Cost of living in Brunei

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Food Price in B$
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 BND
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 BND
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 BND
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 BND
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 BND
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 BND
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 BND
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 BND
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 BND
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 BND
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 BND
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 BND
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 BND
1.5 kg Sugar 10 BND
2 liter cooking oil 20 BND
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 BND
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 BND
1 liter milk 8.50 BND
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 BND
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 BND
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 BND
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 BND
House Cleaning fee per day 105 BND
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 BND
Original branded Electric Fans 200 BND
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 BND
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 BND
Single bed Blankets 120 BND
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 BND
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 BND
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 BND
Men's haircut 40 BND
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 BND
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 BND
1 month of gym subscription. 105 BND
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 BND
Unisex Loris perfume 30 BND
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 BND
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 BND
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 BND
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 BND
Go carting 30mins 120 BND
Movie House 3d cinema 30 BND
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 BND
Photo shoot 120 BND
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 BND
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 BND
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 BND
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 BND
Spalding Basketball 200 BND
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 BND
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 BND
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 BND
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 BND
1 day rent a car cost 140 BND
Driver’s license 2300 BND
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 BND
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 BND
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 BND
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 BND
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 BND
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 BND

According to Numbeo, Cost of living in Brunei is 5.04% lower than in Zimbabwe without taking rent into account. Rent is not taken into account. The cost of living for two person with average consumption for one month will be 677.01 $, no rent price included, according to Traveltables.


A 1 bedroom Apartment in City Centre in Brunei costs about 903.44 B$, and an Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of the city centre costs 772.13 B$. Several rental accommodations in Brunei come furnished with beds, a couch, television, wardrobe, washing machine, and with sometime fitted wardrobes.


Transport costs in brunei are generally inexpensive. You can get transport to most parts of the country with little challenges.

Rental Cars- Visitors wishing to explore Brunei can rent a car as soon as they reach the country. The provide the most convenient way of travelling. Prices can range between BND60 to BND100 per day, depending on the size of the vehicle, vehicle class, and the rental agency.

Public Bus

Brunei’s public bus transport, the Franchise Bus, formerly known as the Purple Bus, is the cheapest way to get around town, with an average fare of BND 1 per trip. T

he main bus terminal is situated right in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan. travellers can find information on the bus routes and its numbers displayed on colorful signs in the terminal.It serves six lines, which are distinctive thanks to the bright colours.

The Eastern Line, which is coloured  royal blue, and the Northern Line, coloured green, pass through the international airport. Do take note that the service runs from 6am until eight in the evening.


It is a local transport app, which works much like Uber. It can be competitively priced against taxis, but has an edge and is more convenient as traveler can book a ride through the app. The app is easily accessible and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, and on Google Play Store. Dart offers different types of cars depending on your preference, and the rate varies depending on the traveller’s location and final destination

Water Taxi

Brunei is home to a water village known as Kampong Ayer, which uses water taxis which are speed boat that transport travellers along the main attractions in the capital. these usually cost between BND2 and BND5 which can be negotiated.


Taxis in Brunei are metered and have a flat fee of BND3.50 for the first minute or kilometer, and an additional BND0.20 for every 250m.

There is a surcharge of BND3 for trips going to and from the airport, and an additional BND8 for travelling from one district to another. note that there is an additional charge for more than two pieces of luggage, as well as carrying more than four passengers per taxi. taxis are available at most hotels, shopping centres, and can also be found at the airports.

Bills and Utilities:

Basic utilities including Water, heating, garbage and electricity costs BND84.80, Cable/ADSL internet connection for 60mbps or more unlimited data costs BND146.71, and Local one-minute prepaid calls costs BND0.25.