Johor-Batam Ferry from Zon

During my last trip to Batam, I traveled to Singapore before heading to Batam on ferry from there since AirAsia had stopped flights from KL to Batam (pity). This trip however, we are going from Johor. There are ferry services from Zon in Stulang Laut, Johor Bahru directly to Batam Center in Batam. The ferry schedule are available here.

We parked at the indoor multi-level carpark in Zon, it cost about RM45 for 3 days 2 nights of parking which is not bad and quite safe we got our car back in 1 piece ;). From the carpark, we need to cut across level 2 of the shopping complex to the ferry terminal, signboards in the complex are helpful, its about 5-10 minutes walk (with all the stuff we had to carry).

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At the ferry terminal, we went to the counter for tickets. You are required to hand in your passport for them to manually key in your details to get a printed ticket out and this process really takes time! We were quite worry we gonna miss the 2.30pm ferry, after 20-30 mins waiting, we got our passport back with the ticket. The return ticket cost RM120.00 inclusive of seaport tax.

The immigration and custom is quite fast and the ferry usually departs late as we made in no sweat after 2.30pm to get on board the ferry. Depending on the different timing will be different ferry as its operated by 3 different companies.

The ferry ride was a choppy as it was raining and it took 1 1/2 hours. Ferry is aircond with blurry TV as the only source of entertainment.

When returning from Batam, you are required to pay Rp.110,000.00 tax again… so make sure you keep so rupiah for the return trip. You have to go to level 1 of batam center to your return ticket confirm as its an open ticket.

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