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Kota Kinabalu Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Kota Kinabalu Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

As a foreign passenger sleeping over in the airport I found that I was treated with curiosity rather than being questioned. - Sean26

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A spacious and modern international airport with one main passenger terminal. A wide variety of shops, restaurants and services are available.
  • Restrooms can be filthy and without toilet paper, so bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer!
  • Free WiFi is available, but may be unreliable during peak hours in the terminal. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There are armrest-free seats and benches available on the ground floor, and by the KFC on the upper floor. The upper floor is warmer, but quieter, and the ground floor is cooler, but has more foot traffic.
    Have a sleep mask and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy to block out those bright airport lights and loud overhead announcements!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.
  • Tanjung Beach, a popular spot with locals, is only a 10-minute walk from Terminal 2. Here you will find budget-friendly, freshly prepared local cuisine and sweets!

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Kota Kinabalu Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Kota Kinabalu Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Kota Kinabalu airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Plaza Premium Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from MYR128) • Buy a lounge pass (£23.00 - up to 3 hours or £35.00 - up to 6 hours - 24 hour advance purchase is required) •  Priority Pass.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge - Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: 6:30AM - 1:00AM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from MYR128) • Buy a lounge pass (£23.00 - up to 3 hours or £35.00 - up to 6 hours - 24 hour advance purchase is required) •  Priority Pass.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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Airport Hotels