How to Plan a 1-Day Trip from Hong Kong to Macau

Just an hour away, but quite different from Hong Kong, is Macau : the mega-resort and casino center that also has interesting historical sights.

It is popular to travel from Hong Kong to Macau. In this article, you will find out how to travel to Macau from Hong Kong and what to see in Macau.

How to Get from Hong Kong to Macau

From Hong Kong to Macau, there are three modes of transportation: sea, land, and air. We suggest that you travel to Macau by ferry, which is the most convenient and economical.

By ferry (most recommended): It takes about 1 hour by boat from Hong Kong to Macau. The one-way fare is about 170KD. The fare for night ferries or holidays will be slightly more expensive.

By bridge (a new and comfortable way): Take the bus over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge from Hong Kong port to Macau in just 40 minutes.

By helicopter (the coolest): It takes only 15 minutes to take a direct flight from Hong Kong to Macau, however the price is 4,300 HKD one way.

Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

Hong kong ferry terminals.

1. Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (preferred, most frequent ferries)

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Centre on Hong Kong Island. You can take the subway and get off at Shueng Wan Station. During the daytime, there is a boat every 15 minutes.

2. China Ferry Terminal (recommended, good location)

China Ferry Terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is about a kilometer north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. You could walk to it through Harbour City Mall, or just take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

3. Sky Pier at the Hong Kong International Airport (for transiting tourists only)

The terminal is located next to the Hong Kong airport. If you plan to take a boat directly from Hong Kong airport to Macau, you can choose to depart from this terminal.

4. Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal (Generally not recommended, inconvenient location)

This terminal is located in the New Territories, which is not popular for tourists. There are less than 10 ferries traveling between Hong Kong and Macau every day. This terminal is only practical if you are staying nearby.

Macau Ferry Terminals

It doesn't matter which port to go to Macau because Macau is not big. No matter which terminal you arrive at, there are free shuttle buses that can deliver you to any hotel or casino.

1. Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (close to downtown Macau)

Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal, also known as the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, is the main northern terminal closest to San Ma Lo, architectural attractions, and about 23 mainly smaller casinos. 

You can take Bus 3 from San Ma Lo to the Macau Ferry Terminal in about 10 minutes for 2.5 HKD.

2. Taipa Terminal (close to casinos, hotels, airports)

Taipa Terminal is to the south, closest to the Cotai Strip area with the biggest casinos such as the Venetian, the City of Dreams across the street, and the Macau International Airport. 

To go to the Taipa Terminal, take the Cotai Jet from any of the three Hong Kong terminals. There are late night returns (at 1 AM) from the Cotai Terminal to the Hong Kong Macau Terminal.

Ferry Tickets: Costs and Where to Buy Them

Ferry prices are higher in the evening and highest at night, and higher at weekends and holidays.

  • For economy class, the prices are from 171 to 211 HKD for a single trip.
  • For superior/first class, the prices are from 346 to 391 HKD for a single trip.

You can buy ferry tickets at every ferry terminal as well as online. Usually, it is no problem to buy tickets on the spot except on some festival days. If you would like to skip long lines, you'd better arrive early or buy tickets online.

Getting from Hong Kong to Macau by Bridge

The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, the longest sea-crossing in the world, connects the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau. This crossing is open 24 hours.

There are shuttle buses going from Hong Kong to Macau at all hours, they cost 65 HKD normally (70 HKD at night: 12-6 AM). The buses take around 45 minutes.

In Hong Kong, there are direct shuttle buses starting from Hong Kong Airport, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central to Macau via the bridge.

Planning a Macau Day Trip

Macau's main draw for tourists are the big casinos and hotels. It is the new gambling resort capital of the world with 5 of the world's 10 largest casino resorts. But there are also old Portuguese sites to see. UNESCO World Heritage sites San Ma Lo and Guia Fortress are popular with tourists. See the Top 6 Things to Do in Macau . 

The St. Paul's Ruins

The ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral , which was built in 1580, are now the most representative landmark in Macau. They combine the style of European Renaissance and Oriental architecture, reflecting a blend of Eastern and Western culture.

Monte Fortress

Monte Fortress was built in 1627. The fortress, and the Macau Museum in it, is probably the best place to go to learn about Macau's history and culture. Museum tickets cost 15 HKD.

Senado Square

Until 1999 Macau was a Portuguese colony. Senado Square was an old Portuguese square. Old pastel colored buildings line the sides, and a church is at the back. It and about 20 other old buildings and forts are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Walking around the square, you will feel like you are in Europe, with such a beautiful view and ambience. You can see so many shops selling Macau snacks like Portuguese egg tarts, puddings, and pork sandwiches.

The A-Ma Temple

The A-Ma Temple is a symbol of Macau's Mazu culture. With a history of over 500 years, it is one of the oldest temples in the city as well as a World Heritage attraction.

The A-Ma Temple was one of the first places the Portuguese saw when they arrived in 14th and 15th centuries and it still functions as a spiritual beacon in Macau.

The Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao is a super large resort with the theme of Venetian waters, with 3,000 luxury suites, more than 30 restaurants, more than 330 retail stores, 4 outdoor swimming pools, and an 18-hole rooftop golf course. It is one of the largest casinos in the world, with no less than 640 gaming tables and 1,760 slot machines.

At the same time, it is also a must-see for tourists and one of the most well-known places in Macau.

Grand Lisboa

The building of the Grand Lisboa is like a giant golden lotus flower. It is the landmark of Macau and is very eye-catching. There are not only luxurious suites, but also Michelin restaurants, outdoor pools, and spas.

Wynn Palace

It is owned by the world gambling king, Alan Wynn. It is said that this resort costed 4 billion USD and attracts a lot of tourists not only for its luxurious outside, but even the decoration inside.

Getting to the casinos in Macau is easy. Free casino buses line up at both ferry terminals, and pretty women representing their hotels and casinos stand and hand out coupons and information. Just get on the bus you want for free. You can easily get lost in the biggest casinos eating, shopping, and seeing the shows.

If you have two days in Macau, check How to Get the Most out of Macau in 2 Days . 

More Things You Should Know

1. Most nationalities don't need a visa to travel to Macau. You'll need your passport to travel between Hong Kong and Macau. Foreign tourists to Hong Kong generally have no problem entering Macau with a free short-term stamp on their passport. Check whether you need a visa or not .

2. Hong Kong dollars can be used in Macau. You don't need to exchange them.

3. If you easily get seasick on ferries, take some medicine or use seasickness band. It takes about one hour by ferry at a speed of 35-50 knots.

Enjoy a Hassle-Free Macau Day Tour with Us

We understand that most tourists would like to visit Macau in an efficient way at a competitive price . Based on these needs, we offer a seat-in-couch one-day tour to Macau from Hong Kong: see below.

If you would like a private tour, please feel free to contact us . You could also see our Hong Kong tours for inspiration.

Hong Kong – Macau Group Tour

Duration: approx. 8 hours Available: Not Available Now

Note: 1 day before departure, you will get a fax with detailed information about pick up time, pick-up place (and directions if no free pick up at your hotel), itinerary, sightseeing information, and emergency number of the tour operator in your hotel in Hong Kong.

Around 8am: Your guide in Hong Kong pick you up from a designated hotel in downtown Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, or North Point.

Around 9am: Arrive at Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Port and depart for Macau by comfortable Turbojet. Your Hong Kong guide will give you your Turbojet tickets and see you off at the pier.

In the morning: After one hour you arrive at Macau. You will be met by your Macau guide and led to the coach. Explore the Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fortress, including a section of the old city wall, and Senado Square. See the Border Gate and do shop for local souvenirs at the sidewalk stalls.

Simple buffet lunch in a local restaurant: Choose from a selection of main dishes, soup, vegetables, desserts, and drinks.

In the afternoon: Continue city sightseeing with a visit to the A-Ma Temple, from which Macau gets its name! Visit the famous casinos for a look around if time permits.

Around 5pm: Your Macau guide will see you off at the Macau –Hong Kong Ferry Pier and you return to Hong Kong by comfortable Turbojet. Guilde and driver in Hong Kong meet you and drop you off at the designated hotel.


  • Transport by air-conditioned coach and Turbojet ferry (hotel pickup and drop-off at selected hotels only)
  • English-speaking tour guide and entry to all attraction listed in the itinerary
  • Simple lunch, and all taxes, fees, and handling charges


  • To ensure your booking, please let us know your Hong Kong hotel information and contact number at least two days before departure . The designated hotel pick-up points change daily, depending on demand.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is the same unless specified. Consult with your tour guide and driver if you want to get out somewhere else.
  • You need a passport and maybe a visa. If you require a Macau visa that is your responsibility. Most nationalities don't. Macau visa fee (about HK$100) is not included in the tour price. In general it takes a few minutes to complete the process of issuing visa, but in peak season, it takes longer. It depends on how many passengers queue in line. Our tour guide in Hong Kong will explain to you how to apply for a Macau visa upon arrival. 
  • If you want to visit other attractions like the Macau Tower, you can get back to Hong Kong at night, we can book Turbojet tickets with night sailing at 21:00 and tour guide will pass return tickets to clients on that day (upon picking up or meeting at pier).
  • Transfers to Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal and transfers to hotel in Hong Kong are arranged on your own.

Other Considerations

  • Since it is a group tour, sometimes you will need to wait until everybody arrives in Macau from different boats in the morning. Please be patient .
  • The tour does not have shops, factories, and unscheduled stops unless passengers request them. Report any violations .
  • Don't wear shorts or casual slip-on footwear if you wish to be accepted in the casinos (some have stricter dress codes).
  • Please note that during the Christmas and New Year period there may be delays at immigration and re-routing of traffic around the major tourist areas.
  • If you are vegetarian or Muslim , you are suggested to take snacks on your own or choose the dishes you can have during buffet time.

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1 Day Macau Itinerary – A Day Trip From Hong Kong

Last Updated May 27, 2024 William Tang

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Macau is an awesome one day trip from Hong Kong that’s only a 55 minute boat ride away.  It’s a completely different vibe from the big city of Hong Kong.  Think of Macau as Asia’s version of Vegas but with old town Portuguese flare mixed around it.

If you’re like most travellers, you’re going to be based in Hong Kong but want the chance to explore Macau (also referred to as Macao) so I’ve put together the perfect one day Macau itinerary.

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Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China and is bordered on the province of Guangdong.  There’s nothing that connects Hong Kong to Macau so a ferry is necessary although all that will change when they complete the bridge that will link the two cities.

Colonial Portugal meet the bright lights and casinos of Asia

What makes Macau unique is that it was former Portuguese colony and administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until late 1999, similar to how Hong Kong was administered by the United Kingdom.

However what once was a sleepy colonial city has now ballooned to become Asia’s gambling capital.  The one thing that stuck out from my visit was just how many casinos there were.  Huge themed casinos dominate the skyline now with each newer one outdoing the previous new kid on the block.

What to do in Macau in one day without staying overnight

old portuguese style houses and lamp post as seen in the 1 day macau itinerary

If you’re in Hong Kong for more than 3 days, you probably have time to do a trip to Macau to mix it up so to speak.

For us, we never had a fixed date we wanted to do Macau.  At one point we had also considered doing 2 days there but after talking to many locals the feedback we repeatedly got was that it wasn’t worth it.  After the Maldives portion of the trip, Hong Kong’s weather was also extremely erratic with rain so we just played it by ear.

There was one day that finally looked good for us so we decided the night before to make the trip to Macau.  So that’s really the extent of the planning we did.  You can certainly book ferry tickets online but honestly you’re better off to show up at the purchase the TurboJet tickets right at the terminal because of how complicated it is to do it online.  There are departures every 15 minutes so you really have nothing to worry about.  Ticket prices start at HKD$171.

The way I broke the trip down was by the various areas of Macau.  With a full day or less than 24 hours in Macau, this itinerary makes a lot of sense for most travellers and I’d recommend you following a similar route to what we did:

  • Start off in Taipa and do the cultural sights first.  It’s a lovely little area full of Portuguese architecture, shops and food stalls.  I personally loved this area of Macau the most.  This area is also great to grab lunch.
  • Once you’er done here, cab over to Coloane which honestly doesn’t have too much but the big highlight is Lord Stow’s if you like Portuguese Egg Tarts.  Even if you don’t like or know about them, it’s worth a try.  There’s the small Chapel of St. Francis and the food vendors in front you can check out.
  • Hac Sa Beach is a short little detour after Coloane although to be honest the beach isn’t particularly nice.  The food stalls don’t look that appetizing either and if it wasn’t for Fernando’s which Chantelle’s aunt and uncle recommended, I’d say this area is skippable.
  • Now it’s finally time to head into the big city so start at the Ruins of St. Paul and snake your way down the shopping streets.  Have dinner in this area.
  • The night is young right?   Casinos always come alive at night so it makes sense to slot this at the very end.  Pick one or two you want to check out.  The unfortunate thing is that they’re quite spaced out especially between the older ones on the Macau peninsula and the new mega ones out in Taipa.

With 24 hours in Macau, here’s an exact breakdown of the itinerary that I recommend that you follow.  It gets you a chance to explore the entire city and the best that it has to offer.  If you’re looking for a way to have a copy you can download, just make sure you subscribe to grab the full trip plan right below this table.

With only realistically 12 hours to work with, things were of course tight and I definitely had to make a few calls to cut out some non essentials.  And then there was all the food we wanted to try.  Even with all the snacking we did, we still missed quite a few places!

  • Macau Tower – Great panoramic views of the city.  They have a skywalk and bungee jumping from up there if you dare!
  • Cheoc Van Beach – Another beach we could’ve checked out but there simply wasn’t enough time to go.  I doubt we would’ve been impressed
  • The old casinos like Hotel Lisboa and Sand s – One of the challenges with Macau’s casinos is that they are not easily walkable from each other.  As a result, it becomes really hard to hotel hop like you would in Vegas.  It would’ve been neat to check out some of the older casinos but in the end we figured that they’d be about the same
  • House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams casino – If you’re into Cirque du Soleil type shows like in Vegas, this one’s for you.  We would’ve loved to have done it but we didn’t have time and also didn’t prebook.  Prices start at 600HKD

If you’re looking for more of a guided experience or looking to get your hands dirty with some activities in Macau, here’s what I recommend that you check out!

Things to know before you go

  • New bridge crossing – The Hong Kong – Zhuhai –  Macau Bridge (HZMB) opened October 23, 2018 which opens up a whole new way to get to Macau from Hong Kong.  Learn about the two different methods to get to Macau that involve shuttle busses.  The price of this starts at HKD$65 which means it’s cheaper than taking the ferry.
  • Ferry tickets hacks – This isn’t really advertised but you should know that you have to pick your ferry ticket times beforehand.  This may seem limiting but what most people don’t know is that you can always take an earlier ferry from the time you booked but you can’t take a later ferry.  What that means in terms of strategy is to book a late ferry coming home (i.e. midnight) so if you want to head back to Hong Kong early, you can have the flexibility to do so.  Or if you end up raking it in at the casino and want to stay later, you can do that as well.
  • Passports – You’re technically leaving the country when you head to Macau so make sure you have your passport.  You will be going through passport control when you arrive in Macau and when you go back to Hong Kong.  If you’re unsure, read the full entry requirements for Macau .
  • Private drivers? – You’ll be hounded by taxi drivers and tour guides when you get out into the main foyer of the Macau ferry terminal.  Ignore them.  It’s a lot easier and cheaper to run your own program and catch a few cabs you’ll need to get around.
  • Casino shuttles – If you want to save a bit of taxi money, why not take one of the several free shuttles to casinos.  We saved money at the start by going to one of the closer casinos to Taipa and then cabbed from there
  • Currency – Macau (MOP) has its own currency but Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) is accepted everywhere.  Just note that some places will give you MOP change.  If that’s the case, you can sometimes request to get HKD back instead.  If they can’t/won’t, just spend the MOP during the day
  • Koi Kei – What’s up with this place?  These guys have a stranglehold so large on Macau that even Starbucks would be impressed.  So they sell cookies and Macanese snacks that are great for souvenirs if you find anything you like.  It seems crazy how many stores they have but they’ve blanketed the city so well that everyone pretty much buys goods from them if you visit Macau.  They destroy the competition because they freely hand out or have self-serve boxes of samples so feel free to go nuts.  By far the most popular snack to have in Macau is their dried beef slices.  They’re quite delicious but the problem was that I knew I couldn’t bring these back to Canada since they are considered as meat products.

Useful addresses

  • Casa de Pasto Seng Cheong  (28-30 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa) – Crab congee/porridge
  • 新好利美食餅店 (13-14 R. do Regedor, Vila de Taipa) – Fresh milk tarts
  • 大利來 Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei (moved from the original at No.18, Largo Gov. Tamagnini Barbosa to south of the intersection of Rua do Regedor and Rua do Desporto, on the street that Rua do Desporto turns into) – Pork chop buns
  • Lord Stow’s (1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane) – Original Portuguese egg tarts.  There’s also a store now at the Venetian if you don’t want to venture out to Coloane
  • Fernando’s (9 Praia de Hac Sa, Hac Sa Beach) – Portuguese restaurant, also known for their pork chop buns

Insanely Detailed Hong Kong Itinerary

While this itinerary doesn’t cover Macau, you could easily add it to an extensive 1 week trip to Hong Kong.

Thinking about staying overnight?

Macau is easy to do in a day but if you feel like you need an extra day to explore, there’s nothing wrong with that.  Alternatively, it’s totally plausible that you gambled the night away but I wouldn’t judge ;).  There are lots of great places to stay in Macau but here are two of my top picks.


casa real hotel in macau in 1 day itinerary


With rates close to $100/night, this is a great hotel near the Macau Ferry Terminal that is perfect for someone looking for a place that’s clean and comfortable.


where to stay in macau - the venetian macau



One of the premiere properties in Macau in a cluster of hotels meant to recreate the Las Vegas vibe.  Out of all the ones we visited, this was the most impressive and almost an exact replica of the one in Vegas.

Macau in photos

Here’s a look into what we saw in one jam-packed day itinerary in Macau.

macau travel hk

Macau is well worth a day trip from Hong Kong and I feel that a full day is sufficient enough to see almost everything you’d want to see.  2 days is a bit top much considering there are probably other things you probably want to do ( and eat ) in HK and nearby islands.

It was a fantastic day of food, Portuguese influenced culture and a little bit of gambling.

I was pretty happy with the Macau in a single day itinerary I put together.  If there was anything I’d change, I’d probably leave out Hac Sa Beach and instead spend a bit more time in the casinos which ended up being a bit too short.

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Hong Kong to Macau: The Best, Fastest, and Cheapest Ways to Get There

Just a hop, skip, and jump away from the S.A.R., Macau is the perfect destination for a fulfilling daytrip or quick getaway. Ferries, buses, or chopper: take your pick of transport.

Cheapo Tip : Make sure to check out our guide to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge while you’re at it!

Buses from Hong Kong to Macau

Yongdong bus.

Price from HK$ 160.00 ~45 minutes Book Yongdong Bus tickets online

With convenient pickups in three areas of Hong Kong (Diamond Hill, Kwun Tong APM, and Kwai Fong’s Metropolitan Plaza), the Yongdong Bus offers seamless service to Macau.

The bus travels to the following three major hotels: The Venetian Macau , Crowne Plaza, and The Parisian Macau.

Hong Kong-Macau Express

Price from HK$ 175.00 ~45 minutes Book tickets online

The Hong Kong–Macau Express departs from the Cross-Boundary Coach Terminus inside Elements , which itself is inside Kowloon MTR and located near the West Kowloon Cultural District. You will need to change buses at Prince Edward (ChinaLink, Shop A, 695 Shanghai Street) before heading to Macau. Although Hong Kong–Macau Express covers more hotels ( Grand Lisboa , MGM Macau , Sands , MGM Cotai , The Venetian Macao , Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel ), each route will stop at only three of the hotels listed.

A newer express route runs from Prince Edward to Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau , stopping at Oceanus Casino and the Grand Lisboa in between. However, it runs only twice a day from Hong Kong, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Price from HK$ 180.00 ~45 minutes Book tickets online

Travel worry-free and get straight to your hotel.

With a few points in Kowloon such as Shanghai Street, China Hong Kong City, and Elements, this bus travels across the bridge to The Venetian Macao , MGM Cotai, and Galaxy Hotel.

All you have to do is choose your desired pickup and drop-off point and make the payment. Then, you will receive a confirmation within two days along with your e-ticket. Simply scan and board 15 minutes before departure.

HZMB Shuttle Bus

Price from HK$ 65.00 ~45 minutes Official website

In search of the cheapest way to get from Hong Kong to Macau? Look no further than the HZMB Shuttle Bus. Nicknamed the Golden Bus, this shuttle service operates around the clock, with each ride along the eponymous Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge taking just 45 minutes. Each traveller is permitted to bring one suitcase no bigger than 30″ x 20″ x 13″ and no heavier than 20 kg.

You can buy a ticket at passenger port ticket counters. A ticket costs HK$ 65.00 from the Hong Kong port. But if you’re travelling between midnight and 5:59 am, it’s HK$ 70.00 . Keep in mind that the Boundary Crossing Facilities— where the bus stops are found— are on the outskirts of the cities, so you will need to use other bus services to get to the shuttle bus stops.

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Ferries from Hong Kong to Macau

Price from HK$ 160.00 ~60 minutes Book TurboJET tickets online

Whether you want to traverse to one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands or take a nostalgic trip in serene environs , there’s a ferry for every occasion.

Thanks to the high-speed TurboJET ferry, getting to Macau is a breeze. Vessels depart from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which is located inside Shun Tak Centre and can also be reached from IFC by overhead bridge. The TurboJET docks at Macau’s Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, giving you easy access to iconic attractions such as Senado Square and the Ruins of St Paul’s .

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Cotai Water Jet

Price from HK$ 160.00 ~60 minutes Book Cotai Water Jet online

Another high-speed ferry operator is Cotai Water Jet. These catamarans also depart from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, with boats departing hourly.

If you’re looking to hit casinos like the City of Dreams or perhaps take a peek at the A-Ma Cultural Village , the Cotai is a better option because arrival is at the nearby Taipa Ferry Terminal.

Car from Hong Kong to Macau

Private transfer.

Price from HK$ 3,193.00 ~75 minutes Book via Klook

For a stress-free journey on your own schedule, you can get a private transfer to Macau. Pickup points include the airport , as well as areas in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, with prices varying slightly. These packages are all-inclusive; highway tolls and tunnel charges are included in the price.

Your own vehicle

While it is possible to drive your own vehicle along the HZMB Bridge, drivers will have to apply for multiple documents since the trip involves traversing across distinct jurisdictions. Another option is the Park-and-Ride Scheme , which allows drivers to get to Macau via the bridge and park their car at the Macau Port.

Both options have been helpfully broken down in our HZMB Bridge guide .

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Sky Shuttle

Price from HK$ 4,300.00 ~15 minutes Official website

If you can only spare 15 minutes and you travel light, there’s always the luxury option: helicopter. Choppers operated by Sky Shuttle take off on Tuesdays and Fridays, with flights offered every few hours. The company allows one free in-cabin hand-carried baggage of up to 5 kilograms, and one free check-in baggage of up to 7 kilograms per passenger. Check the timetable here .

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to get to Macau from Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Cheapo recommends taking either ferry. Choose one or the other depending on which attractions you want to visit.

Which ferry is better?

Both ferries are nearly identical. However, they dock at different ports.

TurboJET docks at the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. Senado Square and the Ruins of St Paul’s are in close proximity.

Cotai Water Jet docks at the Taipa Ferry Terminal. This terminal will land you closer to major hotels and casinos.

Is it possible to see Macau on a day trip?

Absolutely! Macau is quite a compact city. Many of the transport options listed offer roundtrips, so take advantage of that if you’re short on time.

More travel options from Hong Kong

See our article on transport options from Hong Kong to Shenzhen for how to get to another popular city neighbouring Hong Kong.

Looking to travel further afield? Check out our guide to the top island getaways under HK$ 2,000.00 .

This post was originally published in June 2023. Last updated: April, 2024.

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Many travelers visiting Hong Kong end up also setting foot in Macau. It’s not surprising at all. Macau is fascinatingly vibrant and energetic. Although there are similarities, Macau offers a completely different experience from Hong Kong. It has its own currency, own diplomatic policy, and a unique history.

But the biggest reason why Hong Kong and Macau are always in the same bundle: they’re easily accessible from each other, only around an hour apart by ferry.

Some plan their trip with both cities in mind. In many cases, they book a flight to Hong Kong and a return flight from Macau, or the other way around. Some Hong Kong tourists prefer to visit Macau on a day tour.

It’s totally possible! You can travel to Macau in the morning and be back in HK in the afternoon or evening. I’ve done this a couple of times!

You have two options: by ferry or by shuttle bus via the newly opened Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB).


Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

1. choose your terminal in hong kong and macau..

Hong Kong has three terminals where you can board a ferry bound for Macau. One is located in Hong Kong Island, another in Kowloon, and one just next to the Hong Kong International Airport.

  • Hong Kong MACAU Ferry Terminal along Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan area in Hong Kong Island.
  • Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal along Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
  • Sky Pier at Hong Kong International Airport. Exclusive to tourists only.

Note the difference between the first two options. The one located in Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) is called Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal.

Pick one that is most convenient to you. If you have a roundtrip Hong Kong ticket and you want to visit Macau straight away, the Sky Pier makes the most sense. If you’re coming from Tsim Sha Tsui, the Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal is just around the corner.

These ferries will be arriving at either of these two terminals:

  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal , located in Macau Peninsula. This is closer to the city center.
  • Taipa Terminal , sometimes called Cotai Terminal, just a short walk from Macau International Airport.

These are completely difference terminals and a bit far from each other, so make sure you book the right one.

2. Purchase a Ticket.

You can buy tickets at the terminal itself. Often, the fares do not differ much from each other. Even the travel experience is very similar. For me, it’s just a matter of travel time. I usually buy the ticket for the ferry that is leaving at my preferred time, regardless of the operator or boat.

  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Macau: HKD 160 to 172 (in daytime) and up to HKD 211 (at night), one-way.
  • Hong Kong Airport to Macau: HKD 270 (day), HKD 300 (night), one way.

But you want to score some discounts, you can book in advance online visa Klook! For example, the regular one-way TurboJet fare from Hong Kong city center is somewhere between HKD 170 and 200. But with Klook, it’s only at HKD 165. From the airport, the regular one-way TurboJet fare is HKD 270. But with Klook, it’s only at HKD 263. You can save even more if you purchase roundtrip tickets at once.

For Discounted tickets, book below:

Please take note of the date and time of your trip because rates of sailing on weekends and at night are higher. Just click on any of the following links:

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3. Board the Ferry.

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The boarding process is pretty straightforward. After getting a ticket, follow the signs to the boarding area. Usually, there are staff members that can point you in the right direction.

If necessary, check in your bags. For hand-carry, only one piece per person is allowed. I remember, however, that they let me through with a small backpack and a suitcase. I asked but they said I didn’t need to check in anything. Not sure if small backpacks are counted as an item or I just got lucky.

Luggage Restrictions for Carry-On Each passenger is allowed only one carry-on (hand-carry) bag.

  • Size : maximum 600mm x 200mm x 350mm
  • Weight : maximum 20kg.

Luggage Restrictions for Check In Each passenger is allowed 3 pieces of luggage for check in.

  • Size : maximum 76cm x 56cm x 23cm
  • Weight : 40 kg

You’re gonna have to go through the Immigration counters, too. Make sure you have your passport and the details usually needed in the arrival form including the boat name and number and your address in Hong Kong.

Queuing at the Immigration can take some time especially at peak hours. Make sure you consider that when planning your trip.

When it’s time to board, find your seat. Your ticket has an assigned seat number.

The journey usually lasts 55 minutes for Macau-Hong Kong city center.

Macau Day Tour Package

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But if you want to be more comfortable, there are day tours being offered in Hong Kong. They will take care of everything, from ferry tickets to your sightseeing in Macau to a sumptuous lunch at a 4-star hotel. If you’re interested in that, you can book below.

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Useful Tips

  • Most seats have overhead compartments for bags and suitcases. Most, not all. I once had to hold my big bag on my lap all the way through.
  • If you suffer from sea sickness, take your meds before sailing. The current can be wild at times. I have seen passengers puking their guts out on the aisle floor a couple of times. It’s messy. You don’t want to be that passenger.
  • Check your seat number upon purchase. If you’re a group, even when you book the trip together, your seats may be super far from each other. This is probably a result of trying to fill the last remaining seats on the boat. I once traveled with my mom, who is an elderly, and a cousin, who was a first-time traveler. We booked together but we were assigned seats on completely separate aisles. I was so nervous that I would lose my senior mom and clueless cousin. We ended up waiting for everyone else to go disembark first before reuniting and getting out of the ferry together.

Taipa Ferry Terminal to City Center

If you’re arriving at Taipa Ferry Terminal, here’s how to get to the city center.

  • By Free Hotel Shuttle . At the terminal, you can board any of the free shuttles provided by hotels to get to the city center. You don’t need to have a reservation at that hotel to be let in. Even if you have no plan on staying there, you can get on. Just pick the hotel closest to your destination.
  • By Taxi . The flagdown rate is MOP 19 + MOP 2 for every 240 meters or every minute it’s not in motion. Additional MOP 3 charge for each piece of baggage in the compartment. The usual fare from the airport to the city center is MOP 70-90 , depending on which part of the city you’re going.
  • By Public Bus . I haven’t tried this personally. I always used the free shuttle bus. LOL. And taxi once. I have no information about this yet.

Hong Kong to Macau by Bus (Sea Bridge)

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You can also take the bus to get to Macau from Hong Kong via the newly opened Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB).

PICK UP POINTS IN HONG KONG: If your hotel is in Kowloon, you can catch a DIRECT BUS to Macau via Chinalink. You can catch one at either Prince Edward in Mong Kok or Kowloon Elements in Tsim Sha Tsui.

DROP OFF POINTS IN MACAU: MGM Cotai, MGM Macao, Grand Lisboa Macau, Starworld Hotel, The Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macao, and Sands Macao. Just find out which one is closest to your destination.

This express bus is operated by Chinalink. But you can get discounts if you book with Klook below!

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Taking the direct bus is better than taking the public bus. If you take the public bus, you have to go to Lantau Island first, which means you need to take the MTR and another bus. That can be problematic if you have heavy luggage in tow.

But if you really want to take the public bus, here’s how.

  • Take the MTR to Sunny Bay Station.
  • Board B5 Bus to HZMB in Lantau Island. Fare: HK$ 5.8.
  • Go through Immigration and Customs inspection.
  • Ride shuttle bus to Macau. The ticket office is within the restricted area, after the Immigration. Fare: HK$ 65 (regular times), HK$70 (midnight to 5-59am).

HZMB to Macau City Center

You can take either 101X Bus or 102X Bus, depending on the location of your hotel. Fare is MOP6.

Here are the stops. Click to enlarge.

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iVenture Card

If your Hong Kong-Macau itinerary is packed, you might want to take advantage of the iVenture Card!

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This card which will grant you DISCOUNTS for numerous restaurants and FREE entry to many attractions in Hong Kong and Macau including but not limited to the following:

  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong)
  • The Peak Tram (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Watertours Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise
  • Macau Tower

There are more attractions and establishments covered!

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This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

Nadine Rejano

Hello Sir! Thanks for this very informative article! I just wanna ask if you’ve already tried going to Macau then to Hong Kong by ferry then back to Macau. I’m planning our family trip and our tickets are Macau-Manila and vice-versa only. Do you have an idea if this is okay, esp. with the immigration. Thanks alot!

Yosh Dimen

Hi Nadine, yes, this is fine. I’ve done this before. We flew to Macau from Manila then went to Hong Kong by ferry on the same day. Our flight back to Manila was also from Macau. Naka-seat sale kasi kami sa Macau nun, hahaha.

But yes, this is okay. No problem.


Ilang oras po kaya ang byahe pag by bus?

Hi Mean, 45 minutes, according to news sites.


Hello po! Hong kong po entry ko and flight back ko to manila is from Macau. I’m planning to stay in Macau for a night before my departure and sa apartment ng pinsan ko po plano ko mag stay.. Okay lng po kaya yun sa Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal immigration? Or kelangan ko po talaga mag book ng hotel?

Hi Gel, ang alam ko ok lang yun. Just make sure you have the full address and contact number.

If ang plan mo is HK tapos Macau, I think hindi concern ng HK kung saan ka magse-stay sa Macau. Mas concern un ng Macau immigration. So just make sure na may hotel ka sa HK and may full address ka sa Macau if sa pinsan mo ikaw mag-stay.


hangang anong oras po kaya open yung sa bus terminal from HK to Macau

Hi Mae, wala pa kaming schedule now, kinukuha pa lang namin. :S


Do you happen to know kung san ang bus terminal from macau to HK by bus?

Hi Nina, this post might help:


hi! if my flight is manila to macau then we will stay there for one night then our flight back to manila is from hongkong, there wilk be no problem am i right? thanks

That’s ok. We’ve done that a few times.


Ano schedule ng bus from HK to Macau and vice versa?

Erwin gonzales

Hello ask ko lng if okie lng mg travel frm hongkong to macau visit lng ako?my mga need pabang docs. Or hahanapin ang macau just for one day?

Hi Erwin, what do you mean mag-visit ka lang? Are you visiting someone or for tourism?

Ang alam ko, okay lang naman magvisit ng Hong Kong kahit day trip lang as long as you have proof na magtu-tour ka lang, may hotel reservation ka kahit sa Macau lang basta covered yung travel date, or may ticket ka pabalik.


Maraming salamat po sa information. Malaking tulong po sa akin sa pag plan ng big trip with family.

Tanong ko lang po –

Okay lang ba na one way ang ticket (with Cotai) na bibilhin namin (were a group of 11) kasi we prefer to go Taipa in the morning first. Then afternoon gala sa Macau. Then on our return to Hong Kong (with Turbo Jet) so we could save time.

Would it be better to rent a van for the day in Macau?

Thank you po.

Hi Rexiel, I think okay lang na one-way kasi parating one-way lang ang binibili ko since di ko alam pa what time ako matatapos mag-tour and ayoko magmadali. Never naman ako nagkaproblem.

How big is your group? Usually, di naman kailangan mag-rent. Take advantage na lang of the FREE casino/hotel shuttles!


Hello po,first time ko pong magtravel with friend. Dalawa lang po kami medyo kinakabahan lang po ako sa immigration mas mabilis po ba ang process if tour ka lang tlga? Ano pong tips niyo for first timer traveler??

This post might help:

Raj Rasania

I am very sea sick ( motion sickness) how is sea during May ? Calm or rough ? Is scopolamine patch ( Transderm-Scop) is available in Hong Kong ? USA passport holder need Visa to Hong Kong & Macau ?


Hi, we’re planning to book a trip, which is better po kaya? From Manila to HK to Macau or From Manila to Macau to HK? Last stop would be the origin of return flight. TIA!

Hi Shie, okay lang naman kahit aling route. Saken, ang magiging deciding factor ko ay ung price nung flights, kung alin ang mas mura.


Hello i need help..3 of us will be in hongkong for 4D/3 night .. Then we plan to spend 2 days in macau.. We book a hotel in hongkong aug 21 to 24 then is it okey to travel from hongkong to macau early dawn we will just explore hongkong late night and proceeds to travel by bus to macau and have an earlier to save a 1 night cost for air Bnb.. We plan to book 1 night coz our flight to phils will be 10 pm on aug 26.. Your respond is high appreciated


Thanks THE POOR TRAVELER for the informative Blog (and Vlogs) ninyo. I always find time to consult your updates before going to any destination, both local and abroad.

Keep it up and more journeys to come!

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How to Travel from Hong Kong to Macau

Macau, about 62 kilometers distance from Hong Kong, is unique for you to experience the vibrant casino, historical heritage, and fusion cuisine. Many people travel from Hong Kong to Macau, which is convenient and popular.

This article gives you five ways to get to Macau from Hong Kong: ferry, HZM bus, cross-boundary coach, helicopter, and car. We suggest you take the ferry to Macau, which is the most convenient.

  • By ferry  (most recommended): It takes about 1 hour from the Hong Kong ferry terminal to Macau, including the route directly from Hong Kong airport to Macau. The fare is around US$22 - US$27 for economy class.
  • HZM bus (newest): Take the bus over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge from Hong Kong Port to Macau Port in around 45 mins. The one-way ticket is about US$6 - US$8.
  • By cross-boundary coach  (lots of pick-up points): It takes around 2 hours to Macau downtown from Hong Kong downtown. The one-way ticket is around US$21 - US$23.
  • By helicopter  (coolest but most expensive): It takes 15 mins to take a helicopter from Hong Kong to Macau, however, the price is about US$550-US$620.
  • By car (most flexible): It takes about 1 hour by private car, which is the most hassle-free way to travel from Hong Kong airport to Macau.

Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

  • From - to : Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal/Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal/Hong Kong Sky Pier - Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal/Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal
  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Price : around US$22 - US$27 for an economy class seat
  • Luggage Allowance: Each passenger is allowed 1 piece of hand-carry luggage up to a maximum of 20kgs.
  • How to book : You can buy your tickets at Ferry Terminals.

Taking a ferry is the most popular way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau, sailing from 07:30 to 22:30 every day. Daytime economy fare is US$22 on weekdays and US$24 on weekends and public holidays while night-sailing costs around US$27.

Currently, there are 3 ferry terminals in Hong Kong for you to board a ferry to Macau. Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal is the most used.

Hong Kong to Macau Ferry Sailing Schedule

Hong kong to macau ferry terminals.

Hong Kong has 3 ferry terminals sailing to 2 terminals in Macau, which is better for you? How to get there? Check the detailed information of address, and transportation to find your answer.

Hong Kong Ferry Terminals

    Address: Deck3, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong      Kong.

Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan has ferries sailing between Hong Kong and Macau from 07:30 to 22:30 every day. 

This terminal is a public transport hub with MTR Shueng Wan Station, several bus terminus, and a minibus and taxi pick-up area at Shun Tak Centre.

    Address: Deck2, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

China Ferry Terminal provides fewer ferries to Macau, sailing from 07:30 to 18:30 daily. It is located in downtown Hong Kong, next to the Harbour City Mall.

You could walk to it in a few minutes from the Star Ferry Terminal, the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, and Austin Station. It's also easy for you to get there via bus or taxi.

    Address: Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong.

Sky Pier in the Hong Kong airport only services transfer passengers who go to Macao within the same day of arrival. Now, only one trip is available sailing to Taipa Ferry Terminal every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, which departs Skypier at 12:45.

You should go to HKIA Terminal 1 first. Then go to the ferry ticketing counter at Transfer Area E2 to get your ferry ticket, and present your baggage tag receipt, your valid passport, and if applicable, a visa.

Board the airport shuttle train to Hong Kong Skypier Ferry Terminal. Go through immigration, and retrieve your luggage from customs.

Macau Ferry Terminals

    Address: Largo do Terminal Martimo, Macao

Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, also known as the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal, is the main ferry terminal in Macau.

There are plenty of taxis and buses going downtown in a few minutes like Bus No.3. Most of the hotels in Macao provide free shuttle bus service from/to this terminal. If you plan a tour of the historical sites, choose this terminal.

    Address: Estrada de Pac On, Macao

Taipa Ferry Terminal is closer to the biggest casino-the Venetian Macao and the Macau International Airport. Free shuttle buses to hotels and gaming venues are accessible. If you come to a casino, shopping, or catch a flight, this terminal is good for you.

  • The information is for reference only. 
  • Tuen Mun Ferry Pier is not available to take to Macao now.

Hong Kong to Macau by Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Shuttle Bus

  • From - to : HKZMB Hong Kong Port - HKZMB Macau Port
  • Duration : 45 mins
  • Price : US$6 for a nighttime ticket- US$8 for a daytime ticket
  • Luggage Allowance: Each passenger is allowed to take on board one piece of luggage (the dimensions not exceed 76 cm x 51 cm x 32 cm and weigh no more than 20 kg).
  • How to book : Directly at the Shuttle bus ticket counter, online via WeChat account "hzmbus" or the official website

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, with a distance of around 55 kilometers, was open to the public on Oct. 24, 2018. You could take a bus over the bridge from Hong Kong to Macau.  

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Shuttle Bus, also known as the Gold Bus, operates 24/7. The buses are available around every 15 mins from 07:00 to 00:00 of daytime and every 1h from 00:30 - 06:30 of nighttime. During peak hours, service is even available every 5 to 10 minutes.

How to Get to Hong Kong Port

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Hong Kong Port bus terminal borders Hong Kong International Airport to the east. Except for taxis and private cars, you can choose public transportation to the HK port.

If you come from the HK Airport , just take Bus B4 to HK Port Terminal directly.

If you come from HK downtown , you can take Bus A17/A23 to the port directly, or take the option of MTR + bus:

  • 1. To take MTR to Tung Chung Station first, and change to Bus B5 to the port.
  • 2. To take MTR to Sunny Bay Station+ Bus B6.

How to Leave Macau Port

After arriving at Macau Port, you could go to your place by taxi or bus No. 101X to Macao downtown or bus No.102X to Taipa.

Hong Kong to Macau by Cross-Boundary Coach/Express Bus

  • From - to : Hong Kong Bus pick-up point - Macau drop-off point
  • Duration : 2 hrs (depending on road traffic and where you choose to set off from)
  • Price : US$21 - US$23
  • Luggage Allowance : Each traveler is allowed to carry only one piece of luggage. The dimension should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 22cm.
  • How to book : You can purchase tickets on-site

Taking the express bus is a bus option from Hong Kong downtown to Macau downtown. Many coaches are operated daily, with numerous locations in Kowloon and the New Territories, such as Jordan, Prince Edward, etc.

They are available around every 1 hour from 08:00 to 18:00. The price of a ticket is US$21 before 17:59 and US$23 after 17:59 and during the weekend and public holidays.

You should select your pick-up and drop-off point first. The journey takes around 2 hours. Drive through Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, and drop you at Sands Macao, Venetian Macao, Parisian Macao, etc.  During the trip, you should bring all your luggage and personal belongings through customs clearance.

Hong Kong to Macau by Helicopter

  • From - to : Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal - Macau Heliport
  • Duration : 15 mins
  • Price: about US$550-US$620
  • Luggage Allowance: Every passager has one free in-cabin hand-carried luggage allowance of up to 5 kgs, one free check-in luggage allowance of up to 7 kgs
  • How to book : To book at Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal or book online with China Travel

This is the fastest and most unique way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau, and also the most expensive one. The helicopter tour offers stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline, Victoria Harbour, and the Macau Peninsula.  

The helicopter departs from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan and arrives at the Macau Heliport near to Outer Harbour Macau Ferry Terminal.

It operates from 10:30 - 22:59 daily, around every 30 mins, maximum of 12 passengers in a cabin. You can book your sky shuttle heliport as early as 45 days in advance.

  • 1. You need to arrive at the check-in counter located in the heliport passenger lounge at least 20 minutes before your flight departs
  • 2. It can be canceled due to bad weather.

Hong Kong to Macau by Private Car

  • From - to: Anywhere you want
  • Duration : about 1 hour
  • Price: about US$280 for a 7-seat van  changing van at the Macau border from HK airport to a hotel in Macau/ about US$340  for a 7-seat van  direct from HK airport to a hotel in Macau
  • Luggage Allowance: Up to you
  • How to book : Contact China Travel  to get your easy Hong Kong and Macau tour and transfer service

You can also travel from Hong Kong to Macau by private car via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. This option is more expensive than taking the ferry and bus, but it's highly recommended for  a worry-free tour .

Whether you come from Hong Kong International Airport or other places in HK to anywhere in Macau, the private transfer service saves you the trouble of carrying your luggage up and down at the ports several times, finding connecting transportation on your own, etc.

Typically, there are 2 options for you to choose from.

  • 1st is a direct way from the airport to your hotel which is the most convenient.
  • 2nd is to change a van at Hong Kong-Macao-Bridge port, which is more economical .

Hong Kong to Macau Visa

Do you need a visa for Macau? It depends on your nationality. 79 countries are exempted from a visa or entry permit to Macau, including the US, Canada, Australia, India, Philippines, Malaysia, and most of the countries in Europe. The duration ranges from 14 to 180 days.

Visitors from Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam are required to prepare a visa before arriving in Macau. The rest can apply for an entry permit at any border checkpoint upon arrival in Macau.

For more information, check the Macau SAR Visa

Visit Macau from Hong Kong with China Travel

Whether you're into gambling food or culture, Macau must be the place for you to experience, where you can easily do it on a day trip from Hong Kong.

You can travel to Macau in the morning and return to HK in the afternoon or evening. Both private tours and seat-in-coach group tours are available.

Follow the link for more information and to book the Macau Highlights SIC tour from Hong Kong  with China Travel, or Tell your needs to our professional travel advisor to make your unique trip.  

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  1. How to Plan a 1-Day Trip from Hong Kong to Macau

    From Hong Kong to Macau, there are three modes of transportation: sea, land, and air. We suggest that you travel to Macau by ferry, which is the most convenient and economical. By ferry (most recommended): It takes about 1 hour by boat from Hong Kong to Macau. The one-way fare is about 170KD.

  2. 1 Day Macau Itinerary – A Day Trip From Hong Kong

    Macau is an awesome one day trip from Hong Kong that’s only a 55 minute boat ride away. It’s a completely different vibe from the big city of Hong Kong. Think of Macau as Asia’s version of Vegas but with old town Portuguese flare mixed around it.

  3. Hong Kong to Macau: The Best, Fastest, and Cheapest Ways to ...

    In search of the cheapest way to get from Hong Kong to Macau? Look no further than the HZMB Shuttle Bus. Nicknamed the Golden Bus, this shuttle service operates around the clock, with each ride along the eponymous Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge taking just 45 minutes.

  4. HONG KONG TO MACAU BY FERRY or BUS (via Sea Bridge)

    You can travel to Macau in the morning and be back in HK in the afternoon or evening. I’ve done this a couple of times! You have two options: by ferry or by shuttle bus via the newly opened Hong Kong–ZhuhaiMacau Bridge (HZMB).

  5. Visit Macau on a Day Trip! (from Hong Kong) | Will Fly for Food

    This guide details how you can visit Macau from Hong Kong on your own, which is easy enough to do, but if you’d like to go on a guided tour, then you can arrange for one through Klook. They offer this all-in Macau Sightseeing Day Tour which starts in Hong Kong and includes ferry transfers and lunch at a 4-star hotel.

  6. Travel from Hong Kong to Macau - 5 Best Ways - China Travel

    Many people travel from Hong Kong to Macau, which is convenient and popular. This article gives you five ways to get to Macau from Hong Kong: ferry, HZM bus, cross-boundary coach, helicopter, and car.