Transportation - Get In

By plane

The only airport in Brunei is the Brunei International Airport (BWN), the hub of Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA). The airport itself is small but clean and functional.

After an excessive expansion and high losses in the 1990s, the RBA reduced its services considerably, but still offered a decent network with daily flights to London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kota Kinabalu as well as four weekly non-stop flights to Kuching. Prices for transit through Brunei are attractive and you are guaranteed with a smile. In addition, Singapore Airlines flies twice weekly from Singapore and Malaysia Airlines twice a week from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines subsidiary MASwings also flies several times a week to and from Kuching via Mulu. AirAsia flies to Kuala Lumpur for only USD35 each way. Other destinations include the best Singapore Changi and Kuala Lumpur transit airports.

Airfare to Brunei includes payment of a departure tax: $ 5 for flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and $ 12 for other international destinations.

Arrival / Departure: A taxi to Bandar Seri Begawan takes 20 minutes and costs around $ 25. A covered walk at the end of the parking lot further away from the terminal (to the right of the arrival) leads to a bus stop for purple buses to the city ($ 1).

By car

You can drive to Brunei from Sarawak, Malaysia. There are two entry points for the main part of Brunei, one for Miri in Sungai Tujuh and one for Limbang in Kuala Lurah (Tedungan on the Malaysian side). Both intersections have immigration checkpoints at the border, but queues can be terribly long, especially on weekends.

It is also possible to drive towns from Sarawak to Limbang and Lawas to Temburong District in Brunei. A bridge on the Pandaruan River was opened in December 2013 and the ferry service was suspended. Immigration is now carried out in Pandaruan (Malaysia side, opened in June 2007) and Puni (Brunei side, opened in 2013). From Lawas (which is connected by road to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia), another bridge completes the connection between the banks of the Trusan River (and a ferry trip is not required). Malaysian immigration formalities are carried out in Trusan (the immigration office, officially known as the Mengkalap immigration checkpoint, is located east of the crossing) and is no longer Lawas. Those from Brunei can be made at the Labu checkpoint at the border.

It is possible to drive from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to Bandar Seri Begawan in one day. See Kota Kinabalu in Brunei for the ground page for more details.

Warning: only a few gas stations in the country can sell gasoline to cars with non-Brunei license plates due to a tax problem. It can be frustrating to find these stations and thus make sure your car is full.

The Malaysian-Brunei ferry, the Malaysian town of Limbang and the Temburong district of Brunei have been abolished since December 2013 due to the completion of the free friendship bridge connecting the two eastern Limbang borders.

By bus

  • To/from Miri: Transportation company Miri Belait operates a bus between Kuala Belait in Brunei and Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. The journey requires a bus change at the border control point of Sungei Tujoh. However, tickets are available at RM12.20 from Miri. It should be noted that there have been reports that Miri's buses occasionally refuse to go all the way to the border and stop just before the Asean Bridge in Kuala Baram because of the high toll rate of the bridge. You may have to use taxis to complete the final 5 km between the border and the bridge. From Kuala Belait, there are buses to Seria ($ 1) approx. every 20 minutes, where you can change to another bus for the Bandar Seri Begawan ($ 6). The whole trip takes about 5 hours. The buses run from the airport every hour.
  • To/from Limbang: There are no direct buses between Bandar Seri Begawan and Limbang in Sarawak. However, you can take a local bus from Bandar bus station to Kuala Lurah on the border, cross the control point to Tedungan in Sarawak and take a bus to Syarikat Bas Limbang to Limbang. Do the opposite if you come from Limbang to Bandar. Buses depart from the Limbang bus terminal several times a day and carry the destination "Batu Danau". Taxis are also available on both sides of the border, but negotiate with difficulty for the fare. You can also reach the Temburong district by bus from Limbang, although again, there are no direct buses in Bangar; All buses (destination "Pandaruan") stop at the ferry landing in Pandaruan, where there is now an immigration control point in Malaysia. Cross the river by ferry and take a taxi for the 5 km to Bangar.

By boat

The main ferry terminal in Brunei is the Serasa Ferry Terminal in Muara, where there are several daily ferries to / from Labuan and a daily ferry to Lawas and Sundar, both in Sarawak. With a change of boats in Labuan, you can even get to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, in one day. See Kota Kinabalu for Brunei by land page.

The ferry terminal is some distance from the actual town of Muara, where the container door is located. The terminal is about 25 km from Bandar Seri Begawan. Getting there: there are purple buses (nº 38 or 39) that connect the ferry terminal with BSB. Buses are cheap ($ 1), but can take some time, up to 2 hours, including late and transfer. Or you can just take a bus / taxi ride.

There is a car ferry service from Brunei to Sabah.

You need to pay a tax ("cukai kepala") to get out of Brunei (currently, $2 per ferry ticket). Enquire at the counters/travel agent if you didn't get the tax coupon when purchasing the tickets.

Transportation - Get Around

By car

There is a "highway" from Bandar Seri Begawan (the capital) along the coast. It becomes double and therefore only driveway, but it is suitable for all vehicles, up to Kuala Belait and the toll bridge in Malaysia / Sarawak to the west)

There is also a secondary road, which runs through the jungle to the settlement of Labi and beyond. An excellent landscape and a 4x4 can be useful, but the road is now sealed to municipal houses some distance from Labi. Stock up in the convenient store at the intersection.

By taxi

There are only 40 taxis in total in Brunei (2009), because the ownership and use of the car are high. Since there are about 10 waiting at the airport and 8 in the Belait district, there is little chance of finding a free taxi along the way, especially during peak hours in the morning and afternoon when hired by businessmen. Need a taxi could request a phone call. The main taxi station is located north of the bus station in the capital, with only a few taxis waiting.

None of the taxis have a metro, since there is no taxi company or regulation that requires one. Drivers have fixed prices for most trips, although fares may vary between different drivers or they will give you a price for an irregular trip.

By tour vans

Another alternative is to hire a van to travel to Brunei, for example, for a whole day or for several hours. Try asking from the ferry desks of Muara. Discuss the price before agreeing to get on board the truck.

By boat

209 km; navigable by craft drawing less than 1.2 m

By bus

Around the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, there is a network of purple minibuses of good size. The high rate of ownership of private cars in Brunei means that very few inhabitants of Brunei take these buses, which largely meet foreign workers. Bus speed is limited to 50 km / h, but they are quite efficient and reliable.

In general, the bus system around the capital radiates from the bus terminal in the central district. There are designated bus stops along each route, but passengers are picked up or hired in unofficial places at the discretion of the driver. The unofficial way of working facilitates travel and attracts cronyism. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get details about bus routes and schedules. There are 13 routes and the fare is $ 1, which is charged by a driver. The passenger can advise the driver of the place to disembark. Sometimes, the driver asks passengers to disembark in their respective locations and skip part of the route, much to the disappointment of the passenger who wants to take the bus. This also implies that there is not a strictly scheduled time. It is normal to wait for 30 to 45 minutes for a bus.

There is also a rare long distance bus that runs between BSB and Seria through Tutong.

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