Getting There & Back
From Miri to Batu Niah
The trip by road from Miri to Batu Niah takes just under 2 hours (109km). There are several options for getting there.
Bus - There are regular buses from the Miri Bus Station to Batu Niah (and back). The busses are run by Syarikat Bas Suria (085) 434 317, and cost RM10 one-way
Share Taxi - Share taxis (minibusses) can also usually be arranged at the bus station in Miri (and going the other way from Batu Niah). If not too crowded, they may be more comfortable than the proper bus, although might be a little more expensive (RM10-12 at time of writing).
Hire Car - Follow the main road south out of town, towards Bintulu. The turnoff to Batu Niah is around 1hr30 to 1hr45 from Miri, on the right, soon after a small collection of petrol stations, roadside eateries and market. Check with the Visitors Information Centre for a list of hire car companies - prices are slightly higher than Kuching, starting from about RM120 per day (without fuel).
From Bintulu to Batu Niah
The trip by road from Bintulu to Batu Niah is slightly longer than the road from Batu Niah to Miri, taking slightly over 2 hours (131km). Again, there are several options:
Bus - Syarikat Bas Suria in Bintulu also (not surprisingly) has regular busses returning from Bintulu to Miri, some of which go via Batu Niah. Call (086) 335 489 for information, or just rock up to the bus station.
Share Taxi - Share taxis can also be caught from Bintulu to Batu Niah.
Hire Car - Cars can also be hired in Bintulu - check with your hotel, or call the VIC in Miri on (085) 434 184. Again, follow the main road to Miri, until you hit the turnoff to Batu Niah on your left.
From Batu Niah to Park HQ
Unfortunately, once you arrive in Batu Niah, you are still a few km away from your destination. There are several options for getting the Park HQ - but if you arrive late at night (probably after 7pm), walking may be your only option, as the boats and taxis may have knocked off for the day.
Boat - An enjoyable way to get from Batu Niah to the Park HQ is by boat from the Batu Niah jetty. If there are no boats there, you may have to ask around a bit. Cost should be around RM5 per person, RM15 for the boat. The boat passes rainforest of Niah National Park on the right, and some pretty villages and farmland on the left. The trip takes only 10-15 minutes.
Taxi - You may be able to flag down a local taxi in Batu Niah who is willing to take you to the National Park HQ. It is only a 10 minute ride, and should cost in the vicinity of RM7-10 .
Hire Car - If you have driven to Batu Niah, turn left just before hitting the town proper - there is a sign pointing off to the National Park.
Walking - If you don't have too much stuff, or none of the other options are viable, there is a relatively pleasant concreted walking path which runs along the bank of the Sungai Niah from town, to the Park HQ, through villages and farmland. It is about 4km and takes 45 minutes or so (see description in Other Trails & Destinations). And its free!