Stuck on a Brunei layover at Brunei International Airport (BWN)? As a common layover for Asia and the South Pacific, the airport is located roughly two miles (just a quick 10-15 minute trip) to Brunei’s largest city center, Bandar Seri Begawan, which makes the city an accessible destination to those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Brunei layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Brunei layover, there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied. In addition to restaurants and shops, the Brunei airport has an Information Service Center in the departure lobby, a Medical center in the both the departure and arrivals hall, and ATMs, postal facilities, telephoned and a prayer room in the departure hall.
You can connect to the Internet at the airport’s Internet Café, or connect via your own device through Wi-Fi at any of the airport’s lounges, restaurants or cafes. In addition, a Sky Lounge is located on the 1st floor of the departure hall in the Brunei airport.
If you’re looking to leave the airport and explore the city during your Brunei layover, there are a number of transportation options. Taxis are available outside arrivals and a trip to the city costs roughly between ND$10.00 and BND$20.00, and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. You can also take a public bus (cost is roughly BND$2.00 and takes about 30 minutes) located outside the Arrivals Hall. Car rental is also available at the Arrivals Hall.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Brunei Layover:
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Located in the capital of the Sultunate of Brunei is the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque which is considered to be one of the most impressive mosques in the Asia Pacific, and one of the most recognizable landmarks in Brunei, due to its bright gold dome.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
For another spectacular mosque, visit the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque that was built in 1988 and is considered one of the grandest monuments in Brunei. The mosque was built for the 25th anniversary of the Sultan’s reign in Brunei.
Kampong Ayer is a water village located in the middle of the Brunei river, just a couple minutes by speedboat. Built on stilts, the village is connected by boardwalks. Considered the Venice of the East, the water village is a great stop for a long Brunei layover.
Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market
More for the experience than the actual goods sold, take a walk though the Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market to get a feel for daily life in Brunei.
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