Kota Kinabalu position at the Northern part of the Borneo Island, makes it impossible to connect by road from mainland Asia, so the easiest way to come here is by airplane. Kota Kinabalu has good connection from most major cities around South East Asia and North East Asia. Brunei, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, and Seoul are some major cities that have connecting flight to and from Kota Kinabalu.
Good road from Brunei to Lawas (Sarawak), and then cross over to Sabah’s border at Sindumin. Next to Sipitang town, then to Papar and toward Kota Kinabalu. This Journey will take about 6 to 8 hours.
Two ferry services from Labuan to KK, and vise versa, daily. This journey will take 3 hours.
Note: This service may be terminated in the near future.
Ferry from Brunei to Labuan (about 1.5 hours), and from Labuan takes another ferry to KK.
There are ferry services from Nunukan, Kalimantan, Indonesia to Tawau.