Miri-Bandar Seri Begawan by Bus
So, in… my SEA travel I decided not to fly straight to BSB from Bangkok but went by train to Penang, then flew to Miri, then use bus to BSB (don’t ask. I think the crazy part of my brain was in charge that time)
Anyway, I arrived safely on Miri International Airport about 14.45. I was planning to catch a Miri-BSB bus with fuzzy-IDK-whether-it’s-still-operating-or-not information obtained from tripadvisor and wiki travel. The bus was supposedly going twice daily, 8.00 and 16.00 from the express/ long bus terminal. Should be enough time to catch the 16.00 one, I guessed. (DON’T TRY THIS PLAN IT WORKED BUT THE AMOUNT OF HEART SPORT I EXPERIENCED. If something went wrong in the plan, anything would fall apart) With customs, I went out of airport about 15.00+ which was tight in time to catch 16.00 bus (I was afraid that it’s 15.45 like some people mentioned).
Seems like there’s no public transport and looking at the time, so taxi would be it, a.k.a. a dent in my thrifty plan. The taxi will only have fixed price from the airport. I forget how much, It seemed that it’s about 20 MYR for Pujut (This said 22, not mine). There are two bus stations in Miri. The one with the Miri-BSB bus (Pujut Corner) is supposedly the one nearer to the airport (it should be cheaper if you can hire taxi outside). Seem like it’s not famous for locals, even the taxi driver wasn’t sure that it’s still in service and about the time, future seemed quite bleak.
Fortunately, after arrived in the bus station and questioning along:
The service is still going strong
I don’t need to catch separate bus (a.k.a. This Willettsworld’s section plan)
The nearer bus station was the correct one
No need to book before hand, cause the bus won’t be full. It’s only 7 people on board that time, me included
There! have enough time to catch it, I was prepared to be stranded in Miri and go to BSB on the next day.
It’s 40 MYR (or 45?) for Miri-BSB leg and 18 BND of BSB-Miri leg ..(Apparently now the price is 20 SGD/ 20 BND?)
Other tip: Catch 7:15 a.m. bus number 33A from the local city terminal near the Park hotel to take you to the long distance bus terminal. Cost of that bus is 1.60 Malay Ring. (from Hawaiiboyfriend@Tripadvisor)
I had enough time to wait on the bus apparently (it’s 16.15), I spent the time reading and filing my custom cards). The bus went safely on time, this should be the end of the story, I had experienced enough.
But! IT’S A MUST FOR INDONESIAN TO BRING 300 BND minimum to show the border officer. I really don’t bring BND in cash, I bring USD (AND THB, and MYR) though more than those amount. For real. I thought it’s a scam when the bus driver told me about it juuust after the bus went and offering me to borrow 300 BND for fee of 10 (BND? Ringgit? Forget. I remember it’s about USD 9/ IDR 100000 in value).
For sure it’s the law? For sure it’s just for Indonesian? For sure I couldn’t just show my But the border officer rreally asked me to show 300 BND. I then shown him the money I “borrow” from the bus driver. I was really boiling inside that time, didn’t know to who the anger should have been directed to. So for future Indonesian planning to travel using this method, it’s the most important thing ever! Has any internet-generation Indonesian use the service? Is there any record of other Indonesian (scratch that, update: I find them records. Apparently she could pass after so much convincing. I think I should have tried, but I was quite afraid that it’d halt the journey) I don’t know whether it’s because they see us as commodity because of the amount of Indonesian passing, or for real cases of Indonesian passing the border without the means to be illegal workers in Brunei (you people made it really hard for us other Indonesians, really)
Anyway, other than that highlight, one of the things I noted is that the bus has to be changed in the border, so we moved the luggage to the next bus. Be careful to make sure that nothing’s left in the previous bus. Also there’s a luggage check on the border as well, I just shown that my bag’s just clothes to the lady police.
After that, the travel went smooth and nice, arrived in BSB about Isha time (19.30) in the last stop is BSB, Waterfront Jalan McArthur, near Maybank. You could ask to stop in either Kuala Berait, Suria, ir Tutong. I remember that I was undeced whether to stop in Tutong because my acquintance live there, but in the end I went to BSB.
TLDR: (My experience’s only the Miri-BSB one)
Bus operator is PHLS Express which can be contacted via BorneoExploreGree at +6732236738.
|Route||BSB to Miri||Miri to BSB|
|Time||7am & 1pm (1.30pm on Fridays)||08:15, and 16:15|
|Length||4.5 hours||4 hours|
|Seat||AC, 2-seater||AC, 2-seater|
|Drop-off||BSB, Tutong, Seria, Kuala Berait, Miri (Tudan, E-Mart, Pujut)||Miri, Kuala Berait, Seria, Tutong, BSB|
|Pickup||Waterfront Jalan McArthur, near Maybank||Pujut Corner|
|Last Stop||Pujut Corner||Waterfront Jalan McArthur, near Maybank|
|Fare||20 BND||45 MYR (?)|
I hadn’t able to try BSB Bus because my acquintance and her family had car and very welcoming (Thanks Mbak Nur and family), but BSB bus is apparently quite limited, BND 1 for each, but here’s the map. (http://www.bt.com.bn/)