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Transportation Tips for Macau

Xiao 2024-04-18

Let's start with transportation from Hong Kong to Macau, which is the most commonly sought-after option.

The Top 5 Transportation Methods from Hong Kong to Macau, including Charter, Bus, TurboJET/Cotai Water Jet, Cross-Border Bus, to make your trip to Macau smooth and efficient!

Mode of TransportDeparture PointDestinationDurationPrice
FerryHK China Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry TerminalMacau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Taipa Ferry TerminalApprox. 1 hourApprox. $25
Bridge BusHZM Bridge Hong Kong PortHZM Bridge Macau PortApprox. 40 minutesApprox. $10
Direct BusVarious locations in Kowloon and New TerritoriesMajor hotels in MacauApprox. 2 hoursApprox. $23
CharterAny location in Hong KongAny location in MacauFastest overland optionStarts at $300
HelicopterShun Tak CentreOuter Harbour Ferry TerminalApprox. 15 minutesApprox. $600


Before the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, taking a ferry to Macau was the most popular transportation option. There are two ferry companies available, TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet, offering a one-hour journey.

TurboJET primarily operates routes from Sheung Wan Macau Ferry Terminal or China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui to Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, with only a few routes extending to Taipa Ferry Terminal. If you wish to visit attractions like the Ruins of St. Paul's, taking TurboJET is the most convenient option. TurboJET offers luxurious cabin options and provides 'Super Class+' service for passengers in Super Class.

Cotai Water Jet's main route is from Sheung Wan Macau Ferry Terminal to Taipa Ferry Terminal, where many new hotels are also located. Upon arrival at Taipa, you can easily reach your destination using the complimentary shuttle buses provided by major hotels. Cotai Water Jet offers leather seating, free WiFi, as well as purchasing services for snacks, beverages, and duty-free items.

The Bridge Bus, also known as Golden Bus

Since the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Bridge Bus has become a popular transportation option from Hong Kong to Macau. The Golden Bus, operating at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Port, shuttles passengers to Macau 24 hours a day, with a journey time of approximately 40 minutes. It's the most affordable cross-border transportation option. If you're departing from the city center, you can take an airport bus with Hong Kong Port as the final stop, go through immigration, and then transfer to the Golden Bus. You can also transfer for free to the bus heading to the port from the airport. Click the link Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Shuttle Bus to book.

Please note: There are luggage restrictions for the Bridge Bus.

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Hong Kong Macau Direct Bus

Direct buses from Hong Kong to Macau are operated by various companies or travel agencies, with pickup points located across different districts in Hong Kong, including Prince Edward and Tsim Sha Tsui etc. The drop-off points in Macau include hotels such as Galaxy Macau, The Venetian, MGM Macau, The Parisian, Holiday Inn, Sands Macau, and Grand Lisboa, among others. This point-to-point service saves you time transferring to other modes of transportation and is very convenient! Click Hong Kong to Macau Bus Tickets  to book.

Charter car service

For the most convenient and expedient travel to and from Macau, consider utilizing private car transfer services between Hong Kong and Macau. These services offer point-to-point chartered rides, allowing you to be picked up from your doorstep and taken directly to your destination in Macau. Ideal for families or groups traveling together, all drivers are experienced, and the vehicles are equipped with high-end amenities, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey for you.

Currently, only two licensed vehicle types. the 7-seater Alphard Van and the 49-seater coach. The 49-seater coach is ideal for group travel, and we recommend contacting us at least 15 days in advance to make a reservation.

There are two types of 7-seater van: direct car and change car (where a Hong Kong driver switches to a Macau driver at the Macau border). For regular tourists, you'll need to disembark at Macau Customs for security checks and then re-board at the parking area to continue the journey.

Hong Kong and Macau residents holding valid ID cards, there's no need for customs checks with the direct transfer, which is more convenient but slightly pricier.

Click Hong Kong to Macau Transfer(private) to make a reservation and enjoy full online assistance throughout your journey.

Macau Alphard Van Service


Helicopter rides are available from the Shun Tak Centre in Hong Kong to the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal in Macau. The flight takes approximately 15 minutes and offers a convenient and scenic way to travel between the two destinations. However, it's worth noting that this option is significantly more expensive compared to other modes of transportation.

Entering Macau from Mainland China

Taking the high-speed train to Zhuhai Station, you'll arrive directly at Gongbei Port/Qingmao Port. Then, after clearing customs, you can proceed to Macau.

Gongbei Port tends to be busier, resulting in slower clearance times, while Qingmao Port generally has fewer people and faster processing times.

Transportation within Macau

Hotel Shuttles

Many hotels in Macau provide complimentary shuttle services for guests. These shuttles typically run between major hotels, ferry terminals, and popular attractions.

Public Bus

Macau has over 80 public bus routes departing from various locations such as the Macau Jockey Club, Macau International Airport, Macau Peninsula, Macau Ferry Terminal, Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau Tower, and the Macau Bus Terminal, providing direct access to all corners of the island.

Once in Macau, you can start by purchasing a Macau Pass.

Sales locations for the Macau Pass include 7-Eleven convenience stores, Circle-K convenience stores, Sun Fat Supermarket, US MART, Seng Hou Long Supermarket, Macau Pass World Trade Center Branch, Macau Pass Northern District Branch, and Macau Pass Taipa South Branch.

Usage Scope of Macau Pass

Public Transport: New Era Bus Company Limited, TCM Public Transport Company Limited.

Supermarkets: Come Come Supermarket, Cheong Kei Food Market, Tai Fong Supermarket, Hung Kei Supermarket, Sun Fat Supermarket (Taipa Lok Chun Heng Hin Branch, Rua do Cunha Branch), Cheong On Chun, and City Square Shopping Center, and more.

Vending Machines: Coca-Cola vending machines, Vitasoy vending machines, and more.

Retail/Dining: Tong Heng Yeng Bakery, Macau Cultural Plaza, Sunlit Photography & Printing, Creative Digital Photography Equipment Store, and more.

In Macau, buses operate on a pay-as-you-board system, with no ticket sellers on board. The standard fare is around 6 MOP (or 3 MOP if you're using the Macau Pass), payable upon boarding. Before reaching your stop, simply press the bell to signal the driver. Announcements are usually made in Cantonese and Portuguese. You can pay with either Macanese patacas or Hong Kong dollars.


In Macau, there are two types of taxis: one with a black body and cream-colored roof, and the other is bright yellow. The starting fare (first 1600 meters) is 17 MOP, with an additional charge of 2 MOP for every 260 meters thereafter. Waiting time is charged at 2 MOP per minute, and for large luggage, an extra fee of 3-20 MOP per item may apply (though these rates can vary slightly, so it's a good idea to confirm with the driver before boarding!). 

PS: sometimes, extra money paid might be considered as a tip automatically!


The Taipa Line of the Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT) system spans 9.3 kilometers with 11 stations, covering major residential, historic, and tourist areas in Taipa. It also connects the important sea, land, and air ports of Macau. Residents and visitors in Macau can opt for the LRT for convenient travel within the city.

The Taipa Line operates from 6:30 AM daily with a frequency of approximately 5 to 10 minutes between trains. Fares are 6 MOP for up to 3 stations, 8 MOP for up to 6 stations, and 10 MOP for the entire journey. Holders of electronic prepaid cards, children under 12, seniors, and persons with disabilities enjoy a 50% discount.


Macau is relatively small and pedestrian-friendly, making walking a viable option for exploring the city center and nearby attractions. Many tourist spots are within walking distance of each other.

Macau Airport

Macau has an airport, offering a range of airlines for travelers to choose from. Some airlines serving Macau include Thai Air Asia, Tigerair, Cebu Pacific, EVA Air, Air China, and Korean Air.

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