Brunei's public transport system has improved throughout the
years and now boasts of very reasonably priced taxi fares as
well as a punctual bus service.
Metered taxis are available at most hotels, shopping centres
and the Brunei International Airport.
Taxi and Bus Services
In the capital, Bandar
Seri Begawan, taxis are located at the multi-storey car park
at Jalan Cator.
Visitors can also opt for chauffer-driven and self driven
cars, which are on rental from major hotels and the airport.
Buses are regular, comfortable and
relatively cheaper. There are six bus routes in daily
operation in Bandar Seri Begawan - the Eastern Line, the
Southern Line, the Western Line, the Central Line, the
Circle Line and the Northern Line.
Buses operate from 6.30am to 6pm, with the Central Line Bus
running every 15 minutes and the Circle Line every 20
The Central Line stops at the following
bus stations: Brunei International Airport, post office,
Government schools, the Terrace Hotel, the Youth Centre, the
main bus terminal in Bandar Seri Begawan, the Arts and
Handicraft Training Centre, the Brunei Museum and the Malay
The Circle Line stops at the main bus
terminal in Bandar, the RIPAS Hospital, the Jame Asr'
Hassanil Bolkiah, the Centrepoint in Gadong, Government
offices, Immigration/ Labour Department, the Sultan Hassanal
Bolkiah National Stadium, the Islamic Dakwah Centre, Supa
Save Supermarket, Terrace Hotel, Sheraton Utama Hotel and
the Youth Centre.
The Northern Line has three routes,
Northern Line 1, Northern Line 2 and Northern Line 3. The
Northern Line 1 and 2 buses runs between Berakas Camp, the
Brunei International Airport and the bus terminal in Bandar.
Northern Line 3 runs between the Berakas Camp, the bus
terminal and the Malay Technology Museum in Kota Batu.
Ferry And Water Taxi
One of the major tourists' attractions in Brunei is the
picturesque water village, Kampong Ayer, dubbed the "Venice
of the East".
Water taxis are used to get around the
village, which is located near the capital. Water taxis can
be hailed from the numerous `docking ports' along the
riverbanks of the Brunei River and fares are negotiable.
Speedboats are used to travel to Temburong,
which is one of the four districts of Brunei. These
speedboats can easily be identified with its distinctive
Those wishing to go to the Malaysian
Federal Territory of Labuan and the Malaysian towns of
Sundar and Lawas can board the ferries at Serasa Terminal,
Muara. Services start from 7.45 am till 4 pm.
Commercial air transport in Brunei began in 1953, with the
establishment of air service links connecting Bandar Seri
Begawan with Anduki in the Belait district.
Initial flights to Malaysia were made to
accommodate travellers from Labuan in Sabah and Lutong in
Airport services were operated from the Berakas area at an
old runway site built by the Japanese during World War II.
It was known then as the Brunei Airport.
The growth in popularity of air travel in
the 1970s resulted in a significant increase in the civil
aviation movement with the old airport busy with activity
and operating beyond its capacity prompting the Government
of Brunei Darussalam to build a new airport to cater the
needs of the growing numbers of users.
A new airport was built in Mukim Berakas
focusing on easy access from all areas of the country and
became operational in 1974.
Its inauguration marked an important date in the history of
civil aviation in Brunei, opening Brunei to the world and
was aptly named as Brunei International Airport.
Since its opening, it has been upgraded in
the mid 1980s at a cost of B$110 million and in 2000,
expanded again to a cost of B$30 million.
The Brunei International Airport can handle 2.2 million
passengers and 50,000 tonnes of cargo a year.
The core mission of the Department of
Civil Aviation is to develop the Brunei International
Airport as the leading regional air hub by providing the
highest level of safety, security and efficiency of the
aviation system, competitive services and facilities for the
maximum benefits of the aviation communities.
With its core mission, the Department of Civil Aviation is
committed to fulfil the following objectives:
• To maintain an open sky policy which
aims to increase passenger and cargo traffic, liberalise air traffic rights and expand the number of airline companies serviced by
• To establish an aircraft maintenance
centre with capabilities to handle, repair and maintain Boeings, Airbuses and Fokker planes.
• To transform the airport into a viable
commercial and business centre, paving the way for the establishment of a world-class Airport City.
• To direct efforts towards the
establishment of a Transhipment Centre.
• To establish the airport as a regional
refuelling centre by offering the most attractive fuel prices and liberalising fuel suppliers.
• To continuously improve and upgrade
facilities and services at the airport in general, and the passenger terminal in particular through various expansions
• To attain the highest standards of
aviation safety, security and efficiency through improved facilities and services, such as the 14,000 feet runaway and
Cat 2 equipment.
Currently Brunei has one commercial airline, Royal Brunei
Airlines and it is the national carrier for Brunei.
Established on November 18, 1974 as an independent
corporation, it is wholly owned by the Government of Brunei
Darussalam. With a history of fleet from Fokker 50s and 100s
Boeings 737s, 757s, 767s and newly acquired Airbus planes.
As of January 2004, RBA provides scheduled
services to more than 20 destinations across Asia, the
Middle East, Australasia and Europe with introduction to new
destination as time goes by.
In their effort to compete with other airline services RBA
has a new in-flight entertainment system which has been
introduced to the airline's Boeings 767s for its long haul
journeys together with a complete retrofit of both its
Business and Economy Class seats.
RBA has plans to increase its fleet size
by introducing new narrow-bodied aircrafts and new
wide-bodied aircrafts by 2013. --Courtesy of Brunei Year