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    MACAO-1 day trip from HK

    by garibaldi Written May 28, 2010

    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)

    http://www.nwff.com.hk/eng/fare_table/local-macau/?section=Macau

    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!
    Pietro

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  • down-loadable Macau tour borchure with bus destina

    by seagypsy Written Nov 1, 2009

    Found it! You've got to download the Macau Tourism's english language brochure on sightseeing Macau and on the last page of the brochure, is the bus program with destinations. Not exactly a bus route map but it at least gives you some ideas. It takes a few minutes to download the whole brochure but you can try this link first:

    http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/documents/pdf/brochure_heritage_en_20090826.pdf

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  • Turbojet ferry direct to/from Macau to/from HK Int

    by seagypsy Written Nov 20, 2008

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    It's possible but it'd be a lot of hassle with only about 4-5 hours of quality time in Macau. From HK International Airport there are direct ferry's to Macau and they leave 6 times per day. You might want to go to the Turbojet website to check the departure times, both going to Macau and returning to HK International. I have posted a 'tip' about this previously and you can retreive it from my 'pages'.

    While it's possible I can't say whether it's worth your while. Macau has got great food and lots of culture and history so I'd recommend staying in the main district of Leal Senado Plaza where you're a short walk to St Paul Ruins (the iconic graphic of Macau), and the Macau Museum. With a good walking map (free from their tourist office) it's not difficult to navigate the streets.

    You'll have to return to HK International at least 2.5 hours before your departure and you'll have to factor in the Turbojet ferry's schedule with that.

    Oh, and one more thing, upon arrival at HK International, should you decide that you want to go to Macau via the Turbojet, DO NOT go through HK Immigration. Follow the signs for the ferry transfer where you'll have to buy the ticket/seat (unless purchased in advance via their website)and the ferry company will have to transfer your luggage to the boat before allowing you to board. YOu will not get an HK visa stamped into your passport.

    BTW, given your name, you might want to double check if there are visa restrictions for your nationality/country eventhough Macau offers visas free for most nationals.

    Also, upon returning by ferry to HK International, after getting off the ferry and going thru security, you can actually get a refund of HK Airport tax that you have already paid for flying/landing in HK. If memory serves from this past March, it's around 200HK dollars or approx. U$25; a neat little bonus for great Macanese food in Macau.

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    Ferry to Macau

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 10, 2008

    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.

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    Almost reliable bus services

    by muhdhazwan Written Aug 20, 2008

    Using the bus services here actually is a reliable and efficient way to get around Macau. Almost all the important spots are served by bus services. However, knowing which bus to take or which bus goes from point A to B can be a tedious job. One way is to actually ask people around, but chances are they are HKers who may not know as well.

    Although buses provide route details at bus stops, it is still hard to plan and buses often use a loop services instead of bi-directional routes.

    Another issue would be paying for bus fare. Although it is cheap MOP2.5-4, you need to make sure you have small changes to pay or else, you will end up paying MOP10 for a MOP2.5 trip. If that is the chance, it is best to take a cab.

    Oh bus stops are not sheltered, so good luck on a very hot day.

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    Taxi Fare from Ferry Terminal to Senado Square

    by Avya Written Dec 29, 2007

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    Our fares:-
    From the Ferry terminal to Senado Square = HKD 26
    From Senado Square to Ferry Terminal = HKD 29

    There's no taxi stand at Senado Square, so you just need to wait at the same place you were dropped off at Senado Square.

    They do accept HKD, Macao Patacas and China Renminbi too.

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    Riding a bycicle in Macau?

    by ntm2322 Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Locals don't ride bikes in Macau. Why?

    If you are planning to rent a bike while staying in Macau, I would advice not to do so. The Macau's boom is a reality and so is the traffic, getting worse and worse everyday ... and dangerous as well.

    The best ways to get acquainted with the city is by walking and by bus. Macau streets are narrow and riding a bike is definitely not a good idea, simply because of the innumerous cars, scooters and trucks circulating in the city. And don't forget that in many streets of the city there are vehicles parking in both sides.

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    Macau Taxis

    by machomikemd Written Aug 16, 2007

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    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 patpcas. 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.

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    Macau Pedicab!

    by machomikemd Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Pedicabs are the slowest but also the most romantic way of experiencing the long sweep of the Praia Grande Bay, and the older and traditional streets downtown.

    Pedicabs first appeared in the 1930's, when Macau was still a fishing village. At that time, cars and other forms of public transportation were not very popular; therefore, pedicabs became the main means of transportation for going around the city, both for passengers and for transporting goods

    Two main pick up locations for pedicabs are the Ferry Terminal and Hotel Lisboa. Avoid trouble by settling on an agreed fare first. Expect to pay about 10-30 patacas for a single journey. It may reach up to 100 patacas an hour for sightseeing, depending on where you go.

    Pedicabs are best along the Praia Grande, the "old seashore". Don't expect pedicabs to go up the Penha Hill and other points of interest

    Main locations for catching a cycle-rickshaw are : outside the Maritime Terminal and opposite the main door of the Lisboa Hotel. Fares are negotiable, but expect to pay about MOP$150 for an one hour trip, depending on where you go. Be sure to agree on a price first.

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    Hongkong-Macau Jetfoil

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2007

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    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

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  • Cost of taxi to downtown

    by jlcurtis287 Written Jun 23, 2007

    We arrived on a night flight from Bangkok and quickly got a taxi from the taxi que on the bottom level of the airport.

    From the airport to Rua de Pedro Jose Lobos in the Historic Centre, the cost was 70HKD/MOP.

    Make sure to have cash to pay for the taxi ride. You can take out money in either Hong Kong Dollars or Macau Pataca (MOP) from the ATM at the Macau airport.

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  • Getting to Jetfoil Terminal

    by jlcurtis287 Written Jun 23, 2007

    If you stay at one of the hotels in the historic centre of Macau there is usual a free shuttle bus that picks people up at the ferry terminal and drops them off at the hotel and vice versa.

    The shuttle usually comes every 15 minutes or so.

    We stayed at the Metropole Hotel and the shuttle to the ferry terminal was great.

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  • Getting Taxis

    by jlcurtis287 Written Jun 23, 2007

    Try to have the name of your destination written in Cantonese, or at least indicated on a Cantonese map. Many of the drivers do not speak English.

    Get a print out of your accommodation with the streets in Cantonese to show your driver if you are arriving from an airport.

    If you are already in Macau and using a taxi to get around, ask hotel reception to write out, or indicate on a map, where you need to go.

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    Know Macau by bus

    by ntm2322 Updated Apr 27, 2007

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    Traveling by bus in Macau is one of the best ways to get acquainted to the city.

    The government encourages Macau residents to leave their cars at home and use the public transportation. As a result Macau has a very efficient bus transportation network and there are buses every minute that go everywhere. And do you know what? All buses in Macau have air-conditioning, are cheap (2.50 patacas), extremely clean and very comfortable.

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    Which bus should I take?

    by ntm2322 Written Apr 27, 2007

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    Since I am a nice guy I will give you today a map of Macau bus routes. Yes, you can copy and paste it to your records. Copyright at its best, isn't it?

    Within Macau area the price of the fare costs 2.50 patacas. A real bargain since all the buses are air-conditioned, comfortable and extremely clean.

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