Sandakan Airport is located 14 km from the city center of Sandakan, a town in the Sabah state. Towns with closest proximity to the airport are Sandakan, Beluran, and Kinabatangan. The airport serves as an important gateway to popular tourist spots including Turtle Islands Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, and Gomantong Caves. Its IATA code is “SDK”, and ICAO code is “WBKS”.
How to travel between Sandakan Airport and Sandakan Town
From Sandakan Airport, passengers can easily get taxis to town for one-way fare of around RM25 to RM30. In Sandakan town, taxis are generally available. However, most taxis are non-air conditioned and non-metered. As such, remember to negotiate for a better fare and agree on the fare first.
To get to Sandakan town by bus, passengers need to walk for about 400 meters from the Sandakan Airport. Get out of the airport and look for a big roundabout at the right. Bus stop is located right after the roundabout. One-way bus fare costs RM2. Bus service is available until 5 or 6 pm.
By rental car:
As the public transportation system in Sandakan is not very comprehensive, passengers may want to consider car rental. Car rental companies available at the airport include Borneo Express and Hertz. Passengers can rent sedans, SUVs, and MPVs, daily rate is in the range of RM130 to RM930. Chauffeur services and airport transfers are also available.
Airlines served by Sandakan Airport:
Sandakan Airport is connected to domestic destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, and Tawau. Airlines operating from the airport currently are AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, and MASwings (operated by Malaysia Airlines).