GETTING AROUND BATAM
Getting around Batam is quite easy as Batam has several taxi companies providing their services. All the ferry terminals, the airport, all the major hotels & resorts, golf courses and shopping centers have taxi stands with taxis available at most times.
The taxis are modern vehicles with air-con and CB radio. Batam has not yet introduced taxi meters to all taxis, so you will need to check the price with the driver before departing and negotiate if required.
Taxis can be used for short trips or hired for half or full days. Check with the taxi company or driver for details.
For more information on Batam Taxis click here
Batam Car Rental
Car Rental is available in Batam and there are many different types of vehicles to choose from to suit your taste or budget. You can rent with or without a driver. Drivers are local and experienced, so they can help you to get to where you want to go and offer advice about places to visit, etc.
If you prefer to drive yourself then you will require a valid driver’s licence that is still current in your country, and suitable for the vehicle you are renting.
For more information on Batam Car Rental click here
Bus and Coach Tours
There are several tour operators offering some great bus tours around Batam. These can be sightseeing day trips, which take you to various locations across the island, and where you can experience some of the many attractions that Batam has to offer. The buses are fully air conditioned and modern, and are driven by experienced drivers.
Package tours are also available, which can be part of a hotel accommodation package, such as 2D1N or 3D2N holidays. For more details visit the Batam Tours page, where you can find out what is on offer.
Other means of transportation for getting around Batam:
- The local buses operate in fixed directions and can be stopped on the street, just like a taxi. Make sure that the bus is going in your direction before you take it.
- Damri buses are the cheapest way of getting around, though unreliable from a frequency point of view. Fares start at Rp.1000.
- Ojek is another cheap means of transport, namely a motorcycle taxi. Bargain the price before you get on. It is usually around Rp. 3000 to Rp. 6000 for short distances.
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