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 airport 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.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

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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.

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!

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

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Brunei Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

In Transit 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.

In Transit Nest Dayrooms – If you are in transit, there are 4 dayrooms (expansion is expected to 20 rooms) available Airside, 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.

Near Airport Orchid Garden Hotel – (5 minutes from airport) Free airport transfer service is available upon prior request. » Check Rates

Near Airport Times Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfer is available upon prior request. » Check Rates

Near Airport Badi’ah Hotel – (12 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request from 8:00AM – 10:00PM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Brunei Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Brunei Airport in the lounge, restaurants and cafe. It is available elsewhere for a fee. The Internet Cafe offers internet enabled workstations for a fee. As of this last update, we are unable to confirm the accuracy of this information. If you know, click here to update the guide.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

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 – Exchange services are available onsite. Location: Departure Hall. Hours: 24 hours.

Food & Drinks – The airport offers restaurants and a bar. At the time of this update, the hours and locations of dining concessions are unknown. So, if you are stuck in the airport overnight you should purchase water and snacks early.

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 – Not available.

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

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

Showers – 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.”

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

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Bandar Seri Begawan airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Cebu Pacific • Lucky Air • Malaysia 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 Shuttle

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details:

Badi’ah HotelJubilee HotelOrchid Garden HotelPalm Garden HotelRadisson Hotel Brunei DarussalamRizqun International HotelThe Capital Residence SuitesTimes Hotel.

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. As of this update, the bus fare between the airport and city center is B$2 per person.

Taxis

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.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.