The RBA decreased its services significantly after an overzealous growth and heavy losses in the 1990s, although it still had a good network with daily flights to London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Kota Kinabalu, as well as four weekly non-stop flights to Kuching. The cost of traveling via Brunei is reasonable, and you will be greeted with a grin. In addition, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines both fly twice weekly from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, respectively. MASwings, a Malaysia Airlines affiliate, also flies to and from Kuching through Mulu many times a week. AirAsia offers one-way flights to Kuala Lumpur for just USD35. Other options include the finest transit airports in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
A departure tax of $ 5 for flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and $ 12 for other foreign destinations is included in the price of a ticket to Brunei.
Arrival / Departure: A cab from Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Seri Begawan takes around 20 minutes and costs about $25. A covered walkway leads to a bus stop for purple city buses ($ 1) at the end of the parking lot farther away from the terminal (to the right of the arrival).
From Sarawak, Malaysia, you may drive to Brunei. For the major portion of Brunei, there are two entrance points: one at Sungai Tujuh for Miri and another in Kuala Lurah for Limbang (Tedungan on the Malaysian side). At the border, both crossroads have immigration checks, however lines may be very lengthy, particularly on weekends.
In Brunei, towns from Sarawak to Limbang and Lawas to Temburong District are also accessible by car. In December 2013, a bridge over the Pandaruan River was opened, and the ferry service was stopped. Pandaruan (Malaysia side, inaugurated in June 2007) and Puni are currently the locations for immigration (Brunei side, opened in 2013). Another bridge connects the banks of the Trusan River between Lawas (which is linked by road to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia) and Lawas (which is connected by road to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia) (and a ferry trip is not required). Malaysian immigration procedures are now completed at Trusan (the immigration office, formally known as the Mengkalap immigration checkpoint, is located east of the border) rather than Lawas. Those from Brunei may be obtained at the Labu border crossing.
In one day, you may drive from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, to Bandar Seri Begawan. For additional information, see to the Brunei ground page for Kota Kinabalu.
Due to a tax issue, only a few petrol stations in the nation may sell fuel to vehicles with non-Brunei license plates. Finding these stations and ensuring that your vehicle is fully fueled may be difficult.
Due to the construction of the free friendship bridge linking the two eastern Limbang borders, the Malaysian-Brunei ferry, the Malaysian town of Limbang, and the Brunei Temburong district have all been disbanded since December 2013.
- To/from Miri: Miri Belait, a transportation business based in Brunei, runs a bus service between Kuala Belait and Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. The trip involves a bus change at Sungei Tujoh’s border check post. Miri, on the other hand, sells tickets for RM12.20. It should be noted that Miri’s buses have been reported to refuse to go all the way to the border, stopping just before the Asean Bridge at Kuala Baram due to the bridge’s high toll cost. The last 5 kilometers between the border and the bridge may necessitate the employment of taxis. Buses run about every 20 minutes from Kuala Belait to Seria ($ 1), where you may change to another bus to Bandar Seri Begawan ($ 6). It takes approximately 5 hours to complete the journey. Every hour, buses leave the airport.
- To/from Limbang: Between Bandar Seri Begawan and Limbang in Sarawak, there are no direct buses. You may, however, take a local bus from Bandar bus station to Kuala Lurah on the Malaysian border, cross the border to Tedungan in Sarawak, and then take a bus to Syarikat Bas Limbang in Limbang. If you’re traveling from Limbang to Bandar, do the reverse. Several times a day, buses leave from the Limbang bus station with the destination “Batu Danau.” Taxis are also accessible on both sides of the border, although the fare must be negotiated with difficulty. You may also go to Temburong by bus from Limbang, but there are no direct buses from Bangar; all buses (destination “Pandaruan”) stop at the Pandaruan ferry landing, which currently serves as a Malaysian immigration checkpoint. Take a boat over the river and a cab to Bangar, which is 5 kilometers away.
The Serasa Ferry Port in Muara is Brunei’s major ferry terminal, with multiple daily boats to and from Labuan, as well as a daily ferry to Lawas and Sundar in Sarawak. You may even travel to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, in one day by changing boats at Labuan. See the Brunei by Land page for more information about Kota Kinabalu.
The container entrance is situated in Muara, which is a short distance from the ferry port. Bandar Seri Begawan is approximately 25 kilometers from the terminal. Getting there: Purple buses (numbers 38 and 39) run between the ferry port and BSB. Buses are inexpensive ($1), although they may take up to two hours, including delays and transfers. You may also take the bus or a cab.
From Brunei to Sabah, there is a vehicle ferry service.
To leave Brunei, you must pay a tax (“cukai kepala”) (currently $2 per ferry trip). If you didn’t get a tax coupon while buying your tickets, inquire at the counters/travel agency.