota Kinabalu flights

  • How far is Kota Kinabalu from central Kota Kinabalu?

    There are 6 km between Kota Kinabalu city centre and Kota Kinabalu.

  • What is the name of Kota Kinabalu’s airport?

    When flying to Kota Kinabalu, you'll arrive at Kota Kinabalu (BKI). The airport is also known as Kota Kinabalu or Kota Kinabalu Intl.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights to Kota Kinabalu?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights to Kota Kinabalu.

  • How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket to Kota Kinabalu?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Kota Kinabalu is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

  • What is the Hacker Fare option on flights to Kota Kinabalu?

    Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket. You could then fly to Kota Kinabalu with an airline and back with another airline.

  • What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight to Kota Kinabalu?

    Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Kota Kinabalu up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.

  • Which airline offers the most flights to Kota Kinabalu?

    Of the 4 airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu, AirAsia offers the most flights, with around 241 per week, followed by Malaysia Airlines with 140 flights per week.

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Find which airlines fly direct to Kota Kinabalu, which days they fly and book direct flights.

Direct departures

New Zealand to Kota Kinabalu

Monday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +21 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +22 more

Tuesday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +22 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +23 more

Wednesday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +23 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +24 more

Thursday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +25 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +26 more

Friday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +21 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +22 more

Saturday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +24 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +25 more

Sunday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +24 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +25 more

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Direct returns

Kota Kinabalu to New Zealand

Monday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +21 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +22 more

Tuesday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +22 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +23 more

Wednesday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +23 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +24 more

Thursday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +25 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +26 more

Friday

AirAsia, Batik Air, China Eastern, +21 more

AirAsia, Batik Air, +22 more

Saturday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +24 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +25 more

Sunday

Air Busan, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, +24 more

Air Busan, AirAsia, +25 more

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Top 3 airlines flying to Kota Kinabalu

 
See real verified KAYAK customer reviews for airlines flying to Kota Kinabalu. Airline scores are aggregated from all reviews left by passengers on KAYAK after flying with an airline from New Zealand to Kota Kinabalu. KAYAK doesn’t show reviews that are older than 5 years. Learn how KAYAK collects reviews.
Need help choosing which airline to fly with to Kota Kinabalu? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
8.2
Singapore AirlinesOverall score based on 1401 reviews
8.4Boarding
8.2Entertainment
8.7Crew
7.8Food
8.1Comfort
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If I made the connection in Singapore I was stuck there for 24 hours you owe me 355.00 for accommodations

10.0 ExcellentAnonymous, Jun 2024HKT - SIN
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If I made the connection in Singapore I was stuck there for 24 hours you owe me 355.00 for accommodations

Crews were great but food not much selection just all tailored for Asian passengers.

Too many luggages for 1 passenger (4 bags) will make all the overhead luggage bins a challenge to fit them all. Some have oversized hand carry as in like back packer size bags shouldn’t be allowed as handcarry.

I had a great experience with Singapore airlines as always. The partner airline, Scoot was fine except my bag was misplaced during the shuffle. Ultimately, my baggage arrived intact. Attempting to inquire about my baggage was impossible.

Good flight. Fiod was ready a bit late hence a hurry to finish before landing. Excellent crew and service

Good flight. The food was served a bit late, hence a hurry to finish before landing. Excellent crew and service

I commend the flight attendants on our SFO-SIN flight who went above and beyond to provide us with extra snacks and food. This type of service makes the flight experience personal and awesome.

They made me check my carry on even though there was room We un boarded in a strange way but overall it was good

Seating cramped; close to toilet, foul smelling and noisy, very unhygienic and disease risk Free and paid Wi-Fi NOT accessible at all - misleading advertising Very expensive sunglasses disappeared from back seat pouch. Coffee disgusting and cold

Every thing was fine. Some ild classical Hindi movies should be add

Had some luggage loading delays but it was still a good experience

We bought the business class tickets. The check-in staff and onboard crew were excellent, providing commendable service throughout. However, it was disappointing to find that China Southern Airlines does not have a lounge at SFO. Instead, passengers were provided with a $35 per person food voucher, which fell short of expectations. Furthermore, the quality of the onboard food left much to be desired, marking a significant decline compared to our previous flight experience in 2019, prior to the pandemic.

Wuhan - Dubai. Old plane: 1. Only USB charger. No power outlet to plug in.. 2. Super narrow seat layout 3. Toilet cover consistently fell down and hit my back when sitting on it.. :( 4. Entertainment system touch screen not sensitive, and need to press hard or use finger tips to hit. Crew were very nice and accommodating though.

1. I got very poor check in experience with the counter lady . This is the first airline I ever experienced that no combine check in weight allow . Even we have 4 of us but weight counter by piece . So we wasted lot of time argue and repack . This is super crazy 2. Next I left my Samsung tablet on the plane . And I started to escalate and finally spoke to southern airline lost and found in Malaysia and the amazing answer she give is : system nothing found and please try to call southern airline in china 🧐 . I have been flying many other airlines but this is my first encounterment with such irresponsible airline response and no empathy given to customer . My feeling is nobody bother whether how customer like me feel and I’m just too small for the management to take note .

No red vine, no whiskey, no vodka. No that I wanted all of them at once but still...

During flight, some passengers perform stomping leg exercises which disturb the comfort (I.e. sleep) of other passengers.

No good but was short flight. Both of our China Southern flights were on time. No surprises.

The flight was okay it was the kayak customer service that was poor, I have been trying to change my name on my flight ticket 3 days before my flight and nothing got done about it even tho I messaged so many times and phoned, all I got in return was that is was being processed and still to this day nothing has been done about it, I think it’s disgusting and un needed stress to the trip.

The food was perfect. The boarding process is a bit long. Given the late boarding time, I felt very tired by the time I was seated.

Quality flight from start to finish. Customer service is evidently very important to this company. The staff really exceeded expectations.

Ok, but legspace on MH0127 from Kul to Per was too small. It was not possible to tilt my seat which I don't understand because the seat in front of my could do it. So I didn't rest on the flight. Also, the crew was probably understaffed because it took very long time to take trash after the meal. Everything very different from the flight with Malaysian Airlines from London to KL.

Service / food has to be much better. Staff were not very attentive to requests. Requested for a second serve of coke and got a weird look back from the host! Was also told they don’t have extra water bottles when I requested for one before sleep! Dinner time food was very minimum and average.

An overnight Doha to KL. Great sleep, good service and tasty food in business class

chaos boarding. Crew in business class seemed short staffed and lacking in attention to details initially, but did improve during flight.

The cabin was quite noisy as there were lots of children travelling for the school holidays. Found the selection of movies limited.

Delayed, not enough information. Had to ask for refreshments, crew could have been more proactive

The best so far coz this time it was all male steward on the economy cluster. They were polite, efficient & genuinely courteous. They do not judge you when you ask for more food & peanuts.

Delayed for 45 minutes. Don't know what's the issue. Other than that, food was not to my satisfaction. However it's okay.

My first course flight (Aor-Kul) was cancelled in the morning, and they asked me to board the night flight hence I need to transit overnight for the 2nd flight (Kul-Myy) that supposed to be on the same day. The overnight stay was not provided, (I'm traveling with my spouse, a daughter (5 y.o.) and an infant (2 months old). Hence I booked Sama Sama Hotel at my own expense (fortunately using my enrich miles points). Other than this issue, all services is good.

My experience with the flight was okay. My experience checking in was absolutely terrible. I was told I needed to change my e-ticket number to check in because I missed my flight in PDX. Even when shown the itinerary, they didn't budge and sent me to KLM across the airport. KLM wasn't open until 8pm and my flight was at 7:30pm. Nobody made accommodations in any way to get me to KUL. To add insult to injury, they rescheduled my flight to the very next day, creating a very long layover and did not offer any hotel stay. After this, even worse, I found out later they delayed the first 7:30pm flight to 9:10pm. Meaning, I could have still boarded but they refused to even try to get me on the plane. As a result, I missed a day of work and lost pay for the day. Also, when I went to get my luggage, it wasn't there. It was STILL in Singapore. They had from 5:30pm to 5am to get my luggage onto the plane and they still couldn't get that right. This is the worst experience I've had flying anywhere in the past decade I've been travelling.

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Recent return flight deals

 
These are the cheapest return flights to Kota Kinabalu found on KAYAK in the last 72 hours.
3/8Sat
1 stop
23h 55mAKL-BKI
17/8Sat
2 stops
37h 25mBKI-AKL
$1,196
18/9Wed
1 stopChina Southern
29h 30mAKL-BKI
16/10Wed
1 stopChina Southern
35h 40mBKI-AKL
$1,252
3/8Sat
1 stopChina Southern
29h 30mAKL-BKI
17/8Sat
1 stopChina Southern
35h 40mBKI-AKL
$1,257
18/9Wed
1 stop
29h 30mAKL-BKI
16/10Wed
2 stops
25h 45mBKI-AKL
$1,299
22/9Sun
1 stop
29h 30mAKL-BKI
20/10Sun
2 stops
25h 45mBKI-AKL
$1,301
3/8Sat
2 stops
31h 25mAKL-BKI
17/8Sat
2 stops
19h 30mBKI-AKL
$1,314
3/8Sat
3 stops
33h 30mAKL-BKI
17/8Sat
2 stops
19h 30mBKI-AKL
$1,324
3/8Sat
3 stops
33h 30mAKL-BKI
17/8Sat
3 stops
32h 55mBKI-AKL
$1,356
21/9Sat
1 stopMalaysia Airlines
28h 15mAKL-BKI
20/10Sun
1 stopMalaysia Airlines
21h 05mBKI-AKL
$1,464
17/9Tue
1 stopMalaysia Airlines
21h 55mAKL-BKI
16/10Wed
1 stopMalaysia Airlines
21h 05mBKI-AKL
$1,557

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Recent one-way flight deals

 
Only flying one-way? Below are some of the best deals for one-way flights to Kota Kinabalu found on KAYAK in the last 72 hours.
9/7Tue
3 stops
42h 25mAKL-BKI
$522
9/7Tue
1 stop
22h 10mAKL-BKI
$530
9/7Tue
2 stops
28h 40mAKL-BKI
$558
8/7Mon
1 stop
19h 45mAKL-BKI
$994
8/7Mon
2 stopsMalaysia Airlines
24h 00mAKL-BKI
$2,130

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Recent domestic flight deals

3/10Thu
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 45mKUL-BKI
6/10Sun
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$126
22/8Thu
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mKUL-BKI
26/8Mon
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 35mBKI-KUL
$152
16/8Fri
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mKUL-BKI
19/8Mon
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 35mBKI-KUL
$153
13/7Sat
directMalaysia Airlines
1h 30mKCH-BKI
15/7Mon
directMalaysia Airlines
1h 25mBKI-KCH
$162
20/7Sat
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mKUL-BKI
23/7Tue
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$180
13/7Sat
directBatik Air
2h 40mKUL-BKI
14/7Sun
directBatik Air
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$201
29/6Sat
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 45mKUL-BKI
2/7Tue
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$202
4/7Thu
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 45mKUL-BKI
13/7Sat
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$225
1/7Mon
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mKUL-BKI
9/7Tue
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 40mBKI-KUL
$227
8/8Thu
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 50mPEN-BKI
11/8Sun
directMalaysia Airlines
2h 50mBKI-PEN
$227

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Flights to Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu (BKI)Malaysia

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