Transport

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1.How to arrive in Tawau

By Air
Malaysia Airlines (MH/www.malaysiaairlines.com) and Air Asia (AK/www.airasia.com) provides daily flights from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur. Maswings (MH/www.maswings.com.my) provides thrice weekly flights from Tarakan and daily flights from Sandakan.

 

 


By Sea
Tawau Port receives ferry daily from both Tarakan and Nunukan of Indonesia. The price is RM65.00 for a one-way journey that takes about an hour.
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(photo source: http://www.bybike2malaysia.com/2009/06/08/the-diy-of-sea-crossing-on-a-fishing-boat-into-indonesia%E2%80%99s-ekalimantan-on-borneo-island)

By Land
Long distance coaches arrive from major cities such as Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Prices are RM50.00 from Kota Kinabalu and RM43.00 from Sandakan.* The bus terminal for long distance coaches has moved from its original location in Sabindo to a new facility located in Bandar Sri Indah.

Tawau Bus Terminal
Destination

Departure Time

Fare

Hours

Company
Kota Kinabalu 07.00 RM50.00 8 hours Tung Ma Express
Kota Kinabalu 07.00 RM50.00 8 hours Sairah Express
Kota Kinabalu 07.00 RM50.00 8 hours Salam Buminas Express
Kota Kinabalu 07.30 RM50.00 8 hours Optis Jaya Express
Kota Kinabalu 07.30 RM50.00 8 hours Sairah Express
Kota Kinabalu 14.00 RM50.00 8 hours Sairah Express
Kota Kinabalu 17.45 RM50.00 8 hours Ali-Topan Gerak Borneo Express
Kota Kinabalu 19.45 RM50.00 8 hours Salam Bumimas Express
Kota Kinabalu 20.00 RM50.00 8 hours Tung Ma Express
Kota Kinabalu 20.00 RM50.00 8 hours Sairah Express
Kota Kinabalu 20.00 RM50.00 8 hours Optis Jaya Express
Sipitang 17.00 RM50.00 8 hours Sairah Express
Lahad Datu    RM19.50    
Sandakan    RM43.00    
Telupid   RM52.00    
Ranau    RM58.50    
Simpang Sapi    RM45.50    
Beaufort RM85.15     
Papar    RM78.00    
Simpang Ranau    RM30.39    

*Prices are for reference only
(information sourced from :www.malaysiasite.nl)

air-map

2.Transport in the city

Public transport in tawau is less well-developed compared to other major cities in Malaysia and consists of buses and taxi only.

a)Non-air conditioned buses depart from Jalan Stephen Tan Bus Terminal to other areas in Tawau, including those further away such as Tawau Hill Park and Airport. Prices are calculated based on the distance.
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(photo source: http://www.etawau.com)

b)Taxi stands are available at more crowded areas but prices are not calculated using meter, so it is advisable to agree a price with the taxi driver before boarding. Taxis from the airport are regulated and prices are fixed. Reference fare for a journey from the airport to the city centre is around RM45.00. When travelling to the outskirts area, it is advisable to arrange prior with a taxi driver to fetch you from the area as taxis are hard to come-by at those areas.
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(photo source: http://www.etawau.com)

c)Most hotels can arrange for transport from airport either at a fee or as part of hotel rate. Please contact hotel prior to arrival to make arrangements.

d)Mobile app car-hailing service GrabCar was recently launched in Tawau and users may download the GrabCar application to enjoy this service