Visitors can get to Pulau Redang via direct flights operated by Berjaya Air from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport) in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore’s Changi Airport Budget Terminal. Pre-arrangements should be made with their respective resorts to ensure smooth transfers between the airport and the resort.
Alternatively, visitors can travel to Pulau Redang via ferry from Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu or Merang jetty. Ferries owned by resorts usually ferry their passengers directly from Merang jetty to Redang. However, certain resorts utilise the public ferry which departs from Shahbandar jetty to the Kampung jetty on Redang. Passengers then transfer to boats heading to their respective resorts. Packages offered by the resorts would have already included the prices for these ferry transfers.
Travellers who arrive at Kuala Terengganu’s airport or coach station should inform the resort of their date and time of arrival so appropriate arrangement can be made, with the expense of a small fee, a land transfer to either one of the jetties can be arranged. Travellers should also notify the resort about the date and time of their departing flight or coach so that the resort can advise them when to get back to Kuala Terengganu for their flight or coach. Besides that, tourists can hail a cab from the airport or coach station to the jetty. Direct services to both jetties are offered by certain coach companies. Car parks are available at Merang jetty or at any of the public car parks in Kuala Terengganu for travellers who drive their own vehicles.
Shahbandar Jetty is situated in downtown Kuala Terengganu opposite the Tourist Information Centre and General Kuala Terengganu Post Office, it is also located in the vicinity of the wet market, shops, eateries and tourist attractions like Puteri Hill, Maziah Palace and Chinatown.
Shahbandar Jetty is just a 15 minute walk away from the Kuala Terengganu Coach Terminal and about 25 minutes by car from Kuala Terengganu Airport to Shahbandar Jetty.
The boat journey from Shahbandar Jetty to Pulau Redang is approximately 1.5 hours each way.
Shahbandar Jetty is located at Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin.
Full address for Shahbandar Jetty:
Jeti Pelancongan Shahbandar,
Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin,
20670 Kuala Terengganu,
From Google Earth, please search for “Bukit Puteri, Kuala Terengganu” or “Dataran Syah”
Resort that uses ferry departs from Shahbandar Jetty:
|Resorts||From Shahbandar Jetty||From Redang|
|Redang Beach Resort||9am, 10.30am, 3pm||7.30am, 11am, 1pm|
|Redang Laguna Resort||9.30am, 12noon||9am, 11.30am|
|Redang Bay Resort||9am, 10.30am, 3pm||7.30am, 11am|
|Redang Reef Resort||9am, 10.30am, 3pm||7.30am, 11am, 1pm|
|Redang Island Resort||10.30am, 3pm||7am, 1pm|
|Coral Redang Island Resort||9am, 10.30am, 3pm||7.30am, 11am, 1pm|
|Redang Holiday Beach Villa||9am, 10.30am, 3pm||7.30am, 11am, 1pm|
Merang should not be confused with Marang, which is the name of another town located south of Kuala Terengganu. Merang jetty is the closest point on Peninsular Malaysia to Redang and is just 40 minutes away from Kuala Terengganu. Each resort has its own jetty and check-in areas at Merang jetty and public car parks are also available there for those who drive their own vehicle.
Merang Jetty is located in a small fishing village of Merang and travelers can follow the signboard from Kuala Terengganu to reach the jetty. The journey from Kuala Terengganu Coach Terminal to Merang Jetty takes about 40 minutes by car and the journey from Kuala Terengganu Airport to Merang Jetty takes about 30 minutes each way.
The boat journey from Merang Jetty to Pulau Redang is approximately 1 hour each way.
GPS coordinate for Merang Jetty is N 5.532600° E 102.948633°
Resort that uses ferry departs from Merang Jetty:
|Resorts||From Merang Jetty||From Redang|
|Redang Pelangi Resort||9.30am||8am-10am|
|Redang Kalong Resort||10am||8.30am|
|Redang Mutiara Beach Resort||9.30am||10.30am|
|Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa||Flexible (private transfer)||Flexible (private transfer)|
Flying from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Pulau Redang
There are two airports from which flights depart directly to Redang and they are both operated by Berjaya Air. A flight from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport) in KL takes 55 minutes whereas a trip from Singapore’s Changi Airport Budget Terminal to Redang takes 80 minutes.
Guests staying at the Redang Island Resort (formelly known as Berjaya resort) will be ferried from Redang’s airstrip, situated near the Kampung jetty, to the resort which is less than 10 minutes away by road. Guests of other resorts, however, would be ferried via van to Kampung jetty, where they would board a boat heading to their respective resorts. Costs for these transfers from the airstrip to van and/or boat are already included for those guests who opt for the ‘fly and stay’ vacation packages offered by Berjaya Air and some of the resorts on Redang. Other guests, however, would need to make prior arrangements with their resorts for these transfers.
Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu
Daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Terengganu are operated by Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and AirAsia. The duration of a flight on either Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia is around 55 minutes while that of Firefly is approximately 60 minutes. Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) while flights operated by Air Asia depart from the KLIA2. On the other hand, Firefly planes take off from Kuala Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (also known as Subang Airport), which is located just 28 minutes from the city centre of KL.
International travellers who fly into KLIA before boarding a flight to Kuala Terengganu from KLIA2, or vice versa, should allocate enough time for travelling between the two terminals. This is expected to be around 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes via feeder bus, which departs in 20-minute intervals. On the other hand, travellers should expect a travelling time of approximately 45-60 minutes when transferring between KLIA/KLIA2 and Subang Airport by taxi.
Located 15km away from the town centre of Kuala Terengganu, Sultan Mahmud Shah airport is the airport which serves Kuala Terengganu. In normal traffic conditions, it takes around 30 minutes and 40 minutes to reach Shahbandar jetty and Merang jetty respectively. Travellers can pay a small fee to their resort or travel agent to make arrangements for transport between the airport and the jetty. Alternatively, travellers can purchase a taxi coupon at the Taxi Counter at the airport. The coupon would cost MYR25 to Shahbandar jetty and MYR50 to Merang jetty. Departing travellers should allocate approximately 2.5-3 hours (including check-in time) for transferring between Redang and Sultan Mahmud Shah airport in order to avoid missing their flights.
Recommended arrival time to Kuala Terengganu Airport:
|Airlines||From Kuala Lumpur||Arrival to Kuala Terengganu|
Travelling by Coach to Kuala Terengganu
Visitors travelling by coach have the privilege of enjoying the picturesque countryside in a relaxing manner. Coaches usually make multiple stops along the journey for meal and toilet breaks. Since there are usually no toilets on a coach, passengers who missed one of the stops but still need to go to the loo should inform the driver or staff of the coach so they will be able to make a stop at the nearest toilet.
Luxury single or double-decker coaches tended to by attentive attendants who serve food and beverages and equipped with massage seats and personal audio-video entertainment systems are offered by many coach companies. Certain companies make it even more comfortable for their passengers by fitting their coaches with snoozer capsule seats that are operated by electricity. These can be horizontally-reclined without occupying the seat space of the rear passenger. As few as 16 to 18 seats are found on the luxury coaches while VIP coaches on a single-decker nowadays normally have 21 to 27 seats in a seating configuration of 1-2. This configuration provides passengers with better comfort as well as a larger space with a wider legroom so that passengers are able sleep comfortably during the long journeys.
Travellers who travel by coach normally need to take a coach which departs at night so they would be able to arrive at Kuala Terengganu or Merang on time to catch the ferry to Redang, which usually leaves for the island in the morning. Hence, travellers should be well-prepared for the overnight journey. Inflatable neck pillows and blinders or a cap would help make a sleep on the coach more comfortable. Warm clothing is also essential since temperatures could be quite low inside the coach. However, travellers get to choose between taking a coach during the day or at night on their return journey. Those who plan to enjoy the scenic countryside view can travel during the day whereas those who plan to spend the day doing some sightseeing around Kuala Terengganu can take a night coach.
- Travelling by coach between Kuala Lumpur & Kuala Terengganu
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- Travelling by coach between Johor & Kuala Terengganu
- Travelling by coach between Singapore & Kuala Terengganu
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Travelling by Coach to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore
The duration of time needed to travel from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu via coach is roughly 9 to 10 hours. However, this may vary depending on the condition of the traffic on the Johor-Singapore Causeway or the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Despite that, coaches that travel during the night normally reach Kuala Terengganu or Merang before 8.30 in the morning.
The cheapest coach services are offered by Transnasional. Daily coach services between the Lavender bus station in Singapore, which is situated at the junction of Lavender and Kallang Bahru, and Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bahru are operated by this coach company. Transnasional coaches often stop at Johor Bahru’s Larkin station to pick up passengers on their way up north. This makes the duration of their journeys slightly longer than that of other companies. Passengers heading south back to Singapore can either alight at Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint or at Singapore’s Lavender bus station. Those who choose to alight at the Checkpoint should tell the coach driver that they would not be getting on the coach again after the Checkpoint.
Another company to be considered is Konsortium. Coaches run by this company travel directly between the Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road in Singapore and either Merang jetty or Shahbandar jetty. Konsortium coaches take a shorter time to arrive at their destinations since they take the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. This in turn means that Konsortium coaches depart from Singapore at a later time than the Transnasional ones. Coaches operated by Konsortium normally stop for pickup at Merang jetty and Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu at 10am and 11am respectively.
It could be relatively hard to get tickets for coaches from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu during peak travel periods. Instead, travellers could get on a coach bound for Kota Bahru, and then ask to be dropped off in Kuala Terengganu which sits along the way towards Kota Bahru. On a side note, travellers who intend to go to Pulau Perhentian can alight at Jertih, which is 15km away from Kuala Besut, and hail a cab to Kuala Besut. An alternative way is to head north to the Larkin bus station in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru, where there are a larger variety of coach companies at even cheaper prices! Travellers who intend to go to Larkin bus station can either catch the brightly yellow-coloured Causeway Link bus at Kranji MRT station or head to Ban San Terminal at the junction of Queen and Arab streets to get on SBS170, a Singapore-Johor Express bus. Relatively large groups of travellers can also head to Golden Mile and book a coach to Larkin bus station from any one of the many coach operators there.
Travellers who travel via coach between Singapore and Malaysia should note that there are two points of immigration where they are required to alight from the coach. There is one each at the country of departure and country of arrival. When departing the country, travellers are only required to bring along their passports and valuables while their luggage can be left on the coach. However, the immigration point at the country of arrival requires travellers to bring down all their luggage. So it is advisable for travellers to travel light. Travellers should remember the number plate and markings of their coach in order to get on the appropriate one after passing through immigration checks.
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Traveling by Own Car to Kuala Terengganu
Driving to the Eastern Coast of Peninsular Malaysia is a pleasant experience as the condition of Malaysia’s system of roads and expressways is top-notch. Travellers who choose to drive also get to take in the sights of the picturesque countryside. There is no need to worry about your vehicle as both Kuala Terengganu and Merang have short-term car parks which allow you to park your vehicle under the care of security guards and wardens. Open-air parking spaces at Merang would set travellers back for around RM5 a day while lots under shades are priced at about RM10 for a day. It should be noted that parking spaces at Shahbandar jetty are limited. Nevertheless, other carparks are just a stone’s throw away from the jetty.
Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu (approximately 455km):
Drive East (Timor) towards Bukit Besi from KL via Karak highway 2 and the East Coast Expressway (ECE), also called Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) in Malay, to Bukit Besi (the segment of ECE beyond this point is still being constructed). After exiting the ECE and entering highway 14, head north towards Kuala Terengganu by passing through the small town of Ajil. After the completion of Phase 2 of the ECE, the distance between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Terengganu is shortened to 410km as drivers can reach Kuala Terengganu directly via the ECE. A drive between the two cities would only take about 3.5 hours.
Penang to Kuala Terengganu (approximately 460km):
Drive east in the direction of Kota Bahru via East-West highway 4, passing through the towns of Grik and Jertih on the way. Proceed south towards Merang or Kuala Terengganu through highway 3.
Singapore/Johor Bahru to Kuala Terengganu (approximately 562km):
Drive onto the North-South Highway, or Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan in Malay, and proceed North (Utara) before exiting at Yong Peng. Drive along highway 1 to arrive at Labis and Segamat and highway 12 to reach Kuantan. Then, proceed by entering the East Coast Expressway (ECE), also called Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT), and drive along until you reach Bukit Besi. After exiting the ECE and entering highway 14, head north towards Kuala Terengganu by passing through the small town of Ajil. An alternative way from Kuantan would be to get onto coastal highway 3, which passes through the towns of Kemaman, Paka and Dungun. This is a more panoramic route but could tend to experience sluggish traffic during rush hours. Travellers who are not in a rush of time can go to Mersing and get onto coastal highway 3 there, then head towards Kuala Terengganu by using that highway.
From Kuala Terengganu to Merang:
Road signs depicting directions to Airport/Kota Bahru, Batu Rakit, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), or formerly known as KUSTEM, Sutra Beach and Merang Jetty are available and travellers need only to follow the directions as indicated. Besides that, the website of Laguna’s resort also provides a detailed roadmap with clear directions for the convenience of travellers.
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