Getting around - taxis
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 $5.
Ferries between Macau and Hong Kong
There are many ferries connecting Macau with both Shenzhen (China) and Hong Kong.
I arrived in Macau on a fast ferry from Hong Kong which was operated by New World First Ferry Company.
The journey between Hong Kong and Macau takes just 1 hour and ferries leave from both Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) in Hong Kong.. I caught a ferry from the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, the entrance of which is located on Canton Road. The ferries from Central depart from the Shun Tak Centre, which lies a little way beyond the ferry piers for the Outlying Islands.
Ferries operate from early in the morning to late at night with departures approximately every 30 minutes. On weekends and public holidays, ferries run throughout the night, with hourly crossings. The cost is approximately 140 HKD each way - with night time crossings a little more expensive than day time crossings.
Gates close 15 minutes before departure and any oversized baggage can be checked in.
Staff hand out immigration cards on board. These must be filled out and handed to immigration officials when you arrive in Macau / Hong Kong. Remember your passport when travelling between Hong Kong and Macau.
The ferries have comfortable seats and on board catering facilities - you can buy hot and cold drinks and various snacks from a catering outlet inside the ferry.
Another company that operates ferries between Hong Kong and Macau is Turbo Jet. Their services seemed to be slightly more frequent than NWFF and marginally faster.
Prices correct at January 2006: (1 GBP = 13.7 HKD = 14 MOP$)
A Tricycle Ride
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).
In Hong Kong I haven't seen any scooters but here it seems normal to use them. The traffic is not as dense as in Hong Kong I guess.
There is a bus system and as you can see, destinations are written in Portugese as well on the front panel. I haven't used the busses myself as I walked everything.
- Budget Travel