TRANSPORTATION MODE IN BATAM
By Online Taxis
This form of transport is currently new as of this post. Batam currently has Uber and Grab operating; all of which are definitely very convenient for you tourists. All you need is to download their apps. I will not touch on the safety subject here because most of you know what Uber and Grab drivers/cars entail. However, I have one IMPORTANT issue to share. There is currently a great tension going on between the conventional taxis and online taxis. It was quite bad in the beginning to the point that they would actually harass and/or beat up the online taxis drivers. No case has been reported that tourists were harmed in the process, but I would not want you tourists to be in that car when this is happening.
The best way to avoid this is to not engage online taxis in places where there are conventional taxis lining up to get your business. For example: inside malls, ferry terminals, airport, etc. Put it simply, just make sure the conventional taxis drivers do not know that you are sitting in an Uber or Grab car. I understand how this must sound weird to many of you but such is a fact. With that said, if you are departing from say a location that is rather private and going to the malls or ferry terminals, then it is fine because you are just being dropped off. I hope this little info can help you in any way. My wish for you is to have fun while you are in Batam but most importantly, is to travel safely!
By Car Rentals
Renting a car with driver has been trending among many free and easy travelers. These rental cars usually go the daily rate of 8-10 hours or half-day rate of 4-6 hours. Fuel is usually covered. Any additional hour is chargeable. But really, all these depend on the rental agency/private car owner that you deal with. Each has their own terms and conditions. Feel free to contact me if you need recommendations. I have come across quite a few reliable drivers for private hire
When to rent a car?
– If your group has 5-7 people; cheaper to hire a 7-seater than use 2 taxis
– If you plan to go to many places for sightseeing
– If you plan to travel between resorts and city areas
– If you simply love the convenience of having someone waiting for you
By Conventional Taxis
Arguably the most common mode used among tourists. Three ways you could get a cab:
1. Terminals/Malls Taxi Counter – usually they have a fixed priced list
2. Calling a Taxi – usually they are not allowed to pick up in Terminals/Malls/Airports/Hotels. For example: Blue Bird and Silver Cab.
3. Hailing a Taxi – go on the road and flag a cab. No metered fair. Not recommended
By Hotel Transport
Probably the most expensive option yet favored by many tourists who just love the convenience
By Public Transport
Just forget it. Batam is still lacking in this department. I definitely do not recommend this mode for travelers of any kind unless you are super-duper adventurous.
“Ojek” is an Indonesian term for Motorcycle Taxi. This is definitely way cheaper than taking a taxi. However, as it only sits one passenger, this is more suitable for solo travellers and/or backpackers.
“Gojek” is basically an online app version of having an “Ojek”. Except that Gojek is much much bigger and is so useful for every day life. You can hire a pick up/drop off service (single rider). You can send/receive documents. But face it, we all use it for FOOD DELIVERY! If you are in Batam or anywhere in Indonesia that has Gojek operating, they might just save your hungry tummy. Just download their app in your smartphone okay!