Getting Here & Away
The most common way to arrive in Macau is by boat from Hong Kong, but it also has an international airport with flights from other Asian cities and increasingly more Chinese cities, as well as a land border with China.
Macau’s underused international airport on Taipa Island is trying to step up its game of recent and with its lower airport fees has managed to attract budget carriers like Air Asia (www.airasia.com) and Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com). If you’re coming from elsewhere in Asia using one of these airlines can substantially reduce your airfare. Air Macau offers the widest variety of flights, but Eva Airways, Silk Air and TransAsia also serve Macau’s airport. You can buy air tickets through travel agents and upscale hotels in town and at the airport. Leaving Macau, there is a departure tax of MOP$90, which is usually included in the ticket price.
The airport is fairly small but has a food court, luggage storage and post office on the departures floor and a bureau de change, hotel booking desk and tourist information office (daily ) in the arrivals section below. If you’re heading into China there are a number of companies operating from the airport. Taxis from the airport to old Macau cost around MOP$65 (early 2008), including a MOP$5 airport charge (only payable when leaving the airport). But if you’re on a tighter budget, bus #AP1 (MOP$4) covers the route.
Flights into China. There are flights to a number of mainland cities including:
Beijing (2 daily, 3 hrs); Hangzhou (3 daily, 1 hr 50 mins); Shanghai (6 daily, 2 hrs 15 mins); Shenzhen (2 daily, 30 mins); and Xi’an (1 daily; 4 hrs).
If you want to look for the cheapest details, some online booking agents are worth checking out.
Helicopter. If you’re really in a hurry or just want a different transport experience, Heli-express (http://www.skyshuttlehk.com/) runs a helicopter service between Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Both trips take a mere 16 minutes and offer great views en route. Helicopters seat 12 and services to Hong Kong operate every 30 minutes between and . There are five services a day to Shenzhen. Departures are from Macau Ferry Terminal and you need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your flight.
The commonest way to arrive in Macau is by boat from Hong Kong or Shenzhen using one of the three
companies that serve these routes. Note that while Turbojet and First Ferry operate from Macau’s
Ferry Terminal, Yuet Tung boats run from the Porto Interior on the other side of the Macau peninsula.
TurboJet (www.turbojet.com.hk) offers speedy jetfoils (1 hr) to and from Hong Kong’s Shun Tak Centre every 15 minutes between and , with a few services running through the night. They also have less frequent jetfoils from Hong Kong’s international airport (45 mins). There are four jetfoils a day to and from Fuyong terminal, close to Shenzhen airport, taking around an hour and 20 minutes. Super class offers more comfortable seating and includes a newspaper, drink and snack.
First Ferry (www.nwff.com.hk) runs slower catamaran services (1 hr 10 mins) every 30 minutes from the HK China Ferry Terminal on Tsim Sha Tsui’s Canton Road. Yuet Tung runs three boats a day from the Porto Interior to Shekou terminal for Shenzhen. Services take 80 minutes..
Whether traveling to or from Macau, you should arrive at the ferry terminal 30 minutes prior to departure. On arrival, you’ll have to clear customs and immigration. Baggage collection can be somewhat chaotic and you’ll have to show your luggage ticket.
The Macau Ferry Terminal is spread over three floors, with arrivals at the bottom, departures and ticket offices on the middle floor and a restaurant at the top. There’s also a tourist office (daily ), hotel booking desk, Avis counter and luggage checking. There are taxis and buses from here – #3, #3A and #10A will take you to the center of town.
You can also travel to and from Zhuhai, Macau’s mainland neighbor, due north of the peninsula.
The Barrier Gate border crossing is open from to , and emerges into an enormous shopping center on the Zhuhai side. Buses #3A, #5 and #10 link the border with the peninsula, or there are China Travel Service buses from the Grandview and Landmark hotels on Taipa to equally upscale hotels in Guangzhou (hourly; 3 hrs 30 mins). A number of companies also operate from the airport:
Gogo Bus offers four buses a day to Zhuhai (15 mins), Dongguan (2 hrs 30 mins) and Guangzhou (3 hrs).
Introduction : Macau main attractions - orientation
Macau Sightseeing - Architectural Treasures
Macau Sightseeing - Churches & Temples
Macau Sightseeing – Parks
Sightseeing – Taipa and Coloane
Events and festivals in Macau
Macau adventures : Bungee, Golf, Gambling, Casinos, Watersports
Macau Walks – St. Malo, Churches, Coloane
How to get around Macau
Entry requirements (visa)
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