Macau Transportation

Macau Transportation Guide serves you detailed transport information and introduces fights to Macau, Macau high speed trains, Macau trains, Macau cycling, Macau buses, Macau Bus Stations and Railway Stations, Macau taxis and ways of getting in and around Macau.

Known famously as the 'Vegas of China,' Macau is a Special Administrative Region(SAR) of the People's Republic of China located just an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. Macau is fascinatingly vibrant and energetic. Although there are similarities, Macau offers a completely different experience from Hong Kong. It has its own currency, own diplomatic policy, and a unique history. But the biggest reason why Hong Kong and Macau are always in the same bundle: they’re easily accessible from each other, only around an hour apart by ferry.

How to Get to Macau

By Air

Macau has its airport, Macau International Airport, which operates regional flights. Visitors from outside of Asia are more likely to fly into Hong Kong and then visit Macau by ferry; Hong Kong also has its own airport, Hong Kong International Airport. For those with plenty of disposable income, it's also possible to arrive in Macau by helicopter. Sky Shuttle operates services from the Hong Kong Ferry terminal - the flight only takes 15 minutes. It also operates flights from Shenzhen airport

Hong Kong – Macau Helicopter

Sky Shuttle Service operates Hong Kong – Macau Helicopter flights which provide the most convenient and fast transportation (only 15 minutes) between Hong Kong and Macau. From Macau to Hong Kong, the helicopters are available from 10:00 to 22:30 and from Hong Kong to Macau, the helicopters operate from 10:30 to 22:59.

Macau Flights

Macau Airport Transfer

Free hotel shuttle buses serve both the airport and the ferry terminals. Limousines(organised either by hotels or the airport) can be hired from MOP 170 one-way. Macau International Airport is located on the eastern side of Taipa, the northernmost of Macau's two connected islands. Taipa is linked to the peninsula by three bridges. From the airport, several bus services run to destinations on the islands and on the peninsula. Taxis are also easily available. Ignore touts offering any sort of transport service. 

By Train

Macau does not have a railway station there due to the small island. Therefore, it is impossible to get to Macau by train directly. If you are a train tour lover, you can get to Zhuhai Railway Station first by train due to the close distance between Macan and Zhuhai,  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, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, etc.

By Long-distance Bus

The Macau International Airport is the station for long-distance buses. Long-distance passenger transportation between Macau and Guangdong is very convenient. There are shuttle buses to and from major cities in Guangdong, which can travel to and from Hengqin Port, Gongbei Pass, Dongguan, Huadu District, Guangzhou, Panyu District and other places. Tourists can buy tickets at the cross-border passenger ticket office at the entry office of the passenger terminal. The shuttle bus is the most convenient way to get to the city and the hotel from the airport. The shuttle bus waiting area is located in the north parking lot, and the service time is 11: 00-21: 00 every day. Airport pick-up is available at all major hotels, and travelers can book in advance. There are two gateways to the Guangdong Province from Macau. One is Barrier Gate on the borders on Zhuhai and other is the COTAI Frontier Post at the end of the Lotus Bridge on the island of Taipa.

By Ferry

Macau, also known as Macao, is a special administrative region of China. Thanks to its unique location surrounded by the sea on three sides, this small island has many ships to the ports in Hong Kong and a number of ports in Shenzhen. There are three ferry terminals providing schedule ferry services to Shenzhen (Shekou Port, Fu Yong Ferry Terminal in Shenzhen Airport) and Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheung Wan, HK Airport).

Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal

Tel: +0853-87907039 
Location: Porto Exterior, Sé, Macau, China
The Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal(外港客运码头), also known as the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal, Macau Ferry Terminal or Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier in Chinese (港澳码头), is a ferry terminal located at Porto Exterior, Sé, Macau, China. The pier was formerly located near present-day Oceanus Casino, ex-New Yaohan Store on Avenida da Amizade. In 1993, the terminal was relocated to its present location. A new terminal was completed in 2007 for the convenience of travelers of Macau International Airport near Taipa.

Taipa Ferry Terminal

Location: Estrada de Pac On, Taipa, Macau
Tel: +0853-28850595 
The Taipa Ferry Terminal (凼仔客运码头) is located in Taipa, Macau. The Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal(凼仔临时客运码头) was located a few meters north of the Macau International Airport. It was mainly served by Cotai Jet for services from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier, Hong Kong in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong and the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is now closed. The ferry terminal had two berths for hydrofoil and one for ferries, and served as a port of entry into Macau, with there being passport control desks - separated into those for Macau residents, Visitors(including Hong Kong identity card holders and Mainland China visitors) and Diplomats. There was also a visa-on-arrival application office for those who require a visa to enter Macau but had not applied prior to arriving at the ferry terminal. After that, behind the exit, was a customs zone.

Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal

Location: 3/F Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan
Tel: +0852-25475265 
The Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal is a ferry terminal and heliport, centrally located in Hong Kong. It is also known as the Macau Ferry Terminal, the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier or the Shun Tak Heliport, and has an ICAO code of VHSS. The terminal is one of the several in Hong Kong that provide ferry services to Macau and cities in southern China. Scheduled helicopter service is provided to Macau, with charter services to other regional destinations. The terminal is located in Sheung Wan, immediately to the west of Hong Kong's main business district, on the north shore of Hong Kong Island. It is connected to the territory's Mass Transit Railway, and well served by other forms of public transport. The terminal forms part of the Shun Tak Centre, a commercial and transport complex.

How to Get Around Macau

The main public transport in Macau are buses and taxis and bus routes are well-developed. As long as maps are in hand, travelling around is convenient and easy. Since the driving directions in Macau are generally not too long, taxis are also a convenient and time-saving option. If you want to experience different Macau, tricycle is also a good choice. Generally, you can find tricycles in tourist areas. If you have a large number of people, you can also rent a car to explore the city.

By Bus

Buses are the best way to get around Macau – with options of free Casino shuttles, or the extensive public bus network. You might need to get up close and personal during busy periods – but that all adds to the experience. 

By Casino Shuttle Bus

You can save your time and money on transportation by using free shuttle bus provided by many hotels and casinos! The shuttle bus can not only pick up you at the border gate, airport and ferry terminal, but also send you to some famous scenic spots in Macau. 

By Public Bus

Macau has an excellent(if a little crowded at times) bus service. Macau buses are regular, stops are plentiful and routes cover the Macau peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. There are a number of different companies, operating two different types of buses. The larger buses are used on the majority of routes, while smaller, more minibus style buses cover routes that the larger ones would have difficulty getting round(on some of the tight streets in Macau in particular).

Note: Macau Buses 26, 26A and 50 go direct to Coloane village (Vila De Coloane). 50 is a fairly direct route between ‘Praca de Ferreira do Amaral’ and ‘Vila De Coloane’ – which skirts the side of the Cotai Strip (you can stop at the Wynn Palace here). 26 terminates in Coloane village, 26A continues a bit further to Hac Sa Beach. Both 26 and 26A stop on the Cotai Strip also (City of Dreams and Sands Cotai Central). All stop at various points in Taipa, and also at Parque De Seac Pai Van (to see the Panda’s and get the Shuttle bus up the hill to the A-Ma Cultural Village).

By Taxi

There are two types of taxi in Macau identified by color: Black for taxi cab and blue for Macau Radio Taxi Service. This black taxi is likely the most established in Macau and made a decision by some to be the most agreeable. effectively found close to the airplane terminal, the Hong Kong-Macau ship terminal, and real betting settings and lodgings in the city however it is fairly difficult to make one amid surge hour in the city.

The flag down rate is MOP$19 for the first 1,600 metres, and MOP$2 for every subsequent 240 metres. A surcharge of MOP$2 for every 60 seconds of waiting time is applicable. Each piece of luggage carried in the trunk cost MOP$3.

There will be a surcharge of MOP$5 for boarding a taxi at Macau International Airport, the taxi station of Taipa Ferry Terminal, the campus of the University of Macau, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Frontier Post at Macao Port or journeys from Macao to Coloane. From Taipa to Coloane, a MOP2.00 additional charge applies, while there is no extra charge from Macao to Taipa or from the islands to Macao.

By Tricycle

Have you ever ridden on tricycles in Macau? Tricycle was considered as one of the most special transportations in Macau fifty years ago. According to the government information, it was first imported to Macau in 1951. It has already existed in Macau for more than 50 years, and has once become popular.

Since it required only manpower, tricycles transportation attracted only strong youngsters and unemployed workers to engage in this job. Renting a tricycle was cheap, only two patacas per day, and the profit was more than 10 patacas per day, which was fivefold of the rent. Therefore, at first, it was really an attractive career as it did not require any special skill or knowledge. What they needed was strength to take tourists around; the additional tasks they might take on was to serve as a tour guide to introduce famous sites to the tourists and tell them stories about the famous sites during the ride.

By Cycling

Bikes can be rented in Taipa Village for around MOP$20 per hour. You are not allowed to cross the Macau–Taipa bridges on a bicycle.

On Foot

Macau Peninsula is small but it contains a lot of sites worth seeing. Taking a stroll along the main street in the Peninsula is an eco-friendly way for tourists to get around as well as enjoy the fresh ocean air. Exploring the area on foot is possibly quicker than taking a bus or a taxi due to the numerous roads that are one-way and vehicles have to take detours in order to head in the right direction.