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    Taking a Ferry to Batam

    by DarkRay Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Dino Shipping Counter

    This is definitely the most popular way to get into Batam from Singapore. Even during peak periods, it is relatively easy to purchase ferry tickets to and fro Batam as there are quite a few operators and a number of departures daily.

    These tickets can be purchase from the various counters set up at level 2 of HarbourFront Centre at the Cruise Centre's end, such as the one shown in the photo.

    There are altogether 4 ferry terminals in Batam as follow:

    1. Batam Centre - This is the ferry terminal to go if you are planning to mainly spend your time in Batam Centre .

    2. Nongsapura - This is the ferry terminal to go if you are planning to mainly spend your time playing golf and staying in Turi Beach Resort.

    3. Sekupang - This is the ferry terminal to go if you are planning to mainly spend your time in Nagoya town.

    4. Teluk Senimba - This is the ferry terminal to go if you are planning to mainly spend your time in WaterFront City.

    With the exception of Nongsapura, whereby the ferry commutation is from to and fro Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, the rest will be between the respective remaining destinations and HarbourFront Centre Ferry Terminal.

    The prices for a adult return ferry ticket should be around S$22. But there is an additional S$5 departure tax levied when leaving Singapore as well as another S$3 departure tax levied when leaving Batam.

    More information about the various vessel operators and their related information can be found from the Singapore Cruise Centre's website at http://www.singaporecruise.com.

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    Don't Crowd with the Crowd!

    by DarkRay Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Channel Holidays Pte Ltd

    There are many groups of vistors travelling on pre-arranged Free-and-Easy travel packages to Batam who departs at 10am ~ 12pm from Singapore and 1pm ~ 3pm from Batam.

    So if you do not like to jostle with the crowd, try to make sure that your ferry timings are out of this time slot as far as possible. But do take note that if you are buying a pre-arranged Free-and-Easy travel package, it will cost about S$5 per person to shift each ferry timing to a non-standard one.

    The photo shown below is one of the two coordinating travel agent who issues the actual borading travel passes for Dino Shipping.

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    Taking the MRT to HarbourFront Centre

    by DarkRay Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    HarbourFront MRT Station

    Fortunately, the HarbourFront Centre Terminal is directly connected to HarbourFront Centre, which is in turn directly served by the HarbourFront MRT Station within the same complex.

    Because of this, since most trips involving the HarbourFront Centre Ferry Terminal are usually for short trips to Batam with little luggage, one can take the MRT and save on the cab fare, as well as save the extra walking distance needed should one take the bus.

    However, please note that for ferries departing to Nongsapura, this will not apply as the ferry terminal involved will be Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, which is unfortunately not directly reachable by MRT.

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    Batam Center Ferry Terminal

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    Batam Center Ferry Terminal, Indonesia
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    The Batam Center Ferry Terminal is the place where ferries from Singapore will arrive and depart (Penguin Ferry & Batam Fast). This is a relatively new building with some shopping and eating places. Across the road is a big shopping centre called Mega Mall (see my shopping tips). More information on the ferry schedule is at the webpage below. There is also another newer ferry terminal at Batu Ampar (Wave Master ferry) which is much nearer to Nagoya city (capital of Batam) with ferry services between Singapore and Batam (see my Citra Tritunas Ferry Terminal tip).

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    Express Ferry from Singapore

    by SLLiew Written Dec 18, 2006

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    Ferry leaving Singapore....

    There were two main ferry services and several tours to Batam. I used Batam Fast. The cost is the same as it is competitive.

    There are 3 main arrival points at Batam and so decide ahead where you want to land in Batam. I headed for Batam Ferry Terminal which is closest to Nagoya Center.

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    Going to Batam from Singapore

    by bkarjee Updated May 19, 2006

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    Penguin Ferry for visiting Batam

    Batam is conveniently reached from Singapore by ferries. There are two main service providers, Penguin and Wavemaster. Both have very good ferry service and it takes around 50-60 mts to reach Batam from Singapore. In Singapore, there are two ferry terminals for going to Batam-Harbourfront and Tanah Merah Ferry terminal. Harbourfront is the main ferry terminal. If one wants to go to Nongsa centre in Batam, the ferries depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. For going to rest of the ports in Batam, one should go to Harbourfront terminal, which can be easily reached by cab, MRT or by bus. It is advicable to book to and fro tickets from the same service provider. We booked through Penguin and the return ticket costed Sing Dollars 30 per person. The ferries keep departing every 30 mts on an average and they serve clean drinking water on board free.

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    Private Taxi

    by explore_discover Written Apr 24, 2007

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    That is him, Eddy and his Vehicle

    Call Eddy at +62 (0) 778 7021523 and he will be there in less then 30 minutes He can speak english well and knows the Batam very well. To or From Airport IDR 50,000 or from Batam Center Ferry terminal to Nagoya District IDR 25000 per way. (Taxi Companies Charge IDR 40,000 from Batam Center) and other taxi ask for IDR 80,000 for Airport.

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    Batam to other Riau Islands by Ferry

    by victorwkf Written Mar 4, 2006

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    Sekupang Ferry Terminal, Batam
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    If you want to travel from Batam to other islands in Riau province by ferry, you should go to the Sekupang Ferry Terminal. There are many companies here which offer ferries to several important towns on the various islands, such as Bengkalis town, Selatpanjang town, Tanjung Balai town, Tanjung Pinang town and Dumai town. Time taken are roughly as follows:
    - Batam to Tanjung Balai (about 1 hour)
    - Batam to Selatpanjang (about 2 hours)
    - Batam to Bengkalis (about 3.5 hours)
    - Batam to Dumai (about 5 hours)
    - Batam to Tanjung Pinang (about 1.5 hours)

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    Ferry Service from Singapore

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 25, 2004

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    Batam Ferry

    Visitor from Singapore find great convenience travelling to Batam. The frequent ferry crossing from the Singapore Cruise Terminal offers ferries right through the day across the Singapore Straits. Ticket offices are on the first floor of the cruise terminal and crossing is about 1 hour. Just remember there is a one hour time difference between Singapore and Indonesia so you gain an hour travelling to Indonesia and loose one hour going back.

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    Batu Ampar Ferry Terminal

    by victorwkf Written Feb 18, 2007

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    Batu Ampar ferry terminal, Batam, Indonesia
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    The ferry terminal located at Batu Ampar (called the Citra Tritunas Ferry Terminal) is a very new ferry terminal which is very near to Nagoya (capital of Batam). There are frequent ferry services from Singapore to Batam by Wave Master ferry company which is about 40 minutes one way. Ferry services start from around 7am to 9.30pm with regular intervals. There are a few cafe at this new terminal, and customs clearance is very fast and efficient. If you want to contact the Wave Master ferry service, their telephone number is 65-62720501 (singapore) and 62-778-7415100 (batam).

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    Penguin Ferry Service

    by bkarjee Written May 19, 2006

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    Welcome aboard the Penguin Ferry

    Penguin Ferry service provides daily ferry service to all ports of Batam. Please note that the Indonesian time is one hour behind Singapore time.
    The ferry timetable from Singapore to Batam Centre to Singapore on 6th May 06 was like this
    Dep time Dep Time (Batam Centre)
    (Singapore Harbourfront)
    07:35 06:05
    08:15 07:20
    09:40 08:05
    10:15 09:15
    10:55 10:05
    11.40 10:40
    13:00 11:20
    13:50 12:20
    14:50 13:20
    16:10 14:20
    17:10 15:20
    17:55 16:40
    18:50 17:25
    19:50 18:20
    20:40 19:30
    21:50 20:45
    It would be advicable to check with Penguin Ferry Service about the exact departure times before travelling. Their contact details are given below

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    BatamFast Ferry

    by y_lyn Updated May 16, 2008

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    From Singapore, we took a ferry from HarbourFront. Got to be there 1 hour before departure. We bought an open return ticket, which means that we don't need to confirm the time of return yet. We can get the return ticket from Batam after we finish our shopping :)
    I booked our ferry tickets through BatamFast.

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    To Batam from Johor Bahru

    by zuyao Written Jan 22, 2010

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    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.

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  • Taxi Driver - Mr Edi

    by audthiam Written May 24, 2010

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    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!

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    Getting There

    by Aidy_p Written May 20, 2007

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    A Hazy View of Singapore

    There are a couple of ferry operators that depart from Singapore Harbourfront Ferry Terminal. My friends and I used Penguin Services. There's a ferry to Batam nearly every hour, and the ferry ride was pretty smooth.

    The cost of the return boat ride is about $33.

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