Had engaged Mr Suraji 3D2N as the driver for my Hong Kong relatives last week. It was their 1st time to Batam and they were very satisfied with Mr Suraji's professional service. Knowing my relatives love durians and sweet corns very much, Mr Suraji purposely included both in the itineraries. To ensure a safety factor, Mr Suraji escorted my relatives most of the time wherever they went. It was thoughtful of him, allowing my relatives to have durians and sweet corns comfortably in his car. Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Suraji for providing such a safe and memorable trip for my beloved overseas relatives in Batam.
Driver's name: Mr Suraji
Hp no: +62 819 812770 (WhatsApp) / +62 812 70022695
Just had a short trip at Batam last week with my family and relatives. Fortunately, we were able to have Mr Suraji again as our driver. Once again, he charged us reasonably with the vehicle rental. He picked us up at the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal punctually with a van (14 seater) but on the last day, Mr Suraji drove us around with his new ISUZU mini bus (20 seater). During the trip, Mr Suraji took great care of us especially my mum and aunty both aged 70+. We were extremely pleased with his service for providing a safe and enjoyable trip for us.
Driver's name: Mr Suraji
Hp no: +62 812 70022695
+62 819 812770
I came to know a private car driver, Suraji, who was my driver during my trips in Feb and Mar. He picked me up punctually from the Batam Ferry Centre. He charged me reasonably. He can speak and understand simple English. The most important is that he is responsible and is willing to drive you to your wanted destinations. He owns a few vehicles - 5-seater and 7-seater cars and one 14-seater van.
I am going to Batam in June with my family and friends for holiday. Suraji will be our driver again as he is not a calculative driver.
You can contact him at +62-819-812770 / +62-812-70022695
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The KM Kellud Ferry Port in Batam island is SEKUPANG PORT
The Pelni ticket office is located at Jalan Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo #4, Sekupang, Pulau Batam. This is the best place to buy tickets. There may be some touts outside the Pelni office and around the port area who will offer to sell you tickets, but there is no point in buying from these people when you can buy them quite easily at the Pelni ticket counter itself.
Ticket prices range from about 250,000Rp (US$30) to about 1,000,000Rp (US$120), but discounts may be available during certain periods
Accommodation :There is 1st, 2nd, 3rd and economy class. 1st and 2nd class are further split into class A and B.
These cabins have two single beds, a window, TV, air-con and attached toilet and shower. Each person gets a drawer and a cupboard that can be locked. The shower has hot water and is very powerful.
There are no lockers available, so be careful with your belongings. This is probably the best class to go if you want to genuinely experience how the locals travel. However, you may prefer the more creature comforts and more privacy that the higher classes offer. The toilets can become flooded, but it should be possible to find a toilet in another class.
Eating :Meals for the first and second-class passengers are served at the following times: Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:30, Lunch: 11:30 to 12:30, Dinner: 17:30 to 19:00, The meals are pretty good. Dinner may consist of rice, vegetables, chicken and fish. Dessert is a piece of fruit. Breakfast is eggs and rice and black tea with sugar. At the beginning the server comes to the table with a big container of rice and you can help yourself to whatever you can eat.
Other Options: Until the boat leaves the port, you will find lots of people onboard going around trying to sell food and drinks.
If you're taking a taxi from your hotel/resort, check with the front desk about the rates. They are all fixed amount so that you don't get cheated. These taxis do not run on meters.
No doubt that they are flagged down by the establishment, it does not really mean that you can trust these taxi drivers fully.
The taxi driver who was bringing us to our requested seafood place tried to convince us to change our venue and visit somewhere much further away. He kept saying that the place we wanted to patronise was of not much good.
We arrived at Singapore's Harbourfont to catch the 9.20am ferry ride. We had to be there an hour earlier as we had to clear customs and also settle other administrative matters such as collecting the tickets.
The boatride to Batam was pretty pleasant and the journey was a smooth 45 minutes. The ferry fare was paid for in the package deal. What we had to come up with were the taxes, both in Singapore (S$20) and in Batam (S$7).
If you are going to BATAM and need to find a driver/travel guide.
His name: John
phone no:+6285668471239 or +62811698846.
He can speak very well Chinese and knows batam very well.
You can arrange your own plan/schedule or ask him to recommend which places to go.
Can book him first before u reach batam and tell him what time the ferry you will take,
he will pick up you directly from the ferry terminal.
max -> 4-5 people
Batam has it's share of Our Companies and Tour Buses and the tour buses here mostly use the large coaster type of Bus rather than the big passenger type of buses for the daily tours. So a Bus Tour around Batam is a great way to truly experience the island and get to see some of the sights that you otherwise may not know about. Buses are modern and fully air conditioned. The Bus tour we took had trips to shopping centers, where you can choose from jewelry, cosmetics and perfumes, handbags and fashion clothes, accessories and handicrafts, or souvenirs and the ubiquitous Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Outler Stores all around Batam ( hence a lot of shops in my Batam Tips). Most Batam Tours can be booked in advance at the Singapore Travel Agencies in Singapore.
This is the main ferry terminal in Central batam, the other ferry terminal is in Sekupang in the south and Nongsa in the North. The Batam Center ferry Terminal is not large but since it is an International Port of Entry, there are immgration counters for departure and arrival areas and there is a terminal fee of Singapore $ 7 when arriving at the terminal. There are 3 floors of shops and Polo Factory Outlers and Snack Stands and Restaurants in the Main Building of the Terminal just before the Immigration Facilities where you can shop or eat or dine and they all accept Singapore Dollars here.
Address is: Ferry International Terminal, Batam Center, Batam - Indonesia
Tel no: Telp. : +62-778-334.704, 334.522
Fax. : +62-778-334.475
there are three ferry lines that goes to batam island from Singapore and the one we took was the Batam Fast Ferry. The Ferries going to Batam Island Indonesia originates at the Harbour Front In Singapore, which is just in front of Sentosa Island. You can go to Batam on your own or purchase aday tour from any singapore travel agency but either way you should bring your passport. The ferry ride is about 50 minutes since Batam Island is about 20 kilometers away from Singapore. The Main Port of Entry in Batam Island is in Sekupang and at Batam Center. The Ferries are fast Jetfoil Boats with Airline Like Seats. The Companies are Batam Fast and others.
Adult S$ 34 (2 way)
S$ 23 (1 way)
Child S$ 31 (2 way)
S$ 19 (1 way)
Adult S$ 36 (2 way)
S$ 25 (1 way)
Child S$ 32 (2 way)
S$ 19 (1 way)
The best way to get to Batam is by an air-conditioned ferry ride (about 45 minutes one way) from the Harbourfront terminal along Keppel Road, Singapore (just below the cablecars). One of the good ferry service is the Penguin ferry (see website below) which cost Singapore $33 return trip. Other ferry companies include Batam Fast and Wavemaster.
$40 return trip from Singapore Harboufront to Batam Centre Ferry Terminal.
$37 for children.
1 hour from Singapore Harbourfront to Batam Centre.
There are seveal landing points in Batam, namely, Sekupang, Batu Ampar, Harbourbay and Batam Centre.
Habourbay is very near the city of Nagoya, hence very popular for those going to the city.
Batam Centre is about 20 minutes by taxi to Nagoya. Taxi fare ranges from 50,000 Rupiah to 65,000 Rupiah (which is less than $10 singapore dollar). Fare tends to be more expensive from the Batam Centre Ferry terminal, but can get cheaper fare coming back to the terminal.
Always confirm fare with the taxi driver before getting in the taxi.
During my trip there with my large family, we relied on taxis to ferry us all around. However since we are all obviously Singaporean, the taxi drivers there charged us fares that were higher than normal.
On our second night there, we came across a taxi driver by the name of Mr Edi who was the opposite and charged us pretty much the local rates (we assumed it was local rates as it was WAY lower then what we had been charged for the same distance (from town to our resort)).
It was a pity we did not meet him earlier, as we would rather a more honest guy earn our money, and we would have gladly tipped him for this time. When we dined at a pretty quiet seafood place where there wasnt much taxi traffic, he waited for us - and did NOT charge us a high price from the dinner place to our resort. The distance was very short as well.
So, if you happen to go there and are going to rely on taxi, you can give him a call at 08127042355.
He speaks little English but it is enough to understand where you would want to go. He even told my family the next time we come, he'll recommend us good places to eat! So we'll be calling him again if we do go back to Batam!
Hourly ferry leaves Stulang Laut (The Zon) Terminal in Johor Bahru for Batam. The fare is RM76 (one-way) and RM120 (two-way). The return ticket is normally open i.e. you can confirm your time later when you leave Batam. You also need to pay an additional Rp105,000 in Batam for the seaport tax.
The 90-min journey is quite comfortable.
We just come back from Batam, and find out Taxi cost can be quite cheap
if you are willing to do a little walk :D
From Hang Nadim Airport to Batam Centre official taxi cost will be Rp.80.000,
But if you just go out from the airport, keep walking to your left for the gate (abt 500m),
Be persitent! Ignore all taxi touts, and you are out...just around the "eagle monument"
you will still have taxi driver offering their service, but for a much cheaper price....
In our case we paid for Rp.30.000 for Airport - Batam Center
Same trick apply for other place.... go out of the actual "place of interest"
We hired taxi fm Mega Mall - Telaga Punggur (pier to Tanjung Pinang) for Rp 50.000,
and from Telaga Punggur - Airport for Rp.40.000