(date written: December 17,2011)
Bangkok to Macao via Air Asia
departure date: Dec. 22, 2011
departure time: 14:10
arrival time: 16:00
Fare: 937 MOP
Airport tax & fees: 134 MOP
Fuel Surcharge: 60 MOP
Total: 1,131 MOP (141.13 US dollars)
Manila-Macao via Cebu Pacific
Departure date: December 18, 2011
Departure time: 19:30
Arrival time: 21:30
Flight 5J - 362
Base fare: Pesos 488.00
Taxes & fess: 652.50
Web. Admin Fee; 80.00
Total: P 1,220.50
You can hire a scooter. Scooters are a very economical and fun way to see the sites of Macau - it's certainly the best way to get around the Macau's narrow streets!
You need a license that covers motorcycles or mopeds, licenses from most countries are accepted.
cheap way to go around macau and way cheaper than hiring a taxi. Going around Macau with Buses is the way to go. Macau Public buses and minibuses run from 6:45 a.m. to midnight. On all routes within the city, the fare is 2.5 patacas per journey. There are buses (Route 3, 3A, 10, 12, 23, 28C & 32) that provide regular service between the city and the piers for incoming or out going visitors.
All buses are air-conditioned and are quite comfortable. Try to avoid travelling during the rush hour, when buses tend to become over crowded.
There are buses from Macau to the islands with regular departures throughout the day, from 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fares are: Taipa - 3.3 patacas, Coloane Village - 4.0 patacas and Hac Sa Beach - 5.00 patacas. Passengers are required to have the exact fare.
There is a bus stop between Hotel Lisboa and the Portuguese school. You can enjoy a comfortable trip to the picturesque islands aboard an air-conditioned bus.
Bus number AP1 links the airport with the ferry terminal and downtown. It costs 6 patacas.
Have Patacas Coins ready as buses dont give change. Take a tourist map from the tourist info center as they have the bus route of different bus nos. available there (for both Transmac & TCM). Be warned though that buses have a lot more stops than what the bus route map says, just look around more carefully to know where to get off. Bus drivers dont speak English so you'll be on your own:P If you're brave enough to shout out and ask who speaks English though, I'm pretty sure there'll be a Filipino around who can help:)
the main gateway to Macau from hong kong! Turbojet Catamaran ferry service from Hongkong to Macau and Vice versa is a new service, previously only regular boat ferry and the smaller jetfoil ply the route. This is a little bit slower than a jetfoill ride but only by 5 minutes since jetfoil travel time is about 50 minutes while Turbojet is 55 minutes (hkg-macau and vice versa). The ride is a little bit rough since the seas around the pearl river delta and south china are rough but you won't feel sea sick. They offer day and night service.
The ferry also includes shenzen and hongkong airport.
price for one way economy class is hkg macau is 138 HKD and Macau HKG is 142 HKD weekdays and 150 and 154 HKD at weekends.
Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier is located in Porto Exterior, Macau Peninsula
and in Hong Kong: China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and Shun Tak Centre in Central
more expensive ride than the public bus. Macau have plenty of licensed and metered taxis. Thre are two types of taxis - black and yellow taxis. Black painted with a creamcoloured roof, joined by radio-called taxis in yellow colour with the contact numbers below.
Vang Iek Taxi Phone number: (853) 519519; Macau Taxi Phone number: (853) 967115
Flag fall and the first 1500 meters travelled is 10 patacas. The fare for each subsequent 220 meters is 1 pataca, with waiting time at 1 pataca each minute.
Each piece of luggage carried in the trunk coasts 3 patacas. Surcharges of 2 patacas for journeys from Taipa to Coloane, of 5 patacas for Macau to Coloane, and 5 patacas for journeys starting from Macau International Airport. There is no surcharge for return trips from the islands to Macau.
Very few taxi drivers can speak English. Most can understand Mandarin. So be sure to grab a bilingual map in the ferry terminal or in the hotels.
The cheapest way would be to take the Venetian free shuttle to the ferry terminal on the mainland and then catch a local bus (but you need to have the right Macau patacas change) to Leal Senado Square. Another option is to take the shuttle and then change to another free shuttle for the Lisboa (by the Lisboar shutte) which is less than a 10 minute walk from the Square. When you arrive at the Square, you walk along the plaza until you see The Body Shop and turn left up the walkway for a couple more minutes to St Paul's and the Macau Fort Museum.
Be sure to do some research on the bus stops/numbers near your itinerary, and have coins/exact bus fare. When we went there, fare is around 3.20 within Macau peninsula. If you haven't done any bus route research, better to take cabs as their bus routes and streets could be confusing.
Also, most Macau hotels offer free shuttles to/from ferry terminal and airport. If you're casino-hopping here are some shuttles that can be used: Venetian -> Sands, Venetian -> airport, Venetian -> ferry terminal, Wynn -> Ferry Terminal
If you're on a budget trip and you have enough time, grab a city bus route map from a tourist information counter (airport or ferry terminal). The city buses run frequent trips and you can see them everywhere. Identify them by the colour of the buses. Most of them stops directly at the tourist spots. remember to get ready the exact fare.
You could either take the First Ferry (going to Kowloon HK) or TurboJet (going to Shun Tak HK). I bought my tickets 2 days in advance for HK$168. If you have luggages with you, better arrive 15-20 minutes for check-in as the jets always leave on time.
Most bus routes pass by the terminal.
- Online booking was convenient yet the customer hotline was only available during regular office hours.
- flight from Clark Pampanga (Diosdado Macapagal airport) was on time, and there were very few passengers
- the one way ticket to Macau only costs less than 3,000php
- I would take the flight again if only the it wasn't that far from Manila.
Taxis are easy to get most of the time. The all yellow taxis are radio equipped while the cream black are not.
Fares are standardized. Flagfall is MOP $10 for the first 1.5km. Every subsequent 250 meters, will be MOP $1. Luaggage carried in the trunk is charged at MOP $3 per item. Trips from Taipa to trips from Macao to Coloane have MOP $5 surcharge. From the international ariport, another MOP $5.
There are many ferries connecting Macau with both Shenzhen (China) and Hong Kong.
I arrived in Macau on a fast ferry from Hong Kong which was operated by New World First Ferry Company.
The journey between Hong Kong and Macau takes just 1 hour and ferries leave from both Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) in Hong Kong.. I caught a ferry from the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, the entrance of which is located on Canton Road. The ferries from Central depart from the Shun Tak Centre, which lies a little way beyond the ferry piers for the Outlying Islands.
Ferries operate from early in the morning to late at night with departures approximately every 30 minutes. On weekends and public holidays, ferries run throughout the night, with hourly crossings. The cost is approximately 140 HKD each way - with night time crossings a little more expensive than day time crossings.
Gates close 15 minutes before departure and any oversized baggage can be checked in.
Staff hand out immigration cards on board. These must be filled out and handed to immigration officials when you arrive in Macau / Hong Kong. Remember your passport when travelling between Hong Kong and Macau.
The ferries have comfortable seats and on board catering facilities - you can buy hot and cold drinks and various snacks from a catering outlet inside the ferry.
Another company that operates ferries between Hong Kong and Macau is Turbo Jet. Their services seemed to be slightly more frequent than NWFF and marginally faster.
Prices correct at January 2006: (1 GBP = 13.7 HKD = 14 MOP$)
Tourist may want to do a Tour in Macau in a Tricycle (see pictures).
Depending on the Tour, each ride costs HK$100, HK$200, HK$300 (about €10, €20, €30 euros respectively).