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 get from the ferry port of Serasa to the Brunei capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. You will do this by going from the port of Serasa to the nearby town of Muara and then onto Bandar Seri Begawan. We recommend you book the ferry at least one day in advance of your trip. When we first traveled this route online booking wasn’t available, but now some of the route now is, so we have updated this post to include the full information – and we’ve also included the details of how to go from Brunei to Labuan – plus how to book and buy these tickets.
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 the 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 easy trip.
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Get Brunei Currency Before You Leave Labuan
There is a money changer in Labuan that you will want to visit as there is no ATM or money-changing facilities at the Serasa ferry terminal. You’ll find it at the Ranjut Store money changer on the corner of Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Dewan.
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.
Where to Stay in Bandar Seri Begawan
There are a host of places to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan, mid-range places to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan, and budget accommodation in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Radisson Hotel Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan: The Radisson Hotel Brunei is a four-star hotel in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan. All rooms at the Radisson Hotel Brunei include amenities to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy your visit, knowing that certain rooms at this top Bandar Seri Begawan hotel offer air conditioning and free internet access to keep you connected. Daily newspapers, television, and cable TV are provided in certain rooms. Don’t worry about being thirsty since some guestrooms have a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, bottled water, and a mini bar. This luxury Bandar Seri Begawan hotel, the Radisson Hotel Brunei also offers both continental and buffet breakfast choices. It is a lovely place to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan. Check availability here.
The Capital Residence Suite, Bandar Seri Begawan: The Capital Residence Suite is conveniently located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan. Some rooms at this mid-range hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan, the Capital Residence Suite include air conditioning and blackout curtains for your comfort. You will also find in-room entertainment options in selected rooms, including cable TV and television. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout your stay at this great hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan. Some rooms provide bottled water, a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee, and instant tea. The hotel offers a hair dryer, toiletries, and towels in selected rooms since it values customer satisfaction. And while you’re here, enjoy the delectable continental breakfast. The Capital Residence Suite is an excellent choice to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan. See more here
Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar, Bandar Seri Begawan: The Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar is conveniently situated in the Kota Batu part of Bandar Seri Begawan. Some of the budget Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar hotel rooms include air conditioning for a more comfortable stay. You can also rest assured that some rooms at this budget Bandar Seri Begawan hotel have a coffee or tea maker available. Some of the guest facilities also have a hairdryer and towels available so that you may stay clean and fresh. Stay connected with complimentary internet access during your stay. Additionally, there is a strict no-smoking policy anywhere in this budget Brunei hotel. The Qing Yun Resthouse is a great place to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan. Read more reviews of Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar here.
Labuan to Brunei Ferry Tickets and Fares
Thanks to one of our readers for reporting that as of July 2023, you CAN book the tickets for this ferry online again.
You can book tickets to go from Labuan to Brunei here. You’ll still have to pay 2 MYR to get the tickets printed, but at least you can now reserve your seats in advance.
You can continue reading to see how to buy tickets in advance at the terminal itself.
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 in Labuan.
Labuan to Brunei Ferry Fares
The fares from Labuan to Brunei are RM65 per adult (non-Malaysian). (2023 prices)
Labuan to Brunei Ferry Schedule
In 2023 there is a 09:30 and a 15:00 ferry from Labuan to Brunei. Boarding is 30 minutes before.
You may find additional ferries run on top of these, check the ferry terminal on arrival for the Labuan ferry schedule or you can check the timetable here.
The times of ferries from Labuan to Brunei available are:
Labuan to Brunei Ferry Timetable
- 09:30 Labuan to Muara (also called Serasa Ferry Terminal) Brunei
- 15:00 Labuan to Brunei (Serasa Ferry Terminal)
Brunei to Labuan Ferry Schedule (also Serasa to Labuan Ferry Schedule)
- 13:00 Serasa Ferry Terminal Brunei to Labuan
- 16:30 Serasa Ferry Terminal Brunei to Labuan
The up-to-date schedules for the return route from Brunei to Labuan are loaded into Easybook. Note if you are traveling during Ramadan the schedules will be different.
Booking Accommodation on Labuan Island
There are a host of places to stay in Labuan – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Labuan, mid-range places to stay in Labuan, and budget accommodation in Labuan.
Hotel Labuan Point – The Hotel Labuan Point is in a great location and has very well-appointed rooms. There’s A/C, Cable TV and fridges in all rooms, as well as a coffee or tea maker and drinking water, is also provided. It gets great reviews for value for money too! There’s a fabulous rooftop bar here with super views. Check rooms and rates at this excellent place to stay in Labuan.
OYO 89344 Labuan Avenue Hotel – This is a great budget hotel option in Labuan, with WiFi in all rooms and public areas as well as A/C, rooms here are simple but well designed and clean. There’s an onsite restaurant too. There’s no lift here, but you’ll find a mini-mart, and supermarket nearby and the staff is really friendly too. You can check room rates and availability here.
Palm Beach Spa and Hotel, Labuan Island. Located at the end of the island away from the main town area, this is a great option if you want to get away from it all. There is both an outdoor and indoor pool here, and the Palm Beach Spa provides free transfers too. As the name suggests there’s a spa here so you can also truly relax with spa treatments or just on the beach. It’s a great place for relaxing.
How to book Brunei to Labuan Ferry Tickets online
- Go to EASYBOOK.com >if this link doesn’t get you to the right page, follow the instructions below.
- Select FERRY tickets
- Select ONE WAY or ROUND TRIP (otherwise you’ll end up with a round trip)
- Select your starting point “Serasa Ferry Terminal, Brunei Darassalam, Brunei”
- Select your destination point “Labuan Ferry Terminal, Labuan, Malaysia”
- Select seats (this is the number of seats, not the ACTUAL seats, which its not possible to select)
- Book a return ticket if you want one
- You’ll need to enter your details and passport information
- Enter your payment details (you can use Visa, Mastercard, or Paypal).
- That’s it. Easy.
Exiting Malaysia Immigration in Labuan Island
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 issues with the paperwork for some travelers. 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 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).
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. Bus number 33, which runs from Muara to Bandar Seri Begawan, also stops by the ferry terminal, check when you arrive for timings. (a map of the Brunei bus routes can be found here.) 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.
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
It took 30 minutes (at a good speed) with full packs and there’s no pavement. There are a lot of big trucks that 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.
Muara Bus Station to Bandar Seri Begawan
Two buses go to Bandar Seri Begawan, the numbers 38 and 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.
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 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.
The Jalon Cator bus station is centrally located. As you exit from bus 39s stop, take a right and walk along Lorong Bebatik towards Jalon Pemancha. You’ll find a bank with ATMs and freezing air conditioning.
Map of how to get from Labuan to Brunei
You can see the full map of Labuan to Brunei here.
Labuan to Brunei FAQs
Got questions about traveling to Brunei from Labuan? Or want to know more about how to get from Labuan to Brunei and we haven’t answered your questions? Check out our frequently asked questions about the ferries from Labuan to Brunei below, or ask us your question in the comments.
How do I get from Labuan to Brunei?
The easiest way to go to Brunei from Labuan is to take the ferry as we’ve written in this post. If you want to fly, then you will need to fly via Kota Kinabalu. Flying is also the easiest way to get to Labuan from Kota Kinabalu at the moment too (I wrote more about that here)
How do I get from Miri to Brunei?
Miri to Brunei is an easy trip by bus. You can take local buses and change, walk across the border and take another bus, or book the easy all-the-way-through bus. We wrote about Miri to Brunei and back here.
How do I go from Muara to Labuan?
Serasa is the ferry port in Brunei. It is close to the town of Muara, you will reach Muara from Bandar Seri Begawan by bus or taxi, and then you can either walk or take a bus to Serasa. From Serasa take the Brunei ferry to Labuan.
What is the Brunei to Labuan Ticket Price?
The Brunei to Labuan ferry ticket price is B$17.15 per adult. This is the price to book it online The Brunei ferry to Labuan price in person at the ferry terminal is B$15.
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Final Words on Going from Labuan to Brunei
This is a fun trip to do. The ferry is comfortable and runs at a sensible time and then taking either a taxi or a bus from the port of Serasa to Bandar Seri Begawan is also an easy trip. Ferry times and prices may change, but this is a great route as part of a tour around Malaysia and Borneo.
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