EXACTLY How To Get From Miri To Bintulu [2022]

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Want to visit a tropical paradise and wondering how to go from Miri to Bintulu? We can help!

While the Miri to Bintulu distance is not great, this journey can seem confusing– although it’s actually quite straightforward with many people taking this trip every day.

Below, I break up exactly how to get to Miri from Bintulu  so you know exactly what you need to do, when, whether you are looking for a Miri to Bintulu bus or a flight from Miri to Bintulu. This way, you will spend as little time as possible working out your journey.

I also describe the reverse journey from Bintulu to Miri.

Bintulu Sarawak

Map: Miri To Bintulu

Miri to Bintulu map
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It’s a drivable distance from Miri to Bintulu, clocking in at 201 kilometres. There are several ways to get from town to town, like taking a taxi or the bus, and driving non-stop will take around three hours.

But that timing also depends on things like traffic and construction, so make sure you check out the local road conditions beforehand. 

BEST OPTION: How To Get From Miri To Bintulu

You have plenty of options to get from Miri to Bintulu, however your best one is to take a bus. Buses are much cheaper than renting a private taxi or shuttle to take you to the city. Also, it’s much easier and cheaper to find a bus compared to taking a flight, as few airlines fly directly to Bintulu without a layover somewhere else.

Option 1: Miri To Bintulu Flight

Sibu Airport
Sibu Airport

Even though most flights out of Miri will take you to another Malaysian city or town first before flying to Bintulu, there are a few direct ones you can choose from. You can get to the town within 35 minutes of departure via MASWings, or within two hours if you elect to have a quick layover at the Sibu Airport. 

The Miri International Airport is located roughly around a 15-minute drive from the heart of the city. And when you touch down in Bintulu, you’ll be about 30 minutes out from the town centre.

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Option 2: Miri To Bintulu Bus

Bintulu bus station
Bintulu bus station

As mentioned, the best option you can choose is taking the bus. Miri to Bintulu is a fairly quick trip. There are two many companies offering services for this journey, Eva Express and Sungei Merah. The average one-way trip will take three hours and forty-five minutes, depending on which company you go with and what time you depart at. 

For the Miri to Bintulu schedule, there are regular buses that head to the town every day, typically leaving every few hours at most. The first bus of the day will usually leave at 7 a.m. local time, and the last bus will depart the terminal at 7 p.m. 

The buses are clean and comfortable.

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Option 3: Miri To Bintulu By Car

Another way for you to get to Bintulu is by taking a private car, either by renting one or by booking a taxi or shuttle. It’s just over 200 kilometres away and should take you around three hours to complete the trip if you aren’t making any stops. 

It’s a fairly simple drive, as you’ll be on a highway cruising along the coastline for most of it.

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Bintulu To Miri

Niah National Park Miri

Now, if you are travelling to Miri from Bintulu, you can take all three above forms of transportation, choosing between flying, and taking a private car or bus. Bintulu to Miri is a pretty easy travel day if you research your options.

Taking a bus is once again your best choice, since you don’t have to worry about renting a car and it’s typically cheaper than flying or taking a taxi. Sungei Merah and Eva Express are the two companies operating, and there are around seven buses that leave the terminal daily, just like the Miri to Bintulu route. 

See bus timetables and ticket prices here.

If you plan on taking a plane, you’ll find that the flights are more or less the same as leaving to Bintulu from Miri. You can be at the city within 35 minutes of departure if you manage to get a direct flight from Bintulu. If not, there are options through MASwings that’ll take hours longer since they have layovers in one or two places. 

Find flight options here.

Further, taking a private vehicle is another alternative, and the drive and distance is virtually the same as Miri to Bintulu. 

Final Words

Bintulu waterfront or port area

As I’ve outlined above, it’s really easy to get from Miri to Bintulu if you follow these instructions. Whether you choose flying, taking a bus or renting a car, taxi or shuttle, you can be at Bintulu within the day. 

Bussing is your best choice, because of the frequency that the buses are leaving from Miri, as well as the price and ease of booking. You won’t have to worry about taking around a private car and finding parking, and you won’t have to potentially fly to another city to get to Bintulu.  

And if you’re going the opposite way, from Bintulu to Miri, it’s the same sort of travel day as well.

So, whatever you choose, you’ll be happy to know that this is a well-travelled route with alternatives that will suit whatever you need. 

I hope you found this guide to how to travel from Miri to Bintulu useful. Know all the top things to do in Bintulu here and the best hotels to stay in Bintulu here. You can find our complete travel guide to Miri here including the top things to do in Miri here and the best places to stay here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.