Transportation in Macau: How to Get to & Around Macau (Macao)
Macau, or called Macao, is located on China’s south coast, neighboring Zhuhai (Guangdong) on its north and facing Hong Kong on its east. As a world-class epicenter of gambling and glitz, it is undoubtedly a dream place to cheer you up. Aside from that, Macau is also a great place to appreciate colonial architecture, traditional Chinese temples, ultra-modern skyscrapers, great Macanese flavors and of course Chinese dim sum…
However, before indulging in those casinos or historical tourist attractions, have a better plan and understand about how to get to & around this city is necessary. In this guide, we will help you learn all the ways to travel to and travel around Macau. Continue reading and select the best ways you like!
How to Get to/away Macau
Macau International Airport (MFM) is the only airport in
Macau. It located in Taipa Island on the northeast of Macau City. Convenient flights have linked Macau with
many cities in China's mainland like Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen, Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhengzhou, and also other
international countries and cities like Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, etc. Every 15 to 20 minutes from 11
am to 9 pm, there are free shuttle buses can take you travel from the airport to most of the hotels in Macau
Address: Taipa island, Macau (澳门特别行政区凼仔岛 - 澳门国际机场)
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and Hong Kong Shun Tak Centre (Sheung Wan) also operate helicopters to Macau Outer Harbor Terminal, which takes only about 15 minute. The helicopter ticket charges about HKD 4,300 to HKD 5,900.
Macau is small island-like city. At present, there is no
railway station there, so you cannot get to Macau by trains directly. However, due to the close distance
between Macau and Zhuhai, you can take trains to Zhuhai Railway Station first and then cross the border at the
nearby Gongbei Port to Macau.
At present, most of the cities in China have trains to Zhuhai Railway Station, like Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Guilin, Guiyang, Congjiang (Guizhou), Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, etc.
Zhuhai Railway Station Address:
#5, Changsheng Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai, Guangdong (珠海市香洲区昌盛路5号 - 珠海站)
Check more about Real-time China Train Schedules >>
Ferry is really popular in Macau, especially when you want
to travel to/from Macau from Hong Kong and Shenzhen. There are 2 ferry terminals in Macau - Outer Harbour
Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal. Both the two terminals have ferries to Hong Kong and Shenzhen every
Taipa Ferry Terminal Address:
Dama Road, Beian Tianhai District, Macao Special Administrative Region, China (中国澳门特别行政区氹仔北安填海区 -澳门氹仔客运码头/北安码头)
Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal Address:
Haigang Qiandi, Macao Special Administrative Region, China (中国澳门特别行政区海港前地 -澳门外港客运码头/港澳码头)
Useful Link: Macau Ferry >>
Since the opening of Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge,
tourists can take shuttle buses or cross-boundary coaches to Macau from Hong Kong now. There are 24-hour
shuttle buses travelling from Hong Kong side of the bridge to Macau side directly. Many places in Hong Kong,
like airport and Hong Hom Railway Station, have linking buses to the port at Hong Kong side. You can take
those buses or ride a taxi to Hong Kong side first and take the shuttle bus to Macau side. And after arriving
at the Macau side, you can take bus 101 X, 102X or ask a taxi to your destination in Macau. If you are in
Shenzhen and want to go to Macau by Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, you are suggested to get to Hong Kong first
and then travel from Hong Kong to Macau.
Useful Link: How to Get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen >>
How to Get Around Macau
Getting around Macau by taxi is also a good option in this relatively small city. There are two kinds of taxis in Macau, one is in black with a cream roof and another is in yellow. Both the two kinds of taxis follow the same price rule. The meter will start running at MOP19.00 for the first 1600 meters, with MOP2.00 added for every 240 meters thereafter. MOP2.00 is charged for waiting per minute. And there is a MOP3.00 surcharge for each item of luggage carried in the boot.
Making use of Macau free shuttle buses and public bus lines to travel around Macau is also popular in this small city, especially when it comes to the former way. Almost every high-end hotel in Macau has its own free shuttle buses, by which you can get from airport, ports, ferry terminals, casino to your hotel directly. Trips by public lines in Macau are charged for a flat fare of MOP 6.00. You are suggested to prepare adequate money for the fare as no change is given on the buses.
Zhuhai to Macau
Zhuhai is just about 6km north of Macau. As Zhuhai is a city in China's mainland, to travel from Zhuhai to Macau, the Special Administrative Region of China that has its different money, passports and legal system from China's mainland, you need to cross the border at one of the ports in Zhuhai. There are Gongbei Port, Hengqin Port and Wan Chai Port in Zhuhai. For tourists, you are suggested to cross the border at Gongbei Port or Hengqin Port.
Way 1 (top recommended): Cross the border at Gongbei Port of Entry and then change to the free shuttle buses to your hotel in Macau.
Gongbei Port of Entry settles in Zhuhai city downtown area and is only about 0.5km from Zhuhai Railway Station. Zhuhai International Airport also has Airport Express Line to Gongbei Port.
Way 2: Take Airport Express Line to Macau via Hengqin Port.
Airport Express Line has 2 running routs to Macau, one is from the airport to Gongbei Port, and another is from airport to Macau city area via Hengqin Port. Hengqin Port offers service 24 hours a day. If you arrive at Zhuhai Airport after 01:00am, you can take the Airport Express Line to Macau via Hengqin Port. The whole journey takes about 1.5 hours.
Zhuhai Gongbei Port
Hong Kong to Macau
Hong Kong is across the sea to Macau. The direct distance between the two cities is only about 38km / 23mi. There are 4 regular ways to travel from Hong Kong to Macau, ferry (1 hour around), helicopter (15 minutes), private car (1 hour around) and bus (2 hours around). Some tourists also choose to get to Macau via Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge. Travel from Hong Kong side of the bridge to Macau side needs about 35 minutes.
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Shenzhen to Macau
The direct distance between Macau and Shenzhen is only about 60km. And as both of them are in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA粤港澳大湾区) which is a new development zone of China, the transportation between them is really convenient. Usually, tourists travel from Shenzhen to Macau by ferry, private car, helicopter and bus.
Ferry (about 1 h): You can get to Macau from Shenzhen Shekou Ferry Terminal or Shenzhen Fuyong Ferry Terminal (the ferry terminal in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport) by ferry. The ferries will arrive at Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal or Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
|Shenzhen Fuyong Ferry Terminal
|Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal||09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 19:30|
|Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal||09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 19:30|
|Shenzhen Shekou Ferry Terminal||Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal||08:00 - 19:45 every 45minutes to 1 hour|
|Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal||9:15 - 19:00 every 1-2 hours|
Note: The above timetable is only for your reference.
High Speed Train (2 hours around): Getting from Shenzhen to Macau by trains directly is not available, because there is no railway station in Macau. However, you can travel from Shenzhen to its nearby Zhuhai by high speed train first and then cross the border at Gongbei Port of Entry to Macau. The trains travel from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Zhuhai Railway Station in about 2 hours. And the Gongbei Port of Entry is only in a walking distance from the Zhuhai Railway Station. Check the real-time Shenzhen to Zhuhai High Speed Train Schedule & Price >>
Private car (about 1 h): Private car service must be the most convenient way to Macau, because you can save time and energy to search for the bus stations or ferry terminals. And you can arrange the departure time as you like. If you are looking for such a service, you can contact us for help.
Bus (about 1 h): If you like, you can also travel from Shenzhen to Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge first and then take the shuttle bus to Macau. Check more about how to get from Shenzhen to Hong Kong >>
Guangzhou to Macau
Guangzhou is about 141km northeast of Macau. Usually, you can ride a bus (from 1.5 hours) or high speed train (about 1-1.5 hours) to Macau. Also, you can travel to Shenzhen or Hong Kong first and then make a transfer to Macau. The best recommended way is taking the high speed train to Zhuhai Railway Station and going through the immigration to Macau from Gongbei Port of Entry, which is next to Zhuhai Railway Station. The whole train journey takes about 1-1.5 hours. Some of the hotels in Guangzhou also have buses to Macau. Those buses will travel to Macau via Hengqin Port.
Canton Tower in Guangzhou
How to Plan a Macau Tour
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…
Since Macau is located in Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macau Greater Bay Area, not far from Hong Kong and Shenzhen. After the visit of Macau, you can also extend your journey to these hot nearby tourist destinations. You are suggested to spend 2 days around in Guangzhou, 1-2 days in Shenzhen and 2-3 days in Hong Kong.
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