How to get to Besar Island
Driving from Johor Bahru or Singapore to Mersing
Drive from Woodlands CIQ to Kota Tinggi across the Tebrau Highway and follow your journey to Mersing, the jumping off point for many of the paradise islands off Johor. Distance to drive is about 150 km, but it's mostly B-type roads, so it's a comfortable pace most of the time.
Finding Mersing is easy, given the frequent signage. Once in Mersing, you need to take the speedboat to Rawa Island. Incidentally, Mersing offers secure parking at around RM15-18/night, so your vehicle is safe. You may even be able to "book" a slot in advance here.
Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing (400 km)
One of the common arteries to the islands is the PLUS highway to the South, by way of the exit through Air Hitam.
From Air Hitam, continue to Kluang; from there, you can reach Mersing. Driving to Mersing can be quite a long ride, but you can reduce road-time by following these short-cuts: 1. KL - Kuala Pilah - Bandar Muazzam Shah (exit between Endau and Mersing) - Mersing 2. KL - Kluang - NITAR - Mersing.
Both Bandar Muazzam Shah and NITAR are palm oil plantation areas, resulting in traffic being considerably lighter.
Public transport from Johor Bahru to Mersing
Public transport from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
You need to go to Puduraya bus station to book your tickets and then get on the bus. For more convenience and to make sure you have seats for your trip, you can book online. If you prefer going by taxi, the fare is about RM650 per one-way. You can book a taxi online here.
There are buses and coaches to Mersing direct from Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Cerating and Johor Bahru as well as KL. From Kuala Terengganu, there are about 5 different buses daily leaving early in the morning until 2:00 PM, as well as overnight. These buses stop at Kuantan and you can board there. From Cerating, there are buses at 10:30 AM and 11:40 PM. From Kuantan, the ride takes roughly 4 hours and from Cerating about 5 hours.
Public transport from Singapore to Mersing
By aircon bus: journey takes about 3 hours to Mersing jetty. See the booking form below to get your bus tickets online.
NOTE: Peak season is August till October
You can use above reservation form for all other bus destinations in Malaysia.
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