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Getting From Macau To Hong Kong: 5 Best Options

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong

Macau earned its “Asia’s Vegas” title thanks to a variety of casinos, big city lights and a thriving entertainment scene. Located on the western side of the Pearl River Delta in East Asia, former Portuguese colony Macau has become a popular destination for tourists, as well as for the business people from all around the world. 

As of February 6th, 2018 it is now possible to travel to Hong Kong by car thanks to the popular Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge (HZMB). This architectural wonder is both the longest sea crossing and the longest open-sea fixed link on earth, which connects the three major cities of the Pearl River Delta. Thanks to HZMB, travellers can now make the commute via car service, providing a quick and easy route between Macau and Hong Kong.

If, after a lovely time in Macau, your next destination is Hong Kong, the following list offers all the transportation options to get you there.

From Macau To Your Hong Kong Hotel

Transportation
Method
Shuttle Bus Private
Car Service
Cross-Border
Coach Bus
Ferry Helicopter
Time 2.5+ hrs 1h – 1h 30m
(Most Flexible)
1h 50m – 2h 30m 2h 15 m -2h 30 m 1h – 1h 45 m
Convenience Lowest Highest Moderate To High Moderate Moderate To High
Comfort Lowest Highest Moderate Low To Moderate High
Cost Lowest (Get Quote) Low Moderate To High Highest

Note: Getting from Macau to Hong Kong requires crossing an international border. There are immigration checkpoints and customs clearance at both sides of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), the Macau and Hong Kong side of the border, both through which all travelers must pass. Please note that these two border crossings can often add significant additional time to the journey.

Table of Content:

  1. Macau To Hong Kong By Shuttle Bus
  2. Macau To Hong Kong By Private Car
  3. Macau To Hong Kong By Cross-Boundary Coach
  4. Macau To Hong Kong By Ferry
  5. Macau To Hong Kong By Helicopter

Summary

1.

1. Macau to Hong Kong By Shuttle Bus

VJ3684 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Shuttle Bus 22-02-2019

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Shuttle Bus

  • Time: 2.5+ hours
  • Convenience: Very Low
  • Comfort: Low
  • Cost: Low (see below)
  • Travel Steps & Timeline: 

Macau to Hong Kong By Shuttle Bus

Macau hotel → Travel to HZMB Macau Port (10-15 min.)  →
→ Pass through Macau Immigration & clear Customs (10-15 min.)
→ Purchase a bridge shuttle bus ticket & get on the bus (15-20 min.)
→ Travel to Hong Kong Port (45 min. – 1h.)
→ Get off the bus with luggage & pass through HK Immigration at Hong Kong Port (15-20 min.)
→ Walk to taxi area & wait in a queue (10-15 min.)
→ Take Taxi to Hong Kong Downtown (40-50 min.) / to HK Airport (7-10 min.)

Summary: The most cost-effective way to get from Macau to Hong Kong is by taking the shuttle bus. Unfortunately, this is also the most time-costly way to get there. The journey requires changes in routes and modes of transport, getting on and off with your luggage. This is because the shuttle bus only covers the trip over the HZMB Hong Kong Port to the Hong Kong Port. Therefore, you’ll need to find your own way to and from these ports. While Macau itself is extensively served by bus routes to the HZMB Hong Kong Port, getting from the Macau Port directly to your destination is only viable through 2 public bus routes or a local taxi. The greatest benefit of taking the shuttle bus is that they operate 24 hours a day. However, public transportation in both Hong Kong and Macau operates only before midnight.

Recommendation: Shuttle buses offer a perfect option for adventurous travelers on a tight budget, with plenty of time to spare. For business visitors, travelers with lots of luggage, or anyone on a tight schedule, the journey by shuttle bus may prove to be too time-consuming and exhaustive.

Macau to Hong Kong By Shuttle Bus: Step-By-Step

Step 1: Get to HZMB Macau Port

  • By Taxi

From Macau Port, the easiest way is to take a taxi from your hotel in Macau.

  • By Public Bus

For public transportation, there are only two bus routes from the city to Macau Port: No.101X goes from Macau city center and No.102X covers Taipa Village area with all casinos and modern hotels.

► Step 2: Clear Customs & Immigration at Macau Port

At Macau Port, proceed to the third floor (3F) of Macau Port Building. Prepare your passport with visa to clear customs and exit Macau. You will then proceed to the shuttle bus area.

► Step 3: Travel to Hong Kong Port

Shuttle Bus Ticket Point:

Shuttle bus tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters or the ticket vending machines.

Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge Shuttle Buses

These shuttle buses transit the length of the bridge only delivering you between Macau Port and Hong Port, so you need to find your own way from Hong Kong Port.

► HZMB Shuttle Bus Service Hours: 24 hours/day.

► Duration: 45 minutes

► Frequencyevery 5 minutes (peak times) or every 30 minutes (regular)

 

HZMB Shuttle Bus Ticket Fare
Day Rate
(6:00am – 23:59pm)
Night Rate
(00:00 – 5:59am)
Adult HKD $65 (USD 8.3) HKD $70  (USD 9)
Discounted Price HKD $33 (USD 4.2) HKD $35 (USD 4.5)

Notes:

  1. Discounted prices are applicable for children below 12 years old, seniors (age 65+), and individuals with a disability.
  2. Children below 3 years old, not occupying a seat, enjoy a free ride.
  3. Each passenger is allowed to bring hand luggage with a maximum weight of 20 kgs and size: 76 x 51 x 32cm.

► Step 4: Clear Customs & Immigration at HZMB Hong Kong Port.

Once you reach Hong Kong Port, prepare your passport with a valid visa to Hong Kong (if applicable). Next, get through the security check and Customs & Immigration procedure.

Step 5: Get from HZMB Hong Kong Port to your HK destination

From Hong Kong Port, take a taxi or a public bus to get to Hong Kong downtown or HK Airport. Some public buses are connected to Hong Kong MTR/metro system.

From HZMB Hong Kong Port → To HK Downtown By MRT + Bus

Citybus Route Service Area
B5 HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ Disneyland Resort* ↔ Sunny Bay Station Disneyland Resort, Sunny Bay Station

From HZMB Hong Kong Port → Get on B5 Public Bus Route → Exit → Take MTR from Sunny Bay Station to HK Downtown.

Direct public bus routes:

Cityflyer Route Service Area
A11 HK Airport ↔ HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ North Point Ferry Piers Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill, North Point
A21 HK Airport ↔ HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ Hung Hom Station Sham Mong Road, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom Station
A22 HK Airport ↔ HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ Lam Tin Station Jordan, Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Kowloon City, San Po Kong, Rhythm Garden / Choi Hung, Ngau Chi Wan / Ping Shek, Kai Yip, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Lam Tin Station
A29 HK Airport ↔ HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam / Metro City
NA11 HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ HK Airport ↔ North Point Ferry Piers Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill, North Point
NA20 HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ HK Airport ↔ Whampoa Garden Mei Fo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom, Whampoa Garden
NA29 HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ HK Airport ↔ Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam / Metro City

2.


2. Macau To Hong Kong By Private Car & Limo

Hong Kong to Macau by Mercedes

  • Time: 1h – 1.5 h
  • Convenience: Highest
  • Comfort: High
  • Cost: Get a quote
  • Travel Steps & Timeline:

Macau To Hong Kong By Private Car

Private driver picks you up in Macau, helps with your luggage (5 min.)
→ Travel to HZM Bridge by private car (7-15 min.)
→ Exit the vehicle & pass through Macau & HK Border Immigration by foot (10-15 min.)
→ At Hong Kong side of the border, another driver greets you, takes care of your luggage & escorts you to a different private car with HK license plate (5 min.)
→ Travel to Hong Kong hotel / Hong Kong Airport (25-45 min.).

Summary. This is, by far, the most expeditious and comfortable way to travel between Macau and Hong Kong 24 hours a day. Many companies offer English speaking drivers and VIP meet & greet services.

When hiring a private car service, a professional driver greets you in the lobby of your hotel, or pre-arranged pickup location, and escorts you to the vehicle. Your suitcase(s) are stored safely in the luggage compartment as you make yourself comfortable. The journey to Hong Kong is door-to-door, meaning the car picks you up from any point in Macau and delivers you directly to the door of your Hong Kong hotel or the airport. At the halfway point, once you’ve reached the HK-Macau border, your private chauffeur will point you in the direction of the Hong Kong immigration counters. This process might take around 15 minutes. Once you’ve passed the immigration into Hong Kong, the same driver will be waiting for you to re-board a private car at a “get on” area of Hong Kong border exit. Luckily, our experienced chauffeurs will help you at every point and take care of your luggage, making your transfer as effortless and stress-free as possible.

Our private limousine service vehicle options include economy and business sedans, business MPVs (up to 6 passengers), and Mercedes S-Class luxury sedans (up to 3-4 passengers). Services are offered 24 hours a day.

Recommendation: The Private Car Service is the most time-efficient and flexible transportation option. No waiting times or queuing. Our private car service offers swift, smooth, worry-free experience with professional chauffeurs, and as such it’s the most convenient transportation option. A luxurious travel experience, this is a favorite for business travelers, families traveling with children, and senior travelers.

A private airport transfer is the safest, quickest way to get from Macau to Hong Kong. China Car Service is a trusted transportation service helping business travelers to Hong Kong for almost two decades. We provide door-to-door service at competitive prices. 

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3.

3. Macau To Hong Kong By Cross-Boundary Coach

HK-Zhu-Macau Bridge port building Jan 2019 OneBus 03

One Bus

  • Time: 1h 50min – 2h 30min
  • Convenience: Moderate to High
  • Comfort: Moderate
  • Cost: Low (see below)
  • Travel Steps & Timeline:

Macau To Hong Kong By Cross-Boundary Coach

  • Buy Cross-Border Coach Ticket (15-20 min.)
    → Board the Coach (min.)
    → Travel to HZMB Macau Port (20 min.)
    → Get off the Coach (min.)
    → Pass through Macau-HK Immigration & clear Customs (15-25 min.)
    → Re-board the same Coach with your ticket (5-10 min.)
    → Travel to Hong Kong Downtown (40 min.)

The Extended Route – Hop On A Cross-Boundary Coach

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong via Bus

If you’re interested in exploring more of China’s countryside, or perhaps plan on stopping off at another city before reaching Hong Kong, long distance bus routes are available. For commuters getting from Macau to Hong Kong, this option is not a common choice due to the long travel times. The easiest route to travel via bus is to make use of the air-conditioned routes between Macau and Shenzhen. The ride will take about five hours to get to Shenzhen. Once there you can choose to explore one more of China’s major cities or to head straight back to Hong Kong. 

The journey to Shenzhen via bus will require a valid visa, however. There are options to acquire a visa on arrival in Shenzhen but if you plan on using the bus, it’s best not to risk only obtaining a visa upon arrival. Stopping in any of the other cities along the route will require the correct visa. The route from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, however, is a simple one and doesn’t take too long to navigate via bus, car or train.

4.

4. Macau To Hong Kong By Ferry 


  • Time: 2h 15 min -2h 30 min
  • Convenience: Moderate
  • Comfort: Low To Moderate (Economy vs. VIP)
  • Cost: Moderate to High (Economy vs. VIP)
  • Travel Steps & Timeline:

Macau To Hong Kong By Speed Ferry

  • Macau Hotel → Travel to one of the Macau Ferry Terminals (10-30 min.)
    → Buy Ferry ticket (5-10 min.)
    → Check-in your luggage & pass Macau Immigration (20 min.)
    → 
    Board the ferry and travel to one of the Hong Kong Ferry Terminals (1 h.)
    → Get off the ferry, walk to Immigration Building and pass Hong Kong Immigration (10-20 min.)
    → Take a taxi, bus to travel to Hong Kong Downtown / Airport (15-40 min.)

The Common Route: Taking The Ferry

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong by Ferry

TurboJET Ferry

Summary: The ferries are a relatively quick and easy way of getting between the two cities and don’t cost nearly as much as the other options. Arranging an airport transfer from Macau airport to Hong Kong bound ferry terminals can be done fairly quickly when using reputable car services.

There are 4 ferry routes currently operating between Macau and Hong Kong, with a combined 158 sailings taking place each day. The times that ferries depart from Macau’s two ports (Macau Outer Harbour & Taipa Ferry Terminal) will vary, so be sure to confirm the departure time. Ticket prices will vary depending on which port you depart from, ferry service, time and day of the week. Departures during the weekend and the night are generally more expensive across all of the ferry operators. 

Macau is considered one of the most densely populated places on the planet, so if you’re planning on boarding a ferry that’s heading to Hong Kong at peak time, it’s good to book the ticket in advance. Having your ticket arranged beforehand can save you time and prevent the hassle of being stuck in the peak hour queues. For late night arrivals after 9-10 pm, we recommend you consider taking a private car service.

Travel Tip: Keep your eyes out for ‘ticket touts’ selling fake and illegal tickets at the ferry terminals. The HK-Macau ferry terminal is known to have a number of them, so be wary of anyone lurking outside elevators enthusiastically beckoning you to an ‘agent’s office’ before selling you a fake ticket. Some even ‘pose as inspectors’ and are very skilled to swap your legitimate ticket for a fake one. Don’t hand or show your ticket to anyone who is not wearing an official uniform.

5.


5. Hong Kong To Macau By Helicopter

  • Time: 1h 5 min –  1h 45 min
  • Convenience: Moderate to High (Public Transportation vs. Taxi)
  • Comfort: High
  • Cost: Highest
  • Travel Steps & Timeline:

Hong Kong to Macau By Helicopter

  • Macau Hotel → Travel to Macau Heliport (15-25  min.)
    → Check-in your luggage & pass Macau Immigration (25-40 min.)
    → 
    Board the helicopter and fly to Hong Kong Heliports (15-20 min.)
    → Pass Hong Kong Immigration (10 min.)
    → Travel to Hong Kong hotel/Airport or another destination (10-40min.)

Taking A Helicopter

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong by Helicopter

Hands down, the most beautiful and scenic way to make the journey from Macau to Hong Kong is by helicopter. This 15 minute journey is an excellent choice due to its frequency of flights and short travel time. This is definitely the most luxurious option, as tickets range between HKD3,000 (USD 383) and HKD4,500 (USD 574). Flights generally depart every 30 minutes or so from Macau’s two main heliports, on Taipa Island and the Macau Peninsula between 9 AM and 11 PM daily, with a number of reputable helicopter services to choose from. Passengers also have access to the Passenger Lounge where they can relax and enjoy the complimentary food and beverages.

Recommendation. The helicopter option is the fastest way to get from Macau to Hong Kong, offering the most luxurious travel experience available. It’s also the most scenic way. If budget is of no concern, the helicopter ride is fantastic choice. With Hong Kong’s contrast of an incredible skyline and natural beauty, your journey is sure to be filled with excited gasps as you enjoy a unique view of one of Asia’s most beautiful regions. This option is also ideal for travelers in a hurry. 

► Macau Heliport: 

  • Tel: +853-28727288
  • Address: 2/F Macau Maritime Terminal, Avenida da Amizade.
  • How to get. Macau Heliport is located just a few minutes away from Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal or the New Yaohan Department Store and about 15 minutes drive from the modern casinos’ area. In Macau, New Yaohan can be reached by the Bus No.1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 11, 12, 17, 23, 28A, 28B, 28C, 32 and AP1.

► Hong Kong Heliport:

  • Tel: +852-21089898
  • Address: Sky Shuttle Heliport, 6th Floor, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong. You can also buy a helicopter ticket from here.
  • Get by Taxi: This heliport is located close to Hong Kong city center, about 8-15 minutes drive by taxi from Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • Get by MTR: In Hong Kong, you can take the metro from any station to Sheung Wan station, and then leave at Exit D or take the Bus No. 111, 182, 619, 641 and 680X.

Operating Hours: 08:00 am – 10:59 pm

Frequency: Daily, every 30 minutes.

Note:  passengers should arrive at the passenger lounge at least 15 minutes before flight time.

Air Ticket FareHKD 3,000 (USD 383) – 4,500 (USD 574). Tickets can be booked as early as 28 days in advance.

Check Updated Timetable and Fares here.

Luggage: Each passenger can take along up to 15-lbs (6.8 kgs) of baggage. If the weight of the baggage is heavier than 15 lbs (6.8 kgs) and lighter than 60 lbs. (27 kgs), the passenger is required to pay a baggage fee (equals the charge of the Airfare). If the baggage is heavier than 60 lbs. (27 kgs), the passenger will pay a baggage fee for each additional 45 lbs (20kgs).

Summary


Macau To Hong Kong Summary

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong Macau Streets

Macau has captured the attention of many travelers over the years. The once sleepy fishing port has become the world leader in gambling revenue, leading even the likes of Las Vegas for the best part of 6 years now. Whilst the slot machines and tables have their allure, Macau also has much more to offer than solely the big casino lights. 

There is a slower, more cultural side to the city too. A short walk outside the main entertainment precincts offers sights of Macau’s unique heritage. Colonial mansions, serenely tranquil parks, and art deco buildings are connected by quaint cobblestone lanes. With Macau being so compact by nature, it’s fairly easy to explore it in a short period of time.  

Whether you decide to travel by a private car, a helicopter, by bus, or by ferry, the trip between Macau and Hong Kong is definitely one worth doing.

With the multitude of options available there’s no one “best way” to get from Macau to Hong Kong. However, depending on the priority of your requirements there are clear winners:

With the numerous options available there’s really no “best way” for any one traveler. However, depending on your travel needs, there are some clear winners:

  • If your number #1 concern is price and you aren’t concerned about time or the inconvenience of changing vehicles and crossing borders you may choose the Macau – Hong Kong Shuttle Bus.
  • If your number #1 concern is a relative convenience and moderate price, you may choose to travel by Cross-Border Coach or Ferry.
  • If you’d like to enjoy the highest luxury, convenience, and comfort standards possible, consider taking a helicopter from Macau to Hong Kong.
  • For everything else, if you’re looking for an expeditious, safe, comfortable, and stylish experience, consider hiring a private cross-border transfer by car that is tailored special to your route. 

 

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