Two access points to Tioman
1. Mersing, Johore
Driving from Johor Bahru (JB)/Singapore to MersingDrive 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 (KL) 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.
NOTE: Road surfaces tend to not by ideal, due to flooding spells during the monsoon months, i.e. December/January.
Public transport from Johor Bahru (JB) to MersingMost bus operators will drop you off at the Mersing Bus Depot, though some will be so kind as to drop you off right at Mersing Harbour Centre also. You can book your bus by means of the booking form below.
From SingaporeThe bus journey takes about 3 hours to Mersing jetty. See the booking form below to get your bus tickets to Mersing online.
NOTE: Busy season is from March to August!
2. Tanjung GemukTanjung Gemuk is the other jumping off point to Tioman. Tanjung Gemuk is located about 30 minutes north of Mersing. So all of the above applies to Tanjung Gemuk also, albeit it a further 30 minute drive. For those departing from Kuala Lumpur, the drive to Tanjung Gemuk will be about 30 minutes less than driving to Mersing.
NOTE: Amenities at Mersing are better than at Tanjung Gemuk. Also, Mersing tends to have a higher frequency of ferry trips to Tioman than Tanjung Gemuk.
You can book a taxi online here. The price will be higher than going by bus of course, but there's something to be said for comfort and convenience when you're on holiday. Besides, typically, prices here in Malaysia tend to be a lot lower than in Europe, US, Australia etc.
You can use above reservation form for all Malaysia bus destinations.
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