Hongkong-Macau Ferry Terminal: Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan. Here you can purchase a ferry ticket. There's a ferry every 15minutes from 07:00 until 24:00 with seven additional sailings throughout the night. During peak hours turbojet lays on extra ferries to cope with demand.. Sunday is the busiest day while the locals take a day trip to Macao, purchase your ticket in return especially if you want to take the ferry boat on the same day
I think that the best way to visit Macau is taking a ferry in Hong Kong.
Macau has an international airport, but flying to Hong Kong is easier and cheapper. The ferry takes a little more than one hour, departing each half an hour and costing about US $30
Jurbojet is a the company that provide speed boat services between Hong-Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. It is faster to get between these locations by speed boats than buses. Commons routes:
Hong Kong --> Macau ; Macau --> Hong Kong
Macau --> Shenzhen Airport / or Shekou, Shenzhen ; Shenzhen Airport/ Shekou --> Macau
Please check out its website for schedules and fares.
AP1 is the bus that you want to to take from Macau Airport to several important locations, including:
1) Macau Ferry Terminal
This is where you can get the Ferry to Hong Kong or Shenzhen.
2) Portas do Cerco/ China Border Gate
This is where you want to leave Macau to China, you can just walk to Zuhai. There is a bus terminal on the ground floor, where you can get express buses to cities in China like Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and etc.
3) Av. Amizade, Mandarin Oriental Hotel / Sands Casino
The downtown of Macau, where most of the hotels and Casino are located.
Bus departs every 15 minutes from 6:30am to 1:20am.
Fare: MOP$6 each.
Just realized that I gave you the wrong name of the ferry service. It's Turbojet and NOT Turbocat. Sorry about that. Again, there's signage within HK Airport's transfer areas for the ferry service and it eventually brings you to the E-1 transfer point where you go to buy the ferry ticket for Macau. They also sell tickets for direct ferry to Shenzhen as well so make sure you're in the right line. You'll have to produce your passport and your boarding stub that you just got off of because they transfer the luggage that you've checked in all the way to the Macau Ferry Terminal where you'll go to baggage claim area AFTER you've gone thru Macau immigration formalities. It's a small area so you won't miss it. Also, the gate for the Turbojet Ferry in Hong Kong International is Gate 10 and is dedicated for ferry service transfer for shuttle buses to the Sky Pier. You won't be able to board the ferry until Turbojet and airport personnel are sure that your luggage has been transferred to the Sky Pier.
Below is a link to the website where you can also pre-book your ticket on Turbojet.
We used the Turbojet hydrofoil service directly to Hong Kong airport from Macao. You must have a valid airline ticket to use this service. Checkin when you arrive at the airport is in the hydrofoil terminal.
The journey from Macao to Hong Kong takes around one hour on a comfortable and fast boat. Although seats are allocated, it was a free for all on baording!
Going around with Buses
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.
The Lonely Planet claimed that there is an Airport Shuttle bus. WRONG! There is no such thing. Technically, well, yes there is. The public bus service runs a line called AP-1 which will bring you out of the airport into the city (or to the airport from the city) at a flat cost of $3.30 patacas (circa May 2005). What you don't know is that this bus service is one of the most loop around service you will ever get as it virtually stops at every major tourist point in Macau. A journey could take you 40-50 minutes whereas a taxi could take only 20-25 minutes. And some of the bus drivers may not understand English. If you have time to spare and don't mind seeing Macau or if you are really intent on saving a few patacas (or HK$), well, don't let me stop you. The bus stop is right outside the airport, on the extreme left hand side after you get out from the Arrival Hall.
Barrier Gate←→Ferry Terminal←→Sands←→Cultural Cenrtre←→Landmark/Holiday Inn←→H.Lisboa←→Ocean Garden←→H.Hyatt/New Century←→Airport
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.
Addendum by seagypsy:
..."Only certain airlines with flights from HK are allowed on this service. And if you want to go via the opposite route, ie. from HK airport to Macau, you have to arrange this within the airport AND you must NOT go thru HK immigration. This needs to be arranged via the transit desk within HK Airport"...
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)
Macao is a relatively small city, with varied architecture and atmosphere, so visiting the sights on foot is a good idea and perfectly possible. The Tourist Office recommends walks which are well designed and interesting (though quite ambitious sometimes - I would plan more time for almost all the walks, particularly in summer when it can be very hot).
Sightseeing is fairly easy in Macau - many of the sights are within walking distance: churches, the famous Largo do Senado, the fassade of St. Paul's Cathedral, the lighthouse and many more sights!
For interesting walking tours within Macao, do have a look at the following website:
When I came to Macau it was a daytrip from Hong Kong. The ferry service was great. There is a jet-foil service which is speedy and runs until very late. The customs procedures on both sides were speedy. The cost varied depending on the time of day and the day of the week but was about $120 HK one way.
Please look at the link below which has Macau airport information and a link (click on transportation) to the ferry timetable and fare information.
from hong kong - turbojet
from China - land and sea transportation
from other places - by plane or fly to Hong Kong / China and going there by land / sea transportation
preferably bus, cos it's cheap and accessiable to everywhere
Going to Macao from Guangzhou China, by Bus costs 70 yuan. one of the bus terminal is located at China Hotel near yuexiu metro station, its a 2.5 hours journey from guangzhou to Gongbei port in Zhuhai China, the boarder area in Macao.
Around Macau, there are free bus/shuttle service courtesy of hotels and casinos in Macao, just select the service shuttle near to the place or area you are heading.
I've been in Macao with a daytrip from HK, too. In March.
If you stay in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST)area you can take ferry at CHINA FERRY HARBOUR (close to Kowloon PARK)
take with you a jacket for air conditioning inside ferry!
in MAcao I suggest you to avoid Casino area if not interested to have a tour inside one of this building and go in the historical part (if I well remember with bus 12) and walk around.
For lunch I can suggest you restaurant: A Lorcha (at lunch time the close around 15 o'clock if I'mk not wrong) close to a nice TEmple.
I had a great codfish with potatos, there! :-)
Hong kong is very safe at every time in the day and in the night but also in Macao i didn't feel unsafe.
hope you wil enjoy these places as me and in HK in cannot miss : Big Buddha in LAndau island and TAI O (fisherman village). But go there at the sunset (after Buddha temple closed, when tourist go away and locals live their simple life-in an middle age man will start to speak with you, don't be afraid...he will guide you around...of course at the end he will ofer you to buy simple thing but with him you can feel the place in a different place and it worth the few HK dollars you will pay his objects). you can go ther with Ferry from HK island and then take bus , but also you can go and come back to HONG KONG using a bus from TAI O to Tung Chung metro station.
another thing i really reccomend you is to sen a night at horserace (wednesday usually) at Happyvalley (HK island)...so amazing atmosphere and incredible skyscrapes scenary...one of the most beautiful memoris in HK :-)
Have a nice time there!
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, Macau Region, China
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