I presume the coach from KL to Mersing connects with the ferry to Tioman? and vice versa?
#1 tassietraveller has been a member since 27/2/2010. Posts: 4
Some buses arrive at the bus terminal adjacent the ferry pier - some at a new station in Mersing central about 15 minutes walk from the pier - but Malaysian taxis are very cheap compared to west. Need to check with bus company which destination.
Ferries leave fairly frequently so from most bus trips it will not be too big a wait for a ferry. From what I understand some of the overnight services from KL are timed to arrive in good time for the first ferry.
Thanks guys - looking forward to Tioman!
#4 tassietraveller has been a member since 27/2/2010. Posts: 4
Just as an update to this post, please note that buses to Mersing and the Tioman ferries do not necessarily connect . The reason is that Tioman has been enjoying quite a popularity boom lately, which results in the ferries to Tioman being a bit of a bottle-neck, especially since passengers are no longer allowed to sit on the sun-deck during the crossing, which effecively cuts ferry capacity in half.
In practice, during weekends and public holidays the ferries are finding it harder to cope. In other words, the ferries tend to get full before Tioman does.
My advice to those who've booked a Tioman resort, or want to go to Tioman during the weekend or a public holiday: book your ferry tickets as far in advance as you're comfortable with, so you won't be stranded at the departure jetty due to the ferry for that day being already full.
Since we go to Tioman quite regularly, we're seeing more and more travellers, local and from overseas, arrive at the Mersing jetty too late to catch their ferry, because it's full. Some even have to stay overnight in Mersing.
One of the channels you can try is www.tiomanferry.com. They sell tickets online. Or you just call the ferry operator, Bluewater, direct.
#5 bryan_norman has been a member since 6/1/2012. Posts: 3