TRAVEL GUIDE: KOTA KINABALU TO BRUNEI (VICE VERSA)
How to Go to Brunei from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
There are different ways on going to Brunei from Kota Kinabalu, you can choose any of the following:
- by plane – this option is the most comfortable but can be very expensive;
- by road – applicable to those who have more days to spend in this travel as this option can take too much time.
- by ferry – this, I can say is the most convenient (at least for our situation) as we do not have to spend too much money on air fare and considerable amount of time on the road. This given, I provided below a travel guide on how you can go to Brunei from Kota Kinabalu (vice versa) by means of ferry.
View from the ferry on the way to Brunei
Going to Brunei from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia by Ferry
- From Kota Kinabalu town center, you can take a 20-minute walk to Point Jesselton Ferry Terminal. Be there at around 7:00AM, earlier if you are travelling on a weekend as there are greater number of commuters
- Upon reaching the ferry terminal, proceed to counter 4 for Labuan and Brunei ferry service and buy a "package" of two ferry trips (KK-Labuan and Labuan-Brunei) for RM60 (adult) and RM43 (children – 11 years and below). Another RM3.60 (adult) and RM1.80 (children) will be collected as terminal fee. If you are leaving during weekends or holidays, it is better to buy this package in advance.
- Go to the departure area and wait for boarding. The first ferry from KK to Labuan leaves at 8:00AM; second and last ferry leaves at 1:30PM. The trip will cover 3-3.5 hours.
- Upon reaching Labuan, you can either take the 12NN or the 1:30PM trip to Brunei. The second option will give you time to go around Labuan. There are tourist locations you may want to check. (We do not have enough time so we failed to check out what Labuan can offer but I found this map at the port; you might wanna see some of places provided on the map.)
some tourist spots in Labuan
- Before taking the ferry bound for Serasa Ferry Terminal (Brunei), you will have to pay a departure tax of RM10 at the ticketing office. The journey takes another 1 to 2 hours.
- When you reach Brunei, you will have to go through immigration and customs. There are money changers available in the area should you need one. In Brunei, the currency is B$ or Brunei Dollars.
- Board a shuttle (color purple) bound for Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. The shuttle costs B$2 and travel time is around 40 minutes to an hour.
- The bus stops at the terminal (the only bus terminal in the city) located at the southeast corner of the city where malls, hotels, restaurants, and fast food chains are available.
Going Back to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from Brunei by Ferry
- Take the earliest bus bound for Serasa Ferry Terminal. The bus we took left at around 6:30AM and we reached the ferry terminal around 7AM. We had enough time to buy our ticket bound for Labuan which leaves at 8:30AM.
- The ferry from Serasa Terminal (Brunei) to Labuan costs B$15; you will have to pay another $B1 terminal fee. Unlike KK-Brunei direction, Brunei-KK has no two-ferry "package", so you have to buy another ticket bound for KK when you reach Labuan. There is also no option to book tickets in advance.
- Upon reaching Labuan, you will have to go through immigration and customs again.
- Go to the ticketing office and buy a 1:00PM ticket bound for KK (RM34 for lower deck, RM39 for upper deck). This would be the best time to go around Labuan as you will have a roughly 4-hour interval. If you will take the 8:30AM ferry, you will be in Labuan around 9:30AM. (Note: There is a facility in the area where you can leave your luggage. The cost is around 2-5RM depending on size.)
- You will be in Point Jesselton Ferry Terminal, Kota Kinabalu around 4:30PM. Go through customs and immigration again.
|Schedule of trips|
- Always bring your passport when booking your trip
- Make sure that you take the right ferry at the right time when going to Brunei as there are several ferries taking the route between Kota Kinabalu to Labuan and Labuan to Brunei; you might get stuck in Labuan if you failed to take your trip on schedule.
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