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Maylaysia to Sumatra by boat

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1. Posted by ellador (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

We are looking to travel from malaysia to north sumatra and want to do either the outward leg or return by ferry, for reasons of both financ and variety.
Has anybody done this as we are worried about the safety standards of the ferries or the comfort of the journey. Any advice on routes, price or time of journey would also be appreciated

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 10y


Malaysia and Singapore: By ferry or speedboat from Penang to Medan in northern Sumatra; from Melaka to Dumai in northern Sumatra; from Johor Bahru in far southern Malaysia; from Singapore to Batam, Bintan and Karimun islands, in Indonesia's Riau archipelago; and from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Balai in Sumatra...

My preferred choice:Penang - Medan (Indonesia):
A daily ferry operates from Penang in Malaysia to Belawan (the port of Medan) in Indonesia (Sumatra, the northern island), sailing at 09:00 and arriving 13:00. Returning, it sails from Belawan (Medan) at 10:30 and arrives Penang at 14:30. The fare is about 90 Ringgit (£15/$25). For more information, see

Once in Medan, you can spread out to as far as Bristagi,etc. medan is more central in Sumatra.

have fun.


3. Posted by ellador (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

thanks. i didn't realise the journey was so short, or that there were several options. this gives us plenty of flexibility i will definitely use the ferries, or even sppedboat, probably in both directions.