Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Changi Airport are situated pretty close to each other, and I’ve actually wondered for quite a while if it’s possible for some sort of integration between the two facilities so that the airport could also serve the nearby Indonesian islands just like how the SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport works.
However, since 1 June 2017, there is a shuttle service between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Changi Airport which makes such a transfer one step closer to becoming more convenient.
The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Changi Airport shuttle bus service primarily serves the Majestic Fast Ferry services between Tanah Merah and Batam Centre, with the departure times of the buses from Changi Airport departing around 1 hour before the ferry’s departure time. However, there’s no restriction on the passengers that can board the bus and you can use this service if you are travelling with other ferries or just want to try it out for fun like me.
If you are a Majestic Fast Ferry passenger with a ticket on the Tanah Merah – Batam Centre route with a same-day departure, congratulations, your bus ride is free! Just approach the Ground Transport Desk at the Terminal 2 Arrival Hall to get your voucher.
You can book your Tanah Merah – Batam Centre ferry tickets online at Easybook.
If you’re not a ferry passenger, just pay the $2 fare with cash or EZ-Link when you board the bus.
The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Changi Airport shuttle bus service departs from Terminal 2 Coach Bay, Lot 8. It does not pick-up passengers at Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. Follow the signs which says “Coach”, or you can just head to where the McDonald’s is and exit where the glass doors are to the coach bay.
The schedule for the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Changi Airport shuttle bus service mounted on the pillar where the bus departs from.
The interior of the shuttle bus.
Payment of the $2 fare can be done by EZ-Link or by cash. Just tap your card against the reader or drop your cash into the cash box on board the bus. No tickets are issued after payment.
The “Welcome to Singapore” sign as the bus leaves the airport, but if you’re heading onwards to Batam, then it will be a very short welcome.
Exiting the ECP to Tanah Merah Coast Road.
The new realigned Tanah Merah Coast Road.
Looking down the airport runway.
Turning into Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The ride, with no jams, took just under 15 minutes.
The bus stop is just a few steps from the main entrance of the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Various ferry companies are at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, just like at HarbourFront, but only Majestic Fast Ferry has trips to Batam Centre from here.
Once you’ve got your tickets, departure is pretty straightforward from here on.
If you are heading for Changi Airport instead, the bus stop for the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Changi Airport shuttle bus service is pretty visible once you step out of the building.
For departures from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, unlike the journey from Changi Airport, the bus drops you off at all 3 terminals’ departure kerbside in order of Terminal 3, Terminal 1 and finally Terminal 2. Inform the driver on which terminal your flight is departing at or wish to alight at.
Tickets are at $2 per trip. Fares can be paid with cash or EZ-Link. Children below 1.2m in height travel for free on the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Changi Airport shuttle bus service.