The Trans Batam Corridor 05 plies the route between Tanjung Piayu, Batam Centre Central Busway and Jodoh via Piayu Laut, Simpang Bagan, Muka Kuning, Panbil, Kepri Mall, Kantor Walikota, Mega Mall, Batam Centre Central Busway, Simpang Sei Panas, Simpang Kuda, Simpang Rujak, Batu Ampar, Terminal Jodoh, DC Mall and Pasar Induk.
This corridor is the only passing through corridor at Batam Centre Central Busway, and thus if you are travelling through Batam Centre Central Busway on this corridor, you need not purchase a new ticket as you will be on the same bus.
Though you will not see any Corridor 05 buses waiting at Batam Centre Central Busway, you can buy your ticket from the ticket counter and wait at the waiting room as per normal. The staff will call out for the bus and destination when it has arrived. Do note that both directions of Corridor 05 at Batam Centre Central Busway are served at the same single platform.
The Jodoh-bound Corridor 05 bus arriving.
The interior of the Corridor 05 midibus. The seats are arranged like a normal coach, possibly due to the longer route served with lesser passenger movements in between the main terminals.
The blue ticket purchased on board from the conductor. An adult ticket goes for Rp. 4,000 (S$0.42).
On the way to Batu Ampar, Harbour Bay and Jodoh, where not much passengers are stopping as there isn’t much places to stop at along the route anyway.
The entrance to Batu Ampar port.
Passing by Harbour Bay Mall. You don’t need to get an expensive ferry to Harbour Bay if you just transfer to the Corridor 05 from Batam Centre instead.
The door of this midibus opens outward manually, so the conductor does the job here.
The arrival platform at Jodoh terminal, though my bus drove straight to the parking area since the midibuses are for low-level boarding. This arrival platform is probably for the larger Hino buses with high-level boarding.
Corridor 05 buses parking at Jodoh.
A Corridor 03 bus which just arrived at Jodoh, using the arrival platform.
A Corridor 07 bus waiting for departure from the Jodoh departure platform.
Do note that the Trans Batam is an open-system BRT-like system without dedicated lanes and integrated ticketing. If you need to transfer buses, you need a new ticket for the next journey.
Trans Batam services operate frequently at around 15 to 30 minutes intervals depending on the peak period and sectors, which makes it a reliable and affordable transport option other than just getting taxis around, and you can explore Batam at your own time without visiting the typical places with a tour group.