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)
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
It costs 2.5MOP to travel within Macau. Macau- Taipa = 3.3MOP(no.11, 15, 22, 28A, 33, 34)
Macau- Coloane = 4MOP, 5MOP if it goes to Hac Sa
Airport bus = 6MOP(AP1)
You can read all about the stations each bus goes to at the bus station, it's in both Chiness and English.
It's very convenient to go around by bus. At the bus station, there're both texts in Chinese and English telling the name of each station. However the English text is on the other side of the sign which means you have to pass that station and look back to be able to see it. The best way to do this is count how many stations you have to pass through.
Air Macau flies directly from Bangkok to Macau.
M W TH F S
Leave Bangkok at 9.45pm Arrive Macau 1.30am
Leave Macau 6.50pm Arrive Bangkok 8.45pm
The cost of course varies depending on which time of year you're flying. There was a promotion when I did, it was for 2 persons traveling together. I saw this secret book that one travel agency has and it was listed only 6000 Baht each BUT you can never find such a price, you'll be damn lucky to get 7500!
Macau Airport is on Taipa Island but it takes only about 10-15 minutes to get to Macau.
Whether by jet foil, fast boats or ferries, Hong Kongers flock to Macao by sea over the weekend to gamble or as a getaway for a slower pace.
An alternate way besides helicopter ride, you can take the bus from Hong Kong to Macao through Shenzen, Humen Bridge and Zhuhai but this require China visa.
While both Hong Kong and Macao are SAR, Special Adminstrative Region, there is separate immigration for all 3 - China, Hong Kong and Macao. Fortunately, Macao is visa free for most countries.
So remember to book in advance your boat ticket back from Macao to Hong Kong especially on weekends.
There is a regular ferry service from Hong Kong to Macao and back. I used TurboJet which was OK, offered many departures every day, left and arrived on time and even let me take an earlier ferry (I booked a very late one back to Hong Kong, but got too tired during the day and wanted to leave an hour earlier).
The picture is from TurboJet's site, I can't find mine.
The fastest way to reach Guangzhou from Macau: take a bus or taxi to the border and clear immigration and customs on foot. The border opens at 9 AM, and you want to get there as early as possible to avoid a long wait in the queue. After you cross into the border city of ZhuHai, there will be many large tourist buses and minibuses that leave every few minutes waiting across the street from the immigration hall.
To Macau from Guangzhou: minibuses go from the Garden Hotel (Huayuan Jiudian; 367 Huanshi Donglu) to ZhuHai every 25 minutes, and drop you off across the street from the border, where you can clear immigration and customs into Macau.
The bus ride between Guangzhou and ZhuHai should take no more than three hours and cost around RMB 75.
Tiger Airways, a budget airline started flying to Macau International Airport from end Mar 2005. Tickets should cost around S$40 one way at the lowest tier. Now a cheaper way to go see Macau from Singapore!
::: Price list :::
- 2.5 MOP If you take the bus in the area of Macau, with the final stop withing the area of Macau
- 2.2 MOP If you take the bus in Taipa, with the final stop withing the area of Taipa
- 2.2 MOP If you take the bus in Coloane, with the final stop withing the area of Coloane
- 3.3 MOP If you take the bus from Macau area to Taipa or Taipa to Macau
- 4.0 MOP If you take the bus from Macau area to Coloane or Coloane to Macau
- 6.00 MOP...AP1 buses leaving from the airport
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.
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.
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
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.
Jetfoils/ferries from Hong Kong take about 50 minutes ride to Macau and cost around US$30 for a round trip.
Departure at the Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong, at Shun Tak Centre, near Sheung Wan MTR station.
We walked almost everywhere...although we did get lost and ended up on a huge hill walking along the edge of a highway...we had to get a taxi back down. There are heaps of taxis (and heaps of scooters) all over the places we went in Macau, I doubt you could ever be short of transport there!!
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