Getting there & away
Bintan has three ports and services to Batam, Singapore and other islands in the Riau archipelago.
Tanjung Pinang is the busiest harbour and the best option for folks planning to stay in Tanjung Pinang or Pantai Trikora. If you’re bound for the resort area of Lagoi, the port at Kota Sebung is more convenient. Tanjung Uban is the third option.
Regular speedboats depart from the main pier in Tanjung Pinang for Telaga Punggur on Batam (35, 000Rp, 45 minutes) from 7.45am to 4.45pm daily. There are also boats that go from Lagoi to Batam’s Telaga Punggur (one way/return 100, 000/170, 000Rp).
There are boats to Pekanbaru (300, 000Rp, daily) and Dumai (275, 000Rp, daily). Tickets for all of these destinations can be bought from agents on Jl Merdeka, just outside of the harbour entrance.
Daily ferries travel to other islands in the Riau chain, such as Pulau Karimum’s Tanjung Balai (80, 000Rp, 2½ hours), Pulau Lingga’s Daik (57, 000Rp, three hours), Sungai Buluh on Singkep (60, 000Rp, three hours) and Penuba (80, 000Rp, three hours). The Anugra Makmur company runs boats every 10 days to the remote Natuna Islands.
Pelni sails to Jakarta weekly from the southern port of Kijang. Travel agencies in Tanjung Pinang can supply tickets and schedules.
Boats from Tanjung Pinang go to Singapore’s Tanah Merah (one way S$25) between 7am and 6.30pm. There are more frequent services on the weekend.
Kijang airport is currently used for cargo, not passenger, flights.