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Kota Kinabalu Getting around

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The city center is quite small, and you can walk from one end to the other in less than half an hour. Safely crossing the street can be an issue, but most streets are at least equipped with sidewalks. You can also walk to and from the airport (an hour or two each way). Even the highways outside of town usually have a walking path or a wide grassy shoulder to walk on.


Short fares around RM10, longer trips around RM20. A whole day shouldn't cost more then RM300. It should be stressed that haggling is vital in order to get a fair price. Many taxi drivers in Malaysia are infamous for raising their fare prices, especially upon unknowing tourists.


RM1.50 from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Petagas) to the city centre, while RM1 from Terminal 2 International Airport (Tg.Aru) to City Centre. New City bus service is cheap, clean and reliable.

Car Rental

Cars can easily be hired on the spot from the hire car counters in the arrivals hall. Rates can be negotiated so compare the offers.


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