Getting Around in Sabah - From Car Rentals to Public Transportations

Looking for ways to getting around in Sabah? Apart from walking, here are some other method of transport that you can try out, which includes how to rent a car with car rental Sabah, finding taxi and limousin services, if you need any, flights in and out of Sabah, as well as Sabah public transportations.

Once in Sabah, there are many different modes of transport for getting around in Sabah.

One does not have to limit oneself to travelling using normal - and infinitely more expensive - ways.

Instead, there are so many options and each one will bring something different into your Sabah holiday. 

In this section, we highlight different types of transport that you can use in order to move around easily in and around Sabah.


If you are travelling into Sabah from anywhere else or looking at the various flights to Sabah, take comfort that flying is made even easier with the competitive rates that you can get all the time.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the main arrival and departure gateway into the state.

From there, you will be able to get different modes of transport to various parts of Sabah.


Sabah car rental

For a different type of adventure, why not self drive your way around the different parts of Sabah?

Nothing beats exploring on your own. After all, you are more likely to find something new and exciting this way.

There are many different car rental Sabah services you can utilise.

Just be mindful of the fact that there are many dirt roads around which lead literally into the middle of nowhere.

Get assistance before you drive off by getting a map with clearly marked roads on them so that you will not get lost.


An alternate way for getting around in Sabah, you may also move around like the natives and take the bus.

Some bus companies seem to operate on a haphazard schedule, though, so don't expect your bus to start on time.

Most bus operators wait for the bus to fill up first before moving so depending on the popularity of the route, you might be in for a long wait.

Still, travelling by bus around Sabah is the best way to enjoy the scenery around the state.


Sabah Railway Services

If you think there is something alluring about travelling on the tracks, you really should try out Sabah's railway service as another method of getting around in Sabah.

From one end of the track to another takes about 5 hours. Of course, you could opt for a two hour ride and alight at Beaufort.

However, if you have the time, you are definitely advised to go all the way pass the Padas River. The view from the train is simply breathtaking!


Due to the fact that Sabah is surrounded by water, you will find travelling by ferry a viable option indeed.

In fact, heading to Labuan via ferry from Kota Kinabalu is always fun. The schedule is pretty painless as well because there is bound to be at least one ferry per day.

You could also opt for either a First Class or Economy Class tickets. The prices are pretty affordable as well - ranging between RM23 to RM36 for adults.


If you are travelling into the interior of Sabah, the best way to do so would be by traversing through the river and water ways.

In fact, there are many natives of Sabah who have only ever sat in boats all their lives in order to get from Point A to B.

It won't be difficult to find a guide to bring you around. However, do make sure that the operator of the boat takes the necessary safety precautions.

Such restrictions do get looser and looser the deeper you get into the countryside though.

There you have it. Depending on the type of holiday you are looking for in Sabah, you can plan your transportation around your range of activities throughout your stay, as there are various methods for getting around in Sabah.

Whatever your ultimate decision, you will definitely have a great time!

If you are just looking around for taxi and limousine services to get you from the airport to your accommodation, and vice versa, here are a few recommended companies via

Just a heads up that if you are booking any one of these tours, I do get a slight commission out of it which helps to sustain this website. However, there are no increase in booking prices due to that and prices displayed are equally as competitive, if not cheaper, than other companies out there.

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