Driving from Johor Bahru or Singapore to Mersing
to Kota Tinggi from Tebrau Highway and proceed your journey to Mersing,
a quiet fishing town. The distance is approximately 138 km. Well, you
will never miss it as you can see the signboard to the town. At Mersing,
you need to take a speed boat to Rawa Island. There are secured parking
spaces at a very cheap rate (around RM7/nights) so you don't have to
think about your vehicle safety!
Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing (399 km)
of the common road to the island is by PLUS highway to the South and
exit through Air Hitam. From Air Hitamt, continue your journey to Kluang
and from there you can go to Mersing. Driving to Mersing is a
long ride and frequent travellers can shorten it by following
routes: 1. KL - Kuala Pilah ( winding road) - Bandar Muazzam Shah
(will exit between Endau & Mersing) - Mersing 2. KL - Kluang -
NITAR - Mersing (Using this route, you'll avoid the winding road before
reaching Jamaluang) Both Bandar Muazzam Shah & NITAR are the
palm oil plantation estates, thus the traffic is not heavy esp. during
the festive seasons. Advisable to use either routes only for day
drive. Normally, I prefer to use Kluang - NITAR route. By the way,
there's a small island called Pulau Cawan near Mersing. During low tide u
can walk to this island and according to legend there's one nenek
kebayan residing there.
Public transport from Johor Bahru to Mersing
fare is approx. RM120/cab per way (charter). Bus fare is about RM10/way
from Larkin Bus Station, Johor Bahru. One of the coach service operator
is Causeway Llink Express. Depart at 8:00a.m,11:30a.m, 3:00p.m &
6:30pm . These are not frequent though. Alternatively, you
can take any bus to Kuantan from Johor Bahru/Singapore but should
not be surprised if you get charged the full Johor Bahru-Kuantan (RM25)
fare even though you might only be going halfway. This is actually
legitimate as these buses cannot pick up new passengers on the way
and Mersing is not considered a major station. Most of the
express buses will drop you off either at the roundabout from which you
should take Jalan Abu Bakar to get to the guesthouses (there are only 2
main roads in the town). Alternatively, you might be dropped in the back
of the Embassy Hotel. Just walk straight to the big buildings into the
main town to Jalan Abu Bakar. If you get accosted by touts
upon getting down from the bus, ignore them. You don't need to buy
your tickets right there.
Public transport from Singapore to Mersing
By Air-Cond Coach: journey takes 3 hours to Mersing jetty. Coach leaves Singapore, Golden Mile Complex at 6:30a.m.
By car: drive along the Kota Tinggi trunk road to Mersing. Journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Public transport from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
need to go to Puduraya bus station and the fare is about RM16.60/way.
One of the coach service operator is Transnational Express, tel : (603)
238 8155, the buses leave at noon and about 8:30 at night with the ride
taking about 6 hours. Taxi fare is approx. RM300 - RM400 per taxi
Additional info on public transport
are buses to Mersing direct from Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu (KT),
Cherating and Johor Bahru as well as KL. From KT, there are about 5
buses a day leaving early in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon and
also overnight. These buses stop at Kuantan and you can board there.
From Cherating, there are buses at 10:30 a.m. and 11:40 at night. From
Kuantan, the ride takes 4 hours (RM10.35) and from Cherating, 5 hours
(RM13.30). Bus companies are limited and you probably take Transnational
which uses quite poor buses (by Malaysia's high standards) to Mersing