How to go from Brunei to Miri

How To Go from Brunei to Miri, Malaysia

Getting from Brunei to Miri is not so easy at the moment The pre-Covid direct bus is NOT running at this time, so you have to take a little of a convoluted route to go from Brunei to Miri. Your options in 2024 will include taxis to and from borders, buses, and walking a way too. Here are all the current details of how to go to Miri from Brunei.

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Brunei to Miri in 2024

As we head into 2024 there is still no direct bus running. The PHLS bus from Brunei to Miri stopped during the pandemic and has NOT restarted. There are a variety of ways that you can do this route now, from local buses, to taxis. You’ll find the latest information below. If your experience is different then let me know and I’ll update this post with your comments to help other travelers.

The direct bus run by PHLS from Bandar Seri Begawan is NOT running again yet and it looks like that it won’t run again, so until another service starts up here’s how to go to Miri from Bandar Seri Begawan. If there’s a direct bus that starts up again, I’ll update this article. And, as ever, if you can help out a fellow traveler with your experiences, drop a note in the comments and I’ll include the details.

NOTE: You’ll need to complete a DIGITAL Arrival Card BEFORE getting to the border if you’re not a Malaysian resident or citizen. Use this link https://imigresen-online.imi.gov.my/mdac/main to get it done. There are BIG queues at the border because of people not doing this.

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Updates as they happen on this border crossing

UPDATE: 8th March 2024 – Sergio from Turin, Italy – ould like to confirm you that Mr. Lai provides a very good transportation service between BSB and Miri (Malaysia). It cost me 35 BND. It’s just a confirmation in case other people have to move between these cities.

UPDATE: March 8th 2024: Used FindMeLogistics with ease, even being a late flight arriving in the evening they managed to get me across to Miri for 80BND without any headaches.

Update March 8th 2024

First of all we want to thank you for providing all the information and keeping it updated! We travelled with Find me Logistics on March 6th from Miri airport to BSB and everything worked out great. She even waited 90 minutes for us because our flight was delayed. Since finding recent information on how to get from BSB to Kota Kinabalu wasn’t that easy we thought sharing our experience might also help some.

1. Bus. Actually the bus (Sipitang express) only operated three times a week (Tue, Thu, Sat) and apparently did not operate at all in the last two weeks. We don’t know if there will be busses again but if you look on their website you can’t even choose BSB as your origin or destination. If it does operate again check for the bus terminal since that also changed.

2. Ferry. People told us that after Covid the ferry from Brunei (Serasa ferry terminal) to Labuan does not operate as often and reliable as it used to. Sometimes there is no ferry at all. We couldn’t find a current schedule online. When you look up the ferry terminal on google maps you find a picture with two numbers (+6738731299 and +6737443544) to contact on WhatsApp to get the schedule for the next weeks, which worked out. (Until March 17th there is a daily ferry at 8:30 am and then either at 1 pm or 4:30 pm to Labuan.) We took a dart to the terminal (22 BND) and bought the tickets (25 BND, cash only). Boarding starts 30 minutes before departure. The ferry ride took us 1:20h plus 20 minutes for immigration. From Labuan to KK there is no more ferry at all. We booked a speedboat to Menumbok in advance (22 MYR, 30 minutes, labuanpay) and then a bus from there to KK, which we also booked the day before (22 MYR, 2:45h, easybook).

3. Flight. Flying was no option for us but the two most affordable options seemed to be to either take a private transport back to Miri and fly from there or try to get to Limbang (~1h from BSB) and get a flight from there. Hope this will help some people!

UPDATE: 6th March 2024: We travelled with Find me Logistics on March 6th from Miri airport to BSB and everything worked out great. She even waited 90 minutes for us because our flight was delayed.

UPDATE: 4th March 2024:

Thank you for your post on how to travel from Brunei to Miri, it was of great help when I did the journey yesterday! I used Pauline’s company, Find Me Logistics, worked like a charm. You agree on a pick-up and drop-off point through Whatsapp. From Bandar Seri Begawan it took a bit more than three hours for me as there was a pick-up and drop-off along the way, as well as a flat tyre (the car has a spare tyre, but it still took a little while to change it). There were also queues on the Malaysian side.

A small note on the coverage for mobile phones: On your page it says there is no coverage at the border, but I had full coverage on my Bruneian sim card from DST both at the Bruneian and Malaysian checkpoints. I only activated my Malaysian sim card closer to Miri so I don’t know what the situation is for them right now. Can be worth knowing, as the digital arrival card is now mandatory for Malaysia and if you have a Bruneian sim card and have forgotten to fill it in, you could do it while waiting in queue. Pauline / Find Me will however remind you several times to fill it in.

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Update 2nd March 2024:

Hello, we travelled from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei by plane and even though it is a 20 minutes flight, the actual journey time was over 5 hours and very boring. We looked at various options for the return journey, including via Miri but the wait at the border was not something I was looking forward to, and the ferry to Labuan then ferry to Menumbok or flying from Labuan to KK just looked too convoluted and susceptible to cancellations and delays. So, we finally settled on hiring a car with a driver to drive us to KK, which as it turned out was a really good option (on the 2nd of March). The journey took just under 6 hours with stops for coffee and snacks. There were no queues on the border and the scenery is amazing. The cost was for the car, so we could have had 4 people in the car and it would still have cost the same. I highly recommend it. 300 BN$

UPDATE: February 26th 2024: We (a family of four from the UK) made the journey from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei, and then on to Miri in February 2024. There are still no bus connections into or out of Brunei from Malaysia. Thanks to this blog, we contacted Pauline and she provided an excellent transfer service that allowed us to spend some time in Brunei. Like others, we had a very smooth and enjoyable experience with some additional interesting stops provided along the way. The border crossings were also very straight forward. Brunei is certainly worth the effort – it’s a fascinating and beautiful place. Just one additional comment from us. Grab/Gojek/Uber don’t work in Brunei. They use their own version called Dart (downloadable as an app). We were told that you needed to have a local SIM in order to use it but we found that it worked using our e-sim. Like everybody else in Brunei, the Dart drivers were really friendly and wonderful.

UPDATE: 7th February 2024: Find me Logistics to travel from Brunei to Miri on 7th February 2024. First class. Excellent communication. Very comfortable transport and a very pleasant driver. Highly recommended.

UPDATE December 2023: There are now TWO different services offering transfers from BSB to Miri. Take 1.5 hours to 2 hours to complete the journey using these services

  1. Pauline at FIND ME LOGISTICS – car service from Brunei to Miri to Brunei. They offer car shuttle services from Miri – Brunei via Brunei – Miri cost BND40/pax. Whatsapp at +6010-3773743. Private service available for 80-120 BND, depending on requirements.
  2. Mr Lai (‪+673 871 2009‬) (in Miri) – 120$ for a chartered car or 35$ if shared, one way.
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UPDATE: December 2023: Things are still working well with Pauline – please see the comments for an update from Sarah

UPDATE: July 2023: The price is now BND$40 per person.

UPDATE: APRIL 2023 – this from Pauline at FIND ME LOGISTICS – they are running a car service from Brunei to Miri to Brunei. They offer car shuttle services from Miri – Brunei via Brunei – Miri cost BND35/pax. Custom checkpoint open from 6am – 10pm daily. That may help for those who want to travel to Brunei/ Miri for now.

Anyone interested may contact us via Whatsapp at +6010-3773743 or Brunei Number +673-7336377

If you take Pauline up on this PLEASE let me know how the service is and I’ll keep everyone up to date!

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Taking the Bus from Brunei to Miri

Back to the buses: If you want to do this by bus, then its a combination of buses, all public and a little walking and then a GRAB/taxi from the Malaysian border.

Primarily you’re going to be catching a series of buses, or taxis. START EARLY – don’t try and do this crossing late afternoon. Leave BSB in the morning.

1. Get from BSB to Kuala Belait

Take a Minibus from the corner of Kianggeh Rd & Jln Pemancha (outside the Brunei Hotel) that heads to Seria.

The first bus goes at 6 am and then every hour. Buses from BSB to Seria cost 6 BND per person.

You can find the Brunei to Miri bus schedule (via Kuala Belait and the border) here all the public bus services in Brunei are here.

It’s a local minibus and you’re going to want to go to the end of the line, to Seria. Go earlier than you need to as these buses stop everywhere and for everyone. Jake, Camila, and Lukas left BSB at 7am and were in Miri by 11:30 in March 2023.

Alternatively, if you can find an express bus to Seria or even better Kuala Belait take that.

If you’ve taken the minibus from BSB to Seria, then you need to get on the bus to Kuala Belait. you get this bus from the same place that you get off the minibus from BSB.

The bus from Seria to Kuala Belait costs 1 BND per person.

Buses from Seria to Kuala Belait stop at around 4 pm. Go early to do this trip.

The bus to Kuala Belait finishes in a parking lot and across the road from that is a covered parking lot, you’ll recognize it by the fact that there’s a barbers shop there.

2. Going to Kuala Belait to the Border

From this parking lot, there’s a taxi that goes to Miri. Again you’ll need to go early, you’re unlikely to find the taxi here much beyond 4 pm.

If you don’t find a taxi there, then just ask at the barber shop for a private car to go to the border. The going rate is $20 BND You can ask if someone will take you to Miri if you want to make it a lot easier.

3. Exiting Brunei at the Border

When you get to Customs and Immigration you’re going to stand in the line with all the cars. This isn’t a border that people normally walk over, so you’ll be something of a curiosity.

Make sure you’ve got all the required paperwork or electronic documentation to exit Brunei and enter Miri. There’s no WiFi here and if you have a Malaysian SIM card it isn’t covered here.

4. Walk Across No Man’s Land

Once you’ve exited Brunei you need to walk across no man’s land to Malaysia. Again START THIS JOURNEY EARLY. You don’t want to be walking across no man’s land in the dark. It’s not that it’s dangerous, it’s just that it’s dark!

5. Go Through the Malaysian Immigration

If it’s not obvious where to check in when you get to the Malaysian entry point, then someone will help. If you’re happy to grab a lift with someone to Miri, just look lost, and hopeful, and ask someone. Folks are generally pretty friendly here. Give them some money for the gas. In two recent reports, travelers have had success just asking someone for a lift and giving them some cash.

6. Getting from the Border to Miri

Otherwise, if you can find a ride, then after customs and immigration you’ll want to head to the LEFT at the big roundabout. After about 1 kilometer there’s a toll booth here and you should be able to find a ride from there.

It’s likely to be 10 kilometers or so before you get internet access if you have a Malaysian SIM, and so you can arrange a Grab to pick you up and take you to Miri.

Alternatively, if anyone that you find at the border has Grab, or can “loan you some internet” ask them to order you a Grab (which might convince them to take you to Miri themselves and make a few dollars.

You will have a MUCH easier time doing this crossing earlier in the day. Want to know what to do in Miri? Our guide to Miri is here.

Brunei to Miri by Car with FindMe Logistics

Pauline at FIND ME LOGISTICS runs a car service from Brunei to Miri to Brunei. They offer car shuttle services from Miri – Brunei via Brunei – Miri cost BND35/pax. Custom checkpoint open from 6am – 10pm daily. That may help for those who want to travel to Brunei/ Miri for now.

Anyone interested contact via Whatsapp at +6010-3773743 or Brunei Number +673-7336377

Readers report that this is MUCH better than the local buses as its a semi-tourguide service, so you’ll learn a lot en route. Pauline is also very experienced at transiting the border here and you won’t be joining the big lines!

Driving a Rental Car from Brunei to Miri or Miri to Brunei

We’ve received several questions about whether its possible to rent a car in Brunei and drive to Miri, Malaysia, or the other way round. The answer is that the border controls will let you drive through, BUT it is unlikely that the rental car company will let you take the car out of the country. Check with your rental car company and if they agree its possible, then make sure you get it in writing and that you have all the paperwork for the car in the car with you.

Where to Stay in Miri

There are some great places to stay in Miri– here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Miri, mid-range places to stay in Miri, and budget accommodations in Miri.

Pullman Miri Waterfront, Miri: The Pullman Miri Waterfront is ideally located right in the center of Miri, conveniently surrounded by the main attractions of the city. Each sleek room at this luxury Miri hotel is equipped with a flat-screen TV, high-speed internet connection, a mini-bar, a mini-fridge, a private bathroom, a desk, a seating area, and a view of the bustling city. . The fitness center has a Jacuzzi, and steam and sauna rooms are also available. The Pullman Miri Waterfront is a luxury Miri hotel in Miri City. You can check room rates and availability here.

MCity Inn, Miri: The MCity Inn is situated in central Miri. Rooms at the MCity Inn have a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer, a view of the city, air-conditioning, and access to a WiFi connection. The mid-range Miri hotel has a coffee shop and room service. MCity Inn is a great place to stay when visiting Miri. Read more reviews and check rates and dates at this great Miri mid-range hotel option here.

Ajang Hotel, Miri: The Ajang Hotel is located in the Commercial Center in Miri. Each room at this budget hotel in Miri features air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, a private bathroom, an iron and ironing board, complimentary water, an in-room safe, a coffee/tea maker, and a complimentary WiFi connection. The budget Miri hotel has a coffee shop and room service. The Ajang Hotel is a popular place to stay in Miri. You can find out more about this in-demand accommodation in Miri and also check dates and rates here.

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Final Words on Going from Brunei to Miri in 2024

Unfortunately, the PHLS direct bus is no longer running, and that made this border crossing super easy. Now you’ll have to either get yourself a taxi to the border, walk across the border and then get another taxi down to Miri, or you can take a bus to Kuala Belait and then grab a ride to the border. You *may* score a taxi from Kuala Belait to Miri – read the details, best of luck and let me know how you get on! A transfer service from Brunei to Miri is now available, which gets RAVE reviews, and gives you a lot of local knowledge on the way too.

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