Kuching Sentral (or Kuching Bus Terminal), is located at the south of Kuching city. Kuching Sentral is about 5 minutes away from the Kuching International Airport and 20 minutes away from Kuching City Centre. This Kuching Sentral officially opened since early 2012, and it is the first air-conditioned and fully-integrated three-storey regional bus terminal in East Malaysia.
Kuching is served by several major bus companies. Among others, Chin Liang Long Motor Vehicle Co. (traditionally blue) serving Kuching South, Matang Transport Company (yellow and orange) serving Matang-Kubah and Petra Jaya Transport Company (Black, yellow and red strips) serving Kuching North.
The Sarawak Transport Company (traditionally green) and Bau Transport Company (Red) have routes from Kuching to other smaller towns. A large portion of the buses in service are antiquated and not air conditioned. The fares are low. For tourists, the State Ministry of Tourism has provided bus shuttles to transport tourists around Kuching.
Kuching Sentral is the transportation hub in Sarawak which serves the arrival and departure for long distance express buses, regional buses and cross border express bus. Examples of long distance servicing routes includes Kuching to Miri, Kuching to Bintulu, Kuching to Sibu, as well as Kuching to Pontianak (City in West Kalimantan).
As for regional servicing routes, it includes Kuching nearby cities like Kuching to Lundu (Lundu is the gateway for the Gunung Gading National Park and Tanjung Datu National Park) and Kuching to Sri Aman. The only cross border route provided in Kuching Sentral is Kuching to Pontianak. Because of touristís interest at the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan and daily groceries activities of locals staying in Pontianak, Kuching to Pontianak and Pontianak to Kuching are the popular routes for locals as well as tourists.
Online Booking is available for some bus operators like Bintang Jaya, Bus Asia and Asia Star. Ticket for online booking is about 20% cheaper than counter price. Apart from the transportation services, Kuching Sentral is equipped with retail stores, hypermarket, food court, fast food chain and restaurants. The HGL Hypermarket in Kuching Sentral is one of the largest hypermarket in Kuching because of the high traffic of people coming from Pontianak to do daily groceries in Kuching Sentral
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How do get to Kuching Sentral:
1) From Kuching city; With bus 3A with frequency of about 20 minutes during day time. The fare is approximately at RM2.
2) From Airport With a taxi is less than 5 minutes; Walking is about 20 minutes. Walking is not recommended because the road is pretty much a highway, it does not have any walking path or shades.
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VFG (Vital Focus Transportation Sdn Bhd) Counter 4 and 5
Nowadays it's easy to make an online bus reservation for an air-conditioned bus. You'll receive the reservation with a seat number.
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Bus Asia / Asia Star (DD, 27 seater) Counter 7 and 17