Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May, 2018 09:41:25 AM


Transport services
Pickup vans at the air port provided by some of the local travel agents for their resorts guests :


SMART (by Explore Asia Tours Sdn. Bhd.)
Pulau Sipadan Resort (by Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn. Bhd. )

Pickup van of Pulau Sipadan Resort (from Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn. Bhd. )
Pickup van of Pulau Sipadan Resort (from Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn. Bhd. )

Airports of Sabah and distance from town center:
1- Kota Kinabalu International Airport - 8.5km
2- Labuan Domestic Airport - 3.5km
3- Lahad Datu Domestic Airport - 1km
4- Sandakan Domestic Airport - 13km
5- Tawau Domestic Airport - 31km



Tawau Airport

Welcome to Tawau

Tawau Airport is the second airport in Sabah to have immigration facilities after Kota Kinabalu. Therefore this airport can accept international flights.

Since Tawau has an international airport in year 2000, this sleepy town is sleepy no more...

Tawau is a remote town in Malaysia located at the northern tip of Sabah. The gateway to the world class diving paradise Sipadan Island and many nearby island resorts.

From this town you will gain access to a few oldest forest in the world, i.e. Danum Valley, Tabin Wildlife, Maliau Basin, Tawau Hill Park.

Tawau district comprise of Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak, and Semprona town. 

Tawau district is the world's third largest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The fishing industry remains important, with tiger prawn farming contributing to the export trade with Japan and Taiwan.

Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

In Tawau try to enjoy the tranquility and the splendid and cheap sea food. Tawau town is also a right place with more options to shop and replenish your foods and necessity, as compare to other smaller towns within Tawau district.
Upon Arriving 
Just take an airport taxi(RM40.00) from the airport.

You can rent a car at the airport, and depart from there.

Getting to Semporna from Tawau Airport

Most travelers take a flight to Tawau, then travel overland by taxi (Tawau airport to Semporna town at RM 150).

By Taxi  from Tawau airport to Semporna, cost  around RM 150

You can book a minivan from the airport to Semporna for approximately RM40.


AirAsia Sales Offices in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Plaza Berjaya, Lot G027B, Ground Floor, Podium Block, Plaza Berjaya, 
No. 12 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
KL Sentral Lot 4, Level 2, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur, 
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Johor Bahru Tune Danga Bay Johor Bahru, 
Lot PTB 22819 Jalan Skudai, Mukim Bandar Johor Bahru, 
80200 Johor Bahru
Kota Kinabalu
Lot G24, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah,
Jalan Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Kuching Wisma Ho Ho Lim, Ground Floor, No. 291, Sub Lot 4, Jalan Abell
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Miri Ground Floor , Sublot 661B of Lot 354, Unity Centre Block 7
MCLD Jalan Miri Pujut 98000 Miri, Sarawak
Penang Ground Floor, Kim Mansion, 332, Chulia Street, 10200 Penang
Subang Ground Floor, Terminal 3, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport 47200 Subang, Selangor

TB228, Lot  5 Ground Floor,Istana Monaco Hotel, Jalan Bunga, Fajar Complex ,91000 Tawau, Sabah

Travel connection from Tawau :

There is no direct flight from Tawau to Shenzhen Airport or any airport in China. Traveller has to get connecting flight in Kota Kinabalu Airport to China.

AirAsia flies from Tawau to KL and Johor Bahru,

MAS also flies between KL and Tawau

Tawau is also the stepping stone for boat travel to Kalimantan, with daily departures to Pulau Nunukan (1hr 30miniuts RM25). Note that from Nunukan boats go further round the coast to Tarakan (3hour RM75).

Long-distance buses to KK, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Semporna leave from the Sabindu Bus Station beside the Mosque.

More about Tawau Long-distance buses terminal...

Air-conditioned buses run from Tawau Long-distance Bus Terminal to KK, Sandakan and major towns.


There is No railway in this Eastern part of Sabah.

Rent a car

Rent a Car service counter is available at the airport.

Taking a Taxi to and from the Airport:

Texi fee is around Rm35.00 from Tawau town center. Getting from Tawau airport to the town is pretty straight forward.

As an international airport Tawau Airport is small in size.

The airport is  30 minutes away from Tawau town, with plenty of taxis and coaches available.

From airport to Semporna town is about an hours drive.

Most hotels are located within the Tawau town center

Taking a TAXI from Airport to Tawau Town

Passengers can buy the taxi coupon from the taxi counter.

Taxi to town will cost about RM40 to 45 per taxi to the town centre. To places further such as SMK Kuhara and SMK St. Patrick, the fare is Rm55.00

Left-Luggage Service (Pusat Simpan Beg)
7:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Charge rate for left-luggage

Small    : Rm  5.00 per bag
Medium : Rm 10.00 per bag
Big       : Rm 15.00 per bag

Managed by Rizham Enterprise

CAR PARK at the air port
(IMCERA Management Services & Contractor)

The open air car park has 500 parking lots

RM 1.00 per vehicle / RM 10.00 per vehicle for over-night parking

From Kota Kinabalu to Tawau :  Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines have daily flights from KK to Tawau. Air Asia is cheapest options for flying if booked early. Serveral buses leave every day from KK directly to Tawau. Bus rides take about 8 hours and flights are about 45 minutes.

From Kuala Lumpur to Tawau : AirAsia has direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau.

Check In Counters of Tawau Airport

The airport has 11 check in counters. No: 1 to 6 for MAS airline and No: 7 to 11 for Air Asia passengers.

Johore Bahru Senai International Airport

Shenzhen Bao'an Airport

Old Tawau Airport

On 15 September 1995, A tragedy happened  that changed the history of Tawau airport. A MAS Airlines Fokker 50 from Kota Kinabalu  crashed into the  local  village at the end of the runway, Kampung Seri Menanti, causing 34 fatalities including two crews................ In 2002 a new airport is completed in Balung

Photo Gallery - The New Tawau Airport