Macau Transportation - Getting There
Convenient and well developed transport links make Macau a popular and easily accessible destination in Southeast Asia. Located on the western shore of the Pearl River Delta, Macau is the gateway to mainland China from the South China Sea. Connections with Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other centers in southern China as well as countries on the Pacific Rim are provided by numerous domestic and international flights, ferries and buses. However, it should be remembered that the city's status as a free port means that there are immigration procedures to be observed prior to entry to the mainland of China.
|Waiting in the Airport|
Located on the east side of the outlying island of Taipa, Macau International Airport (MFM) has convenient transfers between the air and ferry services in the region. Its runway is on a narrow strip of reclaimed land and is connected to Taipa by two bridges.
Flights leaving this airport take passengers directly to most destinations in this region and there are scheduled airlines between it and cities in mainland China including Beijing, Shanghai, Haikou, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Chengdu and Taibei and Gaoxiong in Taiwan as well as Seoul and Inchon in Korean, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Travelers can also catch connecting flights to other parts of Asia, Europe and America.
The airport is a fifteen-minute drive from the city's Ferry Terminal and a twenty-minute drive from the Barrier Gate. It is quite easy for travelers to either catch a ferry service to Hong Kong or take a land trip by bus to Guangzhou. For travelers who wish to enter Shenzhen, a five minute car drive from the airport via the Lotus Bridge will reach the border of Guangdong Province.
Passengers aged two years and over are required to pay 90 MOP (about 12 USD) airport departure tax. Those passengers who are passing through on connecting flights for other destinations are charged only 40 MOP (about 5USD).
Express Bus - Two customs, one checkpoint
Express Bus is a new a time saving service which provides a quick Land-to-Air or Air-to-Land transport service between Macau International Airport and the ferry terminal by freeing Express Bus passengers from immigration and custom procedures and luggage handling.
For Air to Ferry Travelers
Passengers on their arrival at the airport should follow the sign board for the Express Bus Service and purchase tickets at the counters where a blue-tag will be provided to label check-in luggage. Then travelers go direct to the Air-to-Land transfer to Macau Ferry Terminal and take ferry service to their final destination thus avoiding immigration and custom procedures. Then it only remains for them to collect their luggage with blue tags at the terminal at their destination city.
For Ferry to Air Travelers
Passengers taking the ferry service from Hong Kong or Shenzhen, on arrival in Macau Ferry Terminal, can follow the signs to the terminal counters in order to buy tickets for the Express Bus Service. A blue-tag will be provided to label check-in luggage. Then travelers can board the Land-to-Air transfer to be taken to Macau International Airport and on to their final destination without any immigration and custom procedures. Then it only remains for them to collect their luggage with blue tags at the terminal at their destination city.
Outside the Airport Entry Building, Airport Bus Nos API, 26 and 21 take passengers to the Barrier Gate or the outlying island of Coloane. There are also Cross-Boundary Bus services outside the Arrivals Building. There are tourist buses to take passengers directly to major cities in Guangdong Provinces.
Taxis can also be found outside the airport building. A single trip to the city center is about 40 MOP$. For more information on taxi fares, please visit our Getting Around section.
Helicopters run by East Asian Airlines and Hong Kong Helicopter company, ply between helipads on the Macau and Hong Kong ferry terminals. The short trip takes only sixteen minutes and the flights from Macau to Hong Kong operate between 9:00 to 22:30 and those from Hong Kong are available from 9:30 to 10:59 at an interval of 30 minutes.
Moreover, helicopters leave from Macau Ferry terminal to Shenzhen Bao'an Airport at 9:45, 13:15, 14:45, 16:45 and the trip takes around 20 minutes. Helicopter services back from Shenzhen are available at 11:45, 14:15, 15:45, 17:15 and 20:30.
See Guangzhou-Macau Train, Beijing - Macau Train, Shanghai - Macau Train
|Ferry to Macau|
Macau Marine Ferry terminal, also knwn as Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, New Macau Ferry Terminal and Terminal Marítimo do Porto Exterior in Portuguese, is located in Porto Exterior, east coast of Macau Peninsula, near the reservoir on Avenida da Amizade. It is the principle ferry terminal of the city. Many hotels have free shuttle buses waiting at the bus terminus outside the ferry terminal. It can be reached by city bus API, 10, 10A, 10B and 12 from Barrer Gare to Gongbei Custom, Macau Airport, Macau Tower and other places in the city.
Macau Inner Harbor Ferry Terminal in the west coast of Macau Peninsula near A Ma Temple, is an old dock area mainy dealing with cargo, fishing and inland waterway shipping. Now it has ferry to Wan Zai Pier of Zhuhai every half a hour from 8:30 - 11:30, 13:30 - 16:30.
Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, Terminal Marítimo Provisório da Taipa in Portuguese, is currently solely served by Cotai jet, located on the north side of Taipa island, a short distance from the Macau Airport. The Venetain has free shuttle bus to this terminal and it can also be reached from Colpane by city bus 21, 26, Praça de Ferreira do Amaral by MT1 and MT2, from Border Gate of Gongbei by AP1. Most of the buses are available at Macau Ferry Terminal too. Ferry to Shenzhen and Hong Kong are both available here.
Shenzhen - Macau
Shekou to Macau
Shenzhen Shekou Port has ferry services to Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal. It takes about one hour.
From Shekou (Turbo-Jet): 8:15, 8:45, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45, 18:30, 19:30
Back hours 9:45, 10:15, 12:00, 13:15, 15:00, 16::00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00, 20:45
Tickets (per person): CNY 270 (first class), CNY 170 (tourist class), CNY 100 (first class children), CNY75 (children)
From Shekou to Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal: 9:30, 12:15, 17:30
Back hours: 11:00, 14:00, 19:00
Tickets (per person): CNY170 (tourist class), CNY75 (children)
Fu Yong Ferry Terminal (Shenzhen Airport) - Macau Ferry Terminal (Turbo-Jet)
From Fu Yong: 8:45, 10:30, 12:30, 14:00, 16:30, 17:30
From Macau: 10:45, 12:15, 14:30, 15:45, 18:30, 19:30
Tickets: CNY 296 (first class), CNY196 (tourist class)
Hong Kong - Macau
At present, there are two ferry companies offering ferry services at different terminals.
|Ferry Company||Hotline||Terminal in Hong Kong||Terminal in Macau|
|Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited (Turbo-Jet)||28593333||HK-Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan |
Sky Pier - Hong Kong Intel. Airport
|Marine Ferry Terminal|
|Cotai Chu Kong Shipping Manamement Services Company Limited||28591588||HK-Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan||Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal|
Locations of Hong Kong ferry terminals:
China Ferry Terminal - 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
HK-Macau Ferry Terminal - Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaaight Road, Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Sky Pier - Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong
Turbo-Jet Sea Express is a new time saving project initiated to provide tourist quick ferry transport between Hong Kong International Airport, Macau International Airport and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Passengers from Macau and Shenzhen who take flights at Hong Kong International Airport can avoid Hong Kong Immigration and Customs formalities and their luggage will be delivered to their destination ferry terminal.
|Routes||approx Sailing Time||Service Hours|
|Macau ↔ Hong Kong||55 mins||24 hours/day|
|Hong Kong ↔ Shenzhen||55 mins||7:30-20:30 daily|
|Macau ↔ Shenzhen||1 hour||10:30-18:45 daily|
Embarkation / Disembarkation Terminals
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan|
|Kowloon||China (HK) Ferry Terminal, Tsimshatsui|
|Macau||New Macau Ferry Terminal|
|Shenzhen||Fu Yong Ferry Terminal ( Shenzhen Airport )|
Cotai Chu Kong Shipping Manamement Services Company, headquatered in Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal provides ferry service connecting Taipa to HK-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan and fewer ships to China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsuim, Hong Kong.
Service hours: 7:00-1:00 from Sheung Wan, 7:00-5:00 from Taipa
8:00, 9:30. 11:00 from Tsim Sha Tsui, 9:30, 15:00, 17:30 from Taipa
Sailing time: about one hour
Where to Buy ticket:
Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby, Level 1, The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
Customer service counter located at Di Moda Street at The Grand Canal Shoppes
Guest Services Counter, Ground Level, Sands, Macau
G/F, Seaview Commercial Building, 24 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, HK
Shop 305n, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, HK
Shop 1 -5 A, 1/F China Ferry Terminal, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
G/F, 3 Shanghai Street, Jordan, Kowloon
Reservation: Travelers can reserve tickets 28 days in advance. We suggest travelers to book roundtrip tickets in advance during holidays. Embarkation Tax
Every travelers will be charged of 19 HK$ by Hong Kong and 20 MOP$ by Macau included into ferry ticket fee.
Macau-Hong Kong Ferry Terminal and Macau Ferry Terminal have special standby channel for passengers who wish to get on board ahead of schedule.
Passengers from Macau and Shenzhen arriving in Hong Kong International Airport can choose jetfoils, which take passenger directly to Macau
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.
Barrier Gate, located at the northern end of the Macau is the main entry gate to Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. It is the gate by which travelers enter mainland China. Actually all bus services operating between Macau and Guangzhou pass through this gate. All travelers are required to have the same travel documents (for example your valid passport and Chinese visa ) which are required when entering China via other cities such as Beijing, Shanghai or others. Its operating hours is from 7:00 to 24:00.
Gongbei Border, nine kilometers away from Zhuhai city's government center, is a Chinese border immigration checkpoint. It connects Macau to the south and several hundred meters from its counterpart, the Barrier Gate. The operating hours is from 7:00 to 24:00.
There are air-conditioned buses operating between Macau and Guangzhou, which should pass the Barrier Gate and Gongbei Border. The place to board these buses is the Kee Kwan's Company bus stop, close to Master Hotel in Macau. However, the bus company is not responsible for Chinese tourist visa which travelers have to hold in order to cross the border from Macau to Zhuhai. Make sure to get all your documents well prepared for border crossing. For travelers who have not yet applied for their Chinese visa, the alternative is to firstly exit Macau from the Barrier Gate and take immigration formalities at Gongbei Border, and then catch the buses at Gongbei to Guangzhou.
In addition to the Barrier Gate, COTAI Frontier Post at the end of the Lotus Bridge in Cotai on the causeway between the islands Taipa and Coloane is the second entry to China's mainland. Their working hours is from 9:00 to 20:00.
Moreover, plenty of long-distance buses are shuttling along Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, serving passengers travelling between Macau and Hong Kong.
I would like to do a day trip with a friend from Shenzhen Shekou to Macao this Saturday.
I acknowledged the best option would be to take the earliest ferry from Shekou (Turbo-Jet): 8:15, 8:45, or 9:30 and to come back at 20:00, 20:45.
How long before do we have to be at the ferry terminals ?
I believe we have to go through the customs both in China and Macao. How long should I plan for this ?
Also how far in time from the peninsula where the old Portuguese borough are the Macao Ferry Terminal and the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal ?
Thanks for your advice.
2. You need to prepare 2-3 hours.
3. The distance is not far. It takes around 20-30 mins on the way.