Macau is right across the bay from Hong Kong and many visitors to the Asian International city spend at least one or two days of their vacation in this amazing city, where ancient Chinese temples are neighbors with European baroque churches and luxury casinos, and in where Portuguese lifestyles coexist with Chinese Traditions. This article will show you the best way to go from Hong Kong to Macau and back.
As you might already know, ferries are what more than 95% of passengers on this line use. There is also a helicopter service, but it is very expensive and honest, it won’t save much time. So why not leave the helicopter for a time-conscious businessman?
The ferry departs from two PENGELUARAN SGP terminals in Hong Kong (Other than the Sky Pier of the airport, which is not relevant to this article): Namely the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan, on Hong Kong Island, and the HK China Ferry Terminal, at Tsim sha Tsui , on Kowloon’s side.
They operate 24/7 and arrive at the main ferry terminal in Macau, which is a pretty convenient place to start your Macau trip (Unless you just want to come for gambling nights, in which case you can take CotaiJet, directly to the striking casino strip Macau).
1) Bright red turbojet is a fast ferry that covers the road to Macau in less than an hour. It departs every fifteen minutes during the day, and every thirty minutes at night, and departs from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan / Central, on the island.
The terminal building can be easily accessed on foot from the Central MTR Station, as well as from the Star Ferry Pier or from the Airport Express Station. A single trip costs around HK $ 140 at time of writing, and a little more than this over the weekend.
2) If you want to travel from the Kowloon side, the Macau First Ferry departs from Tsim Sha Tsui every thirty minutes, from 7am to midnight. Travel time is also around one hour and the price range is similar to Turbojet
3) You who are only interested in gambling nights, good food and entertainment on the Cotai Strip and Venice, can take advantage of the new CotaiJet service that takes passengers to the Taipa Island Temporary Ferry Terminal in Macau (from which the free Coach will take you to the Cotai Strip yourself).
CotaiJet departs from the HK China Tsim sha Tsui Ferry Terminal, every thirty minutes (every hour at night), between 07.00 and 01.00. Travel time is, again, one hour, and a basic ticket costs HK $ 134 one way at the time of writing.
From Macau, the CotaiJet ferry departs every thirty minutes (every hour at night, and every two hours at night), between 7:30 in the morning and 5 in the morning, which means you can party all night in Venice and make it back to Hong Kong, right for breakfast.
And before I conclude this article, here are some important points that you should pay attention to:
o Even though Hong Kong and Macao are both part of China, they are two separate administrative regions, which means you must bring your passport and check what Macau visa requirements are before leaving (and whether you can re-enter HK without a visa, so You are back). The good news is that HK and Macau have very soft visa policies when it comes to tourists.
o Tickets can be purchased at the Ferry Terminal itself, however, the ticket office closes around 10 pm, so if you plan to travel at night, make sure you buy tickets in advance (or online). However, try to arrive at least 1 hour before the planned departure time.
o Baggage access (exceeds 20kg permitted) must be paid in cash. It’s hard to believe that you need to carry more than that for a day or two of vacation in Macau. But it’s better to know these things up front, besides running the entire terminal building, looking for an ATM.