Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu. Confirm policies on booking site.
Direct flights take on average 0h 50m to travel the 291 km between Tawau and Kota Kinabalu.
There are usually 6 direct flights each day leaving Tawau in the direction of Kota Kinabalu, for a total of 48 flights weekly.
In the last 72 hours, the best return deals on flights connecting Tawau to Kota Kinabalu were found on AirAsia (RM 207) and Malaysia Airlines (RM 1,016). AirAsia proposed the cheapest one-way flight at RM 155.
Your flight ticket price will generally be cheaper if you fly to Kota Kinabalu on a Tuesday and more expensive on a Wednesday. On your return trip to Tawau, you should consider flying back on a Wednesday, and avoid Mondays for better deals.
Tawau and Kota Kinabalu are both served by 1 main airport. You will leave Tawau from Tawau and will be arriving at Kota Kinabalu.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Food need to be improved"
Cons: "There were no vegan options available. I think that was my fault though because I did not set one up in advance. Would be nice if they offered one anyhow."
Pros: "Our luggage missed the connection but the situation was well handled"
Cons: "Flight through kul was delayed. 3 security checks having to go out to another terminal meant immigration check twice. Not enough time for connection. Therfore, i not only missed the fight to India, the two remaining connections... Not good day, now I have to pay rebooking on 3 flights to get home!!!"
Pros: "Helping and immediate response."
Pros: "Cool and excellent service."
Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "Bigger aircraft"
Pros: "The crew was extremely hospitable, and the food was excellent."
Pros: "Crew was terrible plane dirty and very poor service waited 90 minutes after take off to get a drink in business class. Last time I fly this airline used to be ok but now going downhill"
Cons: "Almost every thing. Incredibly dirty plane and crew just poor not interested in passenger at all unfortunately noticing this more and more with MAS"
Pros: "Price were amongst the cheapest"
Cons: "Terrible cabin cleaness and rude crew members. Nothing matches the Malaysian hospitality promoted."
Cons: "Flight delay announcement could have been made much earlier"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "2 times flight per day"
Cons: "aircraft a bit old and my remote control was broken, lunckily my next seat was not occupied, so I can move to next seat and the seat a bit old and decline angle so limit. if compare with business class seat of other airlines, it's a bit not up to standard."
Pros: "Amazing plane, latest technology, great customer service, clean bathrooms at all time. It was an excellent experience The seats were so comfortable as well, and the customer service on and off the plane was amazing"
Pros: "Everimg went smoothly, from check in to boarding and flight. The ground and flight crew were helpful."
Cons: "Nothing for this trip"
Pros: "The ground supervisor offered me access to gold lounge. It was a nice effort since his boss said no to upgrade."
Cons: "Flight rescheduled without accommodation offered. When asked for upgrade for flight as compensation for 18 hours lost time supervisor said no No vegetarian food options. Said they will compensate me for my expenses once I file a claim which takes months of pestering airline for."
Pros: "The flight was pleasant, the staff were delightful, and the plane (a new 737-800) was very comfortably configured."
Cons: "Check-in took an intolerably long time (45 minutes)."
Cons: "The pre boarding security was a mess and poorly managed in Kuala Lumpur."
Cons: "No onboard entertainment"
Pros: "Attentive flight attendants ."
Cons: "All acceptable"
Cons: "This is the second time - once on the way to Kuala Lumpur and on the way back that we boarded late and thus missed my connecting flight. Sadly Cathay and Malaysia air (which was the airline Cathay used for the return leg of this trip refused to help and put me on an earlier flight forcing me to stay an extra 6 hrs at the airport while being sick."
Pros: "Very quick transfer of my luggages in KL"
Pros: "Staff onboard were good"
Cons: "Many hours delay at Miri, MAS staff abandoned posts so they didn't have to deal with passengers. Apalling service"
Cons: "The crew at the check in counter were generally helpful and courteous, however the staff on the flight we're often short or generally rude; thus continuing the airlines reputation for poor service. The food wasn't great either, but we knew to expect this and brought food purchased from Sydney airport (which was a saving grace)!"
Pros: "The food and check in is better flying from HK to KL.."
Cons: "It seems the crew, in most flights, is always grumpy.. rarely I get service with a smile.."
Pros: "Crew was accommodating enough to provide for us during this cancelled flight."
Cons: "Better and open communications with what's going on. They were helpful and efficient but needed a clearer and more concise communication line to get us mobilized and ready to go."
Pros: "The crew were friendly although some of the announcement was not clear."
Cons: "We had bad experience with the airline because our luggage was not to be found at Langkawi airport and we had make a report. Fortunately about 8 hours later our luggage was sent to our resort which we stayed. (we arrived Langkawi airport around 3pm, we were told by the officer that our luggage will be sent to our resort at 7pm but it came at 11pm instead) The snacks could have been better. Besides the salted peanuts, it would be better to add biscuits or a slice of cake. The orange juice is good but maybe if we are given choice of warm drink (tea or coffee) it would be great."
Pros: "Almost everything"
Cons: "Nothing i can think of"
Cons: "Losing my luggage"
Pros: "Crew were awesome. Could not do enough for you. Very personable too!"
Cons: "Security at Adelaide very slow and under resourced."
Pros: "Nothing at all!"
Cons: "Worst handling of delays and cancellations I have ever experienced. Worst management ever! More than 17 hours delay before I finally got on another plane. No hotel, no food, no nothing."
Pros: "Smooth flight with usual good in flight service. No issues during flight. check in very smooth and baggage collection very quick"
Cons: "Transfer from domestic to international terminal in KL was slow as only 1 customs officer was working"
Pros: "I like having my knees up in my eyeballs on a plane and having to be pried out of my seat with the jaws of life at the conclusion of a flight."
Cons: "Flight was 3 hours late!"
Pros: "Took off on time, landed early, business class cabin was comfortable and food was ok."
Pros: "Service from the crews"
Pros: "Boarding was easy with less passengers."
Cons: "The magazine in my seat pocket was dirty. The seat cushion seemed not clean. There was a greasy spot not cleaned."
Cons: "It appears the staff don't want to be there, long check in queues, poor in-flight service, average food, not even offer water in-flight, plane was dirty, entertainment average, not at the standard for a full service carrier."
Pros: "I liked the crew, very polite and helpful."
Cons: "I did not like the fact that I could not check in on-line. This made that I missed half a night of sleep in Darwin because I had to check in at 1AM, flying at 4.10AM."
Pros: "Nothing much"
Cons: "It was freezing on the first flight and although I gave requested for a drink twice this was never brought to me. The Flight attendants were rude and not helpful."
Cons: "Got stuck by lots of crying kids."
Pros: "The crew is friendly"
Cons: "Check in counter not enough resulting in very very long queue and check in time"
Pros: "Flight was full ...so felt cramped. Towards back of plane so only 1 toilet. The Veg pie was slightly warm and unappetising , took 1 bite and left rest. Steward saw this and gave me extra peanuts instead. The brekkie was awfulll, the supposed scrambled eggs was congealed into the shape of the holder and again lukewarm the grilled tomatoe looked washed out....unappetiising...so ate the squahed croissant , yoghurt and fruit. What happened to international food standards . Crew was nice...though if wanted water later on had to get yourself.They didn't come around much offering water before Brekkie. No game option eg Sudoku on Entertainment site. My bag come off carousel more scratched than with other Airlines, so poor handling. Disembarked by stairs at Sydney Airport near Cargo plane area and had bus to Airport. Never had that before on an International flight , so took much longer to get into terminal....last thing you want after a long flight."
Pros: "Seat leg room seemed better than US carriers. Food was not exciting."
Cons: "Cabin crew very n8ce."
Pros: "Comfort ok"
Cons: "I'm a 4 years Globe trotter Malaysia airlines is one of the worse companies I know my backpack new generation for great traveller by few months before at $600 form Kathmandu been torn up ( tear ) with shoes print on my backpack I'm not recommend this companies to anyone it was my first and last time I used ."
Pros: "Flights seat is comfortable"
Cons: "Delay and boarding at very last minute."
Cons: "I received an eticket confirmation by email, but when arriving at the airport for checkin, Malaysian airlines did not have the ticket in their system"
Pros: "Service and comfort"
Cons: "Not on time"
Cons: "Need to cleanup the cabin."
Cons: "Attentiveness and comfort passenger for any incident."
Pros: "Smooth boarding"
Cons: "Leg room"
Cons: "the ground crew at departure lounge and arrival lounges are plain stupid. giving wrong info of departure gates. arriving crew didnt open the door .. buzy with handphone"
Pros: "Smooth check in"
Cons: "That the in-flight wifi really is free instead of making the passengers to pay"
Pros: "Very good for the price I paid"
Cons: "Somehow I couldn't check in online, or at the kiosk. There was only 2 check-in desk for domestic flights in KLIA2. Long lines and waited 20 minutes. Thankfully the staff at the counter allowed me to check in, despite having only 50 minutes to spare."
Pros: "Prompt boarding, leather seats with reasonable leg room, even with seat in front reclined. Efficient, friendly and professional stewards"
Cons: "Had to ask someone in terminal about getting our connecting flight"
Cons: "I didn’t have any food so am unable to comment on this"
Cons: "no food. maybe ok for this price. boarding: why i had to checkin twive while using 1 carrier? that was mentioned on the ticket, but I oversaw that when was ordering ticket on website"
Cons: "Baggage problems in transit"
Cons: "No room for legs Flight was delayed without any information at the gate My wife was at a differtn row even if there was a free seat next to me. I had to pay to next to her during check-in."
Cons: "Delays, and not entertainment"
Pros: "Old and worn out"
Cons: "Food is not appetizing. There were only meat or chicken to choose from. Need to have an option for fruits only."
Pros: "Fares. Schedules. Destinations. More than you might expect for a low cost airline."
Cons: "I got what I paid for."
Pros: "Nothing I like"
Cons: "Flight delayed, landed at 2.00am+"
Pros: "Delayed in departures for 30 mins but arrived only by 5 mins late"
Cons: "In the Ramadan month, on board the plan just when time for breaking fast, a small glass of plain water to be given free for passengers on the flight at that time would be a thoughtful gesture"
Pros: "fast and on time"
Pros: "I feel confident with your aircraft and crew. Very professional"
Cons: "The chicken and rice was not the freshest and although the seats are comfortable they are very cramped for a big falang like me"
Cons: "It was a night flight. Inflight light was on almost throughout the entire flight."
Pros: "Ease of checking in -- and getting to the gate."
Cons: "One hour delay on runway"
Cons: "The flight delayed for 6 hours and when we make inquiry they keep saying will update soon. On top of that, after informing that I'm vegetarian they still insisted me to take kfc. Ended up having wedges and bun."
Pros: "Crews are ok in general"
Cons: "I was detained at the ticket cutting counter because I carried extra plastic back for purchase at the airport. Apparently in HK they have absurd rules saying that you can only have 2 bags carry on. Any extra has to be charges. I never have that kind of rules before using Air Asia at the other country, especially we buy some presents at the airport. I end up throwing a few items away because I can't squeeze in everything in my carry on bag. I will no longer take Air Asia for the Hong Kong Route."
Pros: "On time (early on the return leg). Interesting usage of onboard wifi to deliver inflight entertainment. The choices of the channels was mediocre. Nevertheless, a good start."
Cons: "Same food (on return leg) with no other choices choice with the value pack add-on. Pasta was overcooked."
Pros: "nothing to say."
Cons: "only food that i received the rice i think didn't cooked properly"
Pros: "The Aircraf was brand new"
Pros: "The crew and the foods are awesome."
Cons: "Gate was changed almost last minute. Arrival was delayed due to busy schedule at Lombok airport. Twice resequencing to touchdown. Delayed by more 30 mins. Otherwise a pleasant flight."
Cons: "No water is provided on board"
Pros: "All except boarding"
Cons: "Flyers cutting que prior to boarding without intervention from air crew staffs."
Pros: "Nice clean plane and efficient staff"
Cons: "We Pre ordered (and paid for) meals when we booked our tickets, having flown Air Asia before we knew what was good and what wasn't. Somehow our orders were lost and we got the 'default' meal on all flights which was sweet and sour chicken meatballs which was almost as awful as it sounds. We heard the same thing happen to the lady in the seat behind us. Staff pretty much ignored our complaint. There's also a weird process with check in where you get processed into a small lounge Pre flight with no food or shops, there doesn't appear to be a reason for this other than making you sit somewhere cramped and uncomfortable for an hour before your 9 hour flight."
Cons: "More than 3h late, no information, gate close (we had to wait in the corridor), nothing to drink during the flight. And I had to pay 80RM just to travel with my umbrella,"
Pros: "Quick easy and simple. Staff were very friendly."
Pros: "Great boarding arrangement for back seat passengers to board first and follow up with front seat passengers."
Cons: "Cabin crew totally forget their priority task which is to Ensure the comfort of passenger. Instead everyone is so focus on retail as well as F&B add on sales."
Pros: "quick check-in and no-nonsense."
Cons: "They were fine."
Pros: "First time I've flown with them. I was very impressed"
Cons: "I liked everything"
Pros: "Cabin crew ok Check in online nice E-boarding pass nice"
Cons: "Boarding by zone is not effective. Wifi in boarding room in jakarta was too slow"
Cons: "Flight was delayed by an hour."
Pros: "Flight is not so full"
Cons: "So far so good"
Pros: "Cabin Crew was great First time using the inflight entertainment Rokki. Great job Airasia."
Cons: "Ground check in crew at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Azureen) was damn rude. I'm appalled with her customer service level. Rude and not helping at all. Worst Airport staff I've met so far."
Pros: "Comfortable flight and friendly crew."
Cons: "Long check in lines at Siem Reap airport. High baggage fee (USD 36) for not having pre-booked a checked bag online."
Cons: "It was one hour late"
Cons: "It was my first time flying a LCC. OK, it is my fault for not knowing they charge much higher rate of extras for any add-ons you fail to include when you first book the flight. I get it. But why do they make it impossible to access "manage your flight" online to make necessary changes on return flight? And I got nowhere with the online chat box, s nowhere to turn.... Making such changes on Tiger Air was so much easier and intuitive. I'll never fly Air Asia if I can help it."
Pros: "Cabin crew were proactive, hard working and super friendly. Upgraded to "hot" seats at check in without charge. Wide range of food and beverages available despite being a short 1.5 hour flight. Aircrafts were clean and well maintained. Both flights landed either on time or early despite weather issues."
Cons: "Check in process, hidden fees, unworkable app for iPhone. I tried to use the app to check in and pay for a bag, it didn't allow me and I had to pay the much more expensive fee at the airport to check the bag. App in general didn't work well at all, it never showed the return leg journey so I couldn't make any amendments to the booking. Check in process took ages in Langkawi, only two desks open for all of AK's flights. None of the self service kiosks were working despite being advertised as functioning."
Cons: "All thing baaaaad"
Pros: "we got to the destination"
Cons: "rude and unfriendly crew. freezing climate. super cramped seating. and they charge for water. it was a human cattle call. horrible."
Pros: "Same as for earlier flight"
Cons: "Same comment as above"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing."
Cons: "Everything. Upon check-in we were informed that we were not permitted to bring any checked luggage without paying for it. The amount they quoted us for two bags was nearly $800 CAD and more than twice the cost of the ticket!"
Cons: "Rather uncomfortable seating - very little legroom, and seat angle promotes back pain."
Cons: "Not great seats for comfort"
Airlines flying from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu