4 Getaways Near Singapore That Are Just A Ferry Ride Away

Although the June holidays just ended, who said you can’t start planning for your next getaway?

In celebration of the new Singapore-Desaru ferry operation, we have compiled a short list of popular weekend vacation spots you can take a ferry to.



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From July 7 onwards, there are ferries from Singapore to Desaru. If you’re looking for a short beach getaway vacation, Desaru might just be the right destination for you. One of the most popular attractions at Desaru Coast is Adventure Waterpark, which houses the first water coaster in the region!

The ferry will ferry up to 330 passengers from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Station to Johor Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal. The trip will take 90 minutes each way, operating one round trip service from Thursday and Sunday. The ferry to Desaru from Singapore departs at 8.30am and the return ferry back to Singapore departs at 5.30pm.

The capacity and frequency of the ferries will be increased if there is a high demand for the ferry service. A one-way ticket costs S$70 while a return ticket costs S$118.

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Bintan has always been a popular choice for a weekend getaway. There are plenty of attractions for you to choose from. Snorkelling, Mangrove exploration, Temple Visiting or Spa and Massages at your resorts spa if you’re looking to unwind and relax.

Head down to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) to catch a ferry to Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal at Bintan Resorts. There are regular services operated by Bintan Resorts Ferries (BRF) daily. The journey there only takes 60 minutes.

Book your ferry tickets here for your next weekend getaway!




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Batam has also started to allow travelers at the start of 2022. It is also another popular destination among Singaporeans as it is easily accessible by ferry. Batam and Bintan offers very similar activities like fun water sports and affordable spa and massages. There are also plenty of picturesque landmarks in Batam to visit, like the Barelang Bridge.

There are frequent ferries from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) to Batam daily. There are six ferry terminals; Sekupang, Waterfront City, Batam Center, Harbour Bay, Nongsapura and Telaga Punggur. The journey to Batam Island takes an estimate of 40 minutes.

Tickets start from S$40.00 and varies depending on ferry providers and dates.

Pulau Ubin


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Located off Singapore’s north-eastern coast, one can experience both nature and history at Pulau Ubin. If you’re an outdoors lover, take a day trip down to Pulau Ubin. Explore bike trials, mangroves and the diverse habitats Pulau Ubin offers as a nature sanctuary. You can even set up camp (with a permit of course) if you’re feeling adventurous.

The small island is just a 15-minutes bumboat ride from Changi Ferry Terminal. The ride costs $6 each way. The boats run from 7am – 7pm daily and there are no set schedules. Just pay the fees directly to the boat captain and they will set sail when the boat is full. Remember to bring enough cash!

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