Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT) is also called Metro Ligeiro de Macau. Its construction work has been officially started since 2012 although the site investigation project started in 2003. Once finished, it will serve Taipa, Macao Peninsula and Cotai.

Macau Light Rail Planning Map
Macau Light Rail Planning Map

Currently, Macau light rail Taipa Line Phase One has been under construction since 21st February, 2012, passing Taipa old district, residential area and tourist area. With a length of around 13 miles (21 kilometers), Taipa Line Phase One will connect Border Gate and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, covering 21 stations. The exact operation date of this line is in suspension, but it is said that it is expected to serve the public in around 2019 or 2020. Besides Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, this line links several transportation hubs such as Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal (Maritime Ferry Terminal), Lotus Checkpoint and Macau International Airport (MFM).

According to the long-term plan, Macao will totally have 5 subway lines. Macao-Taipa Line Phase II, Seac Pai Van and Coloane Line, Hengqin Branch Line, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Line, which are under research now, will operate in future years. In addition, this convenient transit system is also planned to link to the Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway. Passengers can spend around an hour to reach Guangzhou in December, 2020.


Hereunder are the metro lines and their stations:

 Macau - Taipa Line Phase I: Border Gate – Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
Total Length: 13 miles (21 kilometers)
Station Number: 21
 Note: This subway line is scheduled to have two sections:

1. Barra - Border Gate
This section will start from Barra, via Sai Van and South Bay Central Area, connect Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal & northeast part of Macao Peninsula, and finally end at the Border Gate.
Length: 8 miles (12 kilometers)
Stations: Barra – Sai Van – Nam Van – Arts Garden – Science Center – Golden Lotus – Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal – Hac Sa Van Park – Racetrack East – Border Gate

2. Barra - Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
This section will mainly cover residential areas, the old town and tourist areas of Taipa. It will also connect three important ports of air, sea and land: Macao International Airport, Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal and Lotus Checkpoint. It will operate in early 2020s.
Length: 5 miles (9 kilometers)
Stations: Barra – Ocean – Jockey Club – Stadium – Pai Kok – Cotai West – Lotus Checkpoint - East Asian Games – Cotai East - Macao University of Science and Technology (MUST) – Airport – Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal

 Macao - Taipa Line Phase Two: Border Gate – Barra
Length: 3 miles (5 kilometers)
Station Number: 9
Stations: Border Gate – Ilha Verde – Fai Chi Kei – Red Market – Patane Provisional Market – Ponte 16 - Ponte E Horta - Praia do Manduco - Barra

 Seac Pai Van and Coloane Line: Lotus Checkpoint - Seac Pai Van
Length: 1 mile (2 kilometers)
Station Number: 3
Stations: Lotus Checkpoint – Hospital of Islands - Seac Pai Van

 Hengqin Branch Line: Lotus Checkpoint – Hengqin Port
This line is under design nowadays.
Station Number: 3
Stations: Lotus Checkpoint – Lotus Bridge – Hengqin Port

 Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Line
Station Number: 2
Stations: Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal – Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

- Last updated on Apr. 20, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT)
Asked by Amanda from MALAYSIA | Dec. 03, 2019 17:36Reply
When will Macao LRT start operation and open to public?
Answers (2)
Answered by Pam from USA | Dec. 05, 2019 18:37

Hi, there is no official statement yet.
Answered by Robin Whitehead from HONG KONG | Dec. 27, 2019 23:00

Hi, it officially opened on December 10th, 2019.
Asked by Amanda Thong from MALAYSIA | Nov. 27, 2019 19:07Reply
Has Macao LRT started operation and open to public?
Answers (4)
Answered by Justin from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 01, 2019 19:20

No, it is still in construction.
Answered by Amanda from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2019 17:47

Any idea when will Macao LRT start operation?
Answered by Justin from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 03, 2019 18:33

Maybe in the end of December of 2019.
Answered by Robin Whitehead from HONG KONG | Apr. 20, 2020 23:41

Hi, it officially opened on December 10th, 2019.
Asked by Susi from GERMANY | Oct. 07, 2019 00:00Reply
How do I get from the Macau Venetian to Senado laza?
Answers (1)
Answered by Theo from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 13, 2019 19:11

You can take bus 26A from Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro stop, then Senado is 40m away from it.
Asked by Milan from HONG KONG | Apr. 10, 2019 03:26Reply
How do go to Sofitel from Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alva from CANADA | Apr. 12, 2019 00:33

Do you refer to Sofitel at Ponte 16?
If yes, the transportation is quite convenient. The hotel provides free shuttle buses from the ferry terminal. For details such as boarding site, you need to contact the hotel staff.
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