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Batam Centre Ferry Terminal is the main entry point for many visitors to the northern Indonesian island of Batam. Batam is a particularly popular getaway for Singaporeans because of its affordable shopping centres, one of which is located directly across from the ferry terminal. It takes just an hour for ferries to travel across the Singapore Strait between Batam Centre Ferry Terminal and Singapore HarbourFront Centre.
At least one ferry, and often more, departs from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal every hour. The destinations to which passengers can travel from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal include not only Singapore, but also its neighbouring Malaysian city of Johor Bahru. At least four different ferry companies offer ferry service between Singapore and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal.
Passengers who travel to Batam Centre Ferry Terminal from Singapore can purchase return tickets in advance or in Batam, but advance reservations are strongly recommended during peak travel times. Batam is one hour behind Singapore in terms of time difference. Batam Centre Ferry Terminal is also just a brief walk across a small bridge from some of the island's leading shopping centres.
Address and contact: Lubuk Baja Timur, Kepulauan Riau, Batam Center, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia; tel: (62) 778 334708
Opening times and fees: Opening times and fees depend on different ferry linesWhere to stay
Batam may be a popular day trip destination for Singapore locals and visitors, but those who wish to stay a little longer on this scenic Indonesian island can choose from dozens of good quality hotels near Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. At least one highly ranked four-star property with king-sized beds and buffet breakfasts is situated directly to the left of Batam Centre Ferry Terminal.
Another advantage of hotels near Batam Centre Ferry Terminal is that visitors can not only make reservations, but also find a lot of the best deals at the ferry terminal. Views of northern Batam's scenic coastline are also part of the package at many properties alongside fitness centres, restaurants, outdoor swimming pools, and all of the other amenities guests usually expect at three- to four-star establishments. A lot of guestrooms also feature coffee makers, Wi-fi, and cable televisions with flat screens.