Transportation

HOW TO GET THERE
By Air

Located on the east side of the outlying island of Taipa, Macau International Airport (MFM) has convenient transfers between the air and ferry services in the region. Its runway is on a narrow strip of reclaimed land and is connected to Taipa by two bridges.
The airport, which opened in 1995, is linked by scheduled air services to Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Pyongyang, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and other cities in China including Chongqing, Changsha, Dalian, Fuzhou, Hainan, Qingdao, Shenyang, Xi'AN, Xiamen, Yantai and Wenzhou. For more information: http://www.macau-airport.com/en/
In addition there are charter flights from Niigata, Osaka, Sendai and other cities.
East Asia Airlines, partners with Sky Shuttle Helicopters, are sole commercial helicopter operators between Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen. Sky Shuttle currently operates 54 flights a day, with flights departing every 30 minutes between Hong Kong and Macau, and 12 flights a day between Macau and Shenzhen. Each flight takes only 15 minutes! For more information: http://www.skyshuttlehk.com/

Departure Tax

Passengers aged two years and over are required to pay 90 MOP (about 12 USD) airport departure tax. Those passengers who are passing through on connecting flights for other destinations are charged only 40 MOP (about 5USD).

By Sea

Several fleets of high-speed vessels serve the 40-mile route between Hong Kong and Macau.
Ferries are a very practical source of transport between Hong Kong and Macau, with ferries leaving the terminal every fifteen minutes. There are two terminals in Hong Kong and passengers are advised to be at the terminal at least 30 minutes before departure in order to complete immigration formalities. The trip itself takes between 55-65 minutes.

From Hong Kong:
  1. The Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island – run by Turbojet
    The main sea terminal and heliport is located in Shun Tak Centre which stands over the Sheung Wan station of the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and adjoins a terminal for public buses and minibuses from many parts of Hong Kong, including the A2 Airbus from the airport.
    For more information: http://www.turbojet.com.hk/en/routing-sailing-schedule/hong-kong-macau/sailing-schedule-fares.aspx
  2. The China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) in Kowloon – run by First Ferry
    The China Ferry Terminal is located on the Tshimshatsui waterfront alongside Harbour City.
    For more information: http://www.nwff.com.hk/

From Macau:

The Macau Maritime Terminal and heliport is located on the Macau Peninsula near Fisherman's Wharf, located in the Outer Harbour. It contains ticketing offices as well as luggage lockers, automatic teller machines a computerized information guide, money exchange and post office facilities. Luggage is limited to hand-carried items not exceeding 60x20x35 cm and 10 kgs in weight. Baggage exceeding this size will be handled as check-in luggage at a cost.
The check-in luggage can only be transported on the jetfoil on which the passenger is travelling and MUST be handed in 20 to 30 minutes prior to the departure time. The check-in counters are open 6:54 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. and are located on the 1st fl. of the Macau Maritime Terminal, and at the passenger bridge of Shun Tak Centre in Hong Kong.

FERRY BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION

Tickets to Macau can be bought in Hong Kong up to 28 days in advance, to Hong Kong from Macau up to seven days. In Hong Kong they can be purchased at the terminals and from MTR travel service centres in various Mass Transit Railway stations. It is recommended that passengers buy return tickets before departure for sailings on weekends and public holidays.

AIRPORT INFORMATION
Express Bus

Express Bus is a new a time saving service which provides a quick Land-to-Air or Air-to-Land transport service between Macau International Airport and the ferry terminal by freeing Express Bus passengers from immigration and custom procedures and luggage handling.

* For Air to Ferry Travelers*
Passengers on their arrival at the airport should follow the sign board for the Express Bus Service and purchase tickets at the counters where a blue-tag will be provided to label check-in luggage. Then travelers go direct to the Air-to-Land transfer to Macau Ferry Terminal and take ferry service to their final destination thus avoiding immigration and custom procedures. Then it only remains for them to collect their luggage with blue tags at the terminal at their destination city.

* For Ferry to Air Travelers
Passengers taking the ferry service from Hong Kong or Shenzhen, on arrival in Macau Ferry Terminal, can follow the signs to the terminal counters in order to buy tickets for the Express Bus Service. A blue-tag will be provided to label check-in luggage. Then travelers can board the Land-to-Air transfer to be taken to Macau International Airport and on to their final destination without any immigration and custom procedures. All that remains is to collect luggage with blue tags at the terminal at the destination city.

City Bus

Outside the Airport Entry Building, Airport Bus Nos API, 26 and 21 take passengers to the Barrier Gate or the outlying island of Coloane. There are also Cross-Boundary Bus services outside the Arrivals Building.

Taxis

Taxis can also be found outside the airport building.

GETTING AROUND MACAU
Taxis

There are plenty of licensed taxis, all with meters and painted black with a creamcoloured roof, joined by radio-called taxis in yellow colour.
Only a few taxi drivers can speak English, so it is advisable to have a bilingual map with you.

Pedicabs

A pedicab - a tricycle carriage with seating for two passengers, also known as a trishaw - is a slower but more romantic form of transport. Pedicabs are propelled by bicycles with several gears and are not at all the same as the rickshaw.
The Ferry Terminal and Hotel Lisboa are their two main pick up locations. It's good advice to settle on an agreed fare first. Some places of interest in Macau are located on hilltops, and it is physically impossible for pedicabs to take you up the rather steep inclines.

Bicycles

Bicycles can be hired from shops in Taipa, near the bus terminal. They are not permitted on either of the bridges.

Buses

Public buses and minibuses run from 6:45 a.m. to midnight. There are buses (Route 3, 3A, 10, 12, 23, 28C & 32) that provide regular service between the city and the piers for incoming or outgoing visitors.
There are buses from Macau to the islands with regular departures throughout the day, from 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Passengers are required to have the exact fare. Try to avoid travelling during the rush hour, when buses tend to become over crowded.
Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau, S.A.R.L. – www.tcm.com.mo
TRANSMAC – Transportes Urbanos de Macau, S.A.R.L. – www.transmac.com.mo
Bus number AP1 links the airport with the ferry terminal and downtown.

Hire Cars

Mokes - small jeep - like vehicles - painted in bright colours and good for exploring the islands, are available for hire. Drivers must be 21 years of age and hold a valid international licence.

 
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