I am planning for a short weekend getaway from Singapore and thought of going to Bintan Island. I am thinking to take a ferry from Singapore to Bintan, can you advise on what ferry I should take? Are there many ferries to Bintan Island? Also how long is the ferry ride and what is the price? Thanks in advance!
The ferry to Bintan from Singapore will take about 2 hours. The price range from 50-59 USD for a return ticket. These exclude the Indonesia port tax.
Sometimes you may take a tour package that would include your ferry to Bintan plus resorts. There are also resorts such as the Bintan Lagoon Resort that will provide you with the ferry to Bintan as well.
Ferries you can choose to get to Bintan Island from Singapore are:
Berlian/Wave master – Located at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Phone number – +65-67869959.
Indo Falcon – Located in Singapore. Phone number – +65-62706778/62757393. Website – http://www.indofalcon.com.sg/
Penguin – Located at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Phone number – +65-65427105. Website – http://www.penguin.com.sg/
I am planning a side trip after Bali and was wondering whether I should go to Lombok or head straight to Gili Islands? I would like to do some diving and enjoy beautiful beaches.
Gili Islands are technically a part of Lombok, but that said there are boats serving to Gili Islands from Bali directly and there are different boats connecting Bali to Lombok. If you are looking for remote islands with less tourist, no motor vehicles though more sparse in terms of tourist attractions then Gili Islands are for you, check out which Gili Islands to go too if you are wondering (yet another question!). Else if you want to have more choices, there are actually many things to do in Lombok itself, besides just diving and beaches. Both places will give you many options on diving and beautiful beaches.
Also, if you are heading to Gili Islands, check out yet another question – Which Gili Islands is for you?
Either way, head on to our Lombok and Gili Islands Travel Guide to learn more. Enjoying both of them is possible!
I am planning to have a day or two visits to Solo from Yogyakarta during my visit, I heard that they have the best batik there. Can you recommend the best transport to get from Yogyakarta to Solo and also back from Solo to Yogyakarta?
If you want the comfort and don’t mind paying a little bit more, you can catch the train from Yogyakarta to Solo, newly opened a few years back call Batara Kresna railbus which will only take an hour. This is 20,000 Rp more expensive than the regular train. You can, of course, choose to take the regular train as well, see our train transport in Indonesia for more details. The train is the best choice as it gets you to the city center. As for bus, there are many choices but the terminal is 12 km west from the city center. If you are doing a one day trip, maybe hiring a car would be a good idea for both ways and also around Solo.
I would be traveling to Sumatra and will be flying into Medan. I would want to visit Pulau Weh, off Banda Aceh and wonder how I can get from Medan to Banda Aceh without flying. Is there an overnight bus? How long is the ride if there is?
You can take about 12 hours bus from Medan to Banda Aceh, road is quite good in Indonesian standard. Major bus companies like PMTOH, Pelangi, Kurnia and Pusaka serves this route and their offices can be found at Jalan Gajah Mada in Medan. Prices range from 110,000 Rp to 200,000 Rp.
Night buses depart 7PM or 9PM, these are Patas Bus and the ticket is cost around 130 000 Rp and you will reach Banda Aceh in the morning around 7am/8am. Else there are 2 hourly bus throughout the day between 7am to 6pm price at around 100 000 Rp.
Though many travelers agree that sometimes it is worth to buy a flight from Medan to Banda Aceh to save time and the price difference is not that much.