Loves: Short getaway from city life.
Our Advice: Visa on arrival is available at the Batam Centre (ferry terminal). Singapore currency is accepted at most places, but you can also exchange it to Indonesian Rupiah for more savings.
One of the more popular islands near Singapore, Batam is frequented with visitors from the island city who come for the bargains and chilled out nightlife more than the beaches and the tranquility. That being said, the island has a spattering of family resorts to cater to the crowd.
Batam may be a small island but its spirit is that of a bustling town with nearly a million inhabitants. Apart from the shopping and nightlife, you will discover a hub of industries, including electronics and ship repair. The island forms an integral part of the growth triangle between Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Address: Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea.
- Alight at Harbourfront MRT Station (NE1 / CC29) and take exit B
- Take a ferry from Singapore Cruise Centre in HarbourFront Centre
- You will arrive at Batam Centre in 50 minutes
Recommended Duration: 1 or 2-night stay
Round-trip ferry fare between HarbourFront Ferry Terminal and Batam Centre ranges from $40 to $50 and includes surcharges and terminal fees.