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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Getting a Taxi (part 1)!

By on April 21, 2014 in Brunei

I decided to explore the town this afternoon, and specifically to have a look at the ‘Venice of the East’ (more on that later). However, to get around I needed a taxi, so I got the hotel to order one to take me to a nearby park 3 km away, from where I was going to walk through the town to ‘Venice’.

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The taxi arrived, we went to the park, and the guy tried to charge me B$15 (£7.50; US$10) for 3 km. That is $5 per km… Roughly three times the price of the UK. When you consider that petrol in the UK is six times that in Brunei I can only assume that Brunei has some of the richest taxi drivers in the world.

The problem is taxis are not metered in Brunei… and the other problem is there are only (apparently) 40 or 50 taxis in the whole of Brunei as car ownership is really high, and as it is a ‘dry’ country there is no danger of drink driving, so taxis are just not around. I guess the local taxis charge what they feel they can get away with.

On the return trip I couldn’t see any taxis driving around, and I couldn’t find any taxi ranks. This is hardly surprising when you consider how few taxis there are…

After some more searching online I found a list of numbers:

  • Bandar Seri Begawan: +673 2222214, +673 2226853
  • Kuala Belait: +673 3334581
  • Seria: +673 3222020, +673 3222155
  • Airport Taxi Service: +673 2343671

And also, on TripAdvisor:

  • +673 8811889

In the end I sent a text message to +673-8811889, stating where I was, and where I wanted to go, and asked for a quote. The reply I got was B$10 for a 4.5 km journey back to the hotel. I confirmed that was OK and the taxi arrived in 10 minutes.

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So, the bottom line is to text the taxi company and get a quote before setting off. Do not even think about trying to find a taxi rank, or stopping one on the street, and get the price fixed before you head off…

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  1. joko says:

    nice blog,,very hrlpfull for travelers… and please visit http://www.bruneitaxi.com fro convinience taxi online booking.. thanks

  2. joko says:

    Brunei is very peacefull contry,very clean and save for traveller,also they still keep the nature,we still can see many kinds of animal life in Brunei,for this blog maker,thank you very much and for the traveller who need a transportation in Brunei,please visit http://www.bruneitaxi.com ,we offer low cost transportation in Brunei…

    • Nick says:

      Thanks for the comment… I enjoyed my time in Brunei, and in particular visiting the ‘Venice of the east’, I just found it frustrating getting around without a car.