Bandar Seri Begawan Transportation

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    Taxi

    by theguardianangel Written Jul 13, 2014

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    Upon arrival, the only way to go to BSB from the airport is through taxis. We arrived at a very inconvenient time, 130am. We asked someone from the customer service on how we can get a taxi to get to our hotel. The old man just called somebody using his “walkie talkie” then he said to wait for a few minutes for the cab to arrive. He also showed the fare tables. I’ve seen 2 sets of fares – (As far as I can remember) 5am -10pm and 11pm-5am. It was 130am at that time so we have to pay 25 BND but if it’s daylight, I think it’s around 18BND.

    If you’re under time pressure, I suggest you take the cab but be sure to talk to the driver first and bargain for the fare. The taxis are metered but from what I read on the other websites, they say that it’s advisable to bargain rather than to depend on the meter. My friend and I took a cab from the central terminal to the ferry terminal, which we didn’t expected to be very far from BSB. We bargained for 20 BND but the driver explained that it’s too cheap since he can’t have a passenger when he gets back to the city so we agreed with 30 BND. Well, we thought that 30 BND is already fair since the ride took around 45 mins plus the fact that we asked the driver to drive as fast as he could for in order for us to catch the ferry and truly as how the driver explained earlier, he went back to the city without loading any passengers from the ferry terminal.

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    Bus

    by theguardianangel Written Jul 13, 2014

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    The 2nd cheapest and easiest way to go around BSB is by bus. Fare is 1 BND no matter how far the distance is. When you get inside, a staff will give you a ticket then you pay for the fare. However, waiting for the bus will really test your patience because it would take 60 mins to wait for the next bus to arrive (seriously).

    The buses are air-conditioned (but hardly felt the coolness), coded and in different colors so as to identify where they are headed to. In the central terminal, there are bulletin boards that will guide you in choosing the correct bus. It shows the route and landmarks of the bus stops so it’s a very helpful thing especially for tourists.

    Bus operation is from 6am-8pm.

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    Central Terminal

    by theguardianangel Written Jul 13, 2014
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    If you’re undecided on what to ride, maybe going to the transportation terminal can help you. You can choose a cab or bus.

    The buses are coded and in different colors so as to identify where they are headed to. There is what I call, bulletin boards in the terminal that will guide you in choosing the correct bus. It shows the route and landmarks of the bus stops so it’s a very helpful thing especially for tourists. The fare is only 1 BND, anywhere you go.

    The taxis are located at the corner of the terminal. If you’re under time pressure, I suggest you take the cab but be sure to talk to the driver first and bargain for the fare. The taxis are metered but from what I read on the other websites, they say that it’s advisable to bargain rather than to depend on the meter. My friend and I took a cab from the central terminal to the ferry terminal, which we didn’t expected to be very far from BSB. We bargained for 20 BND but the driver explained that it’s too cheap since he can’t have a passenger when he gets back to the city so we agreed with 30 BND. Well, we thought that 30 BND is already fair since the ride took around 45 mins plus the fact that we asked the driver to drive as fast as he could for in order for us to catch the ferry and as how the driver explained earlier, he went back to the city without loading any passengers from the ferry terminal.

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    Serasa ferry to Labuan

    by Sevsa Written Feb 7, 2013
    Ferry from Serasa, Brunei to Labuan, Malaysia
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    Earliest ferry to Labuan in Malaysia is scheduled to leave at 8:30am but they seem to wait until 9am. The ticket price is B$15 (B$10 for senoirs/children) plus a B$2 departure tax. You will get there in plenty of time to take the ferry to Kota Kinabalu but you need to purchase that ticket as soon as you exit the arrival area. It is located to the right as you come out.

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    Bus from BSB to Serasa Ferry Terminal

    by Sevsa Written Feb 7, 2013

    Contrary to information I have read online there was no direct bus from the terminal in BSB to the Serasa Ferry Terminal to catch the ferry to Labuan. Instead take the first bus from the terminal (#37, 38 or 39) at about 6:30am to Maura. From the Maura bus lot take the #33 to the ferry terminal.

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    THE AIRPORT

    by davidjo Written Nov 10, 2012

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    DULL AIRPORT

    If you have a stopover at the airport there will not be much to do there and there are only two cafes giving basic food, a few souvenir shops and of course the country is alcohol free so there are no drinks available. Best to bring your own food if possible.

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    Taxis are a rip-off

    by zuyao Written May 1, 2012

    Getting around town by taxi is quite expensive - basically a rip-off. The taxis don't seem to be metered. It's BND25 from the airport to town. And basically travel within the town is always fixed at BND25 regardless of the distance. If you intend to do lots of travelling around the town or out of town, it's better to just rent a car. Driving is pretty easy and convenient in Brunei. There's not much traffic and the drivers are courteous.

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    Bandar Seri Begawan to Sabah

    by lotharscheer Written Aug 16, 2011

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    Ferry in Labuan

    You can go by ferry to Labuan, 1 hour from Muara (port) witch is 1 hour by bus from Bandar Seri Begawan, from there by ferry to Kota Kinabalu, 2,5 hours, total cost about RM 60 / 25 Brunei Dollar, if you take the early boat with waiting time about 6-7 hour, or stay a night or 2 in Labuan. You can also go by bus, look for Borneo Express (was in march every day, maybe every seconde day now)

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    By bus from Kota Kinabalu

    by lotharscheer Written Jul 27, 2011
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    Borneo Express goes every day at 7.45 am from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei and Miri, about 10 hour and RM 90 to Miri.
    Jesselton Express goes every day at 8 am to Brunei.
    Both companies leave from the City Park / Jl.Tun Razak station in the town center.
    You can go also by ferry at 8 am to Brunei, via Labuan 2,5 + 1 hour to Muara and 1 hour by bus to Bandar Seri Begawan, total cost about RM 60, with waiting time about 6-7 hour

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    Brunei International Airport (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Brunei Airport is a relatively small airport located about half an hour drive away from Bandar Seri Begawan. There are not many flights coming into Brunei or going away, so the customs clearance and baggage claim is quite fast. Do take note that there is restriction to the amount of alcohol that can be brought into Brunei (because it is an Islamic country) and that drug trafficking carries a death penalty just like Singapore. Please see part 2 of this tip for more information.

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    Brunei International Airport (Part 2)

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Check-in counter at Brunei International Airport
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    Once you are out of the customs check and claimed your luggage, just go straight out and there are taxis waiting for you. A taxi trip from airport to Bandar Seri Begawan (about 30 minutes) will cost about $20-25 Brunei Dollars. There are also several car rental booths e.g. Avis and Hertz as well as an information counter next to the car rental booths (you can communicate in English here, no problems). Other than taxis and cars, the purple buses (no. 11, 23, 24, 36, 38 and 57) will get you to the city at $1 Brunei Dollars.

    Some hotels can arrange for airport pick-up services, so do check with your hotel so that you can save some money here :)

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    VISA

    by balhannah Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    We arrived in Brunei from Labuan Island via the Ferry.

    Going through Customs, we told the Officer's we needed a Visa, so we were taken into a small office where we were interrogated?....it felt like that with the questions the officious lady asked. Finally, out we came with the visa. We didn't have a problem getting it, the officer just wasn't the most pleasant person to deal with!

    As we were only staying for 2nights, we were able to get the transit visa, which is valid for 72 hours. Being Australian, we could also get multiple entry visas on arrival.

    The visa fee has to be paid in cash in either Brunei or Singapore dollars.
    There is a money changer in the arrival hall of the airport beyond the immigration control point if you aren't prepared.

    COST IN 2011.............
    Single Entry - Brunei $'s......$20.00
    Multiple Entry - B$30.00(For less than 3 months)
    B$50.00(For more than 3 months)

    You need 6mths left on your passport, and exit ticket out of Brunei.

    If you are from Israel, then unfortunately, you can't visit Brunei.

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    Getting to BSB from Miri, Sarawak

    by Willettsworld Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    Our bus at Seria (the green one)
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    It's a rather convoluted journey if you want to get from Miri to Brunei that involves five buses and a river crossing. First you need to get to the bus station in Miri which is located near the Park Hotel and the Padang and catch a Belait Transport Company bus from Miri to Kuala Belait for the first leg. Buses leave at 7am & 10am and cost RM13 with the trip taking about an hour. You'll then pass through Malaysian immigration and then get onto another bus that takes you over the border into Brunei and through Brunei immigration. You then transfer onto a Brunei bus that takes you to the Sungai Belait river which you'll cross over in a free boat. On the other side of the river is a terminal building beside a gas and oil storage depot. You then get on another bus which will take you past nodding donkey oil wells and loads of pipes through Kuala Belait and onto Seria which costs B$1. From Seria, we had to wait an hour for a bus to BSB and so had some lunch near the bus station. The final bus took us right into the centre of BSB and this cost B$6.

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    Boat to Kota Kinabalu

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 31, 2010

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    The main bus station in the city is located in Jalan Cator underneath a multi-story car park. We took a bus from here to the ferry terminal at Muara, 25km northeast of BSB in order to get a ferry to the island of Pulau Labuan and then from there another ferry to Kota Kinabalu. The bus costs B$2 and takes about an hour to get to the ferry terminal and then we took a ferry to Pulau Labuan at 10.30am which cost B$17. From there we just managed to get onto the next ferry to KK which cost B$16 (as they still take Brunei dollars on Pulau Labuan).

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    Bus to Kota Kinabalu

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 31, 2010

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    We walked down past the Chinese Temple towards the bus station and found this bus with a sign in the front saying that it goes to Kota Kinabalu. As we were heading towards KK ourselves but via the two ferry option, we enquired about how much it cost and how long etc. It costs B$45, leaves at 8am from outside the Brunei Hotel, takes some 7 hours and goes through some 5 border checkpoints! It sounded like a good idea to get all those passport stamps but my friend didn't have many pages left in his passport and so we plumbed for the 2 ferry option (see next tip) instead plus ferries are more interesting than boring buses aren't they?

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