Getting Around Brunei

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    Boat is best (and only sometimes)

    by kokoryko Written Oct 21, 2005

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    Boats, of course; taxi boats for short trips, bigger speedboats if you go to Temburong (the pier for these boats is located 500 m East (left if you look at the river from downtown) of the Kiangeh market (on the border od the small Kiangeh river, bordering the East side of Bandar Seri Begawan downtown) ; 10 departures per day.
    Ferry Boats go 5 times per day to Labuan and to Sabah (Malaysia), departing from Muara port.

    Buses.
    6 regular lines are operated for public transportation; they reach the main places in Brunei and Muara district (downtown bus terminal, Muara, Jerudong, airport, Berakas); reliable, and rather frequent (every 15-20 mn on the airport line); you recognise them at their violet colour. The bus terminal downtown is located underground, and having a close look, there even might be some underground activity there; mainly poor Brunean and migrant workers use the bus, but these are clean and safe. At the terminal you may hear 5-6 different languages in the same time, and it is very lively at rush hours.

    Taxi
    I did not see a lot in Bandar Seri Begawan. . . . . you find them at the airport, near the main bus station, the Yayasan , but elsewhere. . . . . Do not wait for a taxi if you are late for an appointment or for the plane at the airport, or let the staff at the hotel manage to get one.

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    Flying into Brunei

    by SLLiew Written Jan 30, 2007

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    The easiest entry into Brunei is by international flights.

    Royal Brunei flies to 20 destinations. Other major airlines are Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Philippines Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Dragonair.

    Brunei International airport is near Bandar Seri Begawan and about B$10-20 using airport limousine taxi to get to your hotel.

    Royal Brunei Air flight code = BI
    Brunei International Airport code = BWN

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    Prices for taxi from airport to city

    by Sambawalk Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Although there is a fixed price list post right outside the airport arrival hall, the taxi divers collide together and do not follow the prices being set. It is quite disppointed that a rich and muslim country like Brunei can tolerate such non-ethnical behaviours.

    The standard price from airport to Capital Hotel is set as $16, but all divers waiting at airport will move on for $25. What a country!!!

    From the city, it should cost you $15 to get to the airport. Don't let them overcharge you.

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    Purple Bus

    by heydelin Written Oct 7, 2012

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    It’s Monday and I am finally on my own. After having breakfast at the hotel, I head to the bus stop just across the place where I was staying. I took Bus No. 55 to Bandar (1 dollar) where I took Bus No. 39 to Muara. At the port in Muara, transfer to Bus No. 33 going to Pantai Muara (Muara bridge).Be very patient in waiting for a bus. It took me 20 minutes to wait for Bus No. 55 in Gadong and it took me an hour to travel to Muara.

    I waited for an hour for a bus going back to the port. It took me another 30 minutes to wait for a bus going to Bandar.

    I arrived at Bandar bus station at around 4pm. I waited another 20 minutes to wait for Bus No. 57 going to the Empire Hotel.

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    Mini Bus Station

    by Sambawalk Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    The main minibus and bus terminal is located in the city center Jalan Cator. It is the cheapest way to get around, but a bit crowded as you can see. People rushed to get on the bus even before the arriving passengers get off. The cost per trip is $1. Every min-bus is numbered and there a a clear route sign for each bus route. You can go to all major sights, like Istana, museum by this mini bus. It is also a cheap means to go outside Banda or to Muara. Good for visitors.

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    Royal Brunei Airlines

    by CliffClaven Updated Dec 23, 2005

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    By international standards, Royal Brunei Airlines is a fairly young airline. The first flight, from Brunei to Singapore, was in 1975. From 45000 passengers in its first year of operation, the airline has steadily expanded and now carries more than a million passengers a year on its longhaul Boeing 767 and shorthaul Airbus aircraft to destinations across three continents, ranging from London to Shanghai to Auckland. Don't be surprised if you find the Sultan at the controls: he has a pilot's licence.

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    Visa on Arrival

    by cochinjew Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    Australians can obtain visa on arrival at Brunei Airport. it is valid for one month. the charge is 20 BD. for another 10 BD extra, they will stamp multiple entries so that you can come and go as you like for one month, which i think is a good deal. They were very pleasant about i all.
    Welcome to Brunei.
    this would come in handy if you are planning to visit Labuan or Miri and return to Brunei.

    on the way to temburong remittances to philippines thailand vietnam public toilet 1 public toilet 2 the newly constructed kampong ayer

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    Taxi from the Airport

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 21, 2011

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    There are many money changers and an ATM at the airport.( lots of ATM's in town too).We knew it would be expensive here ,as the 11km ride from the airport was $25.00. There was little information available on arrival . Although there were lots of buses ,we had no idea how long the wait for one.

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    Royal Brunei Airlines

    by Sambawalk Written Nov 12, 2005

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    The national flag airlines of Brunei, Royal Brunei Airlines provides good services for passengers. As for short haul flights, they use small 737 aircrafts which do not have many entertainment on board. The flight is blessed before it flies. Of course beverages on board are non-alocholic.

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    Royal Brunei Airlines

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2011

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    We flew fromBrunei to Kota Kinbalu with Royal Brunei Airlines. We booked using our credit card online and were able to check in online as well.It was a short comfortable flight The plane was pretty dinghy however ,my seat was taped together with duck tape!!....makes you wonder how wellit was maintained mechanically. The no alcohol policy would be difficult on a long flight..

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    Brunei International Airport

    by colin_bramso Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    Flying is the obvious way to reach Brunei, which has a small international airport in the capital Banda Seri Begawan, and its own national airline, Royal Brunei.

    We flew on Royal Brunei from Dubai, a Boeing 777 which flies London Heathrow-Dubai-Brunei.

    With an Aussie passport I got an automatic 14 day visa, for B$20, on arrival. Some passports need no visa while others need to arrange a visa in advance so you need to check what applies to your passport.

    It's a small and not busy airport so formalities are quick, luggage comes quickly and it's a stress-free experience.

    If you need a meal before your flight out you should have it before you go through to the passengers only area. Inside there's only one eatery, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, while in the main public area there's a choice of about five. It's not a great choice but at least it's a choice.

    Brunei International Airport Small duty free area Eat before you go through Immigration

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    Royal Brunei

    by colin_bramso Updated Dec 2, 2011

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    We flew with Royal Brunei for the first time and have no complaints. The flight from Dubai left a little late but arrived on time. No alcohol, BTW, but I don't think that's a problem on flights - in fact it can be a problem when passengers have too much!.

    A Boeing 777 runs daily between Brunei and London Heathrow with a stop in Dubai. Going, the flight was almost empty so it was quite comfortable. The return flight was completely full and the ride was bumpy - not the airline's fault of course.

    Both were night flights so after the meal the lights were turned low and everyone slept (or tried to in my case, I have problems sleeping on aircraft).

    Cabin crew brought drinks around regularly and the food was no better nor worse than most other airlines.

    Overall I'd say I could recommend them.

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    Jungle on your own

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Renting a car is the way to achieve independence in a place with relatively expensive tours and taxi service. The rental itself is not a rock bottom bargain but it is definitely worth it. It offers the possibility to go to the most remote longhouses that happen to be on stable ground. This is a double edged sword of course because a superficial examination shows that the “jungle” people live urban lifestyles with cars parked neatly under the bellies of the houses. Part of the “package” may include areas of the Bandar itself that are too far flung for visits on foot such as the Jerundong Park and the vicinity of the sultan’s palace. Bear in mind that only Bruneians may have a glimpse at the palace itself and only during certain dates. Meticulously manicured causeway is the only section prone to infidel eyes.

    Terraja or the end of the road
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    Taxi travel

    by cafank Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    Public transport is a funny thing in Brunei Darussalam - there is not too much of it. During the day there are several "Line" buses which can take you to various areas around Bandar Seri Begawan or within the region, these are cheap and you get to see lots of local areas.

    Beware however that these buses stop at 6.00pm. So, if you are out of town it could cost you a fortune to get back - especially as a solo traveller - a group of you won't be so bad.

    Taxi's are generally hard to find after 6pm too. I was at the night market and had to get a hotel to call a taxi for me as there were no taxi's to be seen anywhere, I only needed to go about 5 K's but it cost over $20.00.

    The driver told me it was his night off but he came out because he heard I was a solo female. He also then made himself available to me for the rest of the trip and that was handy.

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    From BSB to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia in 1 day

    by kotitihaere Written Dec 21, 2006

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    It is possible to make your own way from BSB to Kota Kinabalu in a day.

    From the main bus terminal in BSB, catch the express bus that leaves at around 7.15am bound for Muara which is the port and customs town for Brunei. The bus will cost you BD2

    At Muara, purchase a ticket for Labuan, which is the port and customs town for Sabah. The ticket will cost BD15 and the ride will take one hour. A departure tax of BD2 is also payable before boarding.

    Upon arrival at Labuan, after passing through customs, prucahse your boat ticket for Kota Kinabalu which is MYR34 and the trip is about 3 hours.

    While waiting for your boat to depart, there is a baggage check in area where you can store your bags instead of carrying them all around with you - a large back pack will cost MYR3 per pack.

    You will arrive in Kota Kinabalu at approx 4pm.

    To ensure that you can make the trip in a day, you must catch the first boat out of Muara!

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