During my visit to Batam earlier this month, I travelled to the Indonesian island in Riau Province from Johor’s Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal (PHIFT). I had taken a flight from Ipoh to Johor Bahru the day before.
Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal in Nusajaya, Johor, is quite a distance from town. My Grab fare from Setia Sky 88 was RM23, and that’s after a discount of RM3 by using Grab e-Wallet. A ferry from Stulang Laut (or Berjaya Waterfront) is a mere RM3 Grab fare away but as Dolphin Fast Ferry Sdn. Bhd. was our transport sponsor, we boarded from PHIFT.
If not mistaken, the ferry services at PHIFT to Indonesia ply Johor – Batam Island (Batam Center) and Johor – Karimunbesar Island (Tanjung Balai Karimun) only.
Ferry fares charged by Dolphin Fast Ferry to Batam Center are as follows. Duration of the journey is 2.5 hours.
Adult (one way): RM51
Adult (two ways): RM83
Child (one way): RM43
Child (two ways): RM51
Seaport tax: RM16 per person (same for one way or two ways)
Departure from PHIFT (Malaysian time):
Departure from Batam Center (Western Indonesian Time WIB):
Due to high passenger load, boarding time is one hour before departure.
Items that are disallowed to be carried in hand baggage are:
1) Guns, firearms, weapons
2) Sharp weapons and objects
3) Blunt instruments
4) Explosives and flammable substances
5) Liquids and gels
6) Money / cheque exceeding USD10,000 (to be declared)
Items that are disallowed to be taken out of the country:
1) Cooking oil packets (1kg)
2) Wheat flour
3) Diesel fuel
4) RON 95 petrol
5) Petroleum liquid gas
Do take note that there are a few No-Nos on the ferry:
Travellers who are on a tight budget may try out the new Iskandar Puteri Community Shuttle (white bus), from Iskandar Puteri to Terminal Larkin (bus terminal).
There are 8 trips a day, with buses departing PHIFT at 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 12.50pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.45pm.
Meanwhile, buses that depart from Larkin bus terminal are at 6.30am, 7.30am, 9.45am, 11.35am, 1.15pm, 3.35pm, 4.45pm and 6.45pm.
Between these two landmarks, the buses stop at Hotel Jen, Medini (6, 7, & 8), Ramada Gleneagles, Mall of Medini, Anjung, EduCity, East Ledang, as well as KSL.
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