How To Go To Rawa Island From Changi Airport

It takes considerable effort to reach the idyllic Rawa Island from Changi Airport in Singapore!

But don’t let that stop you:

Getting to Rawa Island is simpler than it looks!

Especially if you take the time to consider all your available options!

In this very article, we will arm you with the knowledge you need to choose the most suitable mode of transport for your travel group!

Don’t let something as mundane as logistics get in the way of your precious holiday!

How To Go To Rawa Island From Changi Airport

To begin with:

Make your way from Changi Airport across the border into Johor Bahru.

And then, keep going up north!

Until you get to Mersing Jetty where you can take a boat to Rawa Island!

1. Private Car From Changi Airport To Rawa Island

If you arrange for a private car service to pick you up from the airport:

They can drive you into Johor Bahru, and right on to Mersing Jetty. This is typically a 3-hour journey.

No transits required!

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Why You Should Book A Private Car From Changi Airport To Rawa Island:

  • Don’t need to share the ride with strangers
  • Saves your time having to wait for public transport
  • Relax in a comfortable and spacious car that is well-maintained
  • Convenient immigration clearance – don’t have to leave the car
  • Reasonable rates
  • Service is always available – any time and date
  • Driver will wait for you even if you have a flight delay
  • Safe – capable drivers who know the roads well
  • Easy booking process online

Book a private car service by sending GoIslands a message on WhatsApp or Facebook.

2. Bus From Changi Airport To Rawa Island (Via Larkin Bus Terminal JB)

When taking public transport from Changi Airport, it’s important that you get your flight times right!

There may not always be a bus available close to your arrival time!

TS1 Transtar Travel Cross-border Bus

Advantage Of Taking Bus From Changi Airport To Rawa Island:

  • Cheapest mode of transport
  • Comfortable if you don’t have too much luggage
  • You don’t have to drive or worry about parking

Disadvantage Of Taking Bus From Changi Airport To Rawa Island:

  • Transits (and walking) are unavoidable
  • Very susceptible to delays
  • Bus services are not available 24/7

Recommended For:

  • Solo travellers
  • Travellers with minimal luggage

Step 1: Bus From Changi Airport To JB CIQ/ Johor Bahru Sentral

You cannot take a bus directly from Changi Airport to Mersing Jetty.

Instead, you’ll have to take a cross-border bus to Johor Bahru Sentral or JB CIQ first!

Transtar Travel Cross-border Bus At Changi Airport Terminal 2

Transtar Travel Cross-border Bus At Changi Airport Terminal 2

Bus Operator: Transtar Travel

Bus No.: TS1

Bus Route: Changi Airport Terminal 2 > Changi Airport Terminal 4 > JB CIQ Coach Bay

Departure Point 1: Arrival Hall Coach Bay Lot 9/10 of Changi Airport Terminal 2

Arrival Hall Coach Bay Of Changi Airport Terminal 2

Arrival Hall Coach Bay Of Changi Airport Terminal 2

Departure Point 2: Arrival Hall Coach Bay Lot 8 of Changi Airport Terminal 4

Duration: ~1.5 hours

Ticket Price: SGD $10-12

Bus Schedule: 8:15am to 11:15pm

Book a bus from Changi Airport to Johor Bahru CIQ.

Tips:

  • Make sure to confirm your bus departure time with Transtar Travel (+65-6297 9009) at least 1 day ahead
  • The counter for Transtar Travel opens daily from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm at the Arrival Hall of Terminal 2.
  • Get to the designated pick-up point at least 10 minutes before the stated departure time.
  • Schedules and routes are subject to change according to the traffic condition that day.
  • See the latest TS1 schedule

Step 2: Bus From JB CIQ To Larkin Bus Terminal

Next, you’ll have to make your way over to Larkin Bus Terminal as this is where you can get a bus for Mersing Jetty!

Causeway Link Bus From CIQ To Larkin

Bus Operator: Causeway Link

Bus No.: CWL

Bus Route: JB CIQ to Larkin Bus Terminal

Duration: <30 minutes

Ticket Price: <RM2

Bus Schedule: Buses leave every 10-15 minutes between 6:30am and 11:00pm

See the latest bus schedule for JB CIQ to Larkin Bus Terminal.

Step 3: Bus From Larkin Bus Terminal To Mersing Jetty

From Larkin Bus Terminal, it’s a matter of choosing the right bus operator to suit your travel plans.

Regardless which bus operator, passengers will alight at Mersing Bus Terminal.

Which is a short walk of around 10 to 15 minutes from Mersing Jetty.

Bus Operators:

  • Maraliner
  • Transnasional
  • S&S International Express
  • Plusliner
  • Causeway Link Express

Bus from JB to Tioman Island

Of all the bus operators, Plusliner offers the most transfers daily.

Departure Point & Time: Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Terminal (Daily: 7:25am to 11:00pm, every 1 to 3 hours)

Duration: Around 2 hours and 40 minutes

Bus Price Range:

Adult: RM12.70 – RM17.60

Child: RM9.50 – RM17.60

How To Book A Bus From Larkin Bus Terminal To Mersing

Book a bus to Mersing Bus Terminal from Larkin Bus Terminal.

Step 4: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

Arrange a boat transfer to Rawa Island with your respective Rawa Island resort.

And when you get to Mersing Jetty:

Look for the Rawa Island Resort Office or Alang’s Rawa Office to complete registration prior to departure.

Rawa Island Resort Reception At Mersing Jetty

Rawa Island Resort Reception At Mersing Jetty

The boat ride from Mersing Jetty to Rawa Island takes 30 – 40 minutes.

3. Train + Bus From Changi Airport To Rawa Island (Direct Bus From Singapore To Mersing Jetty)

As with the buses, there are no direct train routes from Changi airport to Mersing Jetty.

However, it is possible to take the MRT to Singapore city first where there are direct buses to Mersing Jetty!

Step 1: Train From Changi Airport MRT Station To Singapore City MRT

Escalator To Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) At Terminal 2

Escalator To Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) At Terminal 2

After your flight touches down, proceed to Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) via the following ways:

  1. From Terminal 1, ride the Skytrain to Terminal 2
  2. From Terminal 2, just follow the signage for “Train to the city” all the way down to the basement
  3. From Terminal 3, take the underground walkway to Terminal 2
  4. From Terminal 4, there is a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle bus to Terminal 2

Buy tickets for a ride to the city at Changi Airport MRT Station.

Note: Double-check your flight arrival time so that you can make it for the bus or train!

Advantage Of Taking Train From Changi Airport MRT Station To Singapore City MRT:

  • Affordable rates
  • Trains every ~10 minutes from 5:31am to 11:18pm
  • Trains are comfortable, clean and air-conditioned
  • Reliable
  • Many different stops in Singapore

Disadvantage Of Taking Train From Changi Airport MRT Station To Singapore City MRT:

  • Not a 24-hour service
  • No luggage racks
  • Transfer (at Tanah Merah) is necessary to reach the city

Recommended for:

  • Travellers with small hand luggage

Tip: The trains are less crowded after rush hour (i.e. take the train after 9am)

Step 2: Bus From Singapore To Mersing Jetty

If you plan to take the bus from Singapore to Mersing Jetty:

Mersing Jetty Johor

Mersing Jetty

There are several departure points scattered around Singapore:

  • Bugis MRT Station
  • The Plaza Beach Road
  • Golden Mile Tower
  • Singapore Flyer
Option 1: Bus From Bugis MRT Station To Mersing Jetty

How To Get From Changi Airport MRT Station To Bugis MRT Station:

  • Take the East West Line (green) from Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) to Tanah Merah for 8-11 minutes. Fare costs SGD $1-3.
  • At Tanah Merah station, take the East West Line (green) again but in the opposite direction (Tuas Link) to Bugis MRT Station. Around 17-18 minutes and fare of SGD $1-3.

Total Duration: 28 minutes

Total Cost: SGD $2-6

Then, from Bugis MRT Station, you can take the following bus operators:

  1. Discovery Tours
  2. KKKL Express

KKKL Express from Singapore to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty

1. Bus Operator: Discovery Tours

Departure Point & Time: Bugis MRT Station @ 6:30am

Ticket Price:

Singapore to Mersing Jetty: SGD $31 (Adult/ Child)

Mersing Jetty to Singapore: SGD $26 (Adult/ Child)

2. Bus Operator: KKKL Express

Departure Point & Time: Bugis MRT Station Exit D Taxi Stand @ 6:30am

Ticket Price: SGD $31 (Adult/ Child)

Option 2: Bus From The Plaza Beach Road To Mersing Jetty

Not too far from Bugis MRT Station, is another bus service that goes to Mersing Jetty.

Bugis MRT Station Exit B

How To Get To Transnasional The Plaza Beach Road From Changi MRT Station:

  • Hop on the East West Line (green) from Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) to Tanah Merah. Total of 2 stops for around 8-11 minutes. Fare costs SGD $1-3.
  • Transit at Tanah Merah station via the East West Line (green) again but through the Tuas Link to Bugis MRT Station. 8 stops for around 17-18 minutes and a fare of SGD $1-3.
  • Walk for 10 minutes from Bugis MRT Station to the Transnasional Singapore Bus Pickup Point.

Total Duration: 40-50 minutes

Total Cost: SGD $2-6

Once you reach The Plaza Beach Road, you only have to look out for one bus operator, Transnasional. There are 3 services daily.

Transnasional Express Bus

Bus Operator: Transnasional

Departure Point & Time: The Plaza Beach Road @ 9:00am, 7:30pm and 10:00pm

Ticket Price:

Singapore to Mersing: SGD $33.90 (Adult/ Child)

Mersing to Singapore: SGD $15.93 (Adult/ Child)

Option 3: Bus From Golden Mile Tower To Mersing Jetty

Be prepared to change MRT line a couple of times if you intend to take a bus from Golden Mile Tower to Mersing Jetty.

Golden Mile Tower

How To Get To Golden Mile Tower From Changi MRT Station:

  • From Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2), take the East West Line (green) to Tanah Merah after 2 stops (11 minutes, SGD $1-3)
  • At Tanah Merah, change to the Tuas Link (still the East West line) and ride for 4 stops until you reach Paya Lebar (Duration of 9 minutes, SGD $1-2)
  • Walk for a minute to the Circle Line (orange) exchange at Paya Lebar. Take the Dhoby Ghaut link for 4 stops to the Nicoll Highway MRT Station. (8 minutes, SGD $1-3)
  • Walk another 5 minutes to the Golden Mile Tower where you can take the Starmart Express bus to Mersing Jetty.

Total Duration: 34 minutes

Total Cost: SGD $3-8

Starmart Express Bus from Singapore to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Bus Operator: Starmart Express

Departure Point & Time: Golden Mile Tower @6:30am

Ticket Price: SGD $35 (Adult/ Child)

Note: Starmart Express does not offer the return journey from Mersing back to Singapore.

Option 4: Bus From Singapore Flyer To Mersing Jetty

This option is a little risky as the bus only leaves early in the morning!

And it takes about an hour to get from Changi Airport to Singapore Flyer.

WTS Travel Retail Shop

How To Get To Singapore Flyer From Changi Airport MRT Station:

  • From Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2), take East West Line (green) for 11 minutes to Tanah Merah. SGD $1-3
  • Change to the Tuas link (still East West Line) until the Bugis MRT station. 17 minutes, SGD $1-3.
  • At Bugis MRT Station, walk for about a minute to the Downtown Line
  • Take the Downtown Line (blue) for 2 minutes heading to Expo and alight at Promenade MRT Station. SGD $1-3
  • Walk via Temasek Ave and Raffles Blvd to Singapore Flyer. 10 minutes and 800m.

Total Duration: 40-50 minutes

Total Cost: SGD $3-9

WTS Travel Bus from Singapore to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Bus Operator: WTS

Departure Point & Time: Singapore Flyer @6:30am

Ticket Price: SGD $21 (Adult/ Child)

Note: The WTS Travel & Tours ticketing office is just a 10 minutes’ walk from Promenade MRT Station.

Step 3: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

Make arrangements with your chosen Rawa Island resort for a boat transfer to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty.

Don’t forget to register at the Rawa Island Resort Office or Alang’s Rawa Office before boarding!

Alang's Rawa Office At Mersing Jetty

Alang’s Rawa Office At Mersing Jetty

The duration for the boat ride is 30 – 40 minutes.

Conclusion

By now, you should have an excellent idea of how to get from Changi Airport to Rawa Island!

Anyone looking to keep their travel budget low should opt for the bus.

But if you want a really stress-free holiday, hire a private car instead!