The main bus station in the city is located in Jalan Cator underneath a multi-story car park. There are six bus routes servicing Bandar Seri Begawan area; the Central Line, Circle Line, Eastern Line, Southern Line, Western Line and Northern Line. The buses operate from 6.30 am till 6.00pm except for Bus No. 1 and 20 which have extended to the night. All bus routes begin and terminate their journey at the main bus terminal. 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 (see my other transport tips). The bus costs B$2 and takes about an hour.
Kampung Ayer Boat Tour
Kampung Ayer is a traditional village on stilts in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan that offers a glimpse at how the people of Brunei lived way before the country became an oil-rich nation. Even today, there are still 30,000 people living here, whose name means "water village". Kampung Ayer is actually composed of 28 waterborne villages stitched together, that stretch for 8km on either sides of the Brunei River. You can take a tour around by hiring one of the water taxis that buzz around between downtown BSB and the jetties on the other side of the river. Try to negotiate the price down to around B$10 which is what I paid for a 45-50 minutes tour.
purple buses .. and taxis
100,000 guest workers in Brunei rely on these purple buses to get around Brunei and Muara district... ask them!
$1 per trip for purple buses
Bus terminal also serves buses going to Tutong and Belait/Seria.
and is a multi-storey carpark....
and houses shops and local foodstalls on first floor, and 7th floor of Municipal dept building opposite of terminal.
Taxis are also based here, from 6am to 6pm only.
'private' cars operators supplement the service and go to places not served by the buses or taxis.
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long distance coach to Pontianak, Kalimantan
for road trippers, it is possible now to travel from Kalimantan to Brunei thru Sarawak
coaches leave both ends daily
journey takes more than 14 hrs and over 1,200kms
the coach station at bsb is next to pggmb building
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There is a new Serasa Passenger Ferry Terminal that began operations on October 17th, 2009.
The terminal has plenty of ticket counters, an information counter, shops and money changers.
There are 8 ferries that service between Serasa to Labuan, and speedboats that leave when full to Kuala Lawas and Sundar in Sarawak.
The ferry we went on was full, and luggage was just chucked in the front of the boat. I couldn't complain about the trip across, it was very cheap compared to flying.
One thing to remember, is the terminal is about 25ksm from Bandar Seri Begawan
The fare in 2009 is $21
The website gives you a timetable of the crossings.....
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Royal Brunei Airlines from Singapore to Brunei
We took Royal Brunei Airlines from Singapore. They have two daily flights (10.25am and 9.45pm) arriving just 1h 55min later in Bandar Seri Begawan. Return flights are at 7.45am and 7pm. Prices are between SGD 300 and SGD 500, depending on how early you book.
Singapore Airlines has only 5 flights per week and seems to have fixed prices at SGD 460.
Other destinations with direct flights to Brunei are Auckland (BI), Bangkok (BI, TG), Brisbane (BI), Dubai (BI), Ho Chi Minh (BI), Hong Kong (BI), Jakarta (BI), Jeddah (BI), Kota Kinabalu (MH, BI), Kuala Lumpur (MH, BI), Kuching (BI), London (BI, via Dubai), Manila (BI), Perth (BI) and Surabaya (BI).
MH = Malaysia Airlines
BI = Royal Brunei Airlines
TG = Thai Airways
This is all as of May 2009.
We hired a car for the day through the Traders Inn where we were staying. I can't remember the name of the company, but the car was a Proton, not a new one, but went quite ok. and we were happy with it. Brunei was easy to drive around, and this meant we could see a lot in one day.
Cost was $70 Brunei in 2007.
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Comfortable Economy Seats
Brunei is served by most major airlines...so there's no problem getting there. I took Royal Brunei Airlines...it's actually a code share flight with the Malaysian Airlines. Flight fare...to n fro was MYR1715...that's about USD460++. The 2hrs 15min flight in the economy seat was comfortable.
Visa on Arrival
Yanks and the Poms dont need visa I think, most of the ASEAN countries dont visas either, but with the exception of some favoured european states, others need visa. Australians can get visa on arrival . I strongly recommend you obtain a multiple entry visa, which costs 30 bnd rather than the usual 20 bnd. remember you may wish to go to labuan or miri and thus dont have to worry about forking out more money or being allowed to come back in to catch your air asia flight to kuala lumpur
Bus to Seria
If you are doing a side trip to Seria and KB or going on to Miri, which is usually the case, you can take the bus from BSB bus station . Leaves approximately once every hour. The charge is a meagre 6 bnd. it takes two hours of journey. the minute you leave the city, the jungle is on your right and the river is on your left and then the sea appears on your right. you will see immigrant workers who had come to brunei to shop going back to their work place. In my bus, I was the only tourist, there were workers from vietnam, china, philippines and India and an old Malay woman and chain smoking Chinese?
Bus to the Airport
It is a pity the bus services stop between 6 and 7 pm. so if you arrive at the airport later than that you have to take taxi to town no other choice. but if you are departing during the day, bus is the choice. Bus numbers 36.37.38 go to the airport. I t does not go right up to the airport but close enough and it is a good walk, from the periphery of the aiport to the check in .
Departure Tax of 12 BND at the airport
I was a bit surprised when they asked me for a departure tax, not that I minded. Have gotten used to richer countries including these things on the tickets, you dont pay extra taxes when leaving singapore or malaysia.. so have some bnd or sgd handy 12 to be exact. singapore dollars are on par with brunei dollars but they dont accept singapore coins.
Taxi on call
This is a country of rich people, with brand new roads and cars. the only people without cars are immigrant workers, called Foreigners, who take the bus. so you may find yourself stranded at some part of town and without any transportation at all. Giving lift is not a Bruneian characteristic since they woudl think you are a "foreigner" and thus a guest labourer.
I found my self in such a situation, after visiting the Hossanul Bolkiah mosque. Came out of the mosque and walked to the main street. for half an hour no signs of any buses nor taxis. fortunately an australian stranded thus had a mobilephone and we were able to call for a taxi, not an easy task since there are so few taxis!
so next time you go to Brunei please take this name and number Mr Leong Chen Hin whose taxi is KM 6351 and he can be contacted at 8690796
he seemed a nice man and charged us only 5 bnd for the trip from the hossanul bolkiah mosque to downtown bus station.
Cheap way to travel around..
Hey in case anyone needs help in Brunei either on transport, cheap accommodations, places of interest, I know this guy who helped me out when i was in Brunei. His contact number is 8772366 Brad. I told him that i would help to post his contact here since he was nice enough to help us around for a very small fee. It is pretty troublesome to travel in Brunei. Hardly any cab around. The buses are rare too. Most places of interest were hard to reach.
Anyway, do call him for making your time there more enjoyable. Have fun...
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Driving in Bandar Seri Begawan & Brunei
One way of exploring Bandar Seri Begawan and the rest of Brunei is by driving. There are several car rental booths (including Avis, Hertz etc) just outside the arrival terminal of the Brunei International Airport. For a normal sedan car, the price per day should be $80-120 Brunei dollars (luxury cars and 4WD SUVs will be more expensive). It is quite easy to drive around Bandar Seri Begawan and the rest of Brunei as the roads do not have much traffic, but do note the vehicles are right hand drive (following the British system). Petrol in Brunei is cheap (about 50 Brunei cents per litre). If you need to explore the rural areas, then a 4WD may be required to drive through the track roads.
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