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How to get to and from Kuching

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Kuching has an international airport with connections to Singapore and various other West Malaysia destinations. Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia operate the routes to West Malaysia, other parts of Sarawak and Sabah.

Tiger Air and Air Asia both run flights to Singapore, although you may find that flying from Kuching to Johor Baru and then taking the bus to Singapore is a cheaper way to do it.

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Daily long distance buses run between Kuching and all major cities in Sarawak. There is also a bus service to Pontianak in West Kalimantan.

As of yet, there is no direct bus from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. If you want to make this behemoth of a journey, you'll have to stop off in Miri.

Regular buses arrive and depart via Kuching Sentral, the bus station located about 2km past the airport.

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Getting around

The centre of Kuching is pretty compact and it's possible to walk everywhere -- you'll have to take buses if you're going to Semingohh or Bako National Park.

Kuching is the only place in Sarawak that you can rent a scooter; it should cost you 40 ringgit a day, not including fuel. Most locals recommend going to Tek Hua Motor on Jalan Tabuan (near to Blah Blah Blah). The bikes here look like they could do with a wash but on superficial inspection, there seem to be no mechanical faults.

Kuching is ripe for cycling, as the roads are good, there are few hills and most importantly the traffic isn't too heavy. These are all good things but the most frustrating thing is not being able to find someone to rent you a bike. We tried to look for Borneo Bicycle Hire but to no avail and a phone call to them turned out to be the wrong number. Anyhow, you may have more luck!

It is quite possible to get around Kuching by bus, and bus shelters dot the roads in the centre of Kuching. Expecting them to run to a timetable is however perhaps a bit too much of a stretch. By all accounts, the only bus that runs to a timetable and somewhat on time is the Rapid Kuching (No. 1) which serves the route between Kuching and Bako Jetty.

To get a timetable, head to the central bus station which is opposite the Old Mosque, or you may find it more useful to head to the tourism office, as they will have a timetable of the buses that leave to all the popular tourist destinations.

Shuttle van
If by some miracle you manage to get out of Kuching city centre by foot and get lost, look out for a shuttle van with a yellow roof. These are essentially shared taxi vans and their destinations will be written on the side of the van. The vast majority will have Chinatown in the city centre as their final destination. Expect to pay around 2 ringgit for a 20-minute journey.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kuching? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

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