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Getting There By Sea

Singapore - Getting There By Sea

Singapore can be reached from Indonesia by sea via passenger ferry services. You’ll also find a few ferry services between Singapore and Malaysia. While these services are commonly used for daytrips, it is generally not recommended to use them for general transportation, especially if you have heavy luggage.

The Singapore Cruise Center Ferry Terminal at Harbourfront has ferry services to Indonesian cities like Karimum and Batam. The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal operates services to Bintan and Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia and Tioman in Malysia. The Marina South Pier has services to the southern islands such as St. John’s Island and Kusu Island.

There are several daily ferries that run between Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and the capital of the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan’s biggest town. Ferries travel to the ferry terminal at Bandar Bentan Telani / Teluk Sebung which serves the Bintan resorts area. The entire trip from Singapore only takes about an hour.

There are also frequent ferries between Singapore and Batam. These depart from Harbour Front Passenger Terminal (Singapore Cruise Centre, adjacent to MRT-Harbour Front) and the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. They serve different terminals across the island: Harbor Bay (the main international ferry port for those going to Nagoya), Batam Center Ferry Terminal, Sekupang (for those who want to travel to the Sumatra mainland), Waterfront City, Nongsapura, and Telaga Punggur (the main ferry terminal for boats to and from Bintan)

The ferry ride from Singapore to Bantam takes about 45 minutes and the cost is around S$25 for a one way ticket. To get to Java, there is a PELNI ferry called Sinabung that then departs Batam once every 4 days for Tanjung Priok (a port in Jakarta). The most inexpensive one-way fare costs about S$35 and the trip takes about 26 hours so you will arrive the next day. From Tanjung Priok, you will take another ferry on into Surabaya to Bali. The cheapest fare is about S$26 and when you get to Surabaya you will transfer to a bus to Denpasar.

Some of the ferry operators include:

Berlian Ferries Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6546 8830 / (65) 6272 0501
Fax: (65) 6546 8831

BatamFast Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6270 0311
Fax: (65) 6270 0322
• Batam Centre, Batam
• Sekupang, Batam
• Teluk Senimba (Waterfront City), Batam
• Nongsapura, Batam

Bintan Resort Ferries Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6542 4369
Fax: (65) 6542 4372
• Pulau Lobam, Bintan
• Teluk Sebong (Bintan Resort), Bintan

Indo Falcon Shipping & Travel Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6275 7393 / (65) 6270 6778
Fax: (65) 6278 2923
• Teluk Senimba (Waterfront City), Batam
• Tanjong Balai, Karimun
• Tanjung Pinang, Bintan

SINDO Ferry Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6271 4866
Fax: (65) 6271 6469
• Batam Centre, Batam
• Sekupang, Batam
• Tanjong Balai, Karimun
• Tanjung Pinang, Bintan

You can reach Singapore by cruise ship. More and more international cruise lines are stopping over in Singapore on their routes. Popular cruise lines that do this include Sliversea, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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