I go to Kerteh once in a while, either chasing business, or being chased to get business in that most famous of oil towns. Well, the ‘town’ designation is a bit grand for a place that is essentially a hamlet.
Anyhow, travel around Kerteh is difficult if you don’t have your own transport. Taxis are based at Kerteh airport, and charge you according to travel distance to and from the base. You won’t find taxis roaming the streets that you can flag down.
Taxi travel is expensive around Kerteh, with the rates being set the local Taxi Association (located at said airport). Sample costs are:
- Awana Kijal to TCOT is RM50
- Airport to TCOT is RM25
- Awana Kijal to PETRONAS @ Rantau PETRONAS is RM25
- Awana Kijal to Airport RM30
Note that the taxis make most of their money ferrying people to and from the airport. These would be people transferring to and from offshore, and passengers on the twice-a-day Subang shuttle. I guess the low volumes justify the high cost of taxis.
Useful contact nos. are:
- Airport Taxi desk: +6098262108
- Jafa: +60199636253
My suggestion is that if you travel to Kerteh via Kuantan and have a lot of places to visit, rent a car at the Kuantan airport.