How to get to Sumatra
Sumatra is not that hard to get to. There are direct flights from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang as well as catching a ferry from Singapore, Batam, Johor Baru or Penang and Melaka Malaysia.
Indonesia has both an VISA entry and exit tax. VISA's are available for 7 days (US$10) or for 30 days (US$25) and needs to be paid in US dollars. The exit tax is 75,000Rp. Airports have an additional facilities tax which depends on which airport you use.
You can fly into Medan airport (MDS) directly from Jakarta, Singapore or Penang, Malaysia. There are also airports located in Padang and Pekanbaru. Singapore Airlines and Garuda are the international carriers. Internal flights from Jakarta and Batam are serviced by a variety of budget airlines like Mandala Air, Lion Air, Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Silk Air, Batvia Air, Sriwijaya Air and Citilink (Garuda's budget airline)
Web Links for airlines that fly into Sumatra:
Mandala Air www.mandalaair.com
Batavia Air www.batavia-air.co.id
Sriwijaya Air www.sriwijayaair-online.com
Tiger Air www.tigerairways.com Fly from Singapore to Padang.
Silk Air www.silkair.com Fly from Singapore to Medan
Malaysian Air www.malaysiaairlines.com Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Medan.
You can catch ferries to Sumatra from Batam Island, Indonesia via Singapore, Melacca Malaysia, Penang Malaysia or Jakarta, Java - Indonesia.
Penang Malaysia to Medan
It's a 5 - 6 hour ferry trip between Medan to Penang. You need to arrive at least one hour before to queue up to get through customs.
Fast Ferry Ventures Sdn Bhd
No.11, Lebuh Light, 10200 Penang
Penang Counter Tel: +6 04 262 0802 Fax: +6 04 262 0445
Ferry services between Penang and Medan are also operated by Lankawi Ferry Services www.langkawi-ferry.com. Ferries Penang to Medan leave Monday, Wednesay and Friday at 9.30am, check in one hour before. Ferries Medan to Penang leave Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leaving at 11am, check in one hour before. Cost is 110RM one way or 180RM return.
Melaka Malaysia to Dumai
There are 2 services each day both ways between Malacca and Dumai. The ferry takes about 1h 45 min each way if in good weather conditions. You will need to check in 1 hour before the ferry leaves to clear customs.
Singapore to Medan via Batam Island
Ferries can be caught from Singapore to Batam, around a 45 minute trip. From Singapore's HarbourFront ferries go to Batam centre or Sekupang or Batam Waterfront. Ferries from Tanah Merah ferry port in Singapore go to Nongsapura Batam. Although Tanah Merah is the closest ferry port from Changi Airport, Nongsapura is the furthest away from the main town in Batam - Nagoya. Taxi's will charge 100,000Rp from Nongsapura to Nagoya. It is fair better to get the ferry from one of the other Singapore ports and arrive closer to Nagoya or directly to Sekupang where ferries can be caught directly to Dumai in Sumatra.
There are several ferry operators to get from Singapore to Batam in Indonesia. There are multiple daily ferries from Singapore to Batam at a cost of around S$33 plus . The ferry takes about 45 minutes. The first ferry departs Singapore at 7.35am and the last departs 9.50pm. All Batam ports, namely Harbour Bay (Jodoh), Batam Centre, Nongsapura, Sekupang and Waterfront City (Teluk Senimba) are visa-on-arrival ports of entry.
Check out the below links for the departure times:
From Batam a ferry can be caught from Sekupang port across to Dumai in Sumatra 7.30am daily or Batam to Medan weekly on Saturdays operated by Pelni Ships. Check with Pelni for the Batam to Medan ferries as although they are weekly sometimes they do not run.
Singapore Harbourfront +65 6270 2228
Singapore Tanah Merah +65 6542 6310
Batam Sekupang +62 778 325085/6
Batam Waterfront +62 778 381150
Batam Centre +62 778 464666
Batam Nonsapura +62 778 761071
Penguin Ferry Services
Penguin Travel +65 6377 6320
Singapore Harbourfront +65 6271 4866
Singapore Tanah Merah +65 6542 7105
Batam Sekupang +62 778 321636
Batam Centre +62 778 460092
Last updated 25th July 2009
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