Pulau Labuan is easily accessible by air from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and Miri in Sarawak.
Labuan Airport (IATA: LBU) is located about 5 km by road to Labuan Square in the town center.
Direct flights are provided by AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary, MASWings.
|Kuala Lumpur||~2 hr 30 mins||Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia|
|Kota Kinabalu||~30 mins||MASWings|
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Ferries are the most economical and convenient “trade route” that connects Labuan and the Borneo hinterland.
The Labuan International Ferry Terminal accommodates high-speed, air-conditioned ferries from neighbouring:
- Sabah (Kota Kinabalu, Menumbok and Sipitang);
- Sarawak (Lawas and Limbang); and
- Brunei Darussalam (Muara).
The over-water trip to Labuan from Brunei Darussalam takes about an hour, whereas the ferry ride from Kota Kinabalu (KK city) to Labuan takes around 3 hours.
From Jesselton Point in KK city, board the Labuan Express Boat (Long Cabin Cruiser) at 8.00am or 2.00pm. The ~3-hour journey costs ~RM39 one way. This provides hop on/hop off convenience but the journey crosses the open sea (South China Sea), so those who are prone to getting sea sick should take note.
Alternatively, visitors can board a speed boat or vehicle and passenger ferry from Menumbok in Sabah.
By bus – This is one of the cheapest and easiest methods. Board the Labuan Ferry Coach (Menumbok Express or One Borneo) at the bus station opposite the High Court building in KK city. For ~RM19, the fare includes the bus ticket to Menumbok (~RM14) and the ferry ticket (~RM5) to Labuan with both legs of the journey undertaken in air-conditioned comfort. The coach will depart KK city at 6.30am and 7.00am and 12.00pm and 1.00pm for the Labuan ferry departing at 10.30am and 4.30pm respectively. The bus journey takes around 2 hours and the ferry ride an hour.
Drive yourself – Drive yourself to Menumbok and park your car in any of the residential car parks for ~RM5 a night. You can then take the large vehicle ferry across (10.30pm & 4.30pm) at ~RM5 per person, or hop aboard a speed boat to Labuan at ~RM15 per person.
Getting around Labuan is easy. As a Federal Territory, the town center is one of the most pedestrian-friendly in Malaysia and can be easily explored by foot.
The island’s excellent road network links Labuan’s main town with other parts of the island. It takes about an hour and a half’s ride to circle the island by road. Taxis are the most popular mode of transport. Car rentals for self-drives can also be arranged.
Bus, van and 24-hour call-taxi services are also available. Water taxis are the best way to get around if you will be visiting the water villages be it for a day trip or homestay experience.