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How to travel from Indonesia to Malaysia and vice versa

myMalaysiabooks shares with you how to travel between Indonesia and Malaysia. Travel by air, road or sea from Malaysia to Indonesia.



By Air

International airports Malaysia such as KLIA, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching - Jakarta Airport and many Indonesian airport (Palembang, Surabaya, Despasar (Bali), Medan, Pelembang, Pekan Baru, Surabaya, Balikpapan, etc.)*

Internal Flights Borneo


By Road

Road links are only in East Malaysia. Major crossings are at Tebedu and Lubuk Antu, Sarawak to Pontianak, Indonesia *

By Sea

Penang island - Medan, northern Sumatra (ferry)

Port Klang, Selangor - Dumai and Tanjung Balai, Sumatra (ferry)

Melaka (Malacca) - Dumai, Sumatra (ferry)

Port Dickson, Negeri Sembalan - Dumai, Sumatra (ferry)

Johor Bahru, Johor - Batam and Bintan islands (ferry)

Tanjung Pengelih, Johor to  Batam and Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia

Tawau, Sabah - Nunukan and Tarakan, Kalimantan (ferry)

By Rail

There are no rail links

(note: * denotes major crossings)

Getting from Indonesia to Malaysia

By Air

Air Asia, Firefly and Malaysia Airlines has probably the most number of flights to Indonesia.

   You can fly from Jakarta, Despasar (Bali), Medan, Pelembang, Pekan Baru, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Bandar Acheh, Medan, etc. directly to many of Malaysia's international airports - such as KLIA, Penang, Johor (West Malaysia) or Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia.

AirAsia has probably the most number of flighs to indonesia out of Malaysia (from KLIA, Penang, and other Malaysian International airports)

Details at our Malaysia transport page.


KLIA Malaysia

By Sea

There are several ferry services between Malaysia and Indonesia, Penang-Medan, Melaka-Dumai, Johor-Batam/Bintan and Tawau-Tarakan (East Malaysia). Or you can travel from Indonesia's Batam or Bintang island to Singapore, then from Singapore to Malaysia.

Indonesia to WEST MALAYSIA

1) Medan, Sumatra to Penang, Pulau Pinang

By Langkawi Ferry Services ( - operates once a day from Penang (morning) & one return trip; journey takes 5-6 hours. RM110 per adult/trip ; tel: Penang +604-2642088 (Hunting), Medan +6261-4521666

2)  Dumai, Indonesia to Melaka (Malacca)

Four ferry operators making one or two trips daily (departs in the morning from both Dumai and Melaka); journey takes about 1hr 45 minutes; fare about RM120 per adult/trip.  Astora Sdn Bhd - tel +606-282 9888, Indomal Express +066-281 6107, Tunas Rapat +606-283 2506; Madai Shipping +606-284 0671.

3) Batam and Bintan islands to Johor Bahru, Johor

Hourly ferry takes you to Batam and Bintan (less no.); fare is RM60 to Batam and Rm75 to (Tanjung Pinang) Bintan. The ZON Johor Bahru, tel: +607 221 1677.

4) Dumai and Tanjung Balai Asahan, Indonesia to Port Klang, Selangor

- To Dumai: Two ferry services run daily; 3-hour journey (Tel: +60-3-3167 1058 and +60-3-3166 0122); RM80-100 one-way.

- To Tanjung Balai: 2-3 ferry services daily; RM100 per way

5) Dumai to Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

One trip daily from Port Dickson to Dumai (Tel: +60-6-6471599); RM80 one-way.

Indonesia to EAST MALAYSIA

6) Nunukan and Tarakan, Indonesia to Tawau, Sabah

- To or from Nunukan: Two departures daily from Tawau (10am and 3pm) and Nunukan, (9 am and 2pm); over RM41 one-way and journey takes about 1 hour.

- To or from Tarakan: One departure daily (10-11 am) except on Sunday from Tawau; journey cost about RM80 one-way and it takes 3 hours.


By road

Road links between Indonesia and Malaysia are are only in Borneo or East Malaysia.

In Sarawak, bus companies that goes to Pontianak (West Kalimantan, Indonesia) a

Major crossings at Tebedu and Lubuk Antu, Sarawak to Pontianak, Indonesia


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