Ferries to Batam
Batam Riau Islands is a city formed of a group of Islands called Riau Islands. It is located about 20 km away from Singapore, the closest starting point to Batam. Ferries are the only way to reach the Batam islands. You can easily find an international ferry from Singapore or Johor Bahru to Batam. They arrive at any of the five ferry terminals in Batam.
While Malaysia is a neighbouring country to this island city, there are no direct ferries available. You need a book a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Johor Bahru and then take a ferry ride from Johor Bahru Ferry Terminal to Batam Centre
The ferry ride will be comfortable as most of the operators provide spacious seats, and storage facilities for the luggage, and some even provide snacks on board. The usual travel duration of a Singapore to Batam ferry will be 50 minutes to 1 hr 10 minutes, depending upon the Batam ferry terminal and the operator.
Ferry To Batam
Batam, with its tropical climate, is a popular destination for its beaches and luxurious Batam resorts that make for an ideal staycation.
The best time to visit the Batam islands will be from February to September. Since the city has a tropical climate, rainfall is almost constant throughout the year. These are the comparatively ‘dry’ months when the rainfall will be lesser or minimal. The average temperature in Batam will be 26-27 degrees Celsius at any time of the year.
Popular Ferry Routes to Batam
Popular ferry routes to Batam include -
Ferry Operators that Serve Batam Islands
Several operators provide their ferry services to the beautiful islands of Batam. The top ferry operators include -
As per the Batam ferry schedule, there are seven ferry routes with average sailing of 3- 10 sailings. Some routes have only 3-4 sailings while the major routes such as the Harbourfront Centre to Batam Centre have more than 10 sailings by an operator per day. The services start from 8 am and are available till 10 pm.
Batam Fast Schedule from Singapore
Batam Fast ferry timing varies for each ferry terminal. You can find the Batam Fast schedule when booking ferry tickets online.
- There are 4 sailings from Tanah Merah to Batam Centre at 10:20, 12:30, 14:30, 16:20.
- From Tanah Merah to Nongsapura, the Batam Fast ferry schedule shows sailings at 8:00, 12:00, 14:20.
- From HarbourFront to Batam Centre, there is a Batam Fast ferry sailing almost every 1-2 hours. The first ferry operates at 7:40 am and the last ferry leaves the ferry terminal at 21:40.
Batam Fast Check-in Time
To catch the ferry as per this schedule, you must reach the ferry terminal 1 hour prior to check-in.
Sindo Ferry Schedule from Singapore
Sindo Ferry services are available on most routes throughout the week. For example, if you are traveling to and from Batam Centre, the first ferry will depart from HarbourFront Ferry Terminal at 8:00 a.m. The ferry on the return route is available even earlier, at 6:00 a.m. Sindo ferries on this route are available throughout the day. The Sindo Ferry to and from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal is available during the day, while ferries operating between Harbour Front Centre Ferry Terminal are available only on weekends. The Sindo Ferry schedule is updated constantly. The service is prompt and there are usually no delays.
Sindo Ferry Check-in Time
The Sindo Ferry check-in counter will close 20 minutes before departure time. The departure gate will close 15 minutes before departure. It is best to reach the ferry terminal 1 hour prior to departure to save the hassle.
Popular Ferry Terminals in Batam
There are five ferry terminals in Batam. Each ferry boat will have a specific drop-off point, depending upon its starting city in Singapore or Malaysia.
There are only two ferry terminals in Singapore that operate ferries to Batam- HarbourFront Centre and Tanah Merah.
The major Batam ferry terminals are -
- Batam Centre Ferry Terminal
- Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal
- Marina Waterfront Ferry Terminal
- Nongsapura Ferry Terminal
- Sekupang Ferry Terminal
Parking Area Information at Batam Ferry Terminal for Locals
There are designated parking areas in Batam that are close to some of the popular tourist destinations. The malls here come with a covered parking area so you can use these facilities during the daytime. Many of the hotels also provide free parking spaces making it easy for the locals to visit here in their vehicles. There also are several bike parking areas around the city for those who like to explore the city on bicycles.
Batam Ferry Ticket Price and Duration
The average Singapore to Batam ferry ticket price is nearly MYR 125 or so for a one-way trip. Additionally travellers have to pay terminal fee and marine park conservation charges.
The average travel duration from Singapore to Batam via ferry ranges from 50 mins to 1 hr 10 mins. The duration will be different for each route and the operator. Since these are direct routes there should not be any changes in this duration.
The travel duration varies for different routes according to the operator, weather conditions and other factors.
Batam Ferry Ticket Collection Information and Tips
You can get the tickets from the ferry terminals. Alternatively, Batam ferry tickets are available from the ferry terminal or online from the redBus portal or app. Online ferrry ticket booking is the best option to avoid the last-minute hassle and helps you find the best deal on the ticket price. You may also be able to choose your seats, and add discount coupons or deals to have a great difference in the price.