Flying To Tawau, Sabah


I just recently flew to Tawau with my wife and daughter to spend Chinese New Year with my in-laws. We enjoyed a hassle-free check in and a flight that took off and landed on schedule. This is about as perfect as you can get to a perfect start for your holiday. Domestic flights within Sabah is just like taking a bus or a coach. One of the reasons why I love Sabah is because it’s so easy to travel in.

terminal-2

Flying From Terminal 2
Given the choice, almost everyone I know will choose to fly with AirAsia. Why? Low fares and efficient service, plus new airplanes. When you fly Air Asia, you will fly from Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). The main operator of Terminal 2 (T2) of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is Air Asia. Along with some other low cost air carriers that fly into T2. Terminal 2 completed renovation about 3 years ago, and has most amenities you need in a modern terminal.

terminal2

On The Ground Floor
The check-in counters are located in the middle of the building, and flight check-in information is easy to see. Unless you are on a really tight budget, you should consider express boarding. It is less of a hassle especially if you are traveling with kids.

You will find a convenience store, a tit-bit snack store and a shop selling perfumes where you can pick up the last minute gifts for you friends and families. There is also a shop which sells seafood, where they will pack it up for you to put into baggage. Sabah is famous for its fresh seafood, and even the frozen variety is recently caught.

terminal

If you have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu (KK), you can find the information counter once you exit from the arrival hall. Everything from where to stay, how to get there, and where to go is available. Transportation is readily available.

On The First Floor
There is the Asia Delight Cafe which serves local food as well as a small selection of pasta and Western food. And there is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), both restaurants are located on the 1st floor, along with a internet access centre, a convenience store, and book store. Speaking of KFC, this fast food chain has to be the most popular fast food chain in Sabah. You will find one in every shopping centre, and just about every major town in Sabah. Air Asia’s office is also located on the first floor, should you need to book or connect a flight. There is also an area where you can wait for your flight, although not too comfortable.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Asia Delight Cafe

Asia Delight Cafe

Internet Access

Internet Access

First Floor

First Floor

Air Asia Office

Air Asia Office

Flight To Tawau
The flight time to Tawau is about 30 mins, and while I enjoy flying with my angel, I’ve got to put up with calls like ‘All Aboard!’, and spontaneous sing-alongs the entire flight. She makes flying fun!

On Board Airbus

On Board Airbus

Fun With My Angel

Fun With My Angel

Air Aisa flights are free seating, and luggage is limited to 15kg per person. Most airplanes used by Air Asia is the Airbus 320, which are new and very comfortable to fly in. Personally, I have always preferred the Airbus. With leather seats, and new air conditioning on the airplanes, flying just got better.

Air Asia Airbus

Air Asia Airbus

Arrival At Tawau Airport
Tawau Airport is quite modern, although small sized. It’s about 30 mins away from Tawau town, with plenty of taxis and coaches available. If you’re heading to Semporna, it’s about an hours drive. I don’t know for sure, but I expect you could hire a taxi to Semporna. Getting from Tawau airport to the town is pretty straight forward. Most hotels are located within the town area, taxi fare should be less than RM30. I’ve never taken the coach but I’m told it is less than RM10. There are also cars available for hire, if you are up for it. Driving around Sabah is quite uncomplicated, all you need is a drivers license or international drivers license. Last I saw, it costs between RM 200-600 to hire a car, depending on the model.

Landed In Tawau

Landed In Tawau

In Tawau Airport

In Tawau Airport

In a little corner

In a little corner

The weather in Tawau is hot, with the occasional showers in the afternoon. Which is the same as in Kota Kinabalu in January.

What I Dislike Most About Flying
I love flying, and I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. What I really dislike about air travelers is when it is time to collect their checked in luggage. Why does everyone push their trolley right up to the luggage carousel? How are the other travelers going to collect their luggage if they can’t get to it? It would make more sense to leave your trolley 10 feet away and collect your luggage, then carry it to your trolley. Be sensible.

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6 Responses to “Flying To Tawau, Sabah”

  1. musaphir Says:

    hi
    i am surprised to read that the car hire rate is MR200-600.i have made several enquiries today itself and the there are people offering to hire cars from MR60.00 for small kanchils to MR200 for mpvs.

  2. adrian Says:

    This is the general rate that car rentals are listing in Kota Kinabalu City. The rates that I had were printed at the start of 2009 for KK. If I’m not mistaken, the prices I saw in Tawau airport was around RM 200 for a Proton/Perodua. It sounds like you got a good deal, especially for the mpv. Hopefully, the price included petrol.

  3. Imperial International Kota Kinabalu | AboutSabah.com Says:

    [...] Kota Kinabalu International Airport is about 10 minutes away, and it is about the same for Terminal 2. [...]

  4. Richard Ker Says:

    I think you can get a Kancil for about RM150 per day…
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  5. Gigi Says:

    Hi! I am going to Kota Kinabalu next week. Just wanted to ask if there are money changers at Terminal 2 airport. We will arrive around 6pm there, so I wonder if its open during that time.

  6. adrian Says:

    Hi Gigi, I’m pretty sure there is. I’m not sure if they are still opened after 6pm though. Sorry, I can’t be of more help.

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