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Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge (HZMB) connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau (or called Macao) in southern China together starts near Hong Kong International Airport in the east and ends at Hongwan Bay by Zhuhai and Macau in the west. Since its opening in late 2018, the traveling time between Hong Kong and Macau/Zhuhai has been shortened sharply from over 5 hours to 45 minutes around. And it takes no more than 3 hours to travel from Macau to other tourist destinations in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area via the bridge, like Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Shenzhen, etc.
Aside from its great contribution as a vital alternative route, this longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing in the world is also a great sightseeing site itself. Every day, hundreds and thousands of tourists will take a visit to the bridge. Why are they so crazy about the bridge?
• Completion date: February 6, 2018
• Opening date: October 24, 2018
• Total time of construction: about 9 years
• Length: 55.5 kilometers (34.5 miles)
• Allowed top speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
• Travel time on the bridge: around 45 minutes
Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge is an engineering marvel and Man-made Marvel. The Guardian, the British daily newspaper, rates HZMB as one of the seven wonders in the modern world. Construction of the bridge was clearly a big deal. Many people said that there was no way that the bridge could be created. Not only would it have to be longer than any other sea crossing bridge in the history but it was going to build in an area with strong typhoons and earthquakes sometimes. Eventually, after 9 years of hard work, this world-class bridge was completed, with many amazing world's first innovative technologies used.
The Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge is 20 times length of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. About 420,000 tons of steel plate, 330,000 tons of steel bars and 1000,000 tons of concrete were used in the construction, which can be used to build 60 Eiffel Towers and 8 Burj Dubai.
It sounds unbelievable to create such a sea crossing bridge to standing on the sea area with strong typhoons and earthquakes. However, Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge proves to everyone that it is POSSIBLE, because it can resist Magnitude-8 Quake and Super Typhoon (16 typhoons).
Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge Map
Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge
Hong Kong Bus B5
Hong Kong Red Taxi
The bridge has 3 landing ports at its ends, including Hong Kong Port, Zhuhai Port and Macau Port. To get to/from the bridge, you need to travel from the downtown area of cities on each side to/from the relative port on the bridge.
There are several bus lines linking Hong Kong city downtown with Hong Kong Port of the bridge, including 10 Airport Bus “A” Routes (A11, A21, A22, A29, A31, A33X, A35, A36, A41 and overnight “NA” route) and other 4 feeder routes. Those bus lines can take you to most of the places in Hong Kong, like Hong Kong International Airport, Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom, Tuen Mun Town Centre, etc. Every time catching the buses, it charges about HKD 22-40 per person.
Taxis in Hong Kong are categorized by three colors - blue, red and green, each indicating a geographical area. All of those taxis can take you get to the Hong Kong Port of the bridge and also are available for hire at the HZMB Hong Kong Port Public Transport Interchange. Check more about How to get around in Hong Kong >>
Zhuhai has 5 public bus lines, 6 special bus lines and Airport Express line operating buses to/from Zhuhai Port of the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge. Most of the buses provide service from 8:00 to 18:00 or 19:30, while the special buses traveling directly from Zhuhai Railway Station to the Zhuhai Port run 24 hours a day.
Macau Bus 101X and 102X offer 24-hour service between Taipa Island and Macau Port of Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge. And all the taxis in Macau can take you to the Macau side of the bridge too. Free shuttle buses (10:00-23:00) are also available to take you to Macau Taipa Ferry Pier or Macau Ferry Pier. From there, you can continue their journeys by taking free shuttle bus service provided by the major hotels around the city.
Due to the three ports guarding each side of the bridge are managed by the governments of Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai respectively and the transport service on every side is different, the traffic of crossing the bridge from one side to another side is a little bit complex for visitors coming to the bridge for the first time. However, the Information below will help you get out from the problems and worries. You will find answers of whether you can travel across the bridge or not, what you have to pack with when crossing the bridge and how to get cross the bridge.
Once arriving at any port on the bridge, you are required to complete immigration procedures at counters. You are required to go through the immigration at all the ports. For example, if you are going to travel from Hong Kong to Macau via HZMB, you need to go through the immigration at both Hong Kong side and Macau side. However, before that, you should know that whether you need a visa or not. Though Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau are all in China, they have different visa policies.
To help tourists travel across the bridge in ease, convenient cross-boundary shuttle buses, coaches and taxi services have been put into use since the late 2018. During the journey, you need to process immigration clearance at the ports in each side.
◇ Cross-boundary Shuttle Bus (HZM Bus)
The cross-boundary shuttle buses are also warmly called “golden buses” by the locals because of its gold color. Those golden buses are the cheapest way to help you traveling from one side to another side of the bridge. The ticket can only be used once, but you can use it at any time of the departure day. Children aged under the age of 12 and less than 1.2m in height can enjoy a 50% discount of the ticket price. And the journey on the bridge takes about 45 minutes.
◇ Cross-boundary Coach
There are many coach companies offering cross-boundary coach service via Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge. Each of the companies has ticket counter inside the ports on the bridge. The most frequently used coaches are One Bus, Hong Kong–Macau Express and Trans-Island Limousine.
One Bus company offers daily buses between Elements (a shopping mall at Kowloon MTR Station) and major high-end hotels in Macau. Those buses also make a stop at Jordan before heading to Macau. You can buy the tickets at all the passing stations on travelling route.
|Ship Company||Routes||Major Stations||Price (HKD)||Schedules|
|One Bus||Hong Kong ⇋ Macau||Hong Kong Elements Cross-Border Bus Terminus,
Jordan Station (505 Canton Road),
|160-180||Hong Kong to Macau:
every half an hour to 1 hour
Macau to Hong Kong:
every half an hour to 1 hour
Notes: 1) Each traveler taking One Bus is allowed to carry only one piece of luggage. The dimension should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 22cm. 2) the above timetable is only for your reference.
Hong Kong–Macau Express
HK-MO Express is another company running buses between Hong Kong City and Macau via HZMB. The journey begins at Cross-Boundary Coach Terminus inside Elements (a shopping mall at Kowloon MTR Station) and stops at high-end hotels in Macau, including Grand Lisboa, MGM Macau, Sands, MGM Cotai, The Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel. Usually, the buses won't make stops at all the mentioned high-end Macau hotels, but only about 3 of them. Therefore, you are suggested to tell the staff of the ticket counters the exact destination you want to go when booking the tickets.
|Ship Company||Routes||Major Stations||Price (HKD)||Schedules|
|HK-MO Express||Hong Kong ⇋ Macau||Hong Kong Elements Cross-Border Bus Terminus,
Prince Edward, Grand Lisboa,
The Venetian Macao,
Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel
|160-180||Hong Kong to Macau:
every 20-30 minutes
Macau to Hong Kong:
every 15 minutes to 1 hour
Notes: 1) Each traveler taking the bus is allowed to carry only one piece of luggage. The dimension should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 22cm. 2) the above timetable is only for your reference.
Trans-Island Limousine has many daily buses between Hong Kong City area and Zhuhai Port of the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge. Those buses make departure from Sheung Wan HK Macau Ferry, Causeway Bay Times Square, Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour City, Elements, Prince Edward, Shatin New Town Plaza /Hilton Plaza, Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, etc. It takes about CNY 120-130 for a ticket.
◇ Cross-boundary Taxi
There are also cross-boundary taxis traveling between Guangdong (Zhuhai for example) and Hong Kong and between Macau and Hong Kong via HZMB. However, not all the taxis on the street are allowed to travel on the bridge. And if you need such a taxi service, you have to make an appointment in advance. The taxis are limited in number and its price is much expensive than any of other ways. Therefore, you are more suggested to catch the shuttle buses, coaches or hire private cars for your journey.
◇ Cross-boundary Private Car
Travel Agencies also offer private car service. By taking those private cars, you can your journey more predictable, because you can decide where to get on and also where to get off. And if you are traveling with your family, you are highly suggested to use such a service. Then you get really relax on the way. We China Discovery also provide such a service, if you are interested, please contact us and tell us your needs.
Cross-boundary Shuttle Bus (HZM Bus)
Cross-boundary Coach Station in Hong Kong Side
Trans-Island Limousine Cross-boundary Coach
To travel from Hong Kong to Zhuhai or from Zhuhai to Hong Kong via Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau - Bridge, you can choose the cross-boundary shuttle buses, private cars, and Trans-Island Limousine cross-boundary coaches. Trans-Island Limousine cross-boundary coaches are more suggested if you travel alone, because you can travel between Hong Kong city and Zhuhai Port on the bridge directly. Cross-boundary shuttle buses are also recommended as there are many public bus lines and taxis between Hong Kong city area and Hong Kong port on the bridge. If you are going to travel with your family, the private car service is most recommended.
Cross-boundary shuttle buses, One Bus, Hong Kong Macau Express ad private cars are all good choices to travel between Hong Kong and Macau via Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge. One Bus and Hong Kong Macau Express are our top recommended ways, because they have stops in city area of Hong Kong and Macau. Cross-boundary shuttle buses are the best choice for travelers on budge, because those buses are the cheapest. Private cars are the best choices for tourists on family tour.
Zhuhai Port and Macau Port of the HZMB are built on the same artificial island. You can easily get from Zhuhai side to Macau side by walking, and vice versa. Therefore, there is no opportunity for you to get on the bridge. And to travel between Zhuhai and Macau, Gongbei Port linking Zhuhai and Macau together is the best choice. This port is in a walking distance from Zhuhai Railway Station. Zhuhai Airport also operates Airport Express Line to the port. Besides, on the Macau side of the port, you can catch free shuttle buses to your hotel in Macau. Check more about Macau Transportation >>
There are many ways to appreciate this world-class bridge. Although you can have chance to get a broad view of the sea when crossing the bridge by bus or coach, you may feel regret that you can't enjoy the bridge itself carefully. Let alone taking a selfie with the bridge. So, what’s the best ways and places to gaze at the bridge carefully and take selfies with the bridge? The following ways and places are our pick of the best.
Sailing close to the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge from Wanchai Port Zhuhai gives you a unique angle to appreciate the bridge from a lower place. As well as this stunning sight of the bridge, you’ll also take in views of the Guanyin of the South China Sea, Macau Tower and spectacular view of Macau city. The whole ship journey needs about 90 minutes.
If you’re on a budget, you can still take in a great view of the bridge from the banks of the river. Try and time it so you arrive at sun rise or sun set for stunning pictures that will create amazing memories for life. You can get the best view from Zhuhai Jiuzhou Island and Couple Road (Qinglunan Road) in Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai.
Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge (Photo taken at Hong Kong Airport)
Night View of Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge
1. Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge is a world-class project and really worth a close visit. However, it is not the best choice if you are looking for the quickest way to travel between Hong Kong downtown and Macau. If you are in Sheung Wan or Tsim Sha Tsui, you shouldn’t give up the ferries. By taking the ferries, you can get from Hong Kong to ferries ports in Macau city area in only 1 hour around. And if you choose to travel via HZMB, it will take about half an hour to the bridge, 45 minutes to cross the bridge and another half hour around to get to Macau city area. Check more about Hong Kong Macau Ferries >>
2. You are suggested to pay attention to the luggage allowance policies, because the policies vary from different transport means. For the shuttle buses, every passenger is allowed one free luggage of 20kg, with total dimensions not exceeding 158cm (76cm*51cm*32cm). For the coaches, travelers are usually allowed to carry only one piece of luggage too, and the dimension should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 22cm.
3. The traveling journey on the bridge takes about 45 minutes. And along the way, all the cars, buses and coaches are not allowed to make a stop on the middle way. Therefore, you are not allowed to get off on the middle way too.
1. Can I walk and ride on the bridge?
No. For security reasons, people are not allowed to walk and ride on the bridge. Besides, all the passengers and drivers are not allowed to get off on the middle way once get on the bridge.
2. How to get to Hong Kong Disneyland via the bridge?
Every day from 8:00-22:00, you can catch Hong Kong Disneyland Express Coach at Zhuhai Port of HZMB. It needs about CNY 200 per person. Apart from the express coaches, you can take shuttle buses to Hong Kong Port in the other side of the bridge first and then catch bus B5 to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland
In Hong Kong: Most tourists will spend about 1-5 days and even longer to catch its charm. For a one day short stay in Hong Kong, you are suggested to visit Victoria Peak by the Peak Tram to see the whole Hong Kong and then transfer to the Avenue of Stars to enjoy the night view of Victoria Harbor landscape. If you have 2-3 days in Hong Kong, you can take further visit to Hong Kong Museum of History and Tiantan Big Buddha and Tai O Fishing Village in Lantau Island in the day hours, and then enjoy a lifelong experience of Star Ferry at night. If you are going to stay at Hong Kong for 4-5 days, you can have an in-depth visit of Hong Kong attractions, cuisine and also shopping. Check more about Hong Kong Trip Plan 2020 >>
In Macau: Usually, to discover the essence of Macau, you need at least half day or one day. Although Macau is much famous when it comes to gambling, there are still tons of other things to do in this city, such as eat a Macanese Egg Tart, take a photo of Ruins of St Paul’s, visit A-ma temple, make a gate with giant pandas in Macao Giant Panda Pavilion…
In Zhuhai: Thanks to the close distance to Macau, traveling from Macau to Zhuhai is really easy. Besides, in Zhuhai, you can get the best view of the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge. Therefore, after the explore of Macau, it is a good idea for you to spend 1 day around in Zhuhai before heading to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other tourist cities in Guangdong Province via HZMB.
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