Getting from Tawau Airport to Tawau Town is no hassle at all. Even if you hired a rental car, as there is only one highway leading to town. When you leave Tawau airport, turn right as you enter the main highway, continue on it for 20 minutes and it will lead you to town. If you are heading to Semporna, you turn left, continue on for an hour and there it is.
Getting a Taxi-cab Ride
If you want to take a taxi-cab, you have to buy the ticket at the airport counter. It is located in the middle of the airport, next to the escalators. When you exit the Arrival Hall, turn right until you come to the escalators. The airport limo counter is on the right of the escalators. It is very easy to find as Tawau airport is a small airport. Tell them want a cab to Tawau town and they will issue a ticket to you. Then you present the ticket to the cab driver and go straight to your hotel. There is no waiting, and no other fees involved.
The taxi-cab fees from Tawau Airport to town is RM45 (Ringgit Malaysia). It is a fixed rate, and it is what I consider to be a fair price. If you want to go to Semporna, the fare is RM95.
Travel By Coach
Alternatively, you can travel by coach from the airport to town. You buy the tickets at the same place you get the taxi-cab ticket from. The coaches arrive and leave on schedule, and drop you off in the middle of town. Tawau is a small town, and you can easily walk to any of the hotels. This is a low-cost and safe alternative for the backpacker.
The coach leaves the airport at these times: 8am, 11am, 2.30pm and 5.00pm.
It only costs RM10 for a one-way ticket to town. Coaches are only available from airport to Tawau town.
Rent A Car
For the adventurous, or those who know their way around Tawau, you can rent a car at airport. There are a few car rental booths there, they offer the same kind of cars, and their prices may vary by RM20.
Perodua Kancil goes for RM100 a day, and if you want a bigger car like the Proton Gen2 or Waja, it costs RM200 and RM230 respectively. If you prefer a Toyota, you can pay RM250 for an Avanza or RM380 for a Camry. Need a 4-wheel drive? A Toyota Hilux (light truck) costs RM380 or a Toyota Fortuner at RM490 per day. It depends on what you want, and I would pay up to RM200 to rent a car if I really needed one.
You can also rent by the hour, for a minimum of 3 hours. Or hire a chauffeur with the car, although this option can double the price of the rental. If you do rent a car, rent a Proton Saga, Gen2 or Waja. The ride is more comfortable, and are more enjoyable to drive compared to a Perodua Kancil.
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