The Kuching Open Air Market Bus Terminal used to be the main bus terminal of Kuching, until buses started to get defragmented into Jalan Gartak for City Public Link, Kuching Sentral for long-distance buses and other older bus companies closing down for good. In fact, the terminal building used to be the Open Air Market itself, but now it serves up food instead. There is, however, still a bus bay in between the Open Air Market which is in use by Biaramas for the Bako National Park bus.
Biaramas Route 1 / Bus Asia Route 1
(also incorrectly known as Rapid Kuching Route 1)
Biaramas, also known as Bus Asia, runs the Kuching – Bako route which is pretty popular for tourists looking to find wildlife in Bako National Park which is close to Kuching.
A one-way fare for local Malaysians cost RM3, while foreigners will need to pay RM5. Operating hours of Biaramas Route 1 are unknown, but should most likely be running during the day.
The Biaramas Route 1 bus waits in front of the sign in between the Open Air Market and Tower Market.
The Biaramas Route 1 bus in front of Tower Market and Electra House.
A wider view of the Biaramas Route 1 bus in front of Tower Market and Electra House, taken from beside Open Air Market.
Kuching Metro Electric Bus Route 101 (Defunct)
The Kuching Metro Electric Bus Route 101 was a trial route in Kuching using a CRRC-manufactured electric city bus, plying on a similar route to the current H2 Sarawak Hydrogen Bus Downtown Heritage Loop. It was launched on 1 March 2019 to much fanfare.
Unfortunately, the Kuching Metro Electric Bus Route 101 has since been terminated. The last day of operations of the Kuching Metro Electric Bus was on 31 December 2019, as stated on the notice posted on the Kuching Metro Open Air Market bus stop sign.
It is not known what will be done in future with the results of the trial operation of the Kuching Metro Electric Bus.