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Take in the best of Malaysia in a Kota Kinabalu car rental

If you haven’t heard of KK before, you’re in for a treat. Filled with friendly locals, gorgeous nearby tropical islands, and a rich tapestry of different cultures, Kota Kinabalu will leave you with unforgettably delightful memories. From the delicious street food to local natural attractions, fascinating wildlife, bustling waterfront, energetic markets, and plenty of thrilling history, you’ll be left in awe and wondering why you didn’t visit this incredible city earlier. And with GoSee, you can enjoy it all while giving the humidity and heat a miss in your supremely air-conditioned and comfortable Kota Kinabalu car rental.

Getting around Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu International Airport might be the second-busiest airport in Malaysia, after the capital Kuala Lumpur, but its facilities are first class.

From airport-wide free WiFi to many international fast-food restaurants, cafés and diners, and even several fashion and cosmetics outlets, you’ll be enamored with the amenities on hand here.

Once you’re done enjoying the airport, you’ll be ready to make a move to the city center, which is around 8 km away. To pick up your rental car, simply make your way to the baggage claim area at Kota Kinabalu Arrival Hall, gather your things, and grab your keys from the nearby rental car kiosks.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu Airport to the city is a breeze. Simply head out onto Jalan Kepayan and follow the road along the coast to the Central Business District. You should be there within 15 minutes.

Driving your rental car in Kota Kinabalu

Driving in Kota Kinabalu is relatively easy, but you’ll want to keep a few things in mind to avoid any issues. Here are our top tips when driving your car rental in Kota Kinabalu:

  • Always drive on the left-hand side of the road, and give way to the right. 
  • Avoid driving during peak hours, as traffic can get congested.
  • Pay attention to road signs that indicate the speed limits. In general, they are as follows: 50-70 km/h in urban areas, and up to 110km/h on the highways.
  • Double-check traffic lights and glance both ways before crossing them, as locals tend to speed through them.

kota kinabalu beach dusk

Highlights and must-do activities in Kota Kinabalu

Much like neighbouring Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu is a hidden gem of adventure and beautiful experiences. New travelers often take time to gallivant through the nature surrounding the city, including rainforests, serene waters and stunning mountain peaks.

But within the city there is a lot to look forward to, as well. Here is just a short list of what you can expect when you go on a car hire trip in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia:

Nature & Wildlife

Mount Kinabalu

We couldn’t have this list without calling out Kota Kinabalu’s prized attraction. This gorgeous mountain is the highest in all of Borneo and Malaysia, and is home to over 5,000 species of plants, 326 types of birds, and over 100 mammals, granting it UNESCO World Heritage prestige.

Tanjung Aru Beach

Often named one of the most beautiful sunset spots in all of Asia, this beach is as gorgeous as it is quiet and clean. A great place to unwind after a long day.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

This local zoo features many exotic and incredible animals, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys, many regional reptiles, and many other animals. There is also an exciting jungle trail within the park grounds.

kota kinabalu mountain clouds

Local Culture & History

Satay Legend Lok Kawi 1

Dubbed the local Chinatown because of its many Chinese coffee shops and restaurants, this locally loved Sunday market is a must-see for travelers wanting to snag unique souvenirs, street food, and crafts.

Mari Mari Cultural Village

An intimate look at the local tribal culture with showcases of unique dances, delicious food and drinks, and true tribal houses.

Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu

Masjid Bandaraya mosque surrounded by water. One of the most beautiful mosques in the world, with a stunning design for many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

Family Fun

Zip Borneo

This adventure center is a hit with guests, old and young, thanks to its exciting zip lines, and challenging jungle ropes and climbing courses.

Jurrasic Land Kiulu

Step aside Hollywood. No animatronics or CGI needed here, because the dinosaurs are already here and waiting to see you. With a small entrance fee, this park is great fun for hours on end.

De Borneo Waterpark

If you’re looking for a great way to entertain the kids, look no further. Filled with water slides, a cozy park, and a loungey garden, you can easily spend the day here relaxing, or getting wet and wild.

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Kota Kinabalu car rental: Frequently asked questions

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Which car hire companies in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Every GoSee partner rental agency has updated their health and safety policies in response to the Covid 19 outbreak, to guarantee that the rental cars are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu?

Malaysian Ringgit MYR 39 or RM 39 is the cheapest rate during the month of February. Depending on the season and a myriad of other factors, the costs to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu can get up to RM 142. Contact our customer service team to ask for the best rates for rent car Kota Kinabalu deals available.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Kota Kinabalu?

The first to provide the cheapest deals for car rentals in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia are Hertz, Keddy, and Europcar.

What’s the best price car hire in Kota Kinabalu?

Hyundai Accent, Toyota Avanza, Yaris or Camry, and similar five-seater vehicles are competing as the cheapest cars available in Kota Kinabalu.

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI)?

You can find all the best and cheapest car rental Kota Kinabalu Airport companies including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Keddy. You can book them all through GoSee right now.

What insurance should I choose for my car rental?

The best choice to counter undesirable incidents that may happen during your car hire trip in Kota Kinabalu is comprehensive travel insurance. By getting this, you can enjoy and have peace of mind during your travel on your KK car rental.

How much is the price of fuel in Kota Kinabalu?

MYR / RM 31 per liter is the average price of fuel / petrol in KK. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between MYR 370 and MYR 490, depending on the size of your car rental.

How many airports are there in Kota Kinabalu?

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the one and only airport in KK, Sabah, Malaysia. This airport only has one terminal situated approximately 5 miles from the city center.

Can I rent a car from Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport (BKI)?

You can rent a car directly from Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport (BKI). Use GoSee, and you’ll also find the best and cheapest car rent Kota Kinabalu deals available.

What happens if I need to cancel my Kota Kinabalu car reservation?

Simply contact the KK rent / hire car agency you booked your rental vehicle from and request to cancel it. Depending on how long it’s been since you booked, you may be charged a cancellation fee.