Mersing is the gateway for many people to the tropical island Pulau Tioman where you have world class diving and very good beaches.
The jettys to Tioman leave from the port which is pretty much in the center of town and very easy to find.
You can buy tickets by the ferry or if you are staying at a hotel then they can often sell them to you too.
The boat to the island is one of those crappy boats where they want everyone to sit in a smelly room with too much air con and loud movies on the screen and they try to keep people away from staying outside, but it's possible on the ferries to tioman if you claim that you are going out for a cigarette.
Now i don't smoke, but i stayed outside the entire journey to and from Tioman and it's certainly preferable to the smelly disgusting inside of the high speed ferry.
I actually really enjoyed the journey once i got outside.
The price for the trip is as i am writing, in July 2012, 35 ringgitt for a one way ticket.
I also had a biccyle with me and that was an additional 10 ringgitt charge.
The ferries leave a few times a day, but be war ethat the times change a bit during the week depending on the tide and how busy it is, but you should not have a problem getting to Tioman from Mersing as long as you are a little flexible.
Now Causeway link have three to four daily trip to Mersing from Larkin Bus Terminal (Larkin-Kota-Mersing).
The last bus from Mersing to Larkin is before 6.00pm.
Taxi from Mersing to Kota Tinggi is about RM15/- per person and RM60/- to RM70/- per taxi.
N.B: Soon the old market and local bus/taxi terminal at Jalan Sulaiman will be shifted to a new location, but the long distance express coaches like Transnational, Johora etc. most probably will still be operated from R&R area at Jalan Abu Bakar.
You can take Johora Express from Larkin Bus Terminal to Mersing but I'm not to sure about the price. To find out about the price and schedule you can call Johora Express 07-2248280.
Don’t despair if you miss the express bus, take bus no 66 causeway link from larkin or any bus to Kota Tinggi. From Kota Tinggi take the Omnibus 103 to Mersing. Alternatively you can hire a cab to Mersing but the price is quite costly. Taxi from Mersing to Kota Tinggi is about RM15/- per person and RM60/- to RM70/- per taxi.
N.B: Soon the old market and local bus/taxi terminal at Jalan Sulaiman will be shifted to a new location (Look At Picture Inserted) but the long distance express coaches like Transnational, Johora etc. most probably will still be operated from R&R area at Jalan Abu Bakar.
SS International Has buses from Melaka to Mersing, passing through Muar and Kluang. They leave Melaka 0800, 1230 and 1815.
I missed the last bus from JB-Mersing, so had to travel up to Kluang and catch 2045 Bus (which left Melaka at 1815) to Mersing.
When leaving the islands i.e. Pulau Tioman etc. the cheapest way is to go back though Mersing. We had hoped to get the boat to Singapore from Pulau Tioman but found that this boat no longer existed. The flights were also booked up so we found ourselves making our way to Singapore by bus via Mersing. We were able though to wake up in Tioman, do the half day Coral Island trip and get i think the 15.00 boat from Tioman to Mersing. When we arrived in Mersing we found we had just enough time to run to the cash machine, pay for our tickets and get on a bus to Singapore.
Getting to Singapore was quite tedious though was also quite an adventure. We started by getting the bus to Johor Bahru ( the gateway to Singapore ), from here we got another bus toward Singapore again which dropped us off at the border to go through customs and get our VISAs stamped for leaving Malaysia. Once through customs jump on another bus (any)which will take you to the Singapore customs where you will have to go through customs again and get your VISA stamped for Singapore. Once through here you jump on another bus which will take you to the Metro. From here you decide where to go, in our case we went to a hotel51 which is a network of cheap hotels in Singapore. Taxis are metered and all speak good English so there will be no problem getting to wherever you are going.
We arrived in oue hotel at around 00.00 after leaving Pulau Tioman at 15.00 which worked well and the prices were very reasonable.
KUALA LUMPUR TO TIOMAN VIA MERSING
When going to the islands i.e. Pulau Tioman etc. you will need to stop off in Mersing. My advice is not to stay over night here unless needed. When coming from Kuala Lumpur we got the night bus leaving KL bus terminal (book in advance or you will miss out) at 23.00 slept on the bus and arrived in the morning. The 1st boat leaves at around 6.30 in the morning and you will need to wait for an hour or so, in which time you should book your boat trip to your desired island.
In the morning time Mersing is quite surreal and as the sun rises over the sea the people of Mersing are starting to appear. There will be aerobics classes 1st thing (05.30) in the morning with locals doing their workout beside the bus terminal in a small park. You will also hear the prayers at the Muslim mosque which is quite close by.
The price of the speed boat was 40 RM and it takes an hour to arrive at Tioman though it will depend on which stop you are visiting, Salang beach was our choice.
There is a cash machine in town which is very advisable to use before departing from Mersing as ATMs are very scarce on Islands.
from Kuala Lumpur Puduraya station >> Mersing, 25D, Kaunter Plaza RNR, Jalan Abu Bakar
9.00am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 6.00pm,11.00pm,11.30pm.
travel time: 5+hrs
From Mersing, 25D, Kaunter Plaza RNR, Jalan Abu Bakar Tel: 07 - 7995698 (office closes at 5.30pm) >> Kuala Lumpur , Puduraya station.
11.30am, 12.00nn, 12.30pm, 6.30pm, 10.00pm, 10.15pm
Time: 5+ hours
For Singapore buses, click the website link.
I didn't take a bus to Mersing as we drove there. However, if you don't have a vehicle, you can take a bus from S'pore to Mersing. All buses terminate at the R&R Mersing Bus Terminal..
Newton Circus, Singapore
S$ 20 (one way) S$ 35 (return)
Transnasional Coach Services
Lavender Street/Kallang Bahru Junction
9.00am 10.00am 10.00pm
Tel: 65 - 6294 7034
The Mersing Express Bus Terminal is located just next to the Rest and Relax area, within walking distance to the jetty.