Top 12 things you must know about Batam, Indonesia

Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of Singapore? Batam Island could be the answer to your city fatigue especially if you’re in dire need of a dose of vitamin beach. From beautiful beaches to gorgeous historical sites, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy for a quick weekend getaway.

Must-see Tourist attractions of Batam include the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, which has become famous for its many laughing Buddha statues. As one of the biggest temples built in South Asia, it contains not just gorgeous examples of Buddhist art but also an orphanage and food stalls serving up delectable street food.

For those looking for a glimpse into Batam’s past, the best place to visit is the coastal backwaters of the island, which is home to many of the local fishing villages. The Barelang Bridge is another must-visit area of Batam as it perfectly encapsulates the brilliance of local life while exhibiting spectacular Indonesian architecture.

Love food? Batam is a mecca for foodies as many restaurants and street stalls can be spotted around the island. Trust us, the affordable and fresh seafood is absolutely to-die-for! Other activities to enjoy on Batam Island include fantastic games of golf, breathtaking diving and snorkelling excursions as well as scenic motorbike rides along the northern coast.

How much is ferry ticket to Batam

The two ferry operators who run the trips are Majestic Fast Ferry and Batam Fast Ferry, both of which have one trip leaving per hour. Round trip tickets generally cost about SG$48. Don’t forget to be at the terminal at least one hour prior to your departure time to avoid missing your ferry!

How long is the ferry ride to Batam

Travelling to Batam, Indonesia is beyond easy and quite cheap. In fact, all it really takes is a quick 45-minute ferry ride to enjoy the incredible sights and sounds of this quaint island destination. Ferries typically depart from the HarbourFront Ferry Terminal and travel to four separate destinations in Batam Island: Batam Center, Sekupang, Harbour Bay, and Nongsapura.

What is the best ferry from Singapore to Batam

Sindo Ferry is a huge operation and runs tons of ferries daily from Harbourfront to Batam Centre, Sekupang and Waterfront. You can see the Sindo Ferry schedule here.

However, be aware that the Sindo Ferry prices do not include hidden costs like taxes and levies. In the case of Batam and Bintan, that’s a $7 terminal fee when both departing and returning. After adding these up, the ferry fare ends up at costing $49, about the same as everyone else.

Sindo Ferry is also the only operator that goes directly to Waterfront, where Harris Resort Waterfront and Holiday Inn Resort Batam are.

Is there grab in Batam

To answer the question of whether you can still use Grab in Batam, the quick answer is yes. However, in reality, you may find it really challenging to find a spot to legitimately ride Grab since the “no pick-up zones” are not clearly marked out. Hence, if you’re visiting shopping malls and hotels in Batam, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to easily get a Grab ride. A good gauge would be to walk 10 minutes away from “no pick-up zones” in Batam for Grab drivers to feel safe enough to pick you up.

To answer the question of whether is it safe to take Grab in Batam, from our experience above, we have to say no. Harassment happened to us even after all the precautions we took (adherence, avoidance, keeping cool). We can only imagine if Singaporeans tried to argue/reason with the agents from the Batam taxi co-operatives.

Violence could possibly result – which had occurred to Singaporeans.

With all these in mind, it would be unlikely that we’d be visiting Batam anytime soon.

What time is the last ferry from Batam to Singapore

Singapore Batam ferry schedule usually starts at 6 AM from Batam and ends at around 9.50 PM Singapore time. From Singapore to Batam, usually start around 7.50 AM Singapore time and end at around 8.30 PM Batam time.

Can I use SGD in Batam

I have always suggested the use of local currency wherever you go. Many still accepts SGD but you will lose a lot of conversion rate. Your best bet is to change rupiahs in Batam. The rate in Harbour Front is ridiculous.

Is Batam safe at night

Batam is generally safe during the daytime hours, but at night if you are in the entertainment areas of Nagoya you should exercise caution. Do not walk alone at night; if you want to leave somewhere and it is late, find someone else who is leaving or about to leave, or stay until it closes and then all go together.

How early do you have to arrive for a ferry

If you already have the tickets in hand then 30 min is good enough, otherwise, provision another 15 minutes to collect the tickets from the counter.

How many terminals does Batam ferry have

Today, we have 26 ferries in total operating daily with 80 departure schedules between 6 Ferry Terminals, on 4 routes. The 6 Ferry Terminals are HarbourFront Centre Regional Ferry Terminal and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore to / fro Ferry Terminal Batam Centre, Ferry Terminal Sekupang, Ferry Terminal HarbourBay and Ferry Terminal NongsaPura in Pulau Batam to provide a higher standard of comfort to meet and exceeds all latest requirements.

It is a mere 45 to 70 minutes ferry ride from Singapore to Batam and vice versa, with daily departures to Batam Centre, Sekupang, HarbourBay and NongsaPura in Pulau Batam. The regular ferry service provides foreigners and Indonesians ease of travel to and fro Batam via Singapore.

How far is Batam from Singapore

Singapore is located around 41 KM away from Batam so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Batam in 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Where can I board the ferry to Batam

Batam Centre and Harbour Bay ferry terminals both serve the Batam city centre, where all the major hotels and malls are.

If you’re going to Montigo Resorts or Turi Beach Resorts, it’s good to take the ferry to Nongsapura to reduce travelling time.

Finally, there’s Sekupang and Waterfront which serve the less-commercialised Sekupang area. The latter ferry terminal is closest to Harris Resort Waterfront and Holiday Inn Resort.

How do I get to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Alight at either Bedok or Tanah Merah MRT Station and take SBS Service number 35 to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. You can also take a taxi or car from SCC@TM to the city which is about 15 – 20mins away depending on the traffic condition and it’s about 5 – 10 mins to the airport.

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