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 Pemanggil 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 Segamat. From Segamat, 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 Link Express. Depart at 08:00a.m,11:30a.m,
03:00p.m & 6:30 p.m. These are not frequent though.
you can take any bus to Kuantan from JB/Singapore but should not be
surprised if you get charged the full JB-Kuantan (RM15) 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.
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
express is available at Newton Circus Food Court ("IN" Enterence car
park) and Jalan Sultan Bus Station. Depart at 6:30 a.m. daily.
NOTE: Busy season is from May to September!
You can use above reservation form for all other bus destinations in Malaysia.
Public transport from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
need to go to Puduraya bus station and the fare is about RM23.90/way.
One of the coach service operator is Transnasional 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. RM350 - RM500 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