How to get to Macau from Hong Kong can be an easy or a complicated question. Macau is the neighbour of Hong Kong and only 60 kilometers southwest away. There are several ways to get to Macau depending on your time, budget and preferences: with Ferry, by Helicopter.

A bridge connected Hong Kong and Macau ias under construction and is expected to be open around 2018. It will provide not only one more option travelling between Hong Kong and Macau but also make the travelling much easier.

In the following content we will only talk about the most popular way of travelling for the moment.

How to get to Macau by speed ferry – less than one hour

Taking a ferry to Macau is the most economical and convenient way. Taking a ferry is very easy. The ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau will take approx. 40 – 60 minutes depending on the ferry operators and terminals.

1. Which ferry options do I have ?
Two ferry operators : TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet

On Victoria Harbour you will notice two different ferries : a blue one and a red one. The red ferry is TurboJET and the blue ferry is Cotai Water Jet. They are the two major ferry boat operators and are both serving the duty transferring passengers between Hong Kong and Macau. Another ferry operator – Hong Kong North West Express Limited (HKNWE) has ceased its service since September 10, 2012.

How to get to Macau by TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet

TurboJET (red) and Cotai Water Jet (blue) at Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

2. Where should I take the ferry ?
4 ferry terminals in Hong Kong and 2 in Macau

  • In Hong Kong:
    At present in Hong Kong there are 4 different ferry terminals serving different routes between Hong Kong and Macau.

  • In Macau:
    Macau are two major ferry terminals catering ferries from/to Hong Kong.

Ferry Terminals to/from Macau

In Hong Kong

In Macau

1. Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
(in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island)

1. Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
(mainly serving TurboJET)

2. China Ferry Terminal
(in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

3. Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal
(in New Territories)

2. Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
(mainly serving Cotai Water Jet)

4. SkyPier Terminal
(in Hong Kong International Airport)

Note: The Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal and China Ferry Terminal are the most convenient ones in Hong Kong.

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Which ferry and ferry terminal should you choose?

Now you already get a general idea about the options of ferry operators and their embarkation/disembarkation locations. So how to make your final decision?

1. TurboJET vs Cotai Water Jet

Similarity:
Tour duration (40-60 min), ticket price (almost the same), ferry size, service;

Difference :
Ferry routes and schedule;

Frankly speaking, aside from having different colors of the vessel (TurboJET has red ships and Cotai Water Jet blue ones), there are not many differences between the two ferry operators in terms of riding experience. Both ferry operators have similar travel classes, equipped vessels and will bring you to Macau in about the same time. Even the ticket prices of these two operators are very similar.

Turbojet Economy Class

TurboJET Economy Class

The biggest difference of the two ferry operators is TurboJET frequently travels to/from Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macau downtown) while Cotai Water Jet serves primarily to Macau Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal (In Taipa Island) (see the Ferry Schedule below)

Thus, before you decide which ferry operator you should choose, it’s better to decide which part of Macau you would like to stay/visit. Making this decision will help you to decide which ferry service is convenient for you.

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2. Starting from/ coming to Hong Kong :
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is the best option

Maybe you already notice from the ferry routes and schedule, although there are many choices of routes and companies from Hong Kong to Macau, the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal has the highest departure and arrival frequency, meaning that you will have more options of ferries.

Overall the most convenient two routes with higher frequency and longer service time are :

1) By TurboJET:
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (Hong Kong) ↔ Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macau Downtown);
2) By Cotai Water Jet:
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (Hong Kong) ↔ Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal (Macau Taipa);

Both TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet depart every 15-30min from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Unless it’s special holidays or you would like to get online discounts, you don’t need to purchase the boat tickets in advance.

How to get to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal?

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal is situated in Sheung Wan, close to 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).

How about other ferry terminals to Macau ?

If you would like to use other ferry terminals in Hong Kong, make sure to check out the ferry schedule. Most of them have much less ferry leaving from Hong Kong everyday.

For ferry terminal of Hong Kong International Airport – SkyPier, it is inside the restricted area and only for the visitors arriving by flights in the airport.

For ferry terminal Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal, there has only 7 ferries leaving everyday. Besides, it is located very far away from downtown area. Unless your hotel is located in New Territories area and colas to Tuen Mun, it is not recommended.

Below we give you an overview of the different ferry operators, their routes, frequencies and sailing times. You can make your own little comparison and research.

Macau ferry schedule and timetable

Ferry Schedule From Hong Kong To
Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal

Embark Terminal

Disembark Terminal

TurboJET
Service Time

Cotai Water Jet
Service Time

Sailing Time

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal

Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal

7:00 – 23:59
(every 15 min)

00:30/1:00/1:30
2:30/4:15/6:00

7:15 (daily)

55 minutes

China Ferry Terminal

7:30/8:30/9:30/
10:30/12:00/12:30/
13:30/15:30/17:00/
18:30/19:30/20:30/
21:30/22:30 (daily)

9:15 (daily)

60 minutes

Hong Kong International Airport – SkyPier

11:00/13:15/17:00/
22:00 (daily)

NONE

70 minutes

Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal

7:40/9:10/12:10/
14:40/15:40/18:10/
21:40 (daily)

10:10/15:10
(Sat,Sun,holiday)

NONE

40 minutes

Return Trip: Schedule from Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong

Ferry Schedule from Hong Kong To
Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal

Embark Terminal

Disembark Terminal

TurboJET
Service Time

Cotai Water Jet
Service Time

Sailing Time

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal

Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal

08:40/11:40/15:50/
16:50/17:50 (daily)

7:00 – 23:30
(every 30 min)

plus 9:45 (daily)

55 minutes

China Ferry Terminal

NONE

08:15/10:15/11:15/
12:15/13:15 (daily)

60 minutes

Hong Kong International Airport – SkyPier

NONE

12:15/14:15/16:15/
19:00/21:00 (daily)

70 minutes

Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal

8:10 (daily)

13:10 (Sat,Sun,holiday)

NONE

40 minutes

Return Trip: Schedule from Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong

Note: The ferries between “Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal – Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal” was operated by the Hong Kong North West Express Limited (HKNWE) until September 2012. TurboJET took over the ferry service on this route from January 2016.

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3. Two terminals in Macau
Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
vs
Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal

Macau has two ferry terminals serving ferry operators not only the ferries from/to Hong Kong, but also from/to China’s Pearl River Delta. These two ferry terminals are located on two different regions of Macau and have 20-minute driving distance.

  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal:
    Close to city center and attractions; Suitable for first-time visitors and sightseeing;

  • Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
    With all the latest hotels; shopping; beach, casino; close to airport;

  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal – Close to City Center – Better choice: TurboJET

    If you are visiting Macau for the first time, we would recommend embarking at Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, which is located at the heart of the city and close to the major attractions, casinos and hotels.

    Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal is a perfect starting location, no matter if you come to visit Macau for culture, sightseeing, foodie tours, historic sights, gambling in one of the casinos, visiting one of the many shows or the enjoy a weekend at the famous Macau Grand Prix.

    There are many good hotels in the close proximity of Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

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    If you would like to stay close to downtown of Macau and get easier access to main attraction areas, here’s a list of some of the best and most popular ones:

    1. Lisboa Hotel »
    2. Grand Lisboa »
    3. Wynn Hotel »
    4. StarWorld Macau »
    5. Landmark Macau »
    6. Holiday Inn Macau »
    7. Emperor Hotel Macau »

  • Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal – Beach, Casino, Shopping, Hotel, Airport – Better choice: Cotai Water Jet

    Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal is located at the Taipa area, close to Cotai, where all the latest casinos and hotels are located. In Cotai you will find the Venetian Hotel, The City of Dreams, Hard Rock Cafe Hotel as well as the just recently opened The Parisian Macao Hotel (with its version of the Eiffel Tower) and Studio City Hotel also known as the “Batman Casino” with its Batman Dark Knight inspired first 4D Dark Flight simulator.

    Taking one of the Cotai Water Jet ferries is prefect if you are planning a long weekend in one of the many hotels, love to gamble or would like to enjoy one of the many entertainment shows.

    Macau International Airport is also located at Taipa area. If you will take plane and leave Macau, you may consider to stay in this area.

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If you decide to embark at Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, then take TurboJET ferries. The frequency of sailings are higher. Especially ferries run on 15-min intervals from Hong Kong through the day and night. You have more options to catch a ferry from Hong Kong (as well as returning back from Macau).

If you decide to embark at Macau Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, then Cotai Water Jet will be your better option. Cotai ferries run on 30-min intervals from Hong Kong through the day and night. You have more options to catch a ferry from Hong Kong (as well as returning back from Macau).

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How much are the ferry tickets to Macau?

Let’s talk about prices. How much are ticket prices for the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau? Here we provide an overview about the different travel classes and pricing structure of both TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet:

Class

Day

TurboJET

Cotai Water Jet

Hong Kong to Macau

Macau to Hong Kong

Hong Kong to Macau

Macau to Hong Kong

Economy Class

Weekdays

$ 164

$ 153

$165

$154

Weekends

$ 177

$ 166

$ 177

$ 167

Night

$ 200

$ 189

$ 201

$ 190

Super Class

Weekdays

$ 326

$ 315

$ 280

$ 267

Weekends

$ 348

$ 337

$ 297

$ 284

Night

$ 369

$ 358

$ 321

$ 312

VIP Class

Weekdays

$ 2,151

$ 2,107

$ 2,240

$ 2,136

Weekends

$ 2,151

$ 2,107

$ 2,376

$ 2,272

Nights

$ 2,852

$ 2,808

$ 2,616

$ 2,496

Note 1: The VIP Cabin of TurboJET has four seats while VIP Cabin of Cotai Water Jet has 8 seats;
Note 2: Night Tour means rides between 17:00/18:00 till 6:30.

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.

Turbojet Super Class

TurboJET Super Class

Snack on Turbojet Super Class

Snack on TurboJET Super Class

Where to buy the ferry tickets to Macau ?

Ferry tickets to Macau from Hong Kong can be purchased at the customer service counters at the ferry terminals as well as online. However, if you want to skip long lines queuing for the tickets and also would like to enjoy some discounts we highly recommend reading through our advice on buying cheap ferry tickets to Macau in our next paragraph.

Where to buy cheaper discounted ferry tickets to Macau?

Very often we get the question where to purchase discounted and cheaper ferry tickets to Macau from Hong Kong. Both ferry operators have special promotions from time to time. Make sure to keep an eye on our travel news section to keep updated. However, these promotions are usually very specific. Some are only available during a short time or have certain restrictions (like a specific travel class) and black-out dates. For example: the Boarding Pass promotion where passengers from a certain airline are eligible for discounted ferry tickets or the Birthday Promotion where you enjoy some discounted ferry ticket on your birthday month.

Having said that, it is obvious that these special promotions are only applicable to a small portion of travelers to Macau. Especially, if you are travelling with family and kids or in a larger group you would like that everyone can enjoy some discounts as well. Time is money. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of all the fine prints to figure out if you are possibly eligible for a discount ticket, you might wonder if there is another way or chance to safe money for your upcoming Macau trip.

Is there are place where you can buy ferry tickets to Macau on a sale year around? The answer is: Yes there is. Simply use the links below and you will get an instant saving on your ferry tickets to Macau. Since you get your ticket instantly, you can skip the long lines queuing to buy ferry tickets at the Macau customer service centers.

The following promotions of TurboJet and Cotai Water Jet are available for the moment.

Discounts of TurboJet Tickets

One-Way Ticket Discount

From Hong Kong to Macau

Weekdays: 
HK$ 200  HK$ 165
Weekends: 
HK$ 200  HK$ 175

Check Out Discounts

Round-Trip Ticket Discount

From Hong Kong to Macau and Return

Weekdays: 
HK$ 366  HK$ 295
Weekday + Weekend: 
HK$ 389  HK$ 310

Check Out Discounts

Discounts of Cotai Water Jet Tickets

One-Way Ticket Discount

From Hong Kong to Macau

Weekdays: 
HK$ 201  HK$ 160
Weekends: 
HK$ 201  HK$ 170

Check Out Discounts

Round-Trip Ticket Discount

From Hong Kong to Macau and Return

Weekdays (7:30am-5:00pm):
HK$ 319  HK$ 307
Weekends (7:00am-5:30pm): 
HK$ 344  HK$ 321
Any Days and Any Time:
HK$ 391  HK$ 334

Check Out Discounts

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How to get to Macau by helicopter – 15-20 min ride

Furthermore, if you are really pressed 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

How to get to Macau by vehicles – Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – 45min ride

As to its name, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is a bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau, giving a new option for traveling between these two cities. The bridge is still under construction for the moment and expected to open at the end of 2017.

We will update the latest information once the bridge is ready in use. Keep tuned.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you need a visa for Macau? The simple answer is yes. All visitors to Macau are required to have a visa. Make sure you take your travel documents and passport with you. However, similar to Hong Kong, many countries are exempted from a visa and can visit Macau without an entry permit or visa. Depending which passport and nationality you hold, visitors will be granted a tourist visa for 30-180 days (for more information on how long you are allowed to stay visa-free we highly recommend checking with your local embassy).

If you are a resident of the EU, U.K, U.S. or Canada, immigration will take you just a few minutes. Just make sure your passport will be valid 6 months after your planned departure date from Macau. If you are a Mainland Chinese citizen and if you already have a Hong Kong visa, you are allowed to enter Macau if you depart from Hong Kong.

In case you hold a passport from Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Vietnam you are required to apply for a valid Macau visa in advance through your Chinese embassy (for more information check Macau’s Public Security Police Force official site).

Macau Arrival

Macau Arrival

In the past, visitors had to fill out an arrival card and received a passport stamp. Macau authorities ended this practice in July 2013. Similar to Hong Kong, Macau immigration officers do not stamp visitor passports at the entry or exit point anymore streamlining the immigration process. Visitors with visa-exempt status as well as with visitor permits will receive a printed arrival card. This printed card must be retained throughout the stay.

Macau Immigration Form

Macau Immigration Form

Many people have been asking if it is necessary to exchange currencies. Macau is using the Macanese Patacas (MOP). However, 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.

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  • “The question about how to get to Macau or which ferry you should take to Macau can be simplified to “which part of Macau would you stay?”. TurboJET frequently serves Macau downtown while Cotai Water Jet mainly serves Taipa Island. If you decide to stay in downtown as a first-time visitor, closer to main attractions, then choose TurboJET. If you wish to enjoy latest hotel and casino services, then choose Cotai Water Jet. “

  • “Both TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet depart every 15-30min from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Unless it’s special holidays, you don’t need to purchase the boat tickets in advance unless you would like to purchase a discounted ticket

  • “Macau is a very small city. The distance between downtown and Taipa is only around 20-30min car ride. Eventually it doesn’t really matter which ferry or which part of Macau you will choose.”

  • “You do not need to strictly follow the time on your tickets. Staffs sometimes will allow you to get in the waiting list (standby line) to the earlier/later ferry as long as there are seats available.”