Geographically located within the jurisdiction of the island province of Riau in Sumatra, Indonesia, Batam Island is situated 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) off the South coast of Singapore. Serving as a gateway to over 3,000 archipelagos of Riau, getting to Batam Island is not a problem.
The Batam Island is the second most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, with Bali coming in as the first most frequented island in the country. Known for being a free trade area, the Batam Island has one of the most exciting places to shop, dine and eat. It acts as a hub for businesses of many merchants in Singapore, and it has one of the busiest ports in Indonesia. But it’s not only by sea that you can reach the island. There are in fact, several ways in which you can choose from to get to the island. You can get to Batam Island by air, by land and of course, by sea.
Getting to Batam Island by plane through the island’s Hang Nadim Airport, the airport with the longest runway of all airports in Indonesia, is possible. The airport runs flights to and from Jakarta and Medan. It also serves international direct flights to and from Subang Jaya Airport in Kuala Lumpur and Changi International Airport in Singapore.
If you’re already in the country, you can take your pick from airline companies such as Batavia Air, Garuda Indonesia , Mandala Air and Air Asia.
Since the island is connected to other islands and cities by numerous ferry services, getting to Batam Island by sea is very easy. There are ferry operators running trips to and from cities like Dumai, Bintan, Pekanbaru, Medan, Karimun, Singapore and Johor Bahru. Also, there are a total of five ferry stations in Batam: the Batam Centre Ferry Terminal, the Harbourbay Ferry Terminal, the Waterfront City Ferry Terminal and the Nongsapura Ferry Terminal. Ferries depart about every 40 minutes daily.
By distance, the island of Batam is closer to Singapore than it is to the city center of Sumatra. Thus, a trip to and from Singapore takes only about 45 minutes.
Getting to Batam Island by land is possible through the six Barelang Bridges. The “Barelang” is an abbreviation of the names of the three main islands Batam, Rempang and Galang. The Barelang Bridges, collectively a famous landmark in Batam, connect these islands together, as well as three other smaller islands such as the Tonton, Nipah and the Setotok Islands of the Riau Archipelago.
The bridges make it possible for travelers of these islands to travel to and from other islands conveniently. The bridges are about two kilometers long and travel time from one end to the other is about 20 minutes. The Barelang Bridges is located just South of downtown Batam. So if you’re coming from other islands of Riau in Sumatra, getting to Batam Island should be easy, and you will have no problem getting to the island with the many transportation and modern roads available.