Travel

Airports

It will take approximately 20 minutes from Brunei International Airport to the city. Most hotels offer airport shuttle service which require pre-arrangement.

Ground transport

Metered taxis are available from the international airport to all parts of the country. Some hotels provide a free transfer from the airport. An intermittent bus service runs to and from the airport, and from the capital to the major towns of Brunei, except Bangar and Temburong.

Water taxis are the most common form of transport in ‘Kampong Ayer’, the Water Village. Regular water taxis and other boats have routes between the capital and Bangar, and Malaysia, including Limbang (in Sarawak) and Labuan. Onward connections are available from Labuan to a few towns in the state of Sabah.

Self-drive and chauffeur-driven cars are available for hire and charges vary depending on the type of car and service required. It is advisable to book cars in advance through the reservation desks at the hotel. An international driving licence is required if you are driving.

Read more about information on taxi rates and other transportation.

Hotels

There are a number of hotels in Brunei ranging from three star to six star rating. Hotel rooms are usually available in Brunei, however, it is advisable to book well in advance in case of a major event.

The Brunei Tourism site offers some information on places to stay in Brunei.

Dining

There are numerous restaurants serving international cuisines around the country. These restaurants offer foreign dishes ranging from Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian to Thai, Korean, Mediterranean, Arabic, Vietnamese, French and other cuisines.

To please the most discerning palates, highly rated hotels in the country also offer various western cuisines, authentic Italian dishes, Japanese and Lebanese food.

A wide selection of local dishes can also be found in the local night markets. There are a great number of cafes, bistros and eateries that serve top class cuisine at very reasonable prices in the Sultanate. Generally, the food served in Brunei is Halal, as the population is made up of mostly Muslims. For non-halal establishments, a label or sign states that the food served in that particular eatery is not for Muslim consumption.

Brunei prohibits the public sale or consumption of alcohol and all restaurants, whether Halal or non-halal, do not serve alcohol.

Tipping

Tipping is optional. Some hotels and service establishments add 10 per cent service charge to their room rates or services.

Tourist attractions

Brunei Darussalam offers visitors excellent museums, resplendent mosques and scenic spots including lakes, hills and seashores, mostly located in and around the capital. Brunei’s four districts each boasts its own tourist attractions. Major attractions in Brunei include:

  • Kampong Ayer (water village)
  • Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (modern shopping complex)
  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
  • The Royal Regalia Museum
  • Brunei History Centre
  • Tamu Kianggeh (open market)
  • Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Centre
  • Brunei Museum
  • Mausoleum of Sultan Bolkiah
  • House of twelve roofs
  • Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
  • The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park and Recreation Area
  • Wasai Kendai (waterfall)
  • Jerudong Theme Park
  • Millionth Barrel Monument
  • Oil and Gas Discovery Centre.

For further information, visit the Brunei Tourism website.