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KUCHING: A proposed third bridge across the Sarawak River will connect Emart in Matang to Jalan Stephen Yong in Stapok here, providing an alternative route to Kuching International Airport for Petra Jaya residents.

Announcing this yesterday, Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said the bridge project had been approved by the Federal Government at a cost of RM145mil.

“I just received the approval about two weeks ago from the Finance Ministry. It was quite fast because I wrote to the ministry two weeks before that, so we say thank you to the Federal Government for being so prompt in answering our call,” he told reporters after inspecting the newly-opened Jalan Tun Jugah flyover.

Manyin said allocation for the proposed project might not be enough but if that was the case, the state would request additional funds from the Federal Government.

He said the next step was to identify contractors for the project.

“Whether it will be an open tender depends on the Finance Ministry,” he added.

He described the project as good news for city folk, especially those living in Petra Jaya, as it would help to ease congestion.

“Once it is completed, those in Petra Jaya don’t have to go through the city in order to go to the airport. They can use the bridge and go through Jalan Stephen Yong instead.”

Asked when the project would start, Manyin said it depended on the Public Works Department (JKR) to finalise the details first.

He added that the bridge would be toll-free.

There are currently two bridges linking Petra Jaya to the city centre namely the Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub bridge — more commonly known as Satok bridge — and the Tun Salahuddin toll bridge in Pending.

State JKR director Zuraimi Sabki said the scope and details of the project, such as its design and alignment, had not been worked out yet.

“But now that the project is approved, we can go ahead with all our commitments,” he said.

He added that the project’s components would comprise the bridge, a road leading from Emart to it and another linking the bridge to Jalan Stephen Yong.

Meanwhile, JKR southern regional manager Vincent Tang said repair works were still ongoing at the old Batu Kawah bridge, necessitating its closure to road users for the time being.

“We are repairing the trusses and reinforcing the bridge. Now we are doing crack mapping and sealing to strengthen the structure. We cannot open the bridge because we cannot allow vibration while the work is still on-going,” he said.

Tang said the department was trying to get the contractor to complete the repairs before Gawai.

“If not, it would definitely be finished by the middle of June,” he added.

 

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has identified five locations to be given priority for the building of flyovers to ease traffic congestion in this waterfront city.
State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said the Sarawak Public Works Department (PWD) had undertaken studies and the findings had been submitted to the federal government for evaluation and approval for the projects with the estimated cost at RM400 million.
“The PWD has identified the causes for the traffic congestion in Kuching and how we can help to reduce it. From the studies, we found out that among the main courses of the traffic jams are the traffic lights and junctions.
“We have therefore identified and planned the first five priority flyovers. They are to be built at Jalan Mendu-Jalan Simpang Tiga, in Stutong, Jalan Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, the Datu Temenggong Abang Kipali Bin Abang Akip roundabout, and in Petra Jaya and Jalan Rock,” he told reporters after he officially opened the Jalan Tun Jugah/Jalan Song/Upland Interchange, here, today.
Manyin also said that the proposed Matang Bridge over the Sarawak River to connect the Matang area with MJC Batu Kawah, here, had already been approved by the Finance Ministry.
“The proposed bridge will cost RM145 million. It will ease traffic congestion from the Matang area leading to the city centre,” he added. – Bernama


Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/03/27/five-more-flyovers-to-ease-traffic-congestion-in-kuching/#ixzz2P2Xr3Rzs


TRAVEL AROUND KUCHING
AIR ROAD SEA & RIVER

Kuching International Airport

Kuching Sentral  
  Car Rental  
  TAXI SERVICE  

Car Hiring service


 

Car Hiring service available in Kuching :

Explore in and around Kuching.

A number of tour operators provide chauffeur-driven cars, vans or 4WD vehicles, but there are only a few fully-fledged self-drive companies operating in Kuching.


Cat City Holidays, Lot 2537, 1st Floor, Central Park Commercial Centre. Tel: 412500 (24 hrs 019-8865282), Fax: 413500, Email: catcity@streamyx.com. www.catcityholidays.com. Airport counter Tel/Fax: 452200. Self-drive Perodua & Proton cars, Toyota MPVs, plus chauffeured Mercedes limos, van and coaches.

Golden System Car Rental, 58-1B, 1st Flr, Block G, Pearl Commercial Centre, Jln Tun Razak. Tel: 333609, Fax: 343609, Email: goldencr88@hotmail.com. www.goldencr.com.my. Airport counter Tel: 611359. Wide selection of self-drive vehicles. Half day and long term rates available.


Pronto Car Rental, No. 98, 1st Floor, Jln Padungan. Tel: 237889 (24 hrs 013-8116778), Fax: 236889. www.prontocarrental.com.

Wah Tung Travel Service, 7K Ban Hock Rd, Tel: 419999, Fax: 464900, Email: wahtung@tm.net.my. www.wahtung.travel. Chauffeur driven limousine hire (Proton limousine, Mercedes & Vans). Airport Branch Tel: 616900, Email: wtapt@streamyx.com.

Kuching Holidays & Car Rental Sdn Bhd, Kuching International Airport, Counter No.6, Jalan Lapangan Terbang. Tel/Fax: 463318 Email: info@ kuchingrentacar.com

Borneo Interiand, 63 Main Bazaar, Tel: 413595, 426328 (24 hrs), 012-8083309 Fax: 411619, Email: bitravel@myjaring.net. www.bitravel.com.my. Self-drive Proton cars & 8-seat Toyota vans, chauffeur driven Mercedes cars & 13-seat Inokom minibuses. Half-day rates available. Also at Merdeka Palace Hotel, Tel: 258000 Ext 8018.

Cat City Holidays, Lot 2537, 1st Floor, Central Park Commercial Centre. Tel: 412500 (24 hrs 019-8865282) Fax: 413500 E-mail: catcity@streamyx.com Website: www.catcityholidays.com. Airport counter Tel/Fax: 452200. Self-drive Perodua & Proton cars, Toyota MPVs, plus chauffeured Mercedes limos, van and coaches.

Hertz Car Rental, Telang Usan Travel & Tours (Sales Agent), Jalan Ban Hock, PO Box 1579, 93732 Kuching. Tel: 236945/6 Fax: 236589 E-mail: kch@hertz.simenet.com. Full selection of vehicles.

Hornbill Car Rental, Lot 99, Jln. Datuk Abang Abd Rahim Lorong 5B, Tel: 343469, Fax: 426692, Email: hbcrsb@streamyx.com.

Pronto Car Rental, No. 98, 1st Floor, Jalan Padungan. Tel: 237889 (24 hrs 013-8116778) Fax: 236889 Website: www.prontocarrental.com. Perodua, Proton & Mercedes cars, vans and SUVs.

Mayflower Car Rental, No 21, 1st Floor, Travillion Commercial Centre, Jln Petanak. Tel: 410110, Fax: 410115, Email: mcr-kc@mayflower.com.my. www.mayflowercarrental.com. Airport counter Tel: 575223. Perodua, Proton & Nissan cars, Toyota & Naza MPVs.


TAXI SERVICE


Kuching Taxi Service 016-898 6299 Mr. Liew

Kuching Taxi Service 019-888 8598 Ah Yap

Radio Call Taxi Service 082-343 343 / 016-8882255 (24 Hours Services)

ABC City Cab 082-611 611 / 016-8611 611 (24 Hours Services)

TAXIS: Airport to town is RM 17.50 - buy a coupon at the taxi stand at the airport. Town to the airport is RM 15. Not all taxis use meters so agree the fare first before you enter.

Taxis can always be found outside the big hotels. But note that Kuching, unlike Kuala Lumpur or Singapore is almost impossible to hail a taxi by simply waiting at the street. The taxi here service via Radio Taxi service.

So when you need a taxi, call 343343/342255 or 348898 for 24-Hour Radio Taxi service (RM 1 surcharge). Short distances around town are RM 6-10.

Fix the fare before getting into taxi. 

 







ROAD: The Trans-Borneo highway connects Kuching to all major cites in Sarawak. Kuching to Sibu takes about 5 hours by car. Roads in and around Kuching are generally good.

BUS SERVICES: Sarawak Transport Company’s (STC) (Tel: 451573/242579) green and yellow buses serve the Kuching area and south-west Sarawak. Major bus stops at Jln Mosque and the Post Office. Petra Jaya City Bus (Tel: 429418) serve Bako, Buntal and Kota Samarahan. Their white and yellow buses depart from the open air market near Electra House. Bau Transport Company (Tel: 763160) buses depart from the near the Saujana Car Park for Bau Town. Long distance buses depart from the Regional Express Bus Terminal on Jln Penrissen. The most convenient place in the town centre to buy tickets is the Biaramas Express booking office (Tel: 429418) on Jln Khoo Hun Yeang (near Electra House). Biaramas also have an office at the terminal (Tel: 456999, open from 6 am to 10 pm) and post their latest bus schedules on www.busasia.net. Other long distance bus companies include Vital Focus Transportation (Tel: 453190 or 461277. www.vftransportation. com.my) which operates the PB Express, Suria Bus. Bus Asia (Tel: 1 300 888) www.BusAsia.net

Express, Borneo Highway Express (tickets also available at Borneo Interland, 63 Main Bazaar, Tel: 413595), Kirata & Sapphire Pacific Express and Sri Merah Express bus services; Syarikat Bus Baram (Tel: 576700); MTC Express (Tel: 463161); Sungei Merah (Tel: 571888); Borneo Express Bus (Tel: 452717); Eva Express (Tel: 577333); TransBorneo Resources (Tel: 452271) and ATS (Tel: 457773). Buses to Sibu, Bintulu and Miri often involve a change of bus in Sarikei. Phone the bus companies for the latest timetables. The Visitor Information Centre has a display board with the latest bus schedules and prices.

Bus Asia (Tel: 1 300 888 287 Hotline: 411111) www.busasia.net

Kuching Airport. No public bus service to and from the airport.

Bako. Rapid Kuching, 1 hour. First bus (from Kuching) 7.00am, last bus 6.00pm. Last regular bus back from Bako 5.00 pm. White minibuses (bas sewa) also go to Kampung Bako). They operate from 6 am to 5 pm and depart from the open air market. There is no fixed schedule - minibuses leave when they are full.

Bau. STC bus No. 2 or Bau Transport Co. bus No. 2, approx. 1 hour. Every 20 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 6 am, last bus 6 pm. Buses depart from near the Saujana car park

Betong. STC Bus No. EP10. Buses at 8 am and 1 pm.

Buntal. Petra Jaya bus No. 2D. 35 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 6 am. Last bus back from Buntal 6.40 pm.

Damai / Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). A Kuching-Damai shuttle bus service departs regularly from outside the Hotel Grand Margherita with drop offs at the resort hotels and Sarawak Cultural Village. One way fare is RM 12 (adults), RM 6 (children), takes approx. 40 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 7.30 am, last bus 10 pm. Last bus back from Damai 9 pm. For the full timetable check with the bell counter at the Hotel Grand Margherita.

Fairy and Wind Caves (from Bau Bus Station). Bau Transport Co. Bus No. 3, every 1/2 hour from 6.20 am to 6 pm.

Kota Samarahan. Petra Jaya Bus No. 10A. First bus (from Kuching) 6.30 am, last bus 5.15 pm. Last bus back Kota Samarahan 5.30 pm.

Kubah/Matang Wildlife Centre. No bus service from Kuching. Take a white local minibus. These white mini buses wait at the alleyway next to the shops in the Saujana car park complex. There is no fixed timetable, mini buses leave when there are enough passengers.

Lundu. (for Gunung Gading) STC bus No. EP07. approx. 2 hrs. Buses depart from the regional express bus terminal.

Mukah. TransBorneo Resources and Biaramas.

Penrissen Rd. Bus Terminal (for long-distance services). STC bus Nos. 3A, 4B, 6, 9, and many more (at STC counter, Jalan Masjid). First bus (from Kuching) 6.15 am, last bus 7 pm. If you are catching an early bus you may have to take a taxi to the terminal.

Pontianak (Indonesia)., approx. 8 hrs. Buses depart from Penrissen Rd. Terminal. Biaramas/Tebakang Express (Tel: 456999) Kirata Express, Sapphire Pacific and Sri Merah Express - book through Vital Focus Transportation (Tel: 453190 or 461277) or Borneo Interland (63 Main Bazaar, Tel: 413595). ATS (Tel: 457773), Eva Express (Tel: 577333) and Damri (Tel: 572098)

Sarikei. 5-6 hrs. Biaramas Express, Borneo Highway, PB, Suria Express, Syarikat Bus Baram,. MTC Express, Borneo Express ,TransBorneo, Sungei Merah , Eva Express.

Sematan (via Lundu). STC bus No. EP07.

Semenggoh. STC bus Nos. 6.

Serian. City Public Link - K3. STC Express bus. No 3A. approx. 1 hr. Every hour. First bus (from Kuching) 6.15 am, last bus 7 pm. Vital Focus Transportation, approx. every hour. First bus from Kuching 6.30 am, last bus 10 pm.

Sibu. 7 hrs. See Sarikei for departures.

Sri Aman. STC Express bus No. EP09. RM 19, approx 3 hrs. Departs from regional express bus terminal.

EXPRESS BOATS (Kuching to Sibu): Express Bahagia, service departs daily at 8.30 am, 4 hrs. Tickets are sold at the jetty in Pending. It’s advisable to get there 30 mins before departure.

SAMPANS (known locally as Tambangs): To get across river take one of the small ferries that connect the riverside kampungs to the town. Place the fare on the seat as you leave. Hiring a sampan is a great way to see the river and the waterfront villages. From the river you’ll have great views of the city, get in close to the villages and get some good photos of river life.

RIVER CRUISES: CPH Travel, 70 Padungan Rd (Tel: 243708 or 013-8012826), offer morning river cruises (9 am) and sunset cruises (5pm) in high-powered pontoon boats. Cruises last approx. 2-21/2 hours and offer a unique introduction to Kuching and life on the Sarawak River. Call CPH for full cruise itineraries.

Harbour Cruises (Tel: 240366 Fax: 240367) offer 11/2 hr afternoon (3.15 pm) and sunset (5.30 pm) cruises on a large double-decker boat, which is also available for charter.

TAXIS: Airport to town is RM 26 - buy a coupon at the taxi stand at the airport. Town to the airport is RM 26. At the moment not all Kuching taxis use meters so agree the fare first. Taxis can always be found outside the big hotels and at the taxi stand where Jln Gambier becomes Leboh Jawa. Alternatively, call 343343/342255 or 348898 for 24-Hour Radio Taxi service (RM 1 surcharge). Short distances around town are RM 7-12.

 

KUCHING  INTERNATIONAL  AIRPORT Level 1 - Arrival Concourse


More about Kuching International Airport

Air Asia This budget air line fly between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching. Like other budget airlines, prices vary depending on how far in advance you book. As a rough guide, one-way fares typically range between RM 80 and RM 200.

Air Asia plans to add more international destinations from Kuching, starting with Macau, Jakarta and Singapore. AirAsia chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandes said the Kuching-Jakarta route was the first on its list of new destinations, to be followed by Kuching-Singapore.

Air Asia office :  Wisma Ho Ho Lim, Ground Floor, No. 291 Sub Lot 4,Jln Abell. Tel: 283222 Call Centre: 03-76512222. Online booking & enquiries: www.airasia.com. Check out www.airasia.com for the latest prices and any deals.

 From KLIA to Kuching By Air Asia Book online via airasia.com

Class (Adult & Child) One Way Return
P Fare (Promotional fare) RM69.99 RM139.98
L Fare RM94.99 RM189.98
U Fare RM129.99 RM259.98
T Fare RM149.99 RM299.98
Q Fare RM169.99 RM339.98
M Fare RM179.99 RM359.98
K Fare RM185.99 RM371.98
H Fare RM195.99 RM391.98
Y Fare RM199.99 RM399.98
Airport Tax RM6.00 RM12.00
Administration Fee RM5.00 RM10.00
Insurance Surcharge RM5.00 RM10.00
Kuching International Airport  is Sarawak's main international airport.

It is located 11 km south of Kuching city centre.

Kuching International Airport is the secondary hub for both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia .There are over 251 domestic flights per week from Kuching Airport.  

Kuching International Airport has direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan and Perth in Western Australia and to Hong Kong via Kota Kinabalu.

There are also direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Miri and Sibu, from Johor Bahru to Kuching, and from Kota Kinabalu and Labuan to Kuching and Bintulu Town

 


Airport Information Telephone : 457373/454242.
 

From Kuala Lumpur to Kuching


There are a direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching
Malaysian Airlines System (MAS), the national carrier, flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching. More details on MAS daily flights schedule : to www.bookonline-malaysiaairlines.com.my.


Budget (non-frill) flight by Air Asia also flies daily to Kuching. More details: www.airasia.com.my.


Kuching to Sibu by Air
One-way air-fare is about RM80.00. The flight from Kuching to Sibu takes 40 minutes. MAS office can be contacted at the following:


MAS Kuching MAS Sibu
Tel: (082) 246622 Tel: (082) 326166  Fax: (082) 460681

The second airline is  a budget (non-frill) flight by Air Asia that flies daily :www.airasia.com.my.
 


AIR - Malaysia: Regular MAS flights connect Kuching with Bintulu , Johor Baru , Kota Kinabalu , Kuala Lumpur Labuan , Miri , Penang  and Sibu . MAS Rural Air Service flies Twin Otters from Kuching to Mukah , and from Sibu and Miri to a host of out-of-the-way destinations. Connections to other destinations are via Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, or Singapore. Malaysia's budget airline,


AIR - International: MAS operates Kuching-Singapore services (RM 286). MAS flies from Kuching to Pontianak (Indonesia) five times weekly, Kuching to Perth twice weekly and Kuching to Sydney twice weekly. Flights from Kuching to Guangzhou and Hong Kong are via Kota Kinabulu. Connections to other destinations are via Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, or Singapore.

Silk Air Operates four flights weekly from Singapore. Batavia Air operates daily flights to Jakarta via Pontianak.

Departure tax is RM 6 (domestic), RM 20 (Within ASEAN) and RM 45 (international). MAS also levy a RM 5 insurance charge and a fuel surcharge ofRM7 (domestic). Fuel surcharges for international flights vary, contact MAS for the latest fees. Air Asia levy a RM 15 fuel surcharge on the KL-Kuching sector. Fares quoted are one way.

 Batavia Air. 1 Padungan Arcade, Jalan Song Thian Check. Tel: 244299 Fax: 240266.


Silk Air. 7th Floor, Gateway Kuching, Jalan Bukit Mata. Tel: 256772/256773 Fax: 239773 E-mail: slkkch@streamyx.com. Online booking & enquiries: www.silkair.com.



 


Travel and Transport Connection in Kuching City


 From Kuching to Sibu by EXPRESS BOATS :

Destination  Fare Schedule Contact :
Kuching to Sibu

(Transit at Tanjung Manis & Sarikei)

Rm 40.00 8:30 AM Express Bahagia

Kuching Office :

082-410076
016-8966235

Sibu to Kuching

(Transit at Sarikei & Tanjung Manis)

Rm 40.00 11:30 AM Express Bahagia

Sibu Office :

084-319228
084-321424

 From Kuching to Sibu by EXPRESS BOATS :

There are two company servicing Express Boats from Kuching to Sibu daily. The boat ride takes about 4hours.

Those who want to take the fastboats  to Sibu has the following choice :

1) Express Bahagia (Tel: 082-410076).  8:30 AM  Rm40

2) Express Sejahtera (Sejahtera Pertama Tel: 082-256736 / 257637 / 413595 ) 9.15am, 12.45pm  Rm40

Tickets are sold at the jetty in Pending. It's advisable to get there 30 mins before departure. CCL Bus Nos. 1A, 17 and 19 go to the express boat jetty (60 sen). Taxi fare is RM 10.





From Sibu to Kapit by express boats

SCHEDULE OF DEPARTURE

Tickets are sold at the Sibu Express Boat Terminal, the relevant boat in Kapit and at Petronas Petrol Stations in Kapit (TBS).

SIBU to KAPIT

KAPIT to SIBU

07.30am (SIBU - KAPIT) 07.30am (KAPIT-SIBU)
09.30am (SIBU - SONG - KAPIT) 12.30pm (KAPIT-SIBU)
10.45am (SIBU - SONG - KAPIT) 02.15pm (KAPIT-SIBU)
12.30pm (SIBU-KAPIT) 03.15pm (KAPIT - SONG - SIBU)

FARES

Smaller Express Boats in the group do not have VIP Class but the rates remain the same for the corresponding class.

1 Economy Class - RM20
2 Business Class - RM25
3 First Class - . RM30
4 VIP Class - RM40

From Sibu to Kapit by express boats

To get to Kapit in the heart of Borneo, you can take the fast and reliable express boats from Sibu. Built in the shape of jet liners, these sleek and powerful express boats are the jet liners on water, skimming over the water's surface while passengers in the cabins enjoy the comforts of a luxury ride. Each boat is distinctive in its colors and slight variant in shape and all are berthed at the busy Sibu Express Boat Terminal, just minutes from the town's centre.

The Sarawak Boleh 168 express boat plies the Sibu - Kapit and return routes daily, comfortably carrying 131 people each trip in its spacious cabin. Fully air-conditioned, there are DVD shows during the journey while you relaxed snugly in your settee enjoying the shows. For VIP and First class seat passengers, mineral water is served along the journey, courtesy of its in-house services. These seats too feature more comfortable settees with ample leg room for a more comfortable ride in a two-seat configuration arrangement. The other types of seats available in Sarawak Boleh 168 are the Economy and Business classes, each with comfortable seats in rows of four seats onwards. Bags and other carry-ons can be stored in the spaces provided near the entrance of the vessel whose interior is tastefully decorated and head room is spacious for most people.

It takes two and half hours to reach Kapit from Sibu as the journey is made going against the mighty Rejang River currents but return trips are naturally faster. As for the trip, the scenery is one of lush greenery of the tropical rainforest as the Sarawak Boleh 168 meanders along the river and numerous longhouses appear on either side of the upper river banks throughout the journey.

1) Apart from the Sarawak Boleh 168,

There are 4 other smaller express boats:

2) Sibu Boleh 168,

3) Sibu Boleh 268,

4) Kapit Boleh 168 and

5) Kapit Boleh 268,

All these 5 Boleh plying the same routes between Sibu and Kapit



 


 


PUBLIC SHUTTLE SERVICE

KUCHING CITY to DAMAI BEACH and SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE (SCV)

Charges : Adult Rm 10.00 each way    Child Rm 5.00 each way (6-12 years old)

 

Kuching to
Damai & SCV

Damai & SCV to
Kuching

Depart From Depart From Depart From
  HOLIDAY INN, Kuching CROWNE PLAZA, Kuching SCV & HOLIDAY INN RESORT
1 7:30 am 7:35 am 9:10 am
2 9:00 am 9:05 am 11:15 am
3 10:15 am 10:20 am 1:15 pm
4 12:15 pm 12:20 pm 3:15 pm
5 2:15 pm 2:20 pm 5:15 pm
6 4:15 pm 4:20 pm 7:00 pm
7 6:15 pm 6:20 pm 9:00 pm
8 8:15 pm 8:20 pm  
9 10:00 pm 10:05 pm  
  * above table Yellow highlight suggested departure time for visiting Sarawak Cultural Village

CULTURAL SHOW TIME : 1st Show 11:30 am       2nd Show 4:00 am



Malaysian Airlines System (MAS) - Lot 215, Jalan Song Thian Cheok. Tel: 246622/244144. Fax: 411767. Online booking & enquiries: www.malaysiaairlines.com.

 From KLIA  to - Kuching City By Malaysia Airlines

  One Way Return
Y (Economy Fare) RM262.00 RM524.00
YEE30 (Excursion Fare) - RM425.00
Child Fare RM131.00 RM262.00
Airport Tax RM6.00 RM12.00
War Tax RM5.00 RM10.00
Security Tax RM5.00 RM5.00

From Kuching City to Tawau Town passing through Brunei using your own car.

Kuching to Kota Kinabalu by land is 1,290km across some of the most rugged terrain in East Malaysia.

Between the 2 States are mountain ranges, dozens of rivers and ten border crossings, a challenge deem virtually impossible just 5 years ago now became a popular sports of the 4X

Malaysia's undulating terrain and dense tropical forests make for an irresistible destination for four wheel drive enthusiasts. Many international 4x4 or off-road events are held annually in Malaysia, among them being the Borneo Safari and the Rainforest International Challenge of Malaysia, deemed one of the world's most competitive and challenging 4WD events.  

With over half of the country still covered in tropical rainforests, Malaysia's natural landscape is the destination for the adventurer who wants to test his skill, endurance and machine.

There is no direct bus from Kuching to Tawau.


ROAD:

Malaysia and Brunei jointly built a Trans-Borneo Highway to facilitate travel between the two countries. This highway would link Kuching City to Brunei and Sabah.  

The Trans-Borneo highway connects Kuching to all major cites in Sarawak and became the only highway road in Sarawak and this road is along  the coast.

In the internal hinterlands of Sarawak and Sabah are just rivers and mud roads used by the loggers and oil palm planter. These mud road are often used by foreign naturalists and scientists as an easy access into the unexplored area to research for rear animal, plants and rear insects such as dragonflies.

Kuching to Sibu by road takes about 5 hours by car. Roads in and around Kuching are generally good.


 BUS services in Kuching

For more information on getting around with long distance bus from Kuching please see : Kuching Bus Terminal

BUS SERVICES: Departure points depend on destination and company used. Sarawak Transport Company (STC) (Tel: 242967/ 451573/242579) serve the Kuching area and south-west Sarawak. Their green and yellow buses depart from Lebohjawa. Chin Uan Long's blue and white buses serve the city and its suburbs. Major bus stops at Jalan Mosque, the Post Office and Gambler Street. Petra Jaya City Bus (Tel: 429418) serve Bako and Buntal. Their white and yellow buses depart from the open air market near Electra House. Matang Transport Company's yellow and orange buses depart from outside the Saujana Car Park and go to Matang and Kubah. Bau Transport Company (Tel: 763160) buses depart from the same place for Bau Town.

 

Regional Express Bus Terminal on Jalan Penrissen.  The Kuching Bus Terminal (outstation long distance buses) is located at Jalan Penrissen.

Backpacker often travel by public express bus from Kuching to Sibu and Sibu to Kuching.

More about Kuching Bus Terminal...

Sibu Bus Terminal (outstation bus to Sibu City) is located at Jalan Pahlawan. One can  travel by this public express bus from Kuching to Sibu. The following bus schedules :

Daily Express Bus Schedule of Public express bus from Kuching to Sibu and Sibu to Kuching.

Bus schedules as following :

Departing Kuching daily at:  0630, 0830, 1230, 1630, 2045 hrs

Departing Sibu daily at:  0230, 0700, 1030, 1330, 2000, 2200 hrs

Express Bus station telephone contact number:

Kuching 082-461227, 084-332873
Sibu 082-456261, 084-327075, 084-334521


Biaramas Express - Bus services between Kuching, Sarikei, Bintangor, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Sungai Tujuh

Biaramas Express booking office (Tel: 082-429418) on Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang near Electra House.

Biaramas also have an office at the terminal (Tel: 456999, open from 6 am to 10 pm)

Their latest bus schedules often keep updated on www.biaramas.com.

Biaramas also has express bus to Brunei

Biaramas Express
http://www.biaramas.com/
Lot 465, 8th Mile, Jalan Kota Samarahan, 94300, Kuching, Sarawak
Tel: 082 61 0111, Fax: 082 61 0222

 



 

 


 LOCAL BUS (SHORT DISTANCE BUS)

 

Kuching's hoteliers formed a free City Tram (just a bus) service that shuttles around major sights once every hour.

Ask for a City Tram sticker and route map from your hotel counter.

Other local buses are represented by color: 

-Green - Sarawak Transport Company (STC)

-Blue - Chin Liang Long Bus Company (CLL)

-Orange - Matang Transport Company (MTC)

-Brown/Red - Bau Bus Company

-White with Red, Yellow and Black stripes - Petra Jaya Bus Company



LONG DISTANCE BUS

  Rm
Miri to Bintulu 20
Miri to Sibu 40
Miri to Kuching 80
Miri to Sarikei 48
Kuching to Sibu 40
Kuching to Bintulu 60
Kuching to Sarikei 32
Bintulu to Sibu 20
Miri to Tebedu 80
Bintulu to Tebedu 60
Serian to Sibu 35
Serian to Bintulu 55
Serian to Miri 75
   
Kuching to Pontianak 45

 MTC Express (Miri Transport Company) http://www.mtcmiri.com/about.htm

 In transportation industry since 1959 and has established reputations in Sarawak.

MTC Express was incorporated in 2002. Operation covered Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching. VIP Coach services are safe & comfortab
Departure from Kuching Station - MTC Express
depart KUCHING arrive SERIAN arrive SIBU arrive BINTULU arrive MIRI
0930 1100 1630 2030 2400
1630 1800 2330 0300 (+1) 0630 (+1)
2100 2230 0400 (+1) 0700 (+1) 1100 (+1)

 

Other long distance bus companies include Vital Focus Transportation (Tel: 453190 or 461277) which operates the PB Express, Suria Bus Express, Borneo Highway Express (tickets also available at Borneo Interland, 63 Main Bazaar, Tel: 413595), Kirata & Sapphire Pacific Express and Sri Merah Express bus services;


Syarikat Bus Baram (Tel: 576700); MTC Express (Tel: 463161); Sungei Merah (Tel: 571888); Borneo Express Bus (Tel: 452717); Lanang Express (Tel: 462887);



Buses to Sibu, Bintulu and Miri often involve a change of bus in Sarikei. Phone the bus companies for the latest timetables. The Visitor Information Centre has a display board with the latest bus schedules and prices.

There is not such tour bus like the KL Hop-On Hop-Off  Double Decker city tour bus sight-seeing service in Kuching yet.  Such tour bus service will be excellent way to see the many sites in Kuching and would be more popular and successful then the service in KL because Kuching's efficient traffic control does not has such jam and hazer like  in KL
 


Bus to Kuching Airport. STC bus No. 12A. RM 1.00, 45 mins. Every 50 min. First bus (from Kuching) 6.30 am, last bus 7.00 pm. First bus (from Airport) 7.10 am, last bus 8 pm. Or Chin Lian Long bus No. 8A.


Bus to Bako National Park. Take the Petra Jaya City Bus no. 6 from  to go to Kampung Bako Village. The bus parked at Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang next to the open air market/Electra House.

The journey is 45 minutes. The fare is RM1.50.  The bus final stop at the jetty of Kampung Bako. Here is a registration counter for hiring the open top boat  to the national park. This is a 30-minute scenic boat ride to the Park.

Book a return boat journey immediately after you arrive at the Park. Get enought 5 or 6 people who are  leaving at the same time, so to split the boat fare

First bus from Kuching at 7.30 am, last bus 5.20 pm. Last regular bus back from Bako 5.50 pm.

White minibuses also go to Kampung Bako (RM 3). From 6 am to 5 pm and depart infront open air market. No  fixed departure schedule - the minibuses leave when passenger seats are full.




Bau. STC bus No. 2 or 2C or Bau Transport Co. bus No. 3, RM 4.50, approx. 1 hour. Every 20 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 6 am, last bus 6 pm. Buses depart from near the Saujana car park

Belong. STC Bus No. EP10, RM 25. Buses at 8 am and 1.30 pm.

Buntal. Petrajaya bus No. 2D. RM 1.50,35 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 6.55 am. Last bus back from Buntal 6 pm.

Damai / Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). A Kuching-Damai shuttle bus service departs regularly from outside the Holiday Inn Kuching with drop offs at the resort hotels and Sarawak Cultural Village. One way fare is RM 10 (adults), RM 5 (children), takes approx. 40 mins. First bus (from Kuching) 7.30 am, last bus 10 pm. Last bus back from Damai 9 pm. For the full timetable check with the bell counter at the Holiday Inn Kuching.

Fairy and Wind Caves (from Bau Bus Station). Bau Transport Co. Bus No. 3, RM 0.70, every 1/2 hour from 6.20 am to 6 pm.

Kubah. Matang Transport Co. Bus No. 11. RM 1.60. Approx. 50 minutes. Buses depart from near the Saujana car park. No fixed timetable. Ask to be dropped off at the Park HQ near the Matang Family Park (Stage 2). Note: buses do not go to the entrance of the Matang Wildlife Centre. Alternatively, take a white minibus (see Matang, below).
 


Lundu. (for Gunung Gading) STC bus No. EP07. RM 10 (a/c), approx. 2 hrs. Buses at 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Buses depart from the regional express bus terminal.

Matang Wildlife Centre. There is no regular bus service to the entrance of the Matang Wildlife Centre.  Local mini buses will usually take passengers to the entrance of the centre. These white mini buses wait at the alleyway next to the shops in the Saujana car park complex. There is no fixed timetable, mini buses leave when there are enough passengers. Fare is RM 2.

Mukah. TransBomeo Resources at 7.30 am and 10 pm, RM 56. Biaramas at 9 pm and 10 pm, RM 55.

Penrissen Rd. Bus Terminal (for long-distance services). STC bus Nos. 3,3A, 9A, 9B and many more (ask at STC office on Leboh Jawa). RM 0.50. First bus (from Kuching) 6.30 am, last bus 9 pm. If you are catching an early bus you may have to take a taxi to the terminal (RM 10).

 

Bus to Brunei - Five daily bus services between Miri and Kuala Belait (2 hours), with onward connections to Bandar Sri Begawan. Alternately,  a direct mini-bus service between Miri and Bandar Sri Begawan (4 hours) twice per day.


Bus from Kalimantan of Indonesia to Sarawak to Brunei

Indonesian state-run bus firm Damri will serve the Pontianak-Kuching-Brunei route starting 1st September 2008. Damri Transport Company was appointed by the Indonesian government

Brunei government appoints JPS company to server the reverse route Brunei-Kuching-Pontianak.

Eight buses each from the two countries have been prepared to serve the route.

One-way trip from Brunei to Kuching to Pontianak is 1,200-kilometer long and takes 35 hours.


From Sarawak to Kalimantan of Indonesia

Bus to Indonesia - Two daily bus services between Kuching and Pontianak. Journey is 8-10 hours. Immigration point in Teledu. No buse services from Pontianak to Banjarmasin.

Kuching To Pontianak, Indonesia. RM 45.00, 8 hours. Buses depart from Kuching's Penrissen Road Terminal.

Biaramas/Tebakang Express (Tel: 456999) at 7.30 am.

SJS (Tel: 456999) at 8 am and 1.00 pm.

The up market SJS 'Super Executive' departs 11.00 am and costs RM 70. This bus has more leg room and meals are included.

Kirata Express departs 7.30 am

Sapphire Pacific at 11 am

Sri Merah Express at 7 am and 10 am - book through Vital Focus Transportation (Tel: 453190 or 461277) or Borneo Interland (63 Main Bazaar, Tel: 413595).

ATS (Tel: 457773) departs 7.30 am,

Eva Express (Tel: 576761) at 7 am (economy) and 11 am (super class, RM 70) and

Damri (Tel: 572098) at 8 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm.


Sarikei. RM 32. 5-6 hrs. Biaramas Express - departs 7.30 am, 9 am, 11.30 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm. Borneo Highway Express - departs 6.30 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 5 pm and 9 pm. PB Ekspres - departs 9.30 am, 2.45 pm, 4.30 pm and 9.45 pm. Suria Express departs 8 am, 12 noon, 6 pm and 9 pm. Syarikat Bus Baram departs 8.30 am and 8 pm. MTC Express departs 4.30 pm and 9 pm. Borneo Express departs 8.45 am and 2.45 pm. TransBorneo departs 7.30 am and 10 pm. Sungei Merah departs 9.30 am, 11.45 am, 9 pm and 9.45 pm. Eva Express departs 4 pm and 9 pm.

Sematan (via Lundu). STC bus No. EP07, RM 15. See Lundu for departure times.

Semenggoh. STC bus No. 6. RM 2, approx. every hour.

Serian. STC Express bus. No 3A. RM 6.60, approx. 1 hr. Every hour. First bus (from Kuching) 6.30 am, last bus 5.30 pm.

Sibu. RM 40. 7 hrs. See Sarikei for departures.

Sri Aman. STC Express bus No. EP09. RM 19, approx 3 hrs, departs 7.30 am, 9.45 am, 12 noon, 3.15 pm and 7.45 pm. Departs from regional express bus terminal.

SAMPANS (known locally as Tambangs): To get across river take one of the small
ferries that connect the riverside kampungs to the town. Place the fare (30 cents)
on the seat as you leave. Hiring a sampan (RM 20-25 per hour) is a great way to see
the river and the waterfront villages. From the river you'll have great views of the
city, get in close to the villages and get some good photos of river life.

RIVER CRUISES: Aerotrain Charter (Tel: 248800,019-8478228 Fax: 244400) offer a selection of short river cruises plus buffet dinner cruises (3 days advance booking required).
 


CPH Travel, 70 Padungan Rd (Tel: 243708 or 013-8012826), offer morning river cruises (9 am) and sunset cruises (5pm) in high-powered pontoon boats. RM 40 (adult), RM 20 (child). Cruises last approx. 2-2 V2 hours and offer a unique introduction to Kuching and life on the Sarawak River. Call CPH for full cruise  itineraries.

Harbour Cruises (Tel: 240366 Fax: 240367) offer V/2 hr afternoon (3.15 pm) and sunset (5.30 pm) cruises on a large double-decker boat, which is also available for charter.
 

KUCHING CITY TRAM The City Tram is an open-air sightseeing bus service
provided free of charge to visitors by the Sarawak Tourism Federation (Tel: 240620.
It follows a circular route starting at Khatulistiwa Restaurant on the Kuching
Waterfront at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm daily, proceeding to Jalan Song Thian Cheok (+8 min), the Sarawak Museum (+16 min), Satok Market (+24 min), the Islamic Museum (+32 min), the Kuching Mosque (+40 min), the Court House (for Visitor Information Centre, Textile Museum & Sarawak Handicraft Centre, +48min) before returning to the starting point. A shorter night route also starts from Khatulistiwa at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm, proceeding to the Tourism Malaysia Office (+10 min), the Amphitheatre in Jalan Budaya (+20 min) and the Court House (+30 min). To use this service visitors will need a lapel sticker, which can be obtained from hotel reception counters.


Wan lung Travel Service, 7K Ban Hock Rd, Tel: 248888 Fax: 419999 E-mail: wahtung@tm.net.my / wahtung@streamyx.com Website: wahtung.com.my. Chauffeur driven limousine hire (Proton limousine, Mercedes & Vans). Airport Branch (also offers hotel & tour booking service). Tel: 616900 Fax: 464900 E-mail: wtapt@streamyx.com
 

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