modern ferry terminal

modern ferry terminal

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.

to Batam Center or Tanjung Balai Karimun

to Batam Center or Tanjung Balai Karimun

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.

counter of Dolphin Fast Ferry Sdn. Bhd.

counter of Dolphin Fast Ferry Sdn. Bhd.

If not mistaken, the ferry services at PHIFT to Indonesia ply Johor – Batam Island (Batam Center) and Johor – Karimunbesar Island (Tanjung Balai Karimun) only.

café

café

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)

convenience store

convenience store

Ferry schedule:

Departure from PHIFT (Malaysian time):
8.30am
11am
2.30pm
6.30pm

Departure from Batam Center (Western Indonesian Time WIB):
7am
10.30am
2pm
4pm

Due to high passenger load, boarding time is one hour before departure.

 one of the ferries

one of the ferries

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)

 international travel on ferry

international travel on ferry

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

 that's my ferry

that’s my ferry

Do take note that there are a few No-Nos on the ferry:
– Alcohol
– Drugs
– Gaming
– Smoking

aluminium ferry

aluminium 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).

Dolphin Fast Ferry

Dolphin Fast Ferry

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.

air-conditioned ferry

air-conditioned ferry

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.

scenery as the ferry passes by

scenery as the ferry passes by

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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