How to get to Bintan Island from Singapore

Last updated on April 17th, 2019 at 06:43 pm

We had an amazing time visiting Bintan Island, Indonesia. Definitely off beat, as it’s not one of the most visited areas in the Southeast, but the place is highly developed and just so beautiful. There are many things to do in Bintan Island you will surely love.

If you’ve been looking at new places to visit in Southeast Asia, or if you are always passing by Singapore in between flights and needed a quick getaway. It’s a new opportunity to explore a new country just a couple of hours by ferry from Singapore.

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Best Time to visit Bintan Island

If you want to go to this beautiful island, the best time to visit Bintan Island is from December to February. It is the dry season and you will find the best weather for all your activities during these months. March to May is the busiest season to visit Bintan and it is also the hottest season. Rainy season starts from June to November. It will rain several days at a time but the showers come periodically throughout the day.

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Visa in Bintan Island, Indonesia

It’s one on the most friendliest visa in the world. There are 169 countries that they can have until 30 days free visa in Indonesia and also for Bintan Island. Click here to check the list of countries with free visa for Indonesia!

How to get to Bintan Island

How to get to Bintan Island by Ferry from Singapore

To get to Bintan Island from Singapore there are direct ferries going to Bintan Island several times a day. The departure is from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. There are a few ferry companies going to Bintan from Singapore, namely: Mozaic Ferry Lines, Bintan Resort Ferries, Majestic Fast Ferry and Sindo Ferry. If you go by ferry will take around 2 hours getting to Bintan Island and prices will be around $70-100 SGD for return ticket depending on the schedule and the ferry company. You can check in with 30 kilos luggage per person in the ferry!

To reach Tanah Mera Ferry Terminal in Singapore from the city centre is to take the MRT to Tanah Merah and catch the bus number 35 bus. If you want more comfort you can head to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal by Grab good option if you are traveling with more people.

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How to get to Bintan Island by Ferry from Malaysia

There are 3 daily ferries to get to Bintan Island from Malaysia. The departure is in Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal and prices are around 150 RM for return ticket and travel time is around 3 hours.

Ferry from Batan to Bintan Island

There are daily ferries from Batam leaving every 20 minutes which takes 1 hour and prices is around 60K IDR one way and 120K IDR for return ticket.

How to get to Bintan Island by plane

There is only one airport in Bintan Island: Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport. There are only local flights and no international flights coming to Bintan Island.There are flights from Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Jambi and the remote Natuna Islands. The closest airports to Bintan Island are Batam and Singapore where you can catch a ferry to get to Bintan Island.

Transportation around Bintan Island

How to get to Bintan Island

There aren’t a lot of options for public transportation in Bintan Island. You can ask locals to teach you how to get to a certain destination, schedule and where are the waiting point. They might suggest renting a motorbike for around $20 USD or a car for $50 USD a day. Bintan also has vans and private drivers available. Luckily, most resorts offer pick-up service from the pier to your hotel so at leas you won’t have to worry about that.

Take the opportunity to meet locals and find someone who’s willing to drive you around. They very generously offer their service, anyway, so you can just ask around and find someone with an agreeable price that fits your transportation budget.

Where to Stay in Bintan Island

How to get to Bintan Island, where to stay in Bintan Island

One of the first things you need to do before going to Bintan is to prepare a budget. Each meal will take $5 USD from your budget every time you eat at local restaurants which are plenty in Bintan. As for going around, don’t expect plenty of options as transportation is quite limited. Also, renting a motorbike or a car is pretty expensive. Joining a tour will be your best option if you want to explore Bintan on a budget.

You should know that lodging in Bintan can be a little more expensive than other Southeast Asians. They are still very affordable, with a mid-range hotel in Bintan costing around $20-60 USD while the cheapest guest house goes for around $20 USD. AirBnB is also available in Bintan Island.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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