Sleeping in Airports

Brunei Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Brunei Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

this is the best airport I’ve ever stayed in . . . too clean and too big for such a little country – Brody

BWN Airport Overview

brunei airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Brunei International Airport.

What to Expect

Brunei Airport (code: BWN) has one small terminal that handles commercial flights and it seems to be under constant renovations. Facilities are limited to a few basic shops and eateries (all close by 9:00PM), but they are reportedly pricey and slow to serve customers. Squat toilets are the norm, but cleanliness isn’t. When it’s working, WiFi helps pass the time.  For comfort, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and access information.

Sleeping in Brunei Airport

Overnight campers seem to have no issue here, but you may have to stay in a designated waiting area until security checkpoints open in the morning. Seating is lacking both airside and landside, and what does exist isn’t very comfortable. The good news is that the airport seems safe and is generally quiet at night. Temperatures can be downright cold, so bring layers. For uninterrupted sleep, an airport hotel serves passengers and transit. Otherwise, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Brunei airport sounds like a nightmare, there are sleep rooms inside the terminal and hotels within a short driving distance:

Transit Hotel – If you are in transit, there is a hotel located on the ground floor of the Departure Hall, Airside. You do not need to go through immigration. Day rooms are available.

Nest Dayrooms – There are 4 dayrooms (expansion is expected to 20 rooms) available Airside, on the Departures Level. Rates are 3 hours/US $28 • 6 hours/US $36 • 9 hours/US $42. Rooms include a queen size bed (2 adults and a toddler can be accommodated), private washroom with shower and amenities included.

Hotels near the airport

Times Hotel – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Brunei Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Royal Brunei’s Sky Lounge – International Departures, Airside, Mezzanine floor, between Gates 1 – 5. Lounge Access:  Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Brunei Airport Lounges

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Departure Hall, close to the excess luggage counter

Currency Exchange – EzXchange Money Changer – Location: Arrivals Hall. Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there are Information and Customer Service counters located in the departures lobby to provide assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Luggage Wrapping – Seal and Go is available should you wish to put added protection to your luggage. Rate: starts at BND 7.00 for a regular size. Location: Departure Hall.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Prayer Room – Location: Departure Hall, on the ground floor

SIM Cards – If you need a local SIM card, head over to DST in the Arrivals Hall.

Smoking – A reader (January 2019) tells us that the smoking areas in the departures and transit lounges are now permanently closed.

Bandar Seri Begawan airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Cebu Pacific • Lucky Air • Malaysia Airlines • Philippine Airlines • RB Link • Royal Brunei Airlines • Singapore Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Hertz.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service: Badi’ah HotelJubilee HotelOrchid Garden HotelPalm Garden HotelRadisson Hotel Brunei DarussalamRizqun International HotelThe Capital Residence SuitesTimes Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Public Bus

Purple-colored city buses serve BWN airport from the end of the car park. Buses run between 6:00AM and 12:00AM and the ride to the city centre takes approximately 30 minutes. A reader let us know the bus fare between the airport and city center is BND$1 per person (August 2022).


Metered taxis are available for hire, 24 hours a day, in the ground transportation area. At the time of this update, a one-way trip between the airport and city center takes 20 minutes and costs about B$25.


In December 2018, a helpful reader confirmed the availability of showers.  He tells us “You need to go down the spiral staircase from the room where the gates are. Very comfortable, plenty of hot water. Totally free.”

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Free WiFi is available at Brunei Airport for 30 minutes per device.

Food & Drinks

At the time of this update we did not have information about any 24 hour food concessions, but these options are open during flight operational hours.

  • Landside – Anjung Saujana, Cilantro, Tarindak by graduates and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Savy’s food hall is available in the transit area. Wellmart supermarket is available as well.
  • Airside – Burger King, Jollibee, KFC.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.