Cerebral aneurysms are a common cause of death and disability. Of all the cardiovascular diseases, aneurysms are perhaps the most strongly linked with the local fluid mechanic environment. Aside from early in vivo clinical work that hinted at the possibility of high-frequency intra-aneurysmal velocity oscillations, flow in cerebral aneurysms is most often assumed to be laminar. This work investigates, through the use of numerical simulations, the potential for disturbed flow to exist in the terminal aneurysm of the basilar bifurcation. The nature of the disturbed flow is explored using a series of four idealized basilar tip models, and the results supported by four patient specific terminal basilar tip aneurysms. All four idealized models demonstrated instability in the inflow jet through high frequency fluctuations in the velocity and the pressure at approximately 120 Hz. The instability arises through a breakdown of the inflow jet, which begins to oscillate upon entering the aneurysm. The wall shear stress undergoes similar high-frequency oscillations in both magnitude and direction. The neck and dome regions of the aneurysm present 180 deg changes in the direction of the wall shear stress, due to the formation of small recirculation zones near the shear layer of the jet (at the frequency of the inflow jet oscillation) and the oscillation of the impingement zone on the dome of the aneurysm, respectively. Similar results were observed in the patient-specific models, which showed high frequency fluctuations at approximately 112 Hz in two of the four models and oscillations in the magnitude and direction of the wall shear stress. These results demonstrate that there is potential for disturbed laminar unsteady flow in the terminal aneurysm of the basilar bifurcation. The instabilities appear similar to the first instability mode of a free round jet.