There are 2 ways to get to Macau from Hong Kong:
It costs HK$141 (circa 2005) one way to catch the ferry from Macau Ferry Terminal to the Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong on Hong Kong Island (and vice versa). The journey takes about 1 hour, and yes, you need that passport.
Don't worry about tickets, they are easily available on the spot. Most standard hotels offer free shuttle buses to the ferry terminal in Macau.
Turbojet also offers service that brings visitors directly from HK Airport to Macau.
Catamarans from the First Ferry offer roundtrip sailings to and from Macau and the Kowloon Peninsula, arriving at the China (HK) Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon).
The journey takes about 60-75 minutes. The ticket price ranges from HK$140 to HK$275.
For details, please call Hong Kong (852) 2516-9581 or Macau (853) 726301.
You can also visit the website: http://www.nwff.com.hk.
(Disclaimer: I have not tried this service)
A trip to Macau offers a nice break from the constant crowds and traffic of Hong Kong. There are several ferry options to get you there. I took the ferry from Kowloon Ferry Terminal. The cost for economy class is HK$141 and the ride takes about an hour. There are several different companies offering ferry rides to Macau, but the only major difference is their departure schedule. Between the companies, ferries depart about every 30 minutes from 0700 to 2200.
The Kowloon Ferry Terminal is located at 33 Canton Rd on the western side of Kowloon, near Kowloon Park.
By far the best way to get from Hong Kong to Macau is by way of one of the fast ferries. We used the Turbojet Ferry which leaves from Sheung Wan terminal on HK Island. Easy way to get to the terminal is to take the MTR to Central and stay on till you get to Sheung Wan Station, then get off and follow signs to Ferry terminal.
Cost of the ferry was $151HK each adult which is about $19AUD return which is pretty good value I think. The one way trip only takes about one hour, however it can take you just as long to clear customs and immigration once you get to Macau!! DO NOT forget to take your passports with you if you are going to Macau, even if its for one day, as you will not be allowed in without them.
A popular daytrip from Hong Kong is to the former Portuguese colony of Macau. While Macau enjoys a similar status to Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of China, you still need your passport to travel between the two.
I undertook such a daytrip in January 2006.
I arrived in Macau on a fast ferry from Hong Kong which was operated by New World First Ferry Company.
The journey between Hong Kong and Macau takes just 1 hour and ferries leave from both Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) in Hong Kong.. I caught a ferry from the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, the entrance of which is located on Canton Road. The ferries from Central depart from the Shun Tak Centre, which lies a little way beyond the ferry piers for the Outlying Islands.
Ferries operate from early in the morning to late at night with departures approximately every 30 minutes. On weekends and public holidays, ferries run throughout the night, with hourly crossings. The cost is approximately 140 HKD each way - with night time crossings a little more expensive than day time crossings.
Gates close 15 minutes before departure and any oversized baggage can be checked in.
Staff hand out immigration cards on board. These must be filled out and handed to immigration officials when you arrive in Macau / Hong Kong. Remember your passport when travelling between Hong Kong and Macau.
The ferries have comfortable seats and on board catering facilities - you can buy hot and cold drinks and various snacks from a catering outlet inside the ferry.
Another company that operates ferries between Hong Kong and Macau is Turbo Jet. Their services seemed to be slightly more frequent than NWFF and marginally faster.
Prices correct at January 2006: (1 GBP = 13.7 HKD = 14 MOP$)
Most people travel to Macao from ferry terminal in the central but since we stayed in Mongkok, we took the First Ferry that depart from Tsin Sha Tsui terminal.
Take a bus ride (3C/ 10) from Nathan Road. The last stop of the bus will be at the terminal. Take note that there are other bus 3C and 10 running around Agryl steet, that one to the terminal only pass through Nathan Road. Wait at the exit side of MTR.
Getting from Macau to HK is not a problem.
You can easily get to HK (either to Central or TST) for just an hour.
You can buy tickets on the actual day you wish to travel due to many sailings.
You can buy a one/two way ticket up to 30 minutes before the departure.
Price range varies and time travel takes 60-75 minutes to reach the destination and depends on the sea condition. There are numerous ferry companies to choose from.
I got in Macau by the Macao Dragon (HK$ 134) economy which unfortunately has stopped their operation just last September 2011. Going back to HK, I took the turbojet ferry (HK$ 176) economy
This is some ferry ride and is more at home at a fun park (like Disney Land and others) rather than a mundane crossing of a very wide river delta from Hong Kong to Macau.
The Hong Kong terminal for Turbojet is more like an airport rather than a ferry terminal and contains customs and immigration facilities, snack bars and cafes, bureau de change and off course shops. The boarding formalities are quite straight forward as you are directed down a ramp and onto the aircraft . . . err ferry.
Once on-board we're all told to buckle up and then there's a safety demonstration - like in an aircraft - and then the boat slowly gets under way and clears the terminal. She (why are boats always "she"?) ambles along through the crowded water way of Victoria Harbour and once into clear water the boat reminded me of a stallion about to rear on its hind legs - suddenly the boats noisy jet increases to full throttle and the nose rises into the air and we're off.
Its an exciting ride past small islands - some only a few metres across - and the boat skims the wide estuary of the Pearl River. Its a distance of about 60 kilometres from Hong Kong to Macau.
Perhaps the only down side of the trip is the noise from the jet engines. I likened the boat to an aircraft - its built by Boeing the people who make so many of the worlds aircraft.
That was really a good experience of transportation. Very comfortable (especially if you ride a newer model of TurboJet boat) and kind of fast. Takes like 45-50 min to get to Macau and same time back. There are economy and business classes, also on board you can buy some food. Tickets costs 250 HK$ to get to Macau and back.
As mentioned by others, the Turbojet provides a fast 1-hour commute between HK and Macau. The cheapest fare is on economy and during weekdays. Checked luggage cost an extra 30 MOP/piece from Macau or 20 HKD from HK. Cabin attendants distribute immigration cards that non-HK or non-Macau residents have to fill up and present along with a passport.
The best way to get from Hong Kong to Macau (or vice versa) is to take the fast hydrofoil ferry operated by TurboJET. The journey takes about an hour to cover the 60km but isn't that cheap. The ferry departs from the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan, just to the west of Central, on Hong Kong Island. Services run between Hong Kong to Macau (and vice versa) from 07:00 to 23:59 and depart every 15 minutes. Tickets cost around HK$135-142 for economy and can be bought at the ticket counters in the terminal buildings. The ferry is very quick, one of the fastest boats I've ever been on and you really whizz past slower vessels once you're out of Hong Kong Harbour.
Catch the New World First Ferry from Kowloon to Macau for HKD 172. The trip takes roughly an hour and ferries are leaving from China Ferry Terminal on Canton Road.
There are also Ferries from Victoria Harbour to Macao with Turbo Jet.
After getting off the ferry in HK and going through passport control, follow the exit signs to the bottom floor to get a taxi into the city.
The total for our trip to Paterson St on Causeway Bay was just about 50HKD.
The taxi driver spoke some English, but if you can, try to get the name (or map) of the place you are staying in Cantonese.
I took the TurboJet from Hong Kong's Shun Tak Centre [Metro station: Sheung Wan]. The journey takes 1h and costs from 138 to 172 HK$ [one way ticket - economy class]. I advise you to book in advance.
The boat arrives in Macau at Porto Exterior.
Going to Macau? The most common way is to catch the First Ferry there.
Tickets can be bought at the China Ferry Terminal at Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The journey takes 1 hour, and there is a ferry leaving every half an hour starting at 7am until 9pm. Services extend to midnight on weekends and public holidays.
Tickets cost HK$140 (including tax) per seat on weekdays. The seats will be allocated at the boarding gate. The ticket will cost more on weekends.
Food and drinks are sold on board.
On-board toilet facilities are very clean.
Ferry´s leave from China Ferry Terminal, Tsimshatsui and Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan very frequent, i don´t think bookings are necessary (might be more complicated finding the booked boat/seat).
There are taxi´s and city buses at the Macau terminal. Walking is possible to the casino area and even to the old town center. You can use Hongkong $ in Macau, but not the opposite.