How to get to Macau from Hong Kong?

Macau is the neighbour of Hong Kong and it is only 60km southwest away.

There are several ways to get to Macau depending on your time, budget and preferences: with Ferry, by Helicopter or by plane.

A bridge connected Hong Kong and Macau is under construction and is expected to be open around 2015. It will provide not only one more option travelling between Hong Kong and Macau but also make the travelling much easier.

In this post we will only talk about the most popular way of travelling for the moment.

Turbojet at Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

Turbojet at Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

Take Ferry

Taking a ferry to Macau is the most economic and convenient way. In general there are many different routes from Hong Kong to Macau operated by three different companies. They are:

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Ferries From Hong Kong To Macau

Company

Routes

Sailing Time

Service Hours

TurboJet

[Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal] – [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

55min

24 hours daily
(every 15 min)

[Hong Kong International Airport] – [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

50min

7:30am-10:00pm daily
(every 90 min)

TurboJet (operated by First Ferry)

[China Ferry Terminal] –
[Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

60min

7:00am-10:30pm daily
(every 90 min)

CotaiJet

[Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal] – [Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal]

60min

6:30am-11:59pm
(every 30 min)

[China Ferry Terminal] –
[Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal]

60min

8:00am/9:00am/11:15am
12:15am/1:30pm/4:30pm

[Hong Kong International Airport] – [Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal]

60min

9:40am/1:15pm

[Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal] – [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

60min

7:00am

[China Ferry Terminal] –
[Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

60min

10:00am

[Hong Kong International Airport] – [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]

60min

5:12pm

Update: There were ferries from [Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal] – [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal] operated by the Hong Kong North West Express Limited (HKNWE). Unfortunately, this company has been closed since the 10th of September 2012. The route from Tuen Mun to Macau has been ended.

Maybe you already notice from the above table, although there are many choices of routes and companies from Hong Kong to Macau, the most convenient, frequent and longest service time is TurboJet starting from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal is close the most of the attractions of Macau. Unless your hotel is close to Taipa area, we recommend you to take the route from [Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal] to [Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal]. Since Turbojet departs every 15 min, unless it’s special holidays, you don’t need to purchase the boat ticket in advance.

How to Get to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal?

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal is situated in Sheung Wan, Central. Take the MTR to Sheung Wan station and take exit D which will lead you to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry terminal in the Shun Tak Centre (you have to take several escalators up).

Insider Tip: When you arrive at the Shun Tak Centre you will notice several travel agencies there. Take a closer look at the travel agencies if you plan to stay overnight or want to book one of the shows in the casinos. Some of the travel agencies have very good packages including the tickets for the ferry, hotel accommodation and entrance tickets for shows which can result in tremendous savings (especially if you are traveling on a tight budget, but want to have 5 star comfort).

Turbojet Economy Class

Turbojet Economy Class

Hong Kong to Macau

Macau to Hong Kong

Economy Class

Weekdays

HK$ 159

HK$ 148

Weekends & Holidays

HK$ 172

HK$ 161

Weekday, Weekends & Holidays (Night Service)

HK$ 195

HK$ 184

Super Class

Weekdays

HK$ 309

HK$ 298

Weekends & Holidays

HK$ 330

HK$ 319

Weekday, Weekends & Holidays (Night Service)

HK$ 350

HK$ 339

VIP Class

From HK$ 1401 to HK$ 2101

From HK$ 1357 to HK$ 2035

Turbojet Super Class

Turbojet Super Class

You might wonder what the difference of the Economy Class, Super Class and VIP Class is. Similar to the economy/business/first class concept on a flight you get a small business lounge and a snack on the trip. For the VIP Class you will get a separate room inside the ferry. Decide yourself if it worthwhile to pay the markup price for each trip. There are times where you find yourself paying for the higher priced tickets, especially if you are traveling on weekends or holidays this might be your only choice to get a seat on the ferries.

Snack on Turbojet Super Class

Snack on Turbojet Super Class

Take Helicopter

Furthermore, if you are really press for time and would like to pay the price, you can take the helicopter from Hong Kong to Macau. The traveling time is roughly 15-20 minutes, but expects to pay at least HK$ 3000 per person. If you are interested to make a once-of-a-lifetime impression by arrival, you might want to have look at Sky Shuttle Helicopter Ltd. Company in Hong Kong.

Macau Skyshuttle Heliport

Macau Skyshuttle Heliport

Visa Requirements and Immigration to Macau

Macau Arrival

Macau Arrival

If you are a resident of the EU,U.K, U.S. or Canada immigration will take you just a few minutes. Depending which nationality you hold, visitors will be granted a tourist visa for 30-180 days. Just make sure your passport will be valid 6 month after your planned departure date from Macau. If you a mainland Chinese citizen, if you already have a Hong Kong visa, you are allowed to enter Macau if you depart from Hong Kong.

Macau Immigration Form

Macau Immigration Form

Insider Tips: If you decide to take ferry to Macau, remember to arrive at the ferry a little bit in advance. Sometimes you need to stand in lines to purchase tickets and pass the custom.

In order to get through immigration, you just have to fill out the immigration form (see picture). Usually, the immigration forms will be distributed on the ferry. But if you miss out or made a mistake when filling out there is no need to worry. There are enough forms located at the immigration.

Currency

Many people have been asking me if it is necessary to exchange currencies. If you are coming from Hong Kong and have enough Hong Kong Dollars there is no need to exchange money to the Macau Pataca. Most of the stores, taxis and restaurants will happily accept Hong Kong Dollars and will provide you change in Hong Kong Dollar as well. There are several reasons for that. One is that Macau is the perfect weekend get-away for Hong Kong people and therefore a huge inflow of tourists from Hong Kong. The other one is that the Macau Pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong Dollar with a rate somewhere around HK$ 1 = 1.03 MOP which makes it very easy to compare prices. Interestingly, many restaurants and business accept a third currency…the RMB.