Sarawak is a vast state, getting around Sarawak is either by air, sea, river, and road. The journey is a wonderful experience of the greenery of the countryside and the riverside villages. The Trans-Borneo road connected the major towns of Sarawak, so traveling by road would be your preferred choice which enables you to want to experience the beautiful and fascinating countryside and meeting the friendly local community. The new highway which is in construction progress, start from Telok Melano in Lundu, connecting all the major cities and towns.
Public buses are available in all the major towns and have a daily schedule for these towns. They are comfortable and convenient even though the duration of traveling are long and sometimes bumpy. Traveling in the towns itself is safe and convenience without encounter a major traffic jam.
You can take the public buses, taxis, e-hailing or even rent a car. They are also bus companies that operate within the town itself and the outlying area. They provide hourly service but make sure that you check their schedule and destinations.
There are also taxi services that you can use. These taxis are easily available for town traveling or short journeys. Generally, the taxis are fixed with a meter but seldom being used; so make sure to check with them their rate before boarding them. The taxi at the airport is using the coupon system.
There are also car rental companies that provide rental service for daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Their rate depended on the type, model, and capacity of the vehicle of your choice. You have the option to drive yourself or chauffeur services. These car rental companies are available in the major town in Sarawak, with a booking counter at the airport. Find here your choice of Car Rental Companies in Sarawak.
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As some areas the only option getting around Sarawak is by river, using express boats, longboats, and water ferry are still the best and reliable option to get to these areas. These modes of transport are available Kuching Wharf, Sibu Wharf Terminal, Sarikei Express Boat Terminal, Bintulu, and to some extent Miri.
There is a daily journey from Kuching to Sarikei and Sibu. It is much faster than traveling by road. In Sibu, there is an extensive network of the express boat and longboat servicing along the Rejang and Igan River. These crafts are fast, convenient and reliable.
For a short trip across the river from the town to riverside villages, "penambang" or small river ferry is the preferred mode of river transport.
As new roads are being built connecting the coastal area of Sarawak, there is a reduced dependence on river transport for this area, though traveling to the interior, river transport is still the best option.
As some of the Sarawak population are living in the mountainous highland, the only way to get there is by air, as it is the only fast and convenient mode of transport, though expensive. There is also the air medical services provided by the government for those staying in the highland region of Sarawak.
There schedule air flights to some of the remote areas of Sarawak. The routes are serviced by MasWing, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airline. MasWing also services Pontianak, Indonesia to Kuching, Sarawak route.
Beside MasWing, Express Air also services Kuching/Pontianak route. Check out their schedule flight and ticket price online here.
Air Asia also offered a scheduled flight to major cities in Sarawak; Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, and Sibu and return. You can catch the flight from the Major town in Sarawak. Chartered airplanes and helicopter services are also available.
Looking for an adventurous journey you can take an off-road vehicle using the logging track. The journey would be tiring and dangerous as the track would be very slippery during the downfall and fast-flowing river.
Getting around Sarawak's towns or traveling to the interior is fairly easy, fast and convenient. You can pick your way how you would like to get around Sarawak, taking public transport or drive yourself.
Most major towns and cities offer various modes of public transport services; including buses, taxis, e-hailing, and limousine services. Bus services are also available for the International route to Pontianak-Indonesia and Brunei.