Brunei-Muara Public Bus Circle Line Service 01C: Around Brunei City Centre via Royal Regalia Museum, RIPAS Hospital, The Mall Gadong, Menglait, Terrace Hotel and Tamu Kianggeh by Bus

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Most cities have an efficient city bus system within the city centre, and Bandar Seri Begawan isn’t an exception despite most if not all locals owning cars. The Brunei-Muara Public Bus Circle Line is the most frequent bus service in Bandar Seri Begawan with an average 30 minutes interval operating on both clockwise and anti-clockwise loops around the city, on Circle Line Service 01C and 01A respectively. To try out this circular bus service, I waited just outside BSB Bus Terminal for the first Circle Line bus to appear, which took me a surprising grand total of 1 minute of waiting. The bus was on Circle Line Service 01C, so I headed for my clockwise bus joyride to tour Bandar Seri Begawan downtown efficiently.

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I got a perfect front seat as the bus was completely full when I boarded, so the conductress gave me her seat. Perfect spot for sightseeing from the Brunei-Muara Public Bus.

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Departing from BSB Bus Terminal.

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Passing by Kianggeh Market.

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Passing by Teng Yun Temple.

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Passing by the Main Post Office on Jalan Elizabeth 2.

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Waiting for the traffic light to change at the Memorial Clock.

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My white ticket sold by the conductress. Tickets on the Brunei-Muara Public Buses cost B$1 (S$1) regardless of bus service or distance travelled.

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Passing by Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien.

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Passing by the Ministry of Home Affairs building.

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Passing by the Brunei History Centre.

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Passing by the Royal Regalia Museum.

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Passing by the Syariah Court. The strict laws in Brunei make the city really safe to walk around without any worry of crime.

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Heading on to the Edinburgh Bridge.

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Crossing the Edinburgh Bridge over Sungai Kedayan.

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Passing by the Supreme Court.

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Turning right towards Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital or RIPAS Hospital.

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Taking a small service road beside the main Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

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Crossing over Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

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Heading inside the RIPAS Hospital area.

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A bus stop pole in the RIPAS Hospital area.

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Heading on out.

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Passing by Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.

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There is a RIPAS Hospital Shuttle Bus Service linking the big car park around Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque to RIPAS Hospital.

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Taking a left turn out of RIPAS Hospital.

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Joining the jam while approaching Beribi Roundabout or Kiarong Roundabout or Gadong Roundabout, lots of names found online but basically the biggest roundabout in Brunei.

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The many exits out of the Beribi / Kiarong / Gadong Roundabout.

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Traffic lights control the entry into the roundabout.

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Finally in the roundabout.

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Traffic lights control the traffic of vehicles currently in the roundabout as well.

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Taking the exit towards Gadong.

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Making a u-turn to take the small road into Gadong.

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Passing by Gadong Wet Market.

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Passing by Gadong Night Market.

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Crossing over Sungai Menglait.

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Arriving at The Mall Gadong.

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Here, all passengers alighted except for me.

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After new passengers have boarded, the bus continued to wait for a while before moving off, probably to follow the timetable.

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Passing by McDonald’s Gadong.

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Heading on straight.

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Passing by Gadong Centerpoint.

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Interesting to see Gong Cha in Jawi.

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Making a brief stop at Gadong Centerpoint and The Centrepoint Hotel.

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Heading out of the Gadong shopping area.

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Heading on Jalan Gadong.

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Suspiciously familiar prepare to stop lights.

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Making a brief stop outside Gadong Complex.

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Continuing down Jalan Gadong.

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Crossing over Sungai Kedayan.

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The conductress came around again to sell tickets for the second half of the loop, so I guess this circular bus service operates in 2 legs for tickets.

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Turning back to Bandar.

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I wouldn’t want to be under this traffic light.

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Continuing straight.

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Passing by a sheltered bus stop on Jalan Simpang.

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Passing by Terrace Hotel.

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Passing by Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam.

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There’s quite an impressive overhead bridge linking Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam to the open air car park opposite.

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Passing by the Youth Centre.

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Passing by Pavo Point.

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Passing by Kianggeh Market.

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Turning into BSB Bus Terminal on the road beside Hassanal Bolkiah Theatre.

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Entering BSB Bus Terminal.

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Turning into the Circle Line bus bay.

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The circular journey around downtown Bandar Seri Begawan took 45 minutes.

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Looking back at my blue Circle Line bus.

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The destination plate of the Circle Line.

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The bus bay for Circle Line Service 01C.

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The route map of Circle Line Service 01C.

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The service information of Circle Line Service 01C. Buses operate from 6.00am to 5.00pm every 30 minutes.

Overall, a rather cheap bus tour around downtown Bandar Seri Begawan which is excellent for tourists. You don’t need an expensive hop-on hop-off tour bus when the public bus does its job well at a nominal fare of B$1 (S$1), and Brunei certainly does this well with the Circle Line. I just wish that this popular bus route will be extended to run till night though.

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