Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 11:56 am
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. You can go by ferry from Singapore to Bintan. It’s a new opportunity to explore a new country just a couple of hours by ferry from Singapore. We will tell you all the details below.
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.
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.
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!
Ferry from Singapore to Bintan
Ferry from Singapore to Bintan
If you want to get by ferry from Singapore to Bintan. 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.
Singapore to Bintan Ferry Schedule
Singapore to Bintan ferry schedule starts leaving from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal starts at 8 15 am (first ferry). And there are ferries almost every hour until 9 pm that is the last ferry going from Tanah Merah in Singapore to Bintan.
Singapore to Bintan Ferry Fare
Singapore to Bintan ferry fare will be around $70-100 SGD ($50-70 USD) for return ticket depending on the schedule and the ferry company. You can check in with 30 kilos luggage per person in the ferry!
Singapore to Bintan Ferry Travel Time
Singapore to Bintan ferry travel time will take around 2 hours getting to Bintan Island. It will be an easy journey and so comfortable. You can watch a movie and you will have internet data connection during your two hours trip.
How to get to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
To reach Tanah Merah 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.
Ferry from Malaysia to Bintan Island
If you want to get the ferry from Malaysia to Bintan. 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
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
THE CANOPI, BINTAN: A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO RESORT
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Boasting a private beach area and the largest outdoor pool in Southeast Asia, The Canopi is situated in Treasure Bay offering a restaurant, water park and games rooms. The rooms have views of the lagoon, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning unit, a patio, a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some of their recreational facilities include snorkeling and windsurfing. Moving around the resort is easy by their buggy service. The staff are also remarkably friendly with their guests. A night in their Garden Tent Guest Room 1 King Sofabed Garden View costs about $220 USD. We totally recommend this place if you’re looking where to stay in Bintan Island and have a budget!
The Canopi, Bintan, A Tribute Portfolio Resort is located at Treasure Bay Bintan, Jln Raya Haji, 29152 Lagoi, Indonesia
HOLIDAY VILLA PANTAI INDAH BINTAN
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Priding itself with a loved private pool with a sun deck and a gazebo, Holiday Villa Pantai Indah Bintan is greatly received by its guests. They offer services in their resort’s spa center and, enjoy delicious dishes, offering with Asian and Indonesian cuisine. A few of the activities in the Villa include golfing and cycling. Each room has air-conditioning units, a coffee machine, a kettle, a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, dishwasher, flat screen cable TV, microwave, wardrobe and many more. A night in their Bedroom Pool Villa costs about $290 USD.
Holiday Villa Pantai Indah Bintan is located at Jalan Gurindam Duabelas – Lagoi Bay, Lagoi, Indonesia
BANYAN TREE BINTAN
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Another luxurious spot on our list of where to stay in Bintan Island, Banyan Tree Bintan offers a luxurious complete service to its guests. A few of those services are carefully designed Balinese-style villas, a private world-class spa, an outdoor pool, and a couple of steps from a private beachfront. There are also recreational activities offered like cycling, canoeing, and hiking. Each room is equipped with an air-conditioning unit, a flat-screen cable TV and a DVD player, tea/coffee making facilities, has a comfortable seating area, a private bathroom with free toiletries, and a terrace. The in-house Saffron Restaurant offers Thai and Indonesian favorites with Asian-themed cocktails but guests could also eat at the beachfront with their in-villa and beachfront dining. The location is near Singapore, a 45-minute ferry ride. A night in their luxurious Rainforest Seaview Villa costs about $300 USD.
Banyan Tree Bintan is located at Jalan Teluk Berembang, Bintan, Lagoi, Indonesia.
WHERE TO STAY IN BINTAN ISLAND – CHEAP HOTELS
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Located in Teluk Bakau, Ten RooMs has a private beach area that guests could enjoy. They also have a garden to relax into. They offer continental breakfast every morning. Although simple, guests really love the value they get in return. Wifi is also available at the premises. A night in their Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Ocean View costs about $40 USD.
Ten RooMs is located at Jalan Pantai Trikora KM36 Desa Teluk Bakau Kecamatan Gunung Kijang, Teluk Bakau, Indonesia
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.
Hope it’s useful this travel guide how to get to Bintan Island. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions or schedules or prices changed already!
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