Heading to Redang Island?
This is one of my favourite places in the world thanks to the most stunning beaches I have seen anywhere, amazing underwater environment and jungle interior.
Part of what makes it so special is that it’s an island which is a little removed from the rest of the country. This same thing is what also makes it a bit harder to get to.
There is always going to be two steps when it comes to how to get from Singapore to Redang (otherwise known as Pulau Redang) simply because there are currently no flights to Redang Island from Singapore so you need to travel overland, fly to Kuala Terengganu and then take a ferry across to Redang Island or fly to Kuala Lumpur and then fly on to Redang Island.
Thankfully, this process is not hard and getting to Redang Island from Singapore is straightforward if you know what you are doing.
Below, I break up exactly how to get to Redang Island from Singapore, so you know exactly what you need to do, when, whether you are looking for a Singapore to Redang bus, taking a flight from Singapore to Redang Island or a ferry from Singapore to Redang.
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How To Go From Singapore To Redang Island
There are three options for how to go to Pulau Redang from Singapore because there are two places where you can catch ferries to Redang Island as well as the option to fly.
Below, I first describe how to travel to Redang from Singapore via the jetty in Kuala Terengganu. I then describe how to travel from Singapore to Redang via the jetty in Merang before detailing how to fly to Redang.
There is not much of a difference between the first two options and the time taken is about the same. Going via Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu can be more convenient, but only if you arrive in Kuala Terengganu in time for the one morning ferry.
More ferries run from Merang which can make this a better choice (Option 2) particularly if you don’t want to spend a night in Kuala Terengganu as ferries run later.
There’s also the option to fly via Kuala Lumpur and I discuss that more below in the flights section.
If your resort has booked your ferry, make sure you know which jetty it departs from. Some resorts now have their ferries departing from Taman Tamadun Islam Jetty – somewhere else all together in Kuala Terengganu.
Here’s a summary of your choices…
|Option 1||Travelling via Kuala Terengganu||Singapore to Kuala Terengganu Taxi – Book here. About 7.5 hours|
Johor Bahru to Kuala Terengganu Bus – Book here. About 9 hours
|Shahbandar Jetty to Redang – About 1.5 hours||People who stay overnight in Kuala Terengganu before travelling to Redang|
|Option 2||Travelling via Merang||Singapore to Merang Taxi – Book here. About 7.75 hours||Merang to Redang – Book here. About 45 minutes||People travelling overland who want a choice of ferry times|
|Option 3||Flying via Kuala Lumpur||Check out flights here.||Not necessary||People who want the ease of flying to the island|
Map: Singapore To Pulau Redang
The fastest overland way to travel to Redang Island from Singapore is shown below.
Option 1: Travel via Kuala Terengganu
There are two parts of the journey from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu. Learn exactly how to travel each part below.
Part 1: Singapore to Kuala Terengganu
To get to Redang from Singapore, you have to stop in (or drive through) Kuala Terengganu first. You can get here by plane, bus or private taxi.
The cheapest travel option is to take the bus from Singapore to Redang, but this is currently a two part journey. First to Johor Bahru and then up to Kuala Terengganu.
Buses leave the Queen Street Bus Terminal in Singapore. These buses leave every 30 mins, and they travel over the border and stop at Johor Bahru. You can also take Causeway Link buses.
This first trip usually takes around 1.5 hours, but it’s a bit longer on days that the border is busy. Buses then leave from Johor Larkin Terminal in the morning and evening, and drive 9 hours to Kuala Terengganu, costing about RM50.
From Johor Bahru, you can also book a private taxi here that will transport you straight to the ferry terminal in the fastest time possible.
Or you can catch a bus once a day from the Golden Mile Complex and drive approximately 10 hours to Kuala Terengganu’s bus terminal. This bus costs around RM180. This option is most onvenient if you don’t mind the time of the departure.
From the bus terminal in Kuala Terengganu, it’s about an 8-minute walk to reach Shahbandar jetty.
Those wanting to fly to Redang Island from Singapore can take a flight to Kuala Terengganu Airport.
In total, the flight time to Kuala Terengganu is between 3 and 4 hours as you need to fly via Kuala Lumpur. This is still much quicker than a coach to Redang from Singapore. Although, the cost can make it too costly for some.
From the airport, Shahbandar Jetty is a 20-minute taxi drive. Taxis charge according to time and distance, and fees to the jetty start at around RM25.
The easiest way to get to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore is by taxi.
This way, you can be picked up at your home, hotel or airport and dropped straight at the ferry terminal. You’ll pass over the border between Singapore and Malaysia without needing to exit the taxi, and it’s all very easy.
Driving will take you around 7.5 hours. In this case, it would be faster overall to drive straight to Merang and take the shorter ferry trip.
It costs SG$600 but this is for up to five passengers and you can also book larger options if you have a larger group.
Part 2: Shahbandar Jetty To Redang Island
Once at Shahbandar Jetty, you’ll need a ferry to complete your journey from Kuala Terengganu to Redang.
Your ticket will cost around RM55, and you’ll need to pay the marine park fee as well. This is about RM30 for adults and RM15 for children, although for locals it’s much cheaper.
The trip takes around 1.5 hours, but the downside is that currently, ferries only run once per day. This runs in the morning so you need to arrive early. It can be better to take option 2 via Merang because ferries run throughout the day.
Option 2: Travel via Merang
Another way to travel from Singapore to Redang is via Merang. Here’s how you can do the trip this way.
Part 1: Singapore to Merang
This journey can also be taken by buses, flights or taxi. Unless you pick the taxi option, you’ll have to first reach Kuala Terengganu. The instructions are basically the same as above for that part of the journey.
To get to Merang from Singapore, take a bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru and then onto Kuala Terengganu using the instructions above. Or you can take the direct bus from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu.
Once you arrive at the Kuala Terengganu bus terminal, you can use the Grab app to take a taxi or catch a bus from the terminal to the Merang Jetty.
If you fly, you’ll need to follow the instructions above and take two flights to reach Kuala Terengganu Airport.
From here, you can catch a bus to Merang. The buses run hourly and cost RM4, the trip takes just 45 minutes. You can also take a taxi which takes about 30 minutes.
The easiest way is to take a private taxi from Singapore.
This can pick you up at your home, hotel or airport and drop you off at the jerry in Merang. Easy.
This takes about 7.75 hours. It’s very easy, and you’ll pass through the border between the two countries in air-conditioned comfort without needing to leave your taxi.
This costs SG$600 for up to five people in a Toyota Innova. You can also book larger options if you have a larger group or family.
Part 2: Merang Jetty To Redang Island
Ferries from Merang depart five times a day with more afternoon options. The trip takes 45 minutes and costs RM55 per person. There is also a marine park fee that has to be paid before you board the ferry.
Option 3: Singapore To Redang Island Flights
There is no longer a flight on Berjaya Air from Singapore to Redang Island. In fact, there are no options for a direct flight from Singapore to Redang Island.
But you can fly here via Kuala Lumpur on SKS Airways. The flights to Redang Island depart from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and take an hour and 40 minutes. They depart a couple of times a day outside the monsoon season.
You also need to factor in the time and cost to get from Singapore to Subang Airport.
Note that there aren’t many roads on the island so you may need to take a water taxi on arrival to get to your resort.
Option 4: Singapore To Redang Ferry?
There is no direct ferry to Redang from Singapore. To get a ferry to Redang Island, you can travel by bus and then ferry, as I’ve detailed above.
Redang Island To Singapore
To get from Redang Island back to Singapore, you’ll mostly just reverse your steps.
Unless you fly to Kuala Lumpur, the only way off the island is by ferry which departs up to 5 times a day, depending on whether you’re heading to Merang or Shahbandar.
If you decided to fly from Singapore to Redang via Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport, you simply do the same in reverse. Click here for options.
The ferry to Shahbandar takes 1.5 hours on average, and costs around RM55. From here, you can then walk back to the bus terminal and choose whether to take the direct bus for RM180 to the Golden Mile Complex or take the cheaper bus via Johor Bahru.
Taking a ferry to Merang Jetty instead is a quicker 45-minute trip, and costs the same amount with ferries departing more often. From Merang, you’ll need to take a taxi or bus back to the Kuala Terengganu bus terminal.
If you decided to fly to Kuala Terengganu, you can take a taxi or bus back to the airport in Kuala Terengganu, and fly via Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore. The flight will take you around 3 hours and cost RM200+. Click here to see this option.
If you want the ease of a private taxi, you can take either ferry and book your taxi to pick you up at the jetty for your direct trip back to your home/hotel/airport in Singapore or on to anywhere in peninsular Malaysia.
The journey to Redang, Malaysia from Singapore is easier than it may seem.
Even though cheap flights to Redang from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur are hard to find, a flight is undoubtedly the quickest choice. For the cheapest travel, a bus via Johor Bahru offers a smooth ride and low cost.
Whichever way you’re going to Redang from Singapore, I’m sure you’re going to love this little island as much as I do!
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