How to Go to Batam


By Boat

The main ports on Batam are Batam Centre, Sekupang, Waterfront City, Nongsapura and Telaga Punggur. Harbor Bay is now the principle international ferry port for these heading for Nagoya, replacing the outdated Batu Ampar ferry terminal. Batam Center Ferry Terminal has essentially the most frequent ferry connections to/from Singapore and Johor Bahru. Sekupang, with ferries from Singapore is finest used for those catching home connections to the Sumatra mainland and the Karimun Islands. Waterfront City and Nongsapura principally serve adjacent resorts while Telaga Punggur is the primary ferry terminal for boats to and from Bintan.

To/From Singapore: Ferries departing from the Harbourfront Ferry Terminal go to Batam Centre, Sekupang and Waterfront City (Teluk Senimba) while ferries from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal serve Nongsapura.

To/From Karimun Island: Common ferries function between Tanjung Balai on Karimun and Sekupang. Some of the ferries originate from the Sumatra mainland or Kundur Island. Boats also cease at Tanjung Balai when going from Sekupang to Sumatra or Kundur.

To/From Dumai: Several corporations, including Dumai Express operate several ferries daily to/from Sekupang. Most of these ferries originate from Tanjung Pinang, the main city on Bintan, and also make a cease at Tanjung Balai on Karimun Island after making a cease at Sekupang.

To/From Kundur Island: Several ferry corporations run every day between Sekupang and Tanjung Batu on Kundur. These ferries also make a stop at Tanjung Balai on Karimun on the route. Different ferry locations embrace Pekanbaru, Selat Panjang, Bengkalis and Tanjung Buton in Riau, and Kuala Tungkal in Jambi province.

From different region of Indonesia: Pelni ships which serve varied ports throughout Indonesia name at Sekupang.

With Plane

Batam's busy regional airport is a global gateway to Indonesia by air as it already is by sea. The airport offers connections to many Indonesian cities, including to Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Bandung, Medan and other secondary cities.

Batam's airport is the Hang Nadim International Airport (BTH). Practically all flights are domestic where you may get direct connections to Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang and Bandung. Indonesian carriers Merpati, Riau Airways, Kartika Airways and a number of others provide the links.

There are also  flights to and from Subang Airport in Malaysia by Firefly Airlines. Flights every  3 days a week .
If you want to catch flights from Singapore's Changi Airport, you must be on a ferry to Singapore at least three hours before departure time.

By Taxi

There are many taxis in Batam however none of them charge utilizing the meter. There is no such thing as a standard price for the taxis in Batam. The taxi drivers are desperate for customers so that you at all times have the bargaining option. You might merely make the price half and sometimes even less.

They may ask you about Rp. 100.000 but simply say Rp. 40.000 or Rp. 50.000. And then walk on if they don't agree. They will automatically come to you. The taxi conditions are not that good so don't expect seat belts and a smooth ride.
Sample fares for reference: Telaga Punggur to Batam Center (Rp. 60.000, 25 min). Nagoya to HarbourBay ferry terminal at Batu Ampar (Rp. 20.000, 8 min). Sekupang to Batam Center (Rp. 50.000).

By Minibus (Metro Trans)

Fixed route plies between Jodoh and Telaga Punggur (Rp. 3.000 - Rp. 4.000). Sample fares for other destinations are as follows:

  • Jodoh to Sembulang via Sukajadi Rp. 9.500
  • Jodoh to Galang Baru via Sukajadi Rp. 12.000
  • Dapur 12 to Mukakuning Rp. 3.000
  • Dapur 12 to Jodoh via Sukajadi Rp. 4.000

By Bus & Car

Recently, Batam local government (known as Otorita Batam) started a bus service known as "Bus Pilot Project". The blue color bus plies between Batam Center and Batu Aji for Rp. 3.000. Buy your ticket from the personnel before boarding.

Most hotels run shuttle buses during the day to the ferry ports and to the main shopping mall. It seems that none run a shuttle to airport.
You can hop into a free shuttle bus (yellow in color) from Megamall Batam Center to the major hotels in Nagoya or Jodoh.

Toyota Kijang and Avanza, which is generally everywhere in Indonesia, is strangely absent in Batam. Your hotel may be able to arrange a car and driver for you, but be prepared to pay Rp 100.000 or more, which is almost double the rate in Jakarta.

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