Getting from Hong Kong to Macau became very convenient after the construction of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) in October 2018. Ferry and helicopter are no longer the only options for Hong Kong to Macau journey. Now travelers have a great variety of options, from shuttle buses, cross-boundary coaches, speedy ferries to private cars and helicopters. In this blog, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to get from Hong Kong to Macau, taking into account 5 factors: time, convenience, comfort, cost, and safety.
From Hong Kong To Your Hotel In Macau
|Time||2.5+ hrs||1h – 1h 30m
|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|
|Low||Moderate To High||Highest|
Note: Getting from Hong Kong to Macau requires crossing an international border. There are immigration checkpoints and customs clearance at both sides of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), the Hong Kong side of the border and the Macau side of the border, both through which all travelers must pass. In addition to having your passport ready and in bearing in mind your country’s visa requirements to enter Macau, please note that these two border crossings can often add significant additional time to the journey.
Table of Content:
- Time: 2.5+ hours
- Convenience: Very Low
- Comfort: Low
- Cost: Low (see below)
- Safety: Moderate
- Travel Steps & Timeline:
Hong Kong to Macau By Shuttle Bus
Travel to HZM Bridge Hong Kong Port (from HK Downtown: 40 min. / from HK Airport 7-10 min.) →
Summary: Unfortunately, the least effortless but one of the cheapest way to get from Hong Kong to Macau is by the shuttle bus. The journey requires you to change routes and modes of transport, getting on and off with your luggage since the shuttle bus only covers the trip from HZMB Hong Kong Port to Macau Port. Therefore, you will need to find your own way to and from these ports. While Hong Kong itself is extensively served by bus routes directly from your initial point (from HK downtown or HK Airport) to HZMB Hong Kong Port, getting from Macau Port directly to your hotel is only viable with 2 public bus routes or taxi. The biggest benefit of using the shuttle bus from Hong Kong to Macau is that Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau-Bridge shuttle buses operate 24 hours a day. However, you can get to the HZM Bridge at night only by taxi since public transportation in both Hong Kong and Macau operates before midnight.
Recommendation: Shuttle buses offer the slowest option to get from Hong Kong to Macau with a lot of inconvenience and steps to perform. It is a perfect option for adventurous travelers on a tight budget who have more time to spare. For business visitors or travelers with lots of luggage, the journey by shuttle bus would be too time-consuming and far from effortless. Even for the cost-conscious, the cross-border coaches provide a more expedient, and direct, route to Macau at a similar cost.
Hong Kong to Macau By Shuttle Bus In Detail:
►Step 1: Get to HZMB Hong Kong Port
From your hotel or another point in Hong Kong, take a taxi or a public bus to get to HZMB Hong Kong Port. Some public buses are connected to Hong Kong MTR/metro system, so you can use the combination of MTR and a public bus to get to Hong Kong Port.
►From HK Downtown → to HZMB Hong Kong Port By MRT + Bus
|Citybus Route||Service Area|
|B5||HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge HK Port ↔ Disneyland Resort* ↔ Sunny Bay Station||Disneyland Resort, Sunny Bay Station|
Take MTR → Exit at Sunny Bay Station → Get on B5 Public Bus Route → HZMB Hong Kong Port.
►From HK Downtown/HK Airport → to HZMB Hong Kong Port By MRT + Bus
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|
► Step 2: Clear Customs & Immigration at HZMB Hong Kong Port.
Once you reach Hong Kong Port and get into the Passenger Clearance Building, simply follow the signs for Immigration to Macau. Prepare your passport with a valid visa to Macau (if applicable). Next, get through the security check and Customs & Immigration procedure. You will then proceed to the shuttle bus and cross-coaches area where you need to wait for the next departure for a few minutes.
► Step 3: Travel to Macau Port
Shuttle Bus Ticket Point:
Once you clear customs and pass through Hong Kong Immigration, you can purchase the shuttle bus ticket on the same floor from 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 Hong Port and Macau Port, so you need to find your own way to Hong Kong Port and from Macau Port.
► HZMB Shuttle Bus Service Hours: 24 hours a day.
► Duration: 45 minutes
► Frequency: every 5 minutes in peak and every 30 minutes in off-peak period.
|HZMB Shuttle Bus Ticket Fare|
(6:00am – 23:59pm)
(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)|
- Discounted price is applicable to children aged below 12 years old, senior (65+ y.o.) and individuals with a disability.
- Children below 3 years old, not occupying the seat, can enjoy a free ride.
- Each passenger is allowed to bring hand luggage with a maximum weight of 20 kgs and size: 76x51x32cm.
► Step 4: Clear Customs & Immigration at Macau Port
The HZMB shuttle bus stops at Macau port, where you will need to get off the bus with your luggage and proceed to the third floor (3F) of Macau Port Building. Prepare your passport with visa to clear customs and enter Macau.
► Step 5: Get to Hotel or Final Destination in Macau
- By Taxi
From Macau Port, the easiest way is to take a taxi to your hotel in Macau.
- By Public Bus
For public transportation, there are only two bus routes to the city: No.101X goes to Macau city center and No.102X covers Taipa Village area with all casinos and modern hotels.
- By Shuttle Bus
Alternatively, you can hop on a shuttle bus to one of the two ferry terminals: Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (close to Macau city center) and Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal. From either of these ferry terminals, you then need to take a free shuttle bus to your hotel in Macau as there are plenty of them. You can save money using free shuttles, however, it will cost you a lot of time and efforts dragging your luggage at every step. Ferry shuttle buses run from 9:00 am to 00:00, with 5-7 shifts every hour.
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- Time: 1h – 1.5 h
- Convenience: Highest
- Comfort: High
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- Safety: High
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Hong Kong To Macau By Private Car
Private driver picks you up in Hong Kong, helps with your luggage (5 min.)
Summary. Private car and limousine, while more expensive than a shuttle bus or ferry, is by far the most expedient and comfortable way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau 24 hours a day. Many companies offer English speaking drivers and VIP meet & greet services at Hong Kong Airport.
A professional driver greets you in the lobby of your hotel and escorts you to the vehicle, carrying your luggage. The journey to Macau is door-to-door, meaning the car will pick you up from any point in Hong Kong (e.g. your hotel) and deliver you directly to your Macau hotel. When you reach the HK-Macau border, your private chauffeur will clearly navigate you and show the immigration counters. Once you pass the immigration and enter Macau side of the border, another appointed driver will be waiting for you to help you re-board another private car with Macau license plate and deliver you smoothly to your hotel in Macau. The reason you need to change the cars is that there are no double license plate vehicles allowed to pass HK-Macau border. However, you don’t have to worry about anything, our experienced chauffeurs will greet you on-time 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 both economy and business sedans, business MPVs that seat up to 6 passengers, as well as Mercedes S-Class luxury sedans that seat up to 3-4 passengers. Services are offered 24 hours a day enabling you to go directly to your Macau hotel from Hong Kong regardless of your arrival time.
Recommendation: Private car service is the most time-efficient and flexible transportation option. If you want a smooth and worry-free transfer, it is probably the right solution for you. There is no waiting, or queuing; with professional chauffeurs’ assistance, you complete the journey quickly without expended effort. It is the most convenient transportation that offers more luxurious travel experience, recommended for business travelers, families with kids and senior travelers.
- Time: 1h 50min – 2h 30min
- Convenience: Moderate to High
- Comfort: Moderate
- Cost: Low (see below)
- Safety: Moderate
- Travel Steps & Timeline:
Hong Kong to Macau By Cross-Boundary Coach
Summary. The cross-border coach is more convenient than the shuttle bus to travel from Hong Kong to Macau. The cross-border coaches pick passengers from Hong Kong downtown areas, deliver you to the bridge where you disembark and pass through the Customs by foot with your luggage, then reboard the coach again to continue traveling to various hotels in Macau. The coach, therefore, provides more flexibility than HZMB shuttle bus because it brings you from Hong Kong central areas to the final point in Macau.
Recommendation. It is a good option for those looking to depart from Hong Kong city center and arrive directly to Macau hotel. Unlike with the shuttle bus, you will avoid the hassle of getting to Hong Kong Port (or from Macau Port). You should remember your coach plate number and keep your ticket to be able to re-board the same coach after customs clearance and walking through the border with your luggage. The disadvantage here is that you only have 15 minutes for immigration procedures to catch the same bus, otherwise, you will need to wait for 30-60 minutes for the next available bus (with available seats).
► Step 1: Get on Cross-boundary Coach in HK Downtown
There are 2 bus companies that serve Hong Kong to Macau route: ‘One Bus‘ and ‘Hong Kong – Macao Express‘. One bus picks the passengers up from APM shopping mall in Hong Kong and brings them to three different hotels in Macau. HK-MO Express is available at Kowloon Station (Elements Shopping Mall) and Prince Edward and stops at 7 hotels in Macau.
|Bus Company||One Bus||HK-MO Express|
|Hong Kong Pickup Points||APM Kwun Tong Bus Terminal||Elements Mall,
|Hong Kong To Macao:|
|8.00 am – 6.30 pm||7.30 am – 1.30 am|
|Macao To Hong Kong:|
|11.00 am – 9.00 pm||7.30 am – 4.30 am|
|Arrival Hotels in Macau||The Parisian Macao,
The Venetian Macao,
|Before 5.59 pm: HKD170 (USD 22)
After 6.00 pm: HKD190 (USD 25)
|7.00 am-7.00 pm: HKD160 (USD 20)
After 7.00 pm: HKD170 (USD 22)
|Weekends & Public Holidays:|
|HKD190 (USD 25)||+HKD20 surcharge (USD 2.55)|
► Step 2: Clear Customs & Immigration
The cross-boundary bus will stop at both sides of the bridge to allow passengers clear Customs and Immigration within 15 minutes. You have to get off the coach bus with your luggage and, once pass through the Immigration, re-board the same coach with your ticket.
Note: 1. Please remember the coach license plate number to make sure you re-board the same coach.
2. The bus driver will only wait for 15 minutes. If you’re late for your initial coach, approach the staff to help you wait and get onto the next coach. You will have to wait for 30-60 minutes.
3. If you miss the original coach bus and there are no places available on the following buses, you will not get the ticket refund.
If you travel with kids and lots of bags or heavy luggage, using the cross-boundary coach brings a lot of inconvenience and hassle.
► Step 3: Travel To Macau Hotel
After you load your luggage and board the coach, the bus driver will bring you to one of the above hotels in Macau.
4. Hong Kong To Macau 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)
- Safety: Moderate
- Travel Steps & Timeline:
Hong Kong to Macau By Speed Ferry
Summary. Taking the ferry is certainly the most popular method of getting from Macau to Hong Kong. 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.
The times that ferries arrive to Macau’s two ports (Macau Outer Harbour & Taipa Ferry Terminal) will vary, so be sure to take that into consideration if you’re planning on taking in some more sights and sounds of Macau before jumping onboard the ferry. Ticket prices will vary depending on your chosen port, ferry service, time and day of the week that you travel. Night time departures and those over the weekends are generally more expensive across all of the ferry operators.
Quickest Route. The quickest route from Hong Kong to Macau downtown is to take a ferry by TurboJET from Hong Kong Macau (Sheung Wan) Ferry Terminal to Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. This way you can enjoy sightseeing in the center of Macau. Alternatively, you can take Cotai Water Jet ferry from Hong Kong Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal to Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal to stay in modern hotels and visit the famous casinos.
Recommendation. Hong Kong to Macau offers ferry service with a combined 158 sailings taking place each day. They depart from 4 different Hong Kong Ferry Terminals (2 of which are located at Hong Kong downtown) to 2 Macau Ferry Terminals that are at close proximity to popular 5-star hotels. You may still need to take a taxi to get to/from the ferry terminal. Macau is considered the most densely populated place on the planet, so if you’re planning on boarding a ferry that’s heading from Hong Kong to Macau at peak time, it’s worth your while to book in advance. Having your ticket arranged beforehand can save you time and prevent being stuck in the peak hour queues. For late night arrivals after 9-10 pm, we recommend you to consider other option like private car service.
|The Easiest Routes By Ferry
|Ferry Provider||TurboJET||Cotai Water Jet|
|Service Hours:||7:00 am – 11:59 pm||7:00 am – 10:30 pm|
|Duration:||55 min.||55 min.|
|Frequency:||every 15 min.||every 30 min.|
|Departure HK Ferry Terminal||Hong Kong Macau (Sheung Wan)||Hong Kong Macau (Sheung Wan)|
|Arrival Macau Ferry Terminal||Macau Outer Harbour||Macau Taipa Ferry|
|Ferry Ticket Price|
|Weekday / Weekend / Night||Weekday / Weekend / Night|
|Economy Class||HKD 171 /186 / 211
(USD 22 / 24 / 27)
|HKD 171 / 186 / 211
(USD 22 / 24 / 27)
|Super / First Class||HKD 346/ 371 / 391
(USD 44 / 47 / 50)
|HKD 293 / 310 / 338
(USD 37.3 / 40 / 43)
|VIP Class||HKD 2,304 / 2,304 / 3,054
(USD 294 / 294 / 390)
|HKD 2,344 / 2,480 / 2,704
(USD 300/ 316 / 345)
Notes: 1. Night rate is applicable between 5:00/6:00 pm and 6:30 am.
2. TurboJET VIP cabin has 4 seats, and Cotai Water Jet Cabin includes 8 seats.
3. Seniors (65+ y.o.) and children (below 12 y.o) can enjoy a discount of HKD 18-20 (USD 2.5) for Economy Class seats.
Hong Kong To Macau By Ferry In Detail:
Each ferry terminal requires passengers to clear customs and pass through the immigration at immigration counters before boarding.
You can check-in your luggage 20-45 minutes prior to departure.
► Where do you embark?
Four Ferry Terminals in Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong Macau (Sheung Wan) Ferry Terminal
It is the largest and most frequently used ferry terminal by tourists. Conveniently located in Shun Tak Center of Hong Kong island at Sheung Wan MTR Station (Exit D), it offers the most frequent and quickest routes to Macau. Both TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet sail from here.
- China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon)
Located in Hong Kong downtown, in Hong Kong China City shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon), China Ferry Terminal is the second best option for ferry voyages. TurboJET ferries sail 14 times a day every hour, while Cotai Jet offers 6 sails for a half day (before 1.15 pm) to Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal.
- Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal (New Territories)
Located further from Hong Kong city center, this ferry terminal is not convenient for most travelers. Only TurboJET ferries depart from here with 7-9 sails per day.
- SkyPier Terminal at Hong Kong Airport
The terminal is located inside Hong Kong International Airport and is intended for the use of transit passengers only. There are 4-5 sails available between SkyPier and Macau. If you are coming back from Macau, you will need to have a valid flight ticket to be eligible to buy a ticket for SkyPier ferry.
► Where do you disembark?
Two Ferry Terminals in Macau:
- Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
Located at the heart of Macau, it is the best destination point for tourists intended to sightsee and explore Macau’s top attractions, historic sights, shops, and casinos.
Hotels nearby: Legend Palace Hotel, Lisboa Hotel, Wynn Palace, City of Dreams Macau – Nuwa, Sands Macao, MGM Macau, Casa Real Hotel, Hotel Royal Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Lapa, New Orient Landmark Hotel.
- Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal
It is located in close proximity to luxury hotels and casino areas for gamble lovers.
Hotels nearby: The Parisian Macao, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau, Galaxy Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, Four Seasons Hotel Macau Cotai Strip, St. Regis Macao Cotai Central, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau.
► Where to buy ferry tickets?
► See Sailing Schedules here: for TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet.
► 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, unfortunately, 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 with a well practised slight of the hand, swap your legitimate ticket for a fake one. Don’t hand or show your ticket to anyone, not in official uniform.
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
- Safety: High
- Travel Steps & Timeline:
Hong Kong to Macau By Helicopter
Summary. The beauty of the Hong Kong – Macau journey by helicopter certainly comes at a price. With tickets ranging between HKD3,000 (USD 383) and HKD4,500 (USD 574) for a flight that lasts just 15 minutes. The frequency of the flights and short journey times make it a popular option for those who can afford it. 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 beverage.
Recommendation. Flying the helicopter is the fastest and the most expensive way to get from Hong Kong to Macau which offers the most luxurious travel experience. It is also the most scenic and impressive way of getting from Macau to Hong Kong. If budget is not a concern, the helicopter ride is incredible. The overhead views leaving the ever impressive Macau are breathtaking. With Hong Kong’s incredible skyline and natural beauty not far away, your journey is sure to be filled with excited gasps and comments as you enjoy a privileged view of one of Asia’s most beautiful regions. For those who need super speedy service, this is the best option for you.
► 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 Fare: HKD 3,000 (USD 383) – 4,500 (USD 574). Tickets can be booked as early as 28 days in advance.
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).
► 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 To Macau Summary
With the multitude of options available there’s no one “best way” to get to Macau from Hong Kong. However, depending on the priority of your requirements there are clear winners:
- If your number #1 concern is a price and you aren’t concerned about time or the inconvenience of changing vehicles and crossing borders you should take a Hong Kong – Macau Shuttle Bus.
- If your number #1 concern is a relative convenience and moderate price, you should travel by Cross-Boundary Coach or Ferry.
- If you want to enjoy the luxury, convenience, and comfort, consider taking a helicopter from Hong Kong to Macau.
- If your priorities include convenience, safety, expediency, comfort, and style then you should consider hiring a private cross-border transfer by car.
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