Trip to Tioman by road
There are 2 access point to Tioman island :
1. Mersing, Johore
2. Tanjung Gemuk ( near Endau - Pahang )
|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 town 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 ferry to Tioman 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 Hitam, continue your journey to Kluang
and from there you can go to Mersing.
Driving to Mersing is a long ride and frequent travelers 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)
Bandar Muazzam Shah & NITAR are the palm oil plantation estates,
thus the traffic is not heavy esp. during the festive seasons.
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 (old witch) residing
|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 Johora Express. Depart at 11:30 a.m & 5:50 p.m. These are not
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.
By Air-Cond Coach: journey takes 3 hours to Mersing jetty. Coach leaves Singapore, Golden Mile Complex at 6:30a.m.
NOTE: Peak season is March and July - August
You can use above reservation form for all other bus destinations in Malaysia.
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 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
There 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.
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).
companies are limited and you probably take Transnasional which uses
quite poor buses (by Malaysia's high standards) to Mersing
|Driving to Tanjung Gemuk
|Kuala Lumpur - Temerloh - Kuantan - Pekan - Rompin - Tg Gemok
||KL-Karak Highway - Route No 2 - Route No 3
|Kuala Lumpur - Seremban - Bahau - Muadzam Shah - Rompin - Tg Gemok
||PLUS Highway- Route No 51-Route No 11-Route No 12- Route No 62- Route No 3
|Melaka - Tangkak - Segamat - Muadzam Shah - Rompin - Tg Gemok
||PLUS Highway - Route No 23 - Route No 12 - Route No 63 - Route No 3
|Singapore - Johor Bahru - Mersing - Tg Gemok
||Route No 3
|Kuantan - Pekan - Rompin - Tg Gemok
||Route No 3