Labuan to Brunei  – Booking Tickets, Ferry Times & Fares [2019]


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There are two elements to the trip from Labuan to Brunei.  The first is to get the ferry from the Malaysian Island of Labuan to the Brunei Port of Serasa.  The second is to take the trip from the ferry port of Serasa to the Brunei capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.  We recommend you book the ferry at least one day in advance of your trip.  When we first travelled this route online booking wasn;t available, but it is now, so we’ve updated this post to include the full 2019 information.

In this article we’ll cover the location of the ferry terminals in Labuan and Serasa, how to buy tickets in person and how to buy tickets online.  We’ll also explain how to get from Serasa ferry terminal to Bandar Seri Begawan.

The border crossing ferry Labuan to Brunei from Malaysia to Serasa Ferry Terminal, Brunei is a simple and an easy trip.

There is a money changer in Labuan that you will want to visit as there is no ATM or money changing facilities at Serasa ferry terminal.  You’ll find it at the Ranjut Store money changer on the corner of Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Dewan.

Money Changer Labuan Island

All we needed was enough money to get us to the ATM in BSB.  Depending on how you get from the ferry to BSB that could range from B$1 to B$40.

Labuan to Brunei Ferry Tickets and Fares

Online booking is now available for this ferry journey in both directions.  It will save you queueing up and worrying about whether there is a ferry or not  Booking is simple and just takes a credit card.   Book NOW to avoid hassle and lining up in Labuan (or Brunei).

We’ve explained exactly what you need to do to book online with Easybook, as their site is a little challenging to navigate.

How to book Labuan to Brunei Tickets online

  1. Go to EASYBOOK.com
  2. Select FERRY tickets
  3. Select ONE WAY or ROUND TRIP (otherwise you’ll end up with a round trip)
  4. Select your starting point “Labuan Ferry Terminal, Labuan, Malaysia”
  5. Select your destination “Serasa Ferry Terminal, Brunei Darassalam, Brunei”
  6. Select seats (this is the number of seats, not the ACTUAL seats, which its not possible to select)
  7. Book a return ticket if you want one
  8. You’ll need to enter your details and passport information
  9. Enter your payment details (you can use Visa, Mastercard or Paypal).
  10. That’s it.  Easy.

How to buy Ferry tickets in person at the Labuan Ferry Terminal

As you arrive on Labuan Island, we recommend you book your tickets outbound immediately.  So, come straight through from arrivals, turn right and into the ticket area.  You will need your passport to buy the ticket.  Your passport number will be printed on the ticket.  It’s an easy ferry journey, but you are going to want to buy a ticket as soon as you arrive on Labuan.

Labuan to Brunei Ferry Fares

The online fares from Labuan to Brunei are USD9.45 per adult.

Labuan to Brunei Ferry Schedule

At our time of travel, there was a 0900 and a 1300 ferry from Labuan to Brunei.  You may find additional ferries run on top of these ones that you can book online, check the ferry terminal on arrival for the Labuan ferry schedule.

As of January 2019 the times of ferries from Labuan to Brunei available for booking online are:

Labuan to Brunei Ferry Timetable

  • 1330 Labuan to Brunei  (Serasa Ferry Terminal)

Brunei to Labuan Ferry Schedule (also Serasa to Labuan Ferry Schedule)

  • 1300 Serasa Ferry Terminal Brunei to Labuan
  • 1630 Serasa Ferry Terminal Brunei to Labuan

The up to date schedules are loaded into Easybook.  Note if you are travelling during Ramadan the schedules will be different.

Exiting Malaysia Immigration

Remember you are crossing a border here and you will formally need to exit Malaysia.  Our ferry was delayed by 1 hour as there were some issues with some paperwork for some travellers.  Be sure to have all your documentation ready as you won;t be allowed to board the ferry from Labuan to Brunei without it.

There can’t have been more than 20 of us on the ferry.

 

Arriving in Brunei from Labuan

Arriving in Brunei by Ferry

The ferry from Labuan to Brunei takes you to Serasa Ferry Terminal just outside the town of Muara.  Muara is about  an hour on a bus from the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan (or BSB as it’s generally known).

Brunei Immigration

Immigration was simple.  As two of the 13,000 Brits who visit Brunei each year we don’t need a visa.  We have up to 90 days in the country, although we’ll only be staying about 18 hours.

There’s not much at the ferry terminal. There’s no ATM, although there is a money changer that was closed when we arrived.

Serasa Ferry Terminal to Bandar Seri Begawan

We’d read that there might be a bus from the ferry terminal, but that buses definitely ran from Muara, so off we headed.  In 2019 bus number 33, which runs from Muara to Bandar Seri Begawan, also stops by the ferry terminal, check when you arrive for timings.  The cost is B$1.   There may also be a shuttle express that goes directly to Bandar Seri Begawan for B$2. If you don’t find the bus, then follow our walking directions to get to Muara.

Ferry Termina Muara Brunei

Walking from the Ferry Terminal to the Bus Station in Serasa

We left the ferry terminal, saying no thanks to the taxi drivers, who reassuringly didn’t laugh at us when we said we were getting a bus.  We then turned right out of the terminal exit, following signs to Pukan Muara.  Then we took another right when we reached the dual carriageway.

At the first roundabout we got to we took another right.  Then finally at the next roundabout (there’s a Shell garage on your right) we turned right and walked to the end of the road

Serasa Ferry to Public Bus Brunei

It took 30 minutes (at a good speed) with full packs and there’s no pavement.  There a lot of big trucks who like the side of the road that you’re walking on. There’s no bus station as such here in Muara.  This was little more than a car park area, with several coaches parked up. There was a bus stop sign, so we waited in a nearby cafe for the bus to arrive.

Near where the bus goes from in Muara

Near where the bus goes from in Muara

Muara Bus Station

Two buses go to Bandar Seri Begawan, the numbers 38 and the 39. They both take around an hour, both cost B$1 per person and both are air conditioned.  They take slightly different routes (so we were told), but both end up at the Jalon Cator Bus Station near the Jalan Macarthur Waterfront in BSB. We took the 39. There were five of us on the bus.

Bus 38 Muara to BSB

All the buses here are numbered with big numbers on the front and sides, so it’s easy to spot which one you want and all the folks we spoke to spoke great English and were more than willing to help us.

And that included the taxi driver who we met at the bus stop, who told us that the “regular” taxi fare to BSB is B$40.  He said that he’d take us for B$20, but that he understood that the bus was really cheap, so it was ok if we didn’t want to go with him. I’m liking Brunei so far!

Bus from Serasa to Bandar Seri Begawan

The 39 takes a meandering route and goes past the Brunei Museum .  Despite all the folks posting to TripAdvisor that it’s full of Royal Regalia this is STILL closed for renovations.  It is the Royal Regalia Museum is full of Royal Regalia, but that’s a different museum completely.

BSB Brunei Map

The Jalon Cator bus station is centrally located.  As you exit from bus 39’s stop, take a right and walk along Lorong Bebatik towards Jalon Pemancha.  You’ll find a huge HSBC building with ATMs and freezing air conditioning.

Where to Stay in Bandar Seri Begawan

If you’re on a budget, then there isn’t a great deal of choice in downtown BSB.

While the accommodation you can stay in in Bandar Seri Begawan stretches over quite an area, you’ll want to consider what you’re doing before deciding where to stay.

If access to the bus station (and the waterfront for a bus from Brunei to Miri for instance) and the Mosque and Regalia Museum is important, then you’ll want to stay centrally and save your time and money for other things.  The area around the bus station and waterfront is perfect for visiting the main attractions of BSB on foot.   There are also the best eating options here.

We recommend the following places to stay in BSB.

  1. The Brunei Hotel – a little luxury for less.  > check prices and availability now
    • 10 minute walk from the Royal Regalia Museum
    • Air conditioning, TV and Tea and Coffee in rooms
    • Laptop sized safe in room
    • Airport Shuttle
    • Free Wifi
    • Toiletries included
    • Breakfast available
  2. Qing yun resthouse Bandar Singles, twins and queens > Check availability and prices here.
    • Air conditioning
    • TV in Room
    • En suite bathrooms
    • Free WifiClose to the bus station and shopping centre
  3. Joy Rest House – Great location> Find a bed and book it now! 
    • Great ratings for location
    • Air conditioning
    • Free Wifi
    • Breakfast included

Or search for other properties in Bandar Seri Begawan



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Labuan to Brunei – an easy and quick trip and for us its country number 19 on this trip.

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About Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter is an avid reader, writer and traveller. She loves hiking, sailing, skiing and exploring the world through food. She left a successful career in IT security and compliance in both the UK and US to travel the world with husband and partner in adventure, Nigel.


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