How to Ship a Motorcycle from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to Indonesia (Sumatra)

As the Malaysia to Indonesia motorcycle shipping route has reopened, you’ll find new information in this article with contact info and updated details as we get them. 

Motorcycle Shipping between Malaysia and Indonesia

Pre Covid, motorcycle travellers heading from Asia to Australia (or vice versa) would simply ride to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, head to Port Klang and put their bike on a boat to Sumatra. Then they could start the ride towards Surabaya, Bali or Dilli to ship their bike out.

However, all boat transfers from Malaysia to Sumatra ceased over the Covid period. And it was only around August/October 2022 that the first crossing took place in three years.

This guide provides information we have obtained from contacts and travellers recently using this service again. Please feel free to comment or email us with any recent updates or questions. 

How to cross from Port Klang to Sumatra with a motorcycle

Currently, there is only one cargo boat that takes motorcycles on board – but no passengers. So, you will need to load your bike onto the boat and take a flight or a fast ferry. 

The flight is to Medan, from there you would need to take a taxi to meet your bike.

Expect the crossing to cost around 5,500,000RP (£289GBP / $350USD).

The contacts you need are Azwan (in Malaysia) and Tony (in Indonesia). They are partners and work together so you can contact either in order to arrange the shipment from Malaysia to Indonesia or vice versa. 

Contact for Malaysia: Azwan +60 13303 1591.   

Contact for Indonesia: Tony +62 823 6008 5666. 

Recent experience shipping from Indonesia to Malaysia

Tony was great. He met us at our hotel so we could follow him to the port (Tanjung Balai) where he sorted out all the export paperwork with the local authorities (stamping the carnet and checking the bike was listed on the carnet). This took about 20 minutes.

The boat was 100 metres from the customs office. We loaded the bikes, it was a bit precarious but with lots of help it took around 25 minutes for two motorcycles.

We could not go on the boat with the bikes but could get a fast ferry, which took around 6 hours from the same port (Tanjung Balai) to Port Dickinson, 2 hours south of KL. Here is the ferry website: indomalfastferry.com

Tony took us to the ticket office to buy the ferry tickets then dropped us back at our hotel. He then collected us from the hotel early in the morning and dropped us at the ferry terminal. Very efficient and friendly. We had the same efficient experience on the Malaysia side with Azwan. 

Cost was 1850 RMB, cash, for a large BMW GS1250, all included (taxing us about in Indonesia, clearance formalities etc).

This recent update was kindly provided by Richard from 2Up From Down Under. Check out this adventures here: 

How to Ship a Motorcycle between Malaysia and Indonesia

Paperwork procedure

Your carnet will be checked and stamped on the Indonesian side along with a passport check. Tony arranges this with you in attendance. You will need to give your carnet to Tony so that your bike can be cleared in Malaysia before you arrive in Port Klang to collect them. You can take the carnet with you but then you would have to wait in Malaysia for it to be cleared.
 
For more info on the paperwork required to enter Indonesia and Malaysia, check out the below guides.
 
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Timings

The boat taking the bikes leaves in the evening and arrives early the following day. You can catch the fast passenger ferry the morning after the bikes leave and by the time you arrive in Port Klang the bikes should be cleared and ready to collect.

Tips

Pack as much on the bike so you don’t have to lug it on and off the ferry. 
 
Port Dickinson to KL is about a two hour drive. And Port Dickinson is quite remote, so you will need to arrange transport.
 
You may need to submit a digital arrival card three days in advance for entry into Malaysia, see link here imigresen-online.imi.gov.my
How to Ship a Motorcycle between Malaysia and Indonesia

The alternative way of getting between Malaysia and Indonesia

If you are not able to do this route, then the current option (which we took in 2023) is to ship from Kuala Lumpur to Malaysia Borneo, cross the border to Indonesia Borneo and catch the ferry to Java. 

We have dedicated guides on shipping your motorcycle to Malaysia Borneo and Indonesia Borneo from both Kuala Lumpur and Java. You’ll find all the shipping guides and more in the Indonesia Guides Page. 

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Read more on motorcycle travel in Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo and Southeast Asia

Thanks for checking out this How to Ship Your Motorcycle from Malaysia to Indonesia Guide. We hope you enjoyed it! Here’s a few more articles on motorcycling in Southeast Asia that we recommend you read next. 

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Are you planning a motorcycle trip to Malaysia or Indonesia? Or do you have any questions or tips to share? Let us know in the comments below. 

2 thoughts on “How to Ship a Motorcycle from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to Indonesia (Sumatra)”

  1. Hi guys, Just letting you know that your recommendation for shipping our bikes from Sumatra to Malaysia using Tony’s shipping worked! We arrived in Malaysia a few days ago. Tony was great. Very helpful indeed along with his colleague in KL. They helped us with all the export and import approvals for the bikes. We caught the fast ferry. Cost was RM1,850 each bike.

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    • Hi Richard, thank you very much for posting your update! Glad to know it all worked out. And thank you for your excellent updates to this article.
      Cheers,
      Andy

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