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How to get from Macau to Hong Kong Airport


In our opinion, the most interesting way to visit Macau while in Hong Kong is to catch a high-speed ferry and get ashore in “Asian Las Vegas” in an hour. To do this, there are three main ports in Hong Kong, from which hydrofoil ships depart, and in Macau, two ports where they land.

From Hong Kong (information at the beginning of 2019):

  • ferry pier on the island of Hong Kong - called Sheung Wan (Xionwan), aka Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. The nearest subway is Sheung Wan Station on the Blue (Island) line. You can also take a double-decker tram (going to Kennedy Town or Shek Tong Tsui) or a bus, the stop is called Macau Ferry Terminal. Macau is 55 minutes from here, ferries departing every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to midnight and several flights at night (see the schedule link below).

  • Kowloon Peninsula - called Kowloon, or China Ferry Terminal. Within walking distance of Tsim Sha Tsui subway (Tsuen Wan red line, the fastest way to go through the park is from Exit A), China Hong Kong City and Gateway bus stops. There are 60 minutes to Macau, departure approximately every day hour (see the schedule link below).

  • "Sky Pier" - Sky Pier, a pier at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA - Hong Kong International Airport) on the island of Cheklapkok. Important! From here depart to Macau and mainland China transit passengers - those who have just flown in by plane. In doing so, they do not pass passport controlthat is, they do not officially enter Hong Kong. The carrier company itself removes the baggage of such passengers from the pickup tape at the airport and loads it onto the ship. To do this, when buying a ferry ticket, you need to hand over the luggage ticket, which was glued to the boarding pass from the plane. In other words, it’s just impossible to come from the city to the airport and sail from here to Macau. We must follow the transit. The Sky Pier ferry runs 10 times a day and takes 70 minutes, since the speed of the catamaran is limited near the island of Cheklapkok due to the construction of the third runway.

  • There are also flights to Macau from Thunmun (Tuen Mun, New Territories of Hong Kong), but to ordinary tourists they are less interesting - far from the center.

Helicopter on the subway

Duration 15 min. The fare is 477–477 EUR. Distance 62 km.

Carrier Sky Shuttle

Duration 26 min. The fare is 11–13 EUR. Distance 34 km.

Carrier Airport Express (MTR)

Duration 1 h 10 min. The fare is 30-30 EUR. The distance is 48 km.

Carrier Hong Kong TurboJET

On the bus, on the bus

Duration 15 min. The fare is 1–1 EUR. The distance is 10 km.

Carrier Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau

Duration 50 min. The fare is 8–8 EUR. Distance 47 km.

Carrier Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Shuttle Bus

Duration 4 min. The fare is 3-4 EUR. The distance is 4 km.

Take a taxi for 42 minutes from node Macau to Airport Station (MTR). Distance 57 km. The cost of a taxi is approximately around 50–65 EUR

See KiwiTaxi taxi prices.

Independently drive 42 minutes by car. The distance between Macau and is 57 km. You will spend 5 liters of gas for about € 6.5.

See which rental office is more profitable to rent a car.

Townon a car

Duration 40 min. Fare -. Distance 56 km.

It is not expensive. You will be met at the airport with a sign and taken directly to the hotel even at night. If you have children, you will be provided with a free child seat. Support in Russian

How to get from Hong Kong to Macau

Just an hour's drive from Hong Kong is Macau, a mega-resort and gambling center of China, which also has interesting historical sights. First of all, tourists in Macau are attracted by large casinos and hotels. This is the new gaming capital of the world. Macau has 5 of the 10 largest casinos in the world. In addition, Macau has something to see, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in San Ma Lo and Guia Fortress are popular with tourists.
Getting to Macau by ferry is the most popular way to travel between Hong Kong and Macau. It is convenient, fast enough, and, of course, this is the cheapest way. There are two piers in Hong Kong from which you can get to Macau. You can also get to Macau from the airport.

Macau: how to get from China Ferry Terminal Pier

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

How to get there: MTR metro Tsim Sha Tsui, exit A1. As you exit the subway, follow Haiphong Rd. and turn right onto Canton Rd. The pier will be a little further on the left side of the movement.

China Ferry Terminal Pier is located in the Chimsachei area, about a kilometer north of Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal. To get to the pier, you can walk to Harbor City Mall, or take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

Macau: how to get from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal Pier

Address: Shun Tak Center, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan

How to get there: Subway MTR Senwan (Sheung Wan), exit D.

The Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is located near the IFC Towers Tower in the center of Shun Tak on Hong Kong Island. Landmark - Star Ferry terminal and IFC Mall.

Main companies - carriers Hong Kong-Macau

Macau is a popular tourist destination from Hong Kong. There are two main ferry operators in Macau from Hong Kong: TurboJet and CotaiJet. With their help, you can get to Macau by ferry from Hong Kong in an hour.
From each pier, two Hong Kong-Macau ferries depart. Over the past few years, almost half of the Hong Kong-Macau ferries have stopped working, so I advise you to choose one of these two.

Macau: how to get to TurboJet

TurboJet to Macau from Hong Kong runs on weekdays and weekends from piers every 15 minutes. This Hong Kong-Macau ferry runs only to the Macau Ferry Terminal.

The Hong Kong-Macau TurboJet ferry travel time is approximately 55 minutes. They depart from the pier Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Arrive in Macau to the area where the largest casinos and hotels such as Lisboa and MGM are located.

TurboJet prices are the same for adults and children, but vary depending on the time of day and weekdays / weekends.

TurboJet Service Pricing

For some reason, prices back from Macau are lower than there. Apparently, more people want to go to Macau than back :) 

Day (weekdays): HK $ 164 - HK $ 153 (back)
Day (weekends and holidays): HK $ 177 - HK $ 166 (back)
Night (every day): HK $ 200 -HK $ 189 (back)

Sky Pier - Macau Ferry - Hong Kong Airport

The third pier, which can be reached from Hong Kong to Macau, is located right at Hong Kong International Airport and is called Sky Pier.
Address: Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong.

These are not all the ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau. But these are the most popular. You can also get from Hong Kong to Macau by helicopter. But read about this method in the following articles.

In Macau, two ports receive (and send) guests:

  • Macau ferry terminal (Outer Harbor - Outer Harbor) on the peninsula of the same name. A modern maritime station with a small shopping center inside. Nearby stop paid and free buses and taxis. Most of the ferry flights from Hong Kong arrive here.

  • Taipa Ferry Terminal is a new terminal that opened in the summer of 2017. From here you can leave for the hotel by shuttle bus (although it is not easy to understand the Macau route system), by a free shuttle bus running between the casinos, or by taxi. Ferry flights to Taipu are less frequent than to Outer Harbor on the mainland. Perhaps the situation will change over time, but so far the ratio is about 1 to 2.

How much does a ferry from Hong Kong to Macao cost?

In prices of 2017, an economy class ticket to Macau cost on average 160-200 Hong Kong dollars both from Hong Kong Island and from Kowloon Peninsula (at the beginning of 2019 - already 171-211). A ferry ticket from the airport (and a return to the airport) was a bit more expensive - 254-284 dollars (and at the beginning of 2019 - already 270-300).

In general, the price of a ferry between Hong Kong and Macau depends on the day of the week (on weekends and holidays more expensive), time of day (more expensive at night), departure point (from the airport is more expensive, and from Macau's ports back to Hong Kong it is slightly cheaper), class of service ( in addition to the housekeeper, there is a super-class, premier, VIP).

Bus Hong Kong - Macau

Shuttles Hong Kong - Macao run around the clock with an interval of 10-15 minutes during the day, 15-30 minutes at night and 5 minutes during peak hours. The price of a ticket for daytime flights in 2019 is 65 HKD, nightly (from 0.00 to 6.00) - 70 HKD. There are preferential rates for pensioners and people with disabilities, for children under 12 years of age or less than 120 cm in height: 33 and 35 HKD, respectively. The current ticket prices are here.

City buses B5, B6 run from the Tung Chung subway station to the Hong Kong Port terminal, and B4, 901 buses run from the airport. You can also get to the terminal in Macau by city minibuses. The total travel time will be about an hour. For more information on public transportation to Hong Kong Port, visit.

There is an option for direct buses from the centers of Hong Kong and Macau, but this route is direct only formally. In fact, passengers will also have to go through passport control at a border checkpoint. Moreover, such buses run much less frequently, but cost 120–220 HKD (13–24 euros).

Car route

The traffic on the bridge is right-hand - three lanes in both directions, while in Hong Kong and Macau it is left-hand. The passage on the bridge is paid, it is carried out on the pass, which is issued at the checkpoint.

For drivers who want to arrive in their own or rental car to the port, and then continue their journey by bus, a service for booking a parking space is useful.

Hong Kong Macau Ferry

A popular and affordable form of transport is the ferry. In total, there are three marinas in Hong Kong where you can get to Macau: the main one - Macau Ferry Terminal - is located directly on Hong Kong Island (Sheung Wan Subway Station), one on Kowloon Peninsula and another at Hong Kong International Airport. Ferries depart from Macau Ferry Terminal around the clock, approximately every 15 minutes (at night less often), and the journey time is approximately 1 hour.

Another pier is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area on Canton Road in Kowloon. Ferries plying in the Zhuzyang River Delta land there. The mooring address is Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Hong Kong Macau 2019 ferry prices and timetables

One-way ferry ticket on weekdays in economy class 160–171 HKD, in business class - 335–346 HKD. A weekend economy ticket will cost more - from 175 HKD, and for night flights from 200 HKD. You can find out the schedule of Hong Kong - Macau ferries and check the cost of tickets on the official TurboJET website (this is one of the most popular carriers, but far from the only one on this stretch of route).

Airplane Hong Kong - Macau

The most time-consuming way to get around is by plane. There are no direct flights from Hong Kong airport to Macau, so you will have to spend between 6 and 10 hours on the road, and from 195 euros (one way). Xiamen Airlines aircraft together with China Airlines make a transfer at Quanzhou airport with a convenient time connection of 1 hour, the final travel time is 8 hours. Among the available carriers include Air Asia (with a change in Kuala Lumpur), Cebu Pacific (docking in Manila).

TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet

There are two well-known companies that transport passengers between Hong Kong and Macau: TurboJET (red ferries) and Cotai Water Jet (blue ferries). They ship from all three ports in Hong Kong, but to different ports in Macau.

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Cotai Water Jet, on the contrary, goes only to the terminal of Taipa Island: every half hour from the Sheung Wan pier, 5 flights from Kowloon, 4 flights from the airport. This is also reflected in the name: Kotay, the isthmus that connected the Macao islands of Koloan and Taipa. As of early 2019, this company no longer sends flights to mainland Macau (although there used to be a couple).

Hong Kong Helicopter - Macau

The fastest way to get to Macau from Hong Kong or back is by helicopter. He is also the most expensive.

Flight duration - 15 minutes. Departure almost every half hour from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (once an hour in the morning and evening) from the helipad in the Shun Tak shopping center near Sheung Wan Marina. The final destination is the Outer Harbor Marine Terminal on the Macau Peninsula.

The price of the issue is 4800 Hong Kong dollars per person (at the beginning of 2019).

Hong Kong Bridge - Macau. To Macau by bus

The construction of the grand bridge has been going on since 2009. They planned to hand over the object in 2016, but as a result, the opening was postponed to 2018. Since October 2018, a bus service has been opened on the bridge. There are two options for how to get from Hong Kong to Macau by bus.

  1. The first - Cross-boundary coach, a bus from popular areas of one city to popular areas of another. Prices - 160-190 HKD. According to the beginning of 2019, flights are operated by two transport companies. These are OneBus and HKMO Express. Buses depart from different areas of Hong Kong and bring passengers to various Macau hotels and casinos. For example:
    • - departs from the APM shopping center in Kowloon and carries passengers to the Sands, Venetian, Parisian casinos. 19 flights from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every half an hour-hour,
    • - you can take a seat at Elements Shopping Center or Prince Edward and drive to Sands, Grand Lisboa and MGM, or Venetian and MGM Cotai. About 30 flights per day.
    Buses stop at both border crossings - Hong Kong Port and Macao Port. Passengers necessarily drop off with their luggage, pass control and return to the bus.
  2. The second way is Shuttle bus, shuttle bus plying between the borders. He walks from one border crossing to another, without stopping by the cities themselves. Price - 65 HKD during the day and 70 HKD at night. At rush hour, departs every five minutes, the rest of the time - every 10-15. The maximum interval is at night: up to 30 minutes. Travel time is 30-40 minutes.

Landing in Hong Kong - at the Hong Kong Port (full name - Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port, or HZMB HKP). This is a large transport terminal on an artificial island near Cheklapkok airport. How to get to Hong Kong Port? It is possible by public transport: metro + bus or just by bus. Those routes that follow to the airport are suitable. The list can be found on the official website of the HZMB port

Those who arrive at Hong Kong airport and want to immediately go to Macau need to first go through the border control and customs in the air harbor - officially enter Hong Kong, having received baggage. Then you need to catch a bus at Terminal 2 and get to Hong Kong Port. Routes A22 and A21 (go 1 stop, 10 minutes, ticket price - 4 HKD) or B4 (several stops at different points of the airport, 7.5 HKD) are suitable. In the Hong Kong port, cross-border procedures must be completed again. I.e transit from plane to bus not yet.

Hong Kong Port is like an airport. Upon arrival at the terminal, you need to go through a passport check and search, buy a ticket to Macau, and then take the shuttle bus. They say that there are long lines during landing, and at first the people were waiting for the bridge to work for hours. After a few months, the waiting time (seemingly) was reduced. But here, probably, how lucky.

The shuttle bass arrives at Macao Port, which is located on an artificial island near Macau. There, in one building, the border posts of both Macau and Zhuhai are organized. Tourists traveling to Macau are waiting on the third (fourth in Russian numbering) floor - passport control and customs. Public transport goes to the city center and Taipu. For example, free buses to Macau Outer Harbor and Taipa Ferry Terminal ferry terminals, as well as city buses No. 101X (to the mainland) and 102X (to Taipu).

By the way, the cross-border shuttle also has an official website.

Passport control and visa to Hong Kong and Macau

Before boarding the ferry / shuttle bass and getting off from it, both in Hong Kong and Macau must go through passport control. For citizens of Russia, a visa is not needed for a short time to enter these special administrative regions of China. Arrival in Macau: show your passport, get a ticket with valid dates of stay. Departure from Macau: show your passport, hand over the receipts received earlier at the entrance. Arrival in Hong Kong: show your passport, hand over your completed immigration card, get a receipt. Departure from Hong Kong: show your passport and hand over a ticket.

But this is all theory, but here is how we had it in practice.

By ferry from Hong Kong to Macau and back: personal experience.

February 11 and 13, 2017

In Macau, we, Jacob and Elena, went directly from Hong Kong airport.

A plane from Bangkok of Sri Lankan Airlines arrived at terminal M> transit zone - sector E2 of terminal 1. From the arrival terminal we went there by automatic train without a driver - this is the third (final) station of the route.

Once in the right sector, the first thing we did was exchange the euro for Hong Kong dollars - at the rate of 736 HKD for 100 euros, this is a very unprofitable rate, but there was no choice. Then they went to look for the ticket office with ferry tickets. We focused on the green signboard Ferries to Mainland / Macau, under it we found the necessary racks: a number of ticket desks with ferry tickets are located to the right of the entrance to Hall E (if you arrive by train).

First we went to the checkout counter with this green sign - the rightmost in the row. Upon learning that we want to buy a ticket to Macau, we were sent on to the next ticket office.

It was about five in the evening, and the nearest ferry to the Outer Harbor on the peninsula (this is where our hotel was located) departed at 22 hours - TurboJET was the carrier. We knew her schedule and were ready to wait. But when we came to the ticket office with the red logo of this company, we were told: what will you suffer until 22, drive better with our competitors Cotai Water Jet at 19 o’clock. True, to Taipu, but not so long to wait.

And we agreed: somehow we get out of Taipa.

We moved on to the Kotai company’s even farther front desk and bought two tickets at HK $ 284 apiece (a total of 568, which is expensive because it is evening and day off), and also handed in luggage receipts. The tickets immediately indicated the number of seats on the ferry.

Следующие полтора часа мы сидели на креслах тут же, в зале ожидания, или гуляли по соседним кафе и магазинам. Но в этом секторе их негусто, так что ждать пять часов и правда было бы скучновато.

Развлекались наблюдениями. Отметили про себя, что у китайцев тут очень много телефонов, и все айфоны, а у некоторых и по два.

Улица Сан Паулу в Макао – «улица мяса и

После пары минут на поезде нас ждал подъем по длинному эскалатору и длинный коридор с шестью выходами на причалы. Наш паром на Тайпу уходил с самого дальнего – 6-го.

Тут снова небольшой зал ожидания, довольно прохладный (на улице было +12). Посадку объявили ровно в 7, из коридора к причалу вел плавный спуск. Итого: от самолета до скоростного катамарана – ни одной лестницы, ни одной ступени!

The cabin of the ferry is very spacious - several dozen rows, in each row in groups of 2-3 there are 13 seats. There were few passengers on our flight, the ferry was filled by a third or even a quarter.

Each seat has safety belts, like in an airplane, on the back of the front seat is a folding table. There is also a pocket and a magazine advertising casinos, and safety rules are shown on screens under the ceiling.

Traveling from Hong Kong airport to Taipa by high-speed ferry took approximately 75-80 minutes. On the road, it rocked a little, sometimes the ship heeled, but very slightly. The first minutes of the trip took place in an area where speed was limited due to construction work at the airport, announcements were broadcast about it, but no difference was felt subjectively.

It had been dark for a long time on the street, and nothing could be seen through the window, except for a huge full moon, a lunar path and splashes that completely filled the glass.

Egg cake - a traditional treat in Macau

The passengers who arrived with us were mostly Chinese. We stood in line to the border guards and passed it pretty quickly. At the entrance to Macau, we were given passport inserts with maximum dates of location.

Following is baggage claim. It was carried out in a small hall, where a crowd immediately formed. Airport employees blocked the entrance and tried to arrange a queue of those who did not manage to enter. Here we had to stand for about 15 minutes before we were able to get into the pickup room and pick up our suitcases, safely arriving from Bangkok and transferring to the ferry without us.

So we ended up in Macau. We left the gate of the temporary terminal and saw that there was a bus station right in front of us. But what bus we needed, we had no idea, and therefore, seeing a taxi stop on the right, headed there. There, too, a small queue accumulated, but the cars approached quickly, and after 5-10 minutes we were able to leave for our hotel.

From Macau to Hong Kong

Our return journey was not easy. Firstly, the checkout time at a hotel on the Macau Peninsula is at noon, after which you need to check out and either walk with your suitcases or leave them at the reception, but then you would have to return for them to the hotel before leaving.

Secondly, Elena bought a ticket for the show "House of Dancing Water" for 17 hours in the entertainment center City of Dreams in Taipa.

I did not really want to go back and forth from Taipa to the peninsula and back, all the more so for a walk with suitcases. Therefore, the following option was chosen:

  • Check out from the hotel right in the morning and immediately leave your luggage at the reception.
  • Take a walk before lunch - complete the tour of the historic part of Macau on the peninsula - and pick up things from the hotel.
  • Take them by taxi to the airport in Taipa - it is next to the harbor - and hand them over to the locker room.
  • After the show, pick up things from the airport,
  • walk to the pier
  • catch a ferry right there on the island and head to Kowloon, as it is there that we have booked the next hotel in Hong Kong.

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And we did it. First of all, we bought tickets (190 each, boarding numbers are not registered) for the ferry in advance, immediately upon arrival at Taipu at lunch. At the same time we walked from the airport to the sea terminal, figuring out how long this road takes (one kilometer, 10-15 minutes with a brisk step).

And in the evening, taking things from the storage room (by the way, $ 10 per hour for 1 bag-bag) at 18:55, we still managed to buy a burger from the airport McDuck. And quite comfortably, on foot, past the huge construction site of the Taipa permanent marine station, we reached the temporary ferry terminal.

We were at the entrance exactly half an hour before departure - at 19:15. A huge queue met us, lined up by a snake around a corner. While Elena took a place in it, Jacob went on reconnaissance. It turned out that the whole crowd was standing on our flight - in front of the Kowloon 19:45 sign, and no one was allowed to land.

As a result, the passage for passengers of our ferry was opened only at 19:35. We quickly passed the check of tickets and passports, seats were allocated almost at the very gate. We didn’t check in our luggage - our luggage was rather small and fit into the parameters of hand luggage (56x36x23).

The journey to the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong took an hour. During this time, we had a bite of burgers bought at McDonalds, and even the pitching did not hurt us. It pumped, by the way, quite strongly - Elena even managed to get scared when she was periodically thrown up in an armchair. There were regular announcements aboard that ferry passengers should remain fastened in their seats because of the rough sea - rough sea. Someone in the back rows even felt ill, sometimes suitcases rolled along the aisle.

So, 60 minutes after leaving Macau, we landed at China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon and successfully land. Now we had to go through passport control. Immigration cards were handed out on board the ferry, but we still had them from the plane. Because of the pitching on the road, it was not possible to fill them, so we stood at special racks in front of the immigration control. While writing down the names, the method of arrival, the place of the overnight stay, the whole line had already resolved, and we too were rushed to fill out the form. At the control officer, as in Macau, issued an insert in the passport.

At the exit from the control zone tourists were met by a sanitizer - hands could be sanitized.

After leaving the arrival area of ​​China Ferry Terminal, we found ourselves in the underpass between the commercial and office buildings and were somewhat confused.

Not immediately orienting ourselves, we still found a way out into the street, and ended up in between the skyscrapers. Guided by the navigator, we rolled our bags through the Kowloon Park to a booked hotel.

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