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Tawau to Kota Kinabalu flight information

Avg. flight duration 0h 52m
Flights arrive in Kota Kinabalu
Flights depart from Tawau
Flight price RM 146
Distance 291 km
Airlines AirAsia, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines

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Low season:
October
Best time to beat the crowds
5%
expected price decrease
High season:
February
Most popular time to fly
15%
expected price increase
Average price:
RM 157
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
RM 76
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for RM 75 or less.
The cheapest flight from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu was found, on average, 42 days before departure.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be January, February and March. The cheapest month to fly is October.
Morning departure is around 41% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Tawau to Kota Kinabalu Flights

How long does a flight from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu take?
The average direct flight takes 0h 50m, covering a distance of 291 km.
How many flights are there between Tawau and Kota Kinabalu?
There are 62 (direct) flights between Tawau and Kota Kinabalu per week, averaging 8 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on AirAsia (RM 146), Malindo Air (RM 150) and Malaysia Airlines (RM 179).
Which airlines fly most frequently between Tawau and Kota Kinabalu?
AirAsia (5 times daily), Malaysia Airlines (2 times daily), Malindo Air (1 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu?
For Tawau to Kota Kinabalu, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from Kota Kinabalu back to Tawau, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Sunday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu?
When flying out of Tawau you will be using Tawau, often referred to as Tawau Airport. You will be landing at Kota Kinabalu, also known as Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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Airports
Origin
Tawau
RM 146
only
RM 146
Destination
Kota Kinabalu
RM 146
only
RM 146
Fri, 24 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Mon, 10 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 55m
RM 146
Trip: 18 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
MNL
KUL
Good 6.6

Pros: The new seats are good. I didn't get any back pain.

Cons: Not much.

JOG
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great experience

KUL
RGN
OK 4.3

Cons: Baggage problems in transit

JHB
IPH
Good 7.6

Pros: so far so good. no complain.

Cons: short trip okay . everything great. keep up the good job.

HKT
PEN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Smooth

Cons: A little cramped up seats

Sat, 10 Aug
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
1h 00m
Tue, 13 Aug
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 150
Trip: 4 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 133 reviews
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.6
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.9
SIN
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Every thing in the flight was excellent.

Cons: Except at the airport service at Kuala Lumpur.You have to make sure to announce , when you change the gate.

SGN
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The plane was quite new, very modern, and well equipped with entertainment features. Services were good and all staff spoke English. Good amount of leg room in the economy seats as well.

CMB
KUL
Excellent 8.6

Pros: somewhere between a budget airline and a premium service. For the excellent price i was excitement pleases with the service and comfort. Would definitely fly with malindo again.

Cons: my expectations were more than met.

KUL
SGN
Mediocre 2.3

Pros: Getting out of the plane

Cons: getting in the plane. No working tablet. Poor food.

KUL
HAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Good service and good plane.

Fri, 26 Jul
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Mon, 29 Jul
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 179
Trip: 4 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
HYD
KUL
Good 6.6

Pros: The hospitality of the staff Smooth sailing process

Cons: The food and the seats and leg room is too small especially for larger people

BKI
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Comfortable seats

KUL
DEL
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Cancel last minute and no compensation given, how rude it is.

SIN
KUL
Excellent 8.5

Pros: The people at the check-in desk.

Cons: A light snack and drinks would have been good. Even just water.

KUL
MNL
OK 5.6

Pros: Crew is ok, accommodating, entertainment system ok, food ok.

Cons: level up on the service, I think MH needs to take a second look at the whole company in terms of culture and level of service.

Sun, 2 Jun
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Wed, 5 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 171
Trip: 4 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
KUL
DAC
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Nice and clean aircraft

KUL
MFM
OK 4.6

Pros: Got an aisle seat and boarding was quick.

Cons: Too long of a flight for no WiFi and no water.

BKI
TWU
OK 5.0

Pros: No comment

Cons: Be punctual.

AOR
KUL
OK 4.8

Pros: The flight was okay, service was okay.

Cons: Could be better if the departure was on time rather than delaying too much without clear explanation.

DMK
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Was taken aback at the baggage fee and the low amount they give you - 12.5kg before charging is pretty low.

Sat, 10 Aug
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Tue, 13 Aug
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 188
Trip: 4 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
ADL
KUL
OK 4.0

Cons: Feel airline maintenance is slipping second flight in a week where they have tv trouble

KUL
SGN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing plane, latest technology, great customer service, clean bathrooms at all time. It was a 5 star experience, friendly hostess’s and friendly & helpful staff

KUL
PER
Good 6.0

Pros: Crews were good.

Cons: Seats were small and quite uncomfortable. luckily it was a short trip. If travelling long distance I ll have to consider a different airlines.

LGK
KUL
OK 5.0

Cons: Custom check line 200 meters long, security check line another 120 meter long, why not combine them together and open two machine in parallel

KUL
HKG
Excellent 9.0

Pros: excellent staff

Cons: ship needed cleaning

Sun, 19 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Thu, 20 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 55m
RM 188
Trip: 33 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
REP
KUL
OK 4.3

Pros: We arrived safe

Cons: Left large with no explanation. Uncomfortable. No entertainment or free food. I mean none

KUL
REP
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Inexpensive flight, attentive crew

SGN
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The efficiency and professionalism of the crew.

Cons: Nothing to dislike.

RGN
KUL
Good 6.8

Pros: Our seats were comfortable and the landing was smooth

Cons: All food and drink had to be paid for -even water!

AOR
KUL
OK 4.8

Pros: The flight was okay, service was okay.

Cons: Could be better if the departure was on time rather than delaying too much without clear explanation.

Sat, 25 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Sun, 26 May
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 55m
RM 188
Trip: 2 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
HKT
KUL
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: this is the first international flight that charges you money for everything on board. hungry? purchase food. thirsty? pay for the water as well. even for the check-in luggage, you have to pay. so pay a little more and book a nicer-better airline. the crew is not professional and does not understand how to talk to clients properly. I am well aware of the fact that clients are often over demanding in the services they are being provided and rarely appreciative of the crew that does everything to make your journey pleasant. However on all the four Airasia flights from Delhi Kuala Lumpur Phuket, the overall attitude of the crew members was not nice.

KUL
DPS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Nothing. We arrived safe

Cons: First of all it left late with no explanation. One hour late. Crew did almost nothing. No food at all unless preordered. Not even awater. Lights out for no reason. It was as t even 7:30 when they dimmed the long guts. Only one bathroom in the back and we never saw someone go forward so we were t sure if there was one in the front. Very tight seats.

KUL
PEN
OK 4.6

Cons: Delayed flight

DAC
KUL
Good 6.0

Cons: For some unknown reason, Kiwi.com booked this as a self-connecting trip and now my luggage is missing (didn't connect). In addition, they CHECKED IN FOR ME and selected middle seats. I am incredibly unsatisfied with this service and disappointed in my kayak experience as a result.

KUL
DMK
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Food

Cons: I was sold an empty Marshall 111 box in a sealed Duty Free bag or 136 USD. COMPLAINED WHEN DISCOVER AT HOME THAT NIGHT. SINCE THEN GIVEN THE RUN AROUND

Tue, 11 Jun
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Thu, 13 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 209
Trip: 3 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
HKT
KUL
OK 5.0

Pros: the crew was flexible enough to allow change of seat to emergency exit after takeoff. Some of the crew are friendly, but not all.

Cons: the seats. I am 5'9 tall and my knees are touching the seat in front of me. Entertainment system needs to be upgraded. Food is so-so. Overall, MH flights, not just this recent one was just what was expected as the bare minimum.

KCH
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Cons: It was delayed by 15mins due to heavy rain but it was OK as everything else was on point

SBW
KUL
OK 5.3

Cons: The air con totally not cold!

MNL
KUL
Mediocre 2.3

Pros: This flight nothign

Cons: Major delay, should have offered passengers water or beverages. Food was very poor, no assistance for transfer on late flight.

XMN
KUL
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Wonderful Crew- friendly, professional, helpful.

Cons: Been on time departing.

Tue, 21 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Fri, 24 May
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 55m
RM 196
Trip: 4 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
KUL
DMK
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: I will say that the AirAsia crews do save the day. This is my first time flying AirAsia on a 3 leg trip (currently on leg 2) and the crew members have been absolutely awesome and stellar.

Cons: I’m just a BIG guy so space is my overall complaint. But as my first experience with AirAsia, it has not been a great one. First my initial flight kept being delayed and delayed until it was actually canceled. Then my second leg of my vacation trip, again, delayed and they just had us standing in line waiting to board our flight. Again I give praise to the wonderful crew members for the stellar and comforting service. They truly are the reason I have not given up on AirAsia just yet. Now I do have one leg left, my tip home...I’m hoping that this one will be the overall best experience for my AirAsia. I’m praying for an on time departure, and another wonderful staff and just a tiny bit more leg space. Wish me luck

KUL
MFM
OK 4.6

Pros: Got an aisle seat and boarding was quick.

Cons: Too long of a flight for no WiFi and no water.

KUL
JHB
Good 6.3

Cons: 3 hours flight delay

KBR
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Everything was good ...

Cons: ... we were just a little bit delayed.

JOG
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great experience

Mon, 20 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Thu, 23 May
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 217
Trip: 4 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
KUL
SYD
OK 5.6

Pros: Having 2 seats to ourselves

Cons: Crew hurried;seats cramped;boarding a pin-had to take watches off;food indifferent;sat on Sydney tarmac nearly 1/2 hr

KUL
DEL
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Cancel last minute and no compensation given, how rude it is.

KCH
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Cons: It was delayed by 15mins due to heavy rain but it was OK as everything else was on point

KUL
MNL
Mediocre 2.3

Cons: lost my luggage

JHB
KUL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: All of the ground staffs at Johor Bahru provided attentive and observant service. Cabin crew greeted with pleasant smile, friendly and provided excellent service.

Cons: maintenance work not manage well

Mon, 20 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Tue, 21 May
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 221
Trip: 2 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
SGN
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing plane, latest technology, great customer service, clean bathrooms at all time. It was an experience

Cons: Nothing not to like. They went above and beyond

LGK
KUL
OK 5.0

Cons: Custom check line 200 meters long, security check line another 120 meter long, why not combine them together and open two machine in parallel

MNL
KUL
Mediocre 2.3

Pros: This flight nothign

Cons: Major delay, should have offered passengers water or beverages. Food was very poor, no assistance for transfer on late flight.

SIN
KUL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: The airline better than the budget ariline

Cons: The agency that booked through not so cooperative and complicated

HKG
KUL
Good 7.3

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.

Thu, 30 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Sun, 2 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 55m
RM 259
Trip: 4 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
REP
KUL
OK 4.3

Pros: We arrived safe

Cons: Left large with no explanation. Uncomfortable. No entertainment or free food. I mean none

KUL
JOG
Good 7.3

Pros: The price is very affordable and flight was very good in take off and landing.

Cons: Seats was very tight and uncomfortable!!!

KUL
SGN
Good 7.0

Cons: I didn’t have any food so am unable to comment on this

KUL
COK
Good 6.0

Cons: Food and beverages are not free. Even water cost money so you might as well bring your own. Also they advertised free WiFi but as soon as logged in you have to pay.

KUL
DPS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Nothing. We arrived safe

Cons: First of all it left late with no explanation. One hour late. Crew did almost nothing. No food at all unless preordered. Not even awater. Lights out for no reason. It was as t even 7:30 when they dimmed the long guts. Only one bathroom in the back and we never saw someone go forward so we were t sure if there was one in the front. Very tight seats.

Thu, 30 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Mon, 3 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 280
Trip: 5 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
KUL
KCH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Smooth flight, great entertainment

BLR
KUL
OK 4.0

Pros: Very little.

Cons: Flight status went from check in status to final call....not boarding announcement as promised in lounge. Rude check in lady at counter. Misguided info about check in. Old ratty plane. Bad food. Luggage damaged on arrival. Awful seats.

TGG
KUL
Excellent 8.4

Cons: Crew service

HKG
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: YES

Cons: Toilets should never be wet.

ADL
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The crew was extremely hospitable, and the food was excellent.

Thu, 30 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 55m
Fri, 31 May
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 288
Trip: 2 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
6.9
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.6
Food
6.1
VTZ
KUL
Good 6.6

Cons: Very specific about weight of bags

KUL
DMK
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: I will say that the AirAsia crews do save the day. This is my first time flying AirAsia on a 3 leg trip (currently on leg 2) and the crew members have been absolutely awesome and stellar.

Cons: I’m just a BIG guy so space is my overall complaint. But as my first experience with AirAsia, it has not been a great one. First my initial flight kept being delayed and delayed until it was actually canceled. Then my second leg of my vacation trip, again, delayed and they just had us standing in line waiting to board our flight. Again I give praise to the wonderful crew members for the stellar and comforting service. They truly are the reason I have not given up on AirAsia just yet. Now I do have one leg left, my tip home...I’m hoping that this one will be the overall best experience for my AirAsia. I’m praying for an on time departure, and another wonderful staff and just a tiny bit more leg space. Wish me luck

AOR
KUL
Mediocre 2.6

Pros: Quick turnaround.

Cons: The crew wasn’t available during boaring in the cabin rather chit-chatting with fellow colleagues at the AFT galley.

KBV
KUL
OK 5.3

Cons: Never Kiwi.com again! Thailand to Indonesia both flights on AirAsia but they would not book my bag to final destination. In Kuala Lumpur had to go through customs (LUCKILY! no visa required) get my bag, go security line again, check bag again. Took over 2hrs stressed if I would make my flight.

BDO
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Good service, nice nasi lemak

Cons: None

Thu, 30 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Sat, 1 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 292
Trip: 3 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
SDK
BKI
Excellent 9.3

Pros: On time

Cons: 2 times flight per day

HKG
KUL
Good 7.3

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.

NRT
KUL
OK 5.0

Cons: Creaky seats in business class, below average selection of inflight movies and food that was substandard. This was a very oddly configured A330 with the seats in business way too close to each other. Every time they make an announcement you have to deselect whatever you were watching again.

BKI
KCH
Good 6.8

Pros: There was a hot meal on this 1.5 hour hop from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching

Cons: The seats on the 737-800 have quite limited legroom

SIN
KUL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: The airline better than the budget ariline

Cons: The agency that booked through not so cooperative and complicated

Thu, 30 May
TWU
Tawau
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
0h 50m
Sat, 1 Jun
BKI
Kota Kinabalu
TWU
Tawau
0h 50m
RM 292
Trip: 3 days
9.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.9
Food
6.7
DPS
KUL
OK 4.0

Cons: Seat, food, service

SDK
BKI
Excellent 9.3

Pros: On time

Cons: 2 times flight per day

KUL
SGN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing plane, latest technology, great customer service, clean bathrooms at all time. It was a 5 star experience, friendly hostess’s and friendly & helpful staff

BKK
KUL
Good 6.0

Cons: The KUL to DPS leg was on one of the oldest planes I’ve flown. A 737 with no seat back screens. They handed out 2 inch thick “tablets” in Business class, with no touch screen and only a handful of 10 year old movies.

KUL
SGN
Good 7.0

Pros: Boarding was organized

Cons: Vegetarian food wasn’t great

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