Brunei Country Profile – Travel

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Driving

Brunei’s well-maintained road network links the capital with all other cities, towns and villages along the coast and skirts the large area of untouched rainforest.  The coastal highway, linking the Muara district at the northern tip of the country and Kuala Belait in the south, is said to be one of the most picturesque drives in South East Asia. Public transport in Brunei is limited, so most locals choose to drive or use private chauffeur-driven cars to get around.

Cars drive on the left in Brunei, so drivers not used to this may want to hire a chauffeur-driven vehicle before hiring their own car (rental prices start at around $75BND/£42 per day). Driving is an inexpensive way to get around and see the country due to the low cost of fuel in Brunei, which is cheaper per gallon than a bottle of water. The speed limit on dual carriageways is 100km/h (62mph) and 80km/h (50mph) on single carriageways.

Expats can drive in Brunei with an International Driving Permit for up to three months, after which it is advisable to apply for a Brunei licence.

Taxis

Taxis can be expensive and hard to find in Brunei. There is no central taxi service in the capital and it can be very difficult to flag one down even if you manage to spot one (most taxis have yellow tops). Some taxi drivers use meters but you should always negotiate a fare before starting your journey.

Buses and coaches

Brunei has a limited public bus network, which has been greatly improved in recent years. However, you will not see many locals travelling by bus as nearly everyone travels by private car. Buses run on six different routes in the capital, between 6.30am and 6pm at night. Although buses are vaguely scheduled to run every 20 minutes, there is no official timetable so planning your journey can be somewhat confusing. Coaches link the capital with the surrounding towns of  Muara, Tutong, Kuala Larah and Seria and are used by tourists and to transport workers to the major oil centres. The main bus and coach terminal is located on Jalan Cator, to the south of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Trains

There are currently no rail or train services in Brunei.

Trams and light rail

There are currently no trams or light rail services in Brunei.

Air travel

Brunei has one airport – Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport – located approximately ten miles from the capital. The airport serves as the base for the country’s only airline, Royal Brunei Airlines. You can fly to 19 destinations from the airport, covering parts of Asia, London and Melbourne. Being a small country, there are no domestic flights in Brunei.  

Other ways to get around

Locals and tourists alike can travel from the capital by water cheaply. An efficient water taxi service links the capital with Bangar and the beautiful water village of Kampong Ayer, aptly nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East.’ You can hail a water taxi from anywhere on the waterfront in Bandar. Alternatively, you can take a speed boat to travel to the district of Temburong at a reasonable cost. There are also a number of ferry services to and from the port city of Serasa in Brunei to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

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