How To Go To Rawa Island

Just off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia is stunning Rawa Island! It is one of the islands under the Johor Marine Park.

From Mersing Jetty, you can take a boat to Rawa Island which is 16km away from the mainland.

And if you’re coming from Singapore to Rawa Island, it takes roughly 3 hours to first drive to Mersing Jetty and afterwards, a 30-minute boat ride.

Rawa island is a fantastic place to spend the weekend away from hectic urban life!

1. How To Go To Rawa Island From Singapore

Getting from Singapore to Rawa Island is not difficult:

You just need to choose a suitable mode of transport to reach Mersing Jetty first!

Mersing Jetty Johor

Mersing Jetty

Be it a private car service, taking the public bus or driving there!

1.1. Private Car From Singapore To Rawa Island

Hiring a private car service upfront:

Straight from your doorstep in Singapore to Mersing Jetty!

This is the most convenient mode of transport with regards to the land portion of the journey to Rawa Island!

Step 1: Private Car From Singapore To Mersing Jetty

The drive typically takes 3 hours from Singapore to Mersing Jetty. Or more, depending on the traffic at the Singapore-Johor border.

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Why You Should Book A Private Car From Singapore To Mersing Jetty:

  • Choose your own departure time and location
  • No need to exit from the car at immigration
  • Don’t have to wait for or share the ride with strangers
  • Relax in a comfortable car with ample leg room and storage space
  • Cars are well-maintained
  • Experienced drivers know the quickest way to Mersing Jetty!
  • Easy booking process
  • Affordable rates

Book a private car service with GoIslands through WhatsApp or Facebook.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

After 3 hours or so on the road, you will find yourself in Mersing where you can take a boat to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty.

Click here for more information on booking a boat to Rawa Island.

1.2. Self-Drive From Singapore To Rawa Island

Driving to Mersing Jetty takes roughly 3 hours. This can be much faster than taking public transport!

Step 1: Self Drive From Singapore To Mersing Jetty

This is the route you will take from Singapore to Mersing Jetty:

Route:

Singapore (via Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Johor Bahru- Kota Tinggi – Jemaluang – Mersing

Self-Drive from Singapore to Mersing

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/SingaporetoMersingJetty

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

Once you reach Mersing, you can hop on a boat to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty.

The ride from the jetty should take no more than 40 minutes!

How to book a boat to Rawa Island.

1.3. Bus From Singapore To Rawa Island

Take the early buses so you can maximize your time on Rawa Island!

A one-way trip is typically 3 hours and 30 minutes with no heavy traffic at the border between Johor and Singapore.

Read also: Tioman Vs Rawa: Which Island Is The Best For First-Timer From Singapore

Step 1: Bus From Singapore To Mersing Jetty

There are 4 main bus operators that run the route between Singapore and Mersing Bus Terminal.

Mersing Bus Terminal Near Mersing Jetty

The buses will typically drop off passengers at Mersing Bus Terminal.

The bus terminal is walking distance (10-15 minutes) from Mersing Jetty.

Bus Operators:

  • Transnasional
  • Starmart Express
  • KKKL Express
  • Causeway Link (only one-way from Mersing to Singapore)

Bus Operators from Singapore to Tioman Island

Bus Departure Location:

  • The Plaza (Transnasional)
  • Golden Mile Tower (Starmart Express)
  • Boon Lay (Starmart Express)
  • Bugis MRT Exit D Taxi Stand (KKKL Express)
  • Kovan Hub (KKKL Express)

Bus Departure Time:

  • Daily from 9:00 to 22:00 (Transnasional)
  • Daily from 6:31 to 7:17 (Starmart Express)
  • Daily from 6:00 to 6:31 (KKKL Express)

Bus Ticket Price (Range): ~SGD $34

Duration: Between 3 to 5 hours

Book a bus from Singapore to Mersing via easybook.com or alternatively, you can book a bus through busonlineticket.com.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

To get to your chosen resort at Rawa Island, just book a boat ride with the resort!

Both resorts have speedboats to ferry their guests to the island!

Details on how to get to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty.

1.4. Coach From Singapore To Rawa Island

Another option to get from Singapore to Rawa Island is to take a coach to Mersing Jetty.

Step 1: Coach From Singapore To Mersing Jetty

Coaches depart early in the morning once a day from Singapore to Mersing Jetty.

Make sure you get to the departure point in time (at least 30 minutes before) so you don’t miss your coach!

Coach Operators:

  • Discovery Singapore
  • WTS

WTS Travel Coach from Singapore to Tioman

Coach Departure Location & Time:

  • Bugis MRT Station Exit D at 6:30 for Discovery Singapore
  • Singapore Flyer #01-06D at 6:30 for WTS

Coach Return Location & Time:

  • Ferry terminal at 16:30 (for Discovery Singapore) and 18:00 (for WTS)

Coach Ticket Price (range): SGD $21 to $30 for a one-way trip

Duration: ~4 hours

Book a coach from Singapore to Mersing Jetty via Discovery Singapore or WTS.

Tip: Of the two, rates for WTS is lower between Sunday to Thursday.

Read also: Rawa Island Package Review (Which Rawa Island Resort & Package Should You Go For?)

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

Arrange beforehand with your chosen resort for a boat ride to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty.

More on booking a boat to Rawa Island.

1.5. Flight From Singapore To Rawa Island

There is no direct flight from Changi Airport to Rawa Island.

Arrival Hall At Changi Airport

Hence, you then have the option of hiring a private car service to ferry you directly to Mersing Jetty if you happen to land at Changi Airport. With no need to wait for a bus or other passengers!

Book a private car service from GoIslands via WhatsApp or Facebook.

2. How To Go To Rawa Island From Johor Bahru (JB)

Just because Mersing happens to be in Johor doesn’t mean it’s close to Johor Bahru. Johor is a big state!

In fact, you will need to journey for at approximately 2.5 hours from Johor Bahru to Mersing Jetty.

2.1. Private Car From Johor Bahru To Rawa Island

Don’t like the idea of driving or taking the bus?

You might want to consider hiring a private car service from Johor Bahru to Mersing Jetty instead!

Step 1: Private Car From Johor Bahru To Mersing Jetty

A private car service is by far, the most hassle-free and comfortable way of getting to Mersing Jetty from Johor Bahru! Remember, it’s a 2 to 2.5 hour journey!

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Advantages Of Taking Private Taxi From Johor Bahru To Mersing Jetty

  1. No long queues as with public transport!
  2. Travel in comfort with plenty of legroom.
  3. Pick up straight from your doorstep and at the most convenient time for you!
  4. The drivers know the roads very well!
  5. No need to worry about finding parking (or car park fees) as is the case if you were to self-drive!

Send a message via WhatsApp or Facebook to GoIslands to book a private car service!

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

It’s a matter of arranging a speedboat with your respective Rawa Island resort before you arrive at Mersing Jetty!

More on the matter of booking a speedboat to Rawa Island.

2.2. Bus From Johor Bahru To Rawa Island

With regular buses departing from JB Larkin Terminal on a daily basis, it’s easy to catch a bus from Johor Bahru to Mersing Jetty where you can take a boat to Rawa Island!

Larkin Sentral at Johor Bahru

Step 1: Bus From Johor Bahru To Mersing Jetty

There are many bus operators to choose from!

Bus Operators:

  • Maraliner
  • Causeway Link Express
  • S&S International (M) Express
  • Plusliner
  • Transnasional

Bus from JB to Tioman Island

Bus Departure Location: JB Larkin Terminal

Bus Departure Time: Daily from 7:25 to 23:00, every ~1-3 hours

Bus Ticket Price (Range): RM12.70 – RM17.60 (Adults), RM9.50 – RM17.60 (Child)

Duration: ~2.5 hours

Book a bus from Johor Bahru to Mersing.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

It takes just a quick boat ride to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty. Both resorts on Rawa Island provide this transport for their guests.

More information on getting a boat ride to Rawa Island.

2.3. Self-Drive From Johor Bahru To Rawa Island

If driving for 2 hours or so doesn’t bother you too much, you can easily travel to Mersing Jetty from Johor Bahru via either of the two routes listed below:

Step 1: Self Drive From Johor Bahru To Mersing

Either go through Kota Tinggi or by-pass Kota Tinggi via Bandar Penawar before heading up to Mersing Jetty.

The latter takes 50 minutes more, typically.

Route 1:

Johor Bahru (via Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Kota Tinggi – Jemaluang – Mersing Harbour Centre – Mersing Jetty

Self-Drive from JB to Mersing (Route 1)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/JBtoMersing-Route1

Route 2:

Johor Bahru (via Jalan Jemaluang/Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18 for 14km) – Bandar Penawar (via Lebuhraya Senai-desaru/E22) – Kota Tinggi (via route 92 and 99) – Mawai (via Jalan Jemaluang/Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18 again) – Mersing

Self-Drive from JB to Mersing (Route 2)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/JBtoMersing-Route2

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

As for where to park your car, there is a guarded car park beside Mersing Jetty. The parking rate is RM15 to RM18 a day.

For more information on taking a speedboat to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty, click here.

3. How To Go To Rawa Island From Kuala Lumpur (KL)

There are 3 viable options to go to Rawa Island from Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Bus to Mersing Jetty
  2. Self-Drive
  3. Flight

3.1. Bus From Kuala Lumpur To Rawa Island

It takes up to ~5.5 hours for a one-way bus trip from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty.

Note that heavy traffic getting out from Kuala Lumpur can affect the total duration significantly.

Bus Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Mersing

Bus Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Step 1: Bus From Kuala Lumpur To Mersing Jetty

From TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan), you can take a direct bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing.

Bus operators:

  • S&S International (M) Express
  • Transnasional
  • Sanwa Tours (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Sepakat Liner (Mersing)

Sanwa Express Bus from KL to Tioman Island

Bus Departure Location: TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan)

Bus Departure Time: Daily from 9:00 to 23.45

Bus Ticket Price (Range): RM32.80 – RM41.50 (Adult), RM28.50 – RM38.30 (Child)

Duration: ~5.5hours

You can book a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing through easybook.com.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

You just need half an hour more before you land on Rawa Island!

At Mersing Jetty, hop on a boat straight to your resort.

How to arrange with your resort for a boat ride to Rawa Island.

3.2. Self-Drive From Kuala Lumpur To Rawa Island

It’s possible to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty but beware that this will take at least 4 hours’ of travel time depending on the outgoing traffic from Kuala Lumpur, of course!

Step 1: Self Drive From Kuala Lumpur To Mersing Jetty

If you do decide to drive to Mersing on your own, these are the routes you can take from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty.

Route 1:

Kuala Lumpur (via Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan/E2) – Ayer Hitam (Take exit 244-Ayer Hitam) – Kluang & Kayang (via Route 50) – Mersing

Self-Drive from KL to Mersing (Route 1)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/KLtoMersing-Route1

Route 2:

Kuala Lumpur – Cheras – Kajang – Kuala Pihah – Bahau (via Jalan Bahau)- Muadzam Shah – Kuala Rompin (via Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Endau – Mersing

Self-Drive from KL to Mersing (Route 2)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/KLtoMersing-Route2

Route 3:

Kuala Lumpur – Hulu Langat – Muadzam Shah – Kuala Rompin (via Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18) – Endau – Mersing

Self-Drive from KL to Mersing (Route 3)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/KLtoMersing-Route3

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

You may be wondering how to get to Rawa Island now that you’re at Mersing Jetty!

Not to worry, at Mersing Jetty, there should be a boat that goes straight to your resort.

More on arranging a boat ride to Rawa Island.

3.3. Flight From Kuala Lumpur To Rawa Island

While there are no direct flights to Rawa Island from Kuala Lumpur, the nearest airport to Mersing Jetty is Senai airport in Johor Bahru.

AirAsia Flight from Penang to KLIA2

Step 1: Taking A Flight From Kuala Lumpur To Senai Airport

With regular and hourly flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Senai airport, you can avoid the long drives altogether!

Step 2: Taking A Private Car From Senai Airport To Mersing Jetty

A private car service to Mersing Jetty from Senai Airport will undoubtedly save you precious time having to wait for the bus!

In addition to that, it’s a comfortable way to get through the 2.5 hour-journey from Senai Airport to Mersing Jetty.

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Why You Should Book A Private Car From Senai Airport To Mersing Jetty:

  • No inconveniences that come with public transport (e.g. fixed schedules, queues, etc)
  • Enough leg room and luggage space for your travel buddies and you!
  • Inexpensive rates if your group has 4 or more members
  • Easy to book
  • Drivers know the fastest route

Hire a private car service with GoIslands by sending us a message on WhatsApp or Facebook.

Step 3: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

The final step is to take a speedboat ride to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty!

Details on getting to Rawa Island from Mersing Jetty via speedboat.

4. How To Go To Rawa Island From Malacca

Taking a flight is not an option (since there are no direct flights from Malacca to Johor) so you will have to decide between taking a bus or driving to Mersing Jetty yourself!

4.1. Bus From Malacca To Rawa Island

Be prepared for a long journey if you choose to take a bus from Malacca to Mersing!

Bus from Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal to Mersing

Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. (Photo credits: www.tripsavvy.com)

Step 1: Bus From Malacca To Mersing Jetty

Only S&S International (M) Express provides bus services from Malacca to Mersing.

S&S International Express Bus

Bus Departure Location: Melaka Sentral

Bus Departure Time: Daily at 7:45 and 12:45

Bus Ticket Price: RM25.1 (Adult), RM18.8 (Child)

Duration: 4 hours, 19 minutes

Book a bus from Melaka Sentral to Mersing here.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

At Mersing Jetty, take a speedboat to Rawa Island. You can liaise with your respective resort regarding this last leg of your journey!

Check out how to book a boat ride to Rawa Island.

4.2. Self-Drive From Malacca To Rawa Island

This ambitious drive will practically take you from one side of Peninsula Malaysia to the other, going around a national park (Endau Rompin National Park) in the process!

Step 1: Self Drive From Malacca To Mersing Jetty

Starting from Malacca and driving to Mersing, there are a couple of routes you can choose to drive.

Allocate 3.5 – 4.5 hours of driving time. Traffic congestion will play a role too.

Route 1:

Malacca – Jasin (via Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan/AH2/E2) – Ayer Hitam (Take exit 244-Ayer Hitam) – Kluang & Kayang (via Route 50) – Mersing

Self-Drive from Malacca to Mersing (Route 1)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/MelakatoMersing-Route1

Route 2:

Malacca (via Lebuh AMJ/Route 19 for 14km) – M109 (3.6km)- Tangkak (via Jalan Merlimau / Jasin/M25) – Chaah – Paloh – Kluang & Kayang (via Route 50) – Mersing

Self-Drive from Malacca to Mersing (Route 2)

View route details and map here: http://bit.ly/MelakatoMersing-Route2

Note: Route 2 has a shorter toll road than Route 1.

Step 2: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

A 30-minute speedboat trip lies between you and Rawa Island the moment you get to Mersing Jetty!

Learn more about the speedboat ride to Rawa Island.

5. How To Go To Rawa Island From Penang

Rawa Island is quite far from Penang so flying is the way to go!

Especially if you want to avoid driving continuously south-east across Peninsula Malaysia to Mersing (~8 hour journey).

5.1. Flight + Private Car From Penang To Rawa Island

There is no direct flight fly to Rawa Island from Penang.

However, the nearest airport to Rawa Island that you can fly to from Penang is Johor Bahru’s Senai Airport.

Senai Airport

Photo credits to senaiairport.com

Step 1: Flight From Penang To Senai Airport

AirAsia has multiple flights a day from Penang to Senai Airport! These direct flights take close to an hour.

Step 2: Private Car From Senai Airport To Mersing Jetty

Hire a private car service to get to Mersing Jetty from Senai Airport. This will inevitably save you precious time! Plus, you get to travel comfortably and leave no opportunity for delays!

The drive typically takes 2.5 hours from Senai Airport to Mersing Jetty.

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Why You Should Book A Private Car From Senai Airport To Mersing Jetty:

  • No need to wait for the bus!
  • Don’t have to share the ride with strangers
  • Pleasant ride with enough leg room and storage space for your travel buddies and you!
  • Well-maintained cars
  • Reasonable rates
  • Drivers are very familiar with the route
  • Booking is easy

You can book a private car service with GoIslands through WhatsApp or Facebook.

Step 3: Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

When you are at Mersing Jetty, you will then need to undergo a short boat ride to reach Rawa Island.

Resorts on the island will usually arrange a boat schedule.

Do read the next section regarding the speedboat ride to Rawa Island.

6. How To Go To Rawa Island From Mersing Jetty

At Mersing Jetty, you need to get the following done before boarding a boat from Mersing Jetty to Rawa Island:

  1. Pay the Marine Park Fee and Johor National Park Fee at Mersing Harbour Center
  2. Register at your respective resort reception ( Alang’s Rawa Resort or Rawa Island Resort) with your travel voucher.
Marine Park Conservation Fee Counter at Mersing Jetty

Marine Park Conservation Fee Counter at Mersing Jetty

Note: Bring enough Ringgit for the Marine Park Fee and Johor National Park Fee.

Johor National Park Fee At Mersing Jetty

Age (years)Malaysians (RM)Foreigners (RM)
Children310
Adult520

Marine Park Entrance Fee At Mersing Jetty

Age (years)Malaysians (RM)Foreigners (RM)
Child (6-12)215
Adult (13+)530
Senior (60+)215
DisabledFreeFree

6.1. Speedboat From Mersing Jetty To Rawa Island

Arrange your boat transfer with your chosen Rawa Island resort in advance:

  1. Both resorts offer Rawa full board packages that include boat transfers between Mersing Jetty and Rawa Island, meals and accommodation.
  2. The resorts will provide the speedboat departure times upon booking confirmation.
  3. Let them know your preferred boat departure time.
Island Hopping Near Rawa Island

Photo credits to phalinn

Boat trips are more frequent during the best time to visit Rawa Island with the peak months being March to September.

On the other hand, boats do not run during the monsoon season (November to February).

Conclusion

You might be dizzy from all the available transportation methods available to get to Rawa Island from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Malacca and even Penang!

Thankfully, you have this guide to set you on the right course and give you confidence to undertake the journey to Rawa Island for your weekend getaway!