Singapore to Desaru ferry by Batamfast


Every Singaporean would be familiar with Johor Bahru – but the true fans of our friendly neighbour across the Causeway? You guys would know about Desaru Coast, a beach resort enclave just an hour’s drive away from the JB causeway. And if you don’t drive, it’s now just a short boat ride away with this Singapore to Desaru ferry by Batamfast.


Ferry service between Singapore & Johor


Previously, a trip to Desaru Coast entailed either traffic jams at the Causeway or a boat ride to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal topped with a 35-minute drive.

But the Desaru Link Ferry Service will get you to the area’s main resorts in just under 90 minutes. For now, the service will loop between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal from Thursdays to Mondays. The single round trip departs at 8.30am from Singapore, and at 5.30pm from Desaru.

singapore to desaru ferry - tanah merah ferry terminal

Check-in for the ferry is quick and easy. Unlike air travel, which requires a few hours before check-in, you can get away with arriving an hour before departure to clear immigration.

singapore to desaru ferry - batamfast

The ferry service itself is operated by BatamFast, and can carry up to 338 passengers on board. The lower deck seats passengers in rows, but if you’re travelling in larger groups, the upper deck might be more comfortable with its plush lounge booths.

Feel free to roam about if you can’t sit still. You can walk out onto the decks to look out at the ocean or snap holiday selfies for your feed.


Things to do at Desaru Coast


While most take a quick day trip up north to check out the best cafes in JB or the handful of new shopping malls for a good deal, consider Desaru Coast for an extended stay to escape the hustle and bustle.

singapore to desaru ferry - anantara desaru coast resort & villas
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas.

It’s home to a myriad of resorts like Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, where there’s direct access to the beach, and picturesque views of the ocean almost everywhere you turn.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
ADDRESS
Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Thursday Open 24 Hours  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.6
(616)
CONTACT INFORMATION

singapore to desaru ferry - one&only desaru coast
Every suite at One&Only Desaru Coast comes with a personal plunge pool.

There’s also the ultra-luxurious One&Only Desaru Coast that only has private suites, each one fitted with your own plunge or lap pool, so you can take a dip at any time of the day.

One&Only Desaru Coast
ADDRESS
Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast Bandar Penawar, 90, 81930, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Thursday Open 24 Hours  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.4
(300)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Families with kids, the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast will be right up your alley with its kids’ club, and toy and candy store.

ADDRESS
Jln Pantai 3, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Thursday Open 24 Hours  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.4
(3554)
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$156.10

singapore to desaru ferry - desaru coast adventure waterpark
You can private cabanas to safekeep your valuables and lounge about, while the rest of the fam play at Adventure Waterpark.

Plus, it’s located within walking distance of Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark. It’s the largest waterpark in Malaysia with the largest wave pool in Asia. It’s just like swimming in an ocean, minus the sand and seaweed.

singapore to desaru ferry - tidal wave beach

ADDRESS
82200 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Friday 10:00 a.m - 06:00 p.m  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.3
(4121)
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$21.39

singapore to desaru ferry - the westin desaru coast

While the kids enjoy themselves at the waterpark, parents can sneak off for much-needed couple time alone at The Westin Desaru Coast. Their Heavenly Spa is just as its name suggests… heavenly, with its private massage rooms facing the ocean.

ADDRESS
Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, Bandar Penawar, Malaysia, 81930
Opening Hours: Thursday Open 24 Hours  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.1
(9)
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$170.00

Go for a weekend getaway to Desaru Coast


Now that the ferry service has officially launched, those who’ve been wanting to visit this idyllic beachfront hideaway can do so even without a car. Pack your bags – the sun, sand, and sea are waiting.


How long is the ferry from Singapore to Desaru?


It takes approximately 90 minutes each way.


How do I get from Singapore to Desaru via ferry?


You’ll need to book tickets in advance from BatamFast. The ferry departs from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal 5 days a week.


How much is the ferry from Singapore to Desaru?


A 1-way ticket costs $70/pax. Roundtrip tickets are $108/pax. Prices are inclusive of ticketing surcharges, passenger departure, and terminal fees.

Book ferry tickets from Singapore to Desaru here

Other things to check out in Desaru:


This article was co-written by Kezia Tan and Raewyn Koh.
Photography by Brad Lee.
Originally published on 15th March 2022. Last updated on 2nd October 2023.

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