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Bus Terminal

Bas Bandaraya - Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Travelling around Sabah by bus is not difficult. If you want to travel long distance by bus in Sabah, there are 3 bus terminals for you in the city of Kota Kinabalu. You can book the bus with seat reservation in advance.
1) North Bus Terminal Inanam,
2) Padang Merdeka
3) City Park Bus Terminal
The Padang Merdeka and the City Park Bus Terminal are close together. The North Bus Terminal Inanam is about 10 km away from the city at the Inanam industrial area, one would need to take a bus or taxi to reach there.
There's a fourth bus terminal Wawasan terminal, but that's for the local buses.


The Northern Bus Terminal

The Northern Bus Terminal at Inanam (Kota Kinabalu) is the largest bus station. It has proper facilities like ticket counters, small sundry shops and washrooms.
There are also many eateries and a few budget hotels in the area of Inanam. The coaches here generally travel to destinations at the east coast of Sabah, like Telupid, Sandakan, Lad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. Coach leave the terminal throughout the whole day. There are also some coaches travelling at night, where you can sleep and reach the destination the next day. These modern coaches are all equipped with comfortable seats and air conditions, some do have built in toilets.
Watch out for young boys or young men who try to intimidate you for sales of bus tickets at the entrance. Some time as many as ten of them can be seen rushing and crowding around foreigners, and these boys can be very persistent and a nuisance too. The best method to get rid of them, is to tell them you have already bought your tickets.

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Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal      

Departure Time



Tawau 07.30 - 13.30 - 19.30     Ali Topan Express
(Lahad Datu) 07.20 - 19.45     Trans Tendar Express
  07.00 - 19.45     Andisba Express
  07.00 - 20.00 RM 71.50 9 hrs Tung Ma Express
  07.30 - 10.30 - 13.30 - 20.00     Sairah Express
  20.00     Syarikat Usaha Maju
  07.00 - 20.00     Optis Jaya Express
Semporna 07.30 - 08.30 - 14.00 - 19.30     Dyana Express
(Lahad Datu/ Kunak) 08.00 - 19.30     Manis Express
  19.30 RM 75.00 9 hrs Manis Liner
  19.30     Sabariah Express
  08.00 - 19.15     Madsahirun Express
  19.15     Tongtalun Express
Lahad Datu 07.00 - 09.00 - 20.00     Tung Ma Express
  07.00 - 09.00 - 12.00 - 14.00 - 18.30 - 20.00     Sairah Express
  19.00     Gabungan Express
Sandakan 07.00 - 08.00 - 09.00 - 10.00 - 11.00 - 12.30     Tung Ma Express
  14.00 - 18.00 - 20.00      
  07.00 - 07.30 - 08.00 - 08.30 - 09.00 - 10.00 - 11.00 RM 43.00 6 hrs Sida Express
  12.00 - 14.00 - 16.30 - 18.00 - 19.00 - 20.00      
  15.00     Sairah Express


The Padang Merdeka Terminal

As the name Padang Merdeka Terminal implies, the terminal is located near the old field (padang) below the Signal hill. The buses at this bus terminal commuted to places in the interior and northern part of Sabah.
The northern towns include places like Tamparuli, Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Kudat, and Pitas. The Mini Vans and TaxiUnser will travel to the interior of Sabah will, to towns like Kundasang, Ranau, Tambunan, Keningau, and Tenom.
There are also Mini Vans and TaxiUnser going to the small towns along the west coast of Sabah.
The best time to catch a bus/ mini van or taxi to these destinations is in the early morning when many buses are scheduled to leave between 7am and 10am.


Kota Kinabalu Padang Merdeka Terminal      

Departure Time



Ranau   RM16.00 2 hours Mini Van/ TaxiUnser
Kudat Operating hours RM25.00 3 hours Mini Van/ TaxiUnser
Kota Belud  06.00 - 18.00 RM08.00 1   hour Mini Van
Kota Marudu   RM15.00 2 hours Mini Van
Tambunan/ Keningau   RM10.00 2 hours Mini Van/ TaxiUnser
Keningau 07.00 - 08.00 - 10.00 - 12.00 - 13.00 - 16.30 RM15.00 2 hours Tung Ma Express
Tenom (Keningau) 08.00 - 12.00 - 14.30 - 16.00 RM20.00 3 hours Tung Ma Express
Keningau 07.30 - 10.00 - 13.30 - 16.30 RM15.00 2 hours Bumiputra Express
  (You  might get another 43-seater or 12-seater bus between 06.50 and 17.30)      
  07.00 - 10.00 - 13.00 - 16.00     Kimanis Bus Express
Menumbok   RM30.00 2 hours TaxiUnser
Papar Operating hours RM10.00 1 hour TaxiUnser
Beaufort 06.00 - 18.00 RM15.00 1.5 hours TaxiUnser
Sipitang   RM25.00 2.5 hours TaxiUnser
Mini van has 12 seats and TaxiUnser has 7seats. As soon as they get full passengers, they start.

The City Park Terminal

City Park Terminal is situated on Beach Street and it's located opposite the Court House, and this bus station is one of the oldest in town. It is also situated at the heart of the city. The buses and coaches here are mostly south bound to destinations like Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Menumbok, and Sipitang. Bus schedules to these places are between 7am and 1pm. Menumbok is where one can catch a ferry to Labuan Island. There is no direct bus to Kuala Penyu, one would have to take the Menumbok bus.
The journey to Miri can take up to ten hours. Bus operations to these destinations are mostly scheduled as early as 7am. There is only one coach leaving daily at this time


A Bus Ticket was never so easy to book on Sabah:


Kota Kinabalu City Park Bus Terminal      

Departure Time



Sipitang (Beaufort0 08.30 - 12.00 - 14.30 - 16.30 RM15.00 2.5 hours Jesselton Express

07.30 - 09.00 - 13.00

RM14.00 2.5 hours Jesselton Express
 (to Labuan)

06.00 - 06.20 - 11.00 - 12.30 - 14.00

RM14.00 2.5 hours Menumbok Express
  06.45 - 11.00 - 12.30 RM14.00 2.5 hours Borneo Express
Brunei 08.00 RM100.00 7 hours Jesselton Express
Sipitang/ Lawas/ Limbang/ Bandar Seri Begawan    Lawas: RM20.00    
Miri (Sarawak) 07.45 RM90.00 10 hours Borneo Express
(Lawas/ Limbang/ Kuala Lurah (Brunei)        
Miri (Sarawak)  07.30 RM90.00   Bintang Jaya Express
(Lawas/ Limbang)   Limbang: RM50.00    

In Miri Bus change to:  Bintulu - Sibu - Sarikei - Pontianak





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