There’s several way to getting to Bintan, such as via Singapore, via Indonesia, or via Private Yacht.
Getting to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
There is a regular ferry service operated by Bintan Resorts Ferries (BRF) that plies between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT), Singapore and Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal, Bintan Resorts. The high-speed catamaran ferry ride only takes 60 minutes.
Shuttle Bus Services
There is a shuttle service providing two-way transfer between Singapore Changi Airport and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) with pick up points at Terminal 1 and Terminal 4.
Passengers arriving in Terminal 2 can head to Terminal 1 via link bridge or skytrain, or head to Terminal 4 via the T2-T4 shuttle bus to board the shuttle service bound for TMFT. Passengers arriving in Terminal 3 can head to Terminal 1 via link bridge or skytrain to board the shuttle service.
The Changi-TMFT shuttle service will be suspended with effect from 1 Apr 2020 till further notice due to the rapidly evolving global situation with COVID–19.
For international guests traveling through Singapore Changi Airport, taxi service is available at any of Changi Airport’s terminals. The taxi ride takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.
Other than taxis, individuals can also get to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal via the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) Train Service, followed by a bus transfer.
- Alight at Tanah Merah MRT Station.
- Exit the Train Station on Exit B and proceed to Bus Stop 85091.
- Board SBS Transit Bus Service 35 and alight at the last stop at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
* For international guests traveling through Singapore Changi Airport, Changi Airport MRT Station is at the basement of Terminal 2 and 3, individuals arriving at Terminal 1 are required to take the Sky Train towards either Terminal 2 or 3.
* For travelers leaving Bintan to catch a flight from Singapore Changi Airport, please allow 1.5–2 hours window period (depending on mode of transport).
Bintan Resort Ferries
Bintan Resorts Ferries (BRF) is a regular ferry service that plies between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT), Singapore and Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal, Bintan Resorts on a daily basis. The high-speed catamaran ferry ride brings you to Bintan Resorts in only 60 minutes.
Ferry tickets can be booked online via Bintan Resort Ferries (BRF) at www.brf.com.sg. Visitors can also purchase their ferry tickets at the ferry terminal. Cash and card payments are accepted over the BRF Counter. Opt to travel with first class treatment on board Bintan Resort Ferries’ Emerald Class.
Perks for Emerald Class include dedicated and combined check-in for boarding and baggage, seat assignment, use of Emerald Lounge and priority baggage handling.
Things to note:
- Bintan, Indonesia is 1 hour behind Singapore
- Please check in at least 1.5 hours before the ferry departure time.
- Optional purchase of AIG travel insurance (Bintan) is available via BRF website.
Private Charters from/to Singapore
Domestic flights to Bintan Island are also available within Indonesia. Visitors can choose to take a domestic flight to Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Kijang, Bintan Island from Jakarta, Perkanbaru, Matak, Batam, Dabo Singkep or Natuna. Land transfer from Raja Haji Fisabilillah to Bintan Resorts is approximately 1 hour.
Domestic Ferry Services
There is daily ferry service from Punggur Ferry Terminal, Batam to Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal, Tanjungpinang operated by MV SENTOSA or MV BARUNA.
The ferry ride takes approximately 60 minutes and costs IDR 110,000 for two-way transport. The ferry is available every 15 minutes from 07.20 WIB to 18.20 WIB daily.
Speedboat services are available daily from 7am till 6pm from the Tanjung Uban Domestic Speedboat Ferry Terminal at Tanjung Uban, with an interval of 1 hour, depending on the passenger demand.
The speedboat ride takes about 10-15 minutes and costs IDR40,000 for one-way transport. Bookings to be made directly at Tanjung Uban Domestic Speedboat Ferry Terminal.
Roro (ferry) services are available daily from 8am till 5.30pm from the Tanjung Uban Domestic Roro Ferry Terminal at Tanjung Uban, with an interval of 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on the passenger demand.
The ride takes about 60 minutes and costs IDR20,000 for one-way transport. Bookings to be made directly at Tanjung Uban Domestic Roro Ferry Terminal.
VIA PRIVATE YACHT
Bintan Resorts comprises of marina pontoons suitable for private yachts up to 25metres in length and draft up to 3 metres at Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal. There are a total of 14 berths at this facility located at Latitude 01009’5’ North, Longitude 104021’5’ East, offering both short-term and long-term berthing. Electrical and water hook-ups are also available at the berths.
As of 2012, under the Regulation of President No.79/2011 all local and international yachts are allowed to sail directly to Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT), Bintan Resorts with customs and immigration clearance available at BBT.
Green Book and Sailing Permit (CAIT) are no longer required as stipulated in Presidential Decree No 105/2015, allowing yachts to enter Indonesia directly. Temporary Import Permit is also no longer required.
For more information on procedures and fees, please refer to the Bintan Resorts Marina Guide.