* Updated April 10, 2013 – Brunei Malaysia Border Crossing
I’ve been getting queries about crossing the border from this tiny yet wealthy country in Borneo. Brunei is not usually included in the usual backpacker’s trail (just like my dear country the Philippines) but it is undoubtedly as charming as the rest of it’s neighboring countries in SouthEast Asia.
Border to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) from Brunei and border crossing Brunei to Malaysia is quite easy. Even going through the Brunei & Labuan (Malaysia) Immigration is easy because they’re used to Filipino workers crossing from Kota Kinabalu Malaysia to Brunei and from Brunei to Malaysia. Just be ready to endure the long line. I suggest you get out of the ferry as soon as possible and hurry to get to the line first. But no worries, the ferry won’t leave until everyone is done.
I’ve been asked a few times if the Brunei Malaysia border crossing by ferry is safe and convenient. Yes, it is safe and although it’s not that spacious and big, there are enough sits to accommodate the passengers and there are hardworking ferry employees roaming inside to assist the passengers with their luggage. The ferry is air-conditioned and there’s a small TV inside for entertainment and cheap snacks being sold.
- Brunei to Malaysia Border Crossing By Bus Ferry Boat:
How to get to Muara Ferry Terminal from Bandar Seri Begawan?
To get to Muara Ferry Terminal in Brunei, ride a Muara express bus (bus with pink and silver stripes; bus fare B$2) from Bandar Seri Begawan bus station. Bus to Muara leaves every 30 minutes and runs from 6:30 am to 7:00pm. The bus dispatcher is a Filipino named kuya Raymond (or was it Richard?) , you can ask him for some Brunei travel tips like where to eat, where to stay, alternative bus routes, etc. Too bad I only met him when I was on my way back to Kota Kinabalu , I would’ve saved more on my Brunei holiday trip.
Alternatively, if you have extra bucks to spare, you can also take a taxi from Bandar to Muara ferry terminal for around B$35.
- Brunei to Malaysia Border Crossing by ferry : Labuan ferry from Brunei
Take note that you have to change boats. Ferry from Muara (Brunei) leave for Labuan (Malaysia) and from Labuan you need to take another ferry to Kota Kinabalu.
I highly suggest you leave Bandar early, take the earliest bus so you’ll be in time for the 1st trip of the ferry to Labuan.
- Brunei Bus and Ferry Schedules
Muara Bus Express to Ferry Terminal: 6:30 am, 11:30 pm and 2:15 pm
Muara (Brunei) ferry to Labuan : 8:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 4:00 pm
Labuan ferry to Kota Kinabalu : 8:30 pm, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Bus fare to ferry terminal is B$2.
Bus is the one with pink and silver stripes.
Bus operates until 7:00 pm however you will already miss the last trip of the ferry to Labuan which is 4:00 pm.
If you miss the ferry from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu. You can stay overnight at Labuan, there’s a cheap dorm room called Papa Jacks for RM20 with A/C. (Be wary though that Papa Jack is kinda nice to Caucasians only and is not too friendly with his fellow Asians. I misplaced his contact info and the dorms address but as soon as I find it,I’ll update this post.)
- Brunei Malaysi Ferry Fare:
- Brunei to Labuan ferry fare is B$17
- Labuan to Kota Kinabalu ferry fare is RM 35 for lower deck and RM39 for upper deck. Ferry ride is 1 and 1/2 hour. Upon arriving in Labuan, you will pass through immigration and customs. Then buy a ticket to Kota Kinabalu. The ferry will stop at the Jesselton Ferry Terminal, walking distance to the backpacker’s hub in Kota Kinabalu.
- Brunei to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) border crossing by Bus
Alternatively, you can also take an Express Bus Service from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei to Kota Kinabalu. Bus leaves at 8:00 am and is stationed near the Chinese Temple.
Bus Route: Bandar Sero Begawan to Limbang to Lawas to Kota Kinabalu
- Schedule of Bus from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei to Kota Kinabalu
Bus Fare: Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) to Kota Kinabalu B$45
Bandar Seri Begawan to Sipitang B$35 Bandar Seri Begawan to Lawas B$25 Bandar Seri Begawan to Limbang B$25
any cheap backpacker hostel in Brunei?? seems hard to travel there cheap.. any recommendation???
I will deliver a paper in a conference in Universiti Malaysia Sabah this September 26-28, 2012. From and to Manila, I plan to land in and take off from Bandar seri Begawan. From Bandar seri Begawan to Kota Kinabalu (and vice versa) I intedn to take the bus. Am I making a wise decision? Please comment, Ms. Gael?
the bus leaves at 8am frm BSB and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach KK. I suggest taking a ferry instead.
How long is the one way total travel time for bsb to kota?
Did you just walk around BSB to visit all the spots? Going Nov month end. Thanks!
Also, which is more convenient & shorter? via ferry or bus? Thanks!
Hi! You’re travels are very inspiring. Actually, I have started discovering South East Asia myself. It’s quite easy since I’m based in Thailand. This Kinabalu-Brunei trip is quite interesting. How long is this trip of you’re taking the ferry? How about by bus? Thanks so much and I hope you keep on writing about the places you visit.
Nice one! this will be very useful in our next trip to Brunei-KK. I hope you wouldn’t mind if i would ask questions regarding this route. 🙂