Kota Kinabalu (KK) can be reached direct by air from various countries in Southeast Asia including Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and the Philippines. International destinations that may have direct flights connecting to KK include Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, Taiwan and China. A transit or domestic flight will involve a switch at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at West Malaysia that connects to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 (budget carriers such as Air Asia and Jet Star). The airport is located close to the city (4km from Terminal 2 or 7km from Terminal 1) with taxis and bus service to KK available.
The Airport Bus drops off passengers at Padang Merdeka Bus Terminal, located near the heart of KK within reach of many hotels on foot. The city is small enough to navigate on foot for the whole day, with many tourist attractions in the vicinity. However, a taxi or rented car is recommended for getting out of town to discover other wonders in Sabah. These can be obtained by enquiry, name cards or phone numbers from the reception counter - some hotels feature their own transport operations as added convenience. Visitors can rent a variety of cars from airport booths, hotels and agencies at reasonable rates for daily, weekly and monthly periods. Motorcycles can only be rented from a single company in Wisma Sabah (look out for multi-coloured bikes at the parking lot). Taxis generally charge a flat rate for destinations and do not abide by meters. Be sure to confirm the price first (including return journey) before getting onboard.