How to Get From Hong Kong to Macau

How to Get From Hong Kong to Macau

Macau, the Vegas of Asia, has recently become a popular day-trip option for those traveling in Hong Kong. Being only an hour away with visa-free entry (for 66 countries) makes it rather appealing to see what this former Portuguese colony has to offer.

Macau

There are three ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau: by ferry, by helicopter and by regular airplane travel, so I will be explaining two of these (I don’t think you’ll need my help figuring out how to find commercial flights).

By Ferry

Hong Kong

Taking the ferry is the most popular method of transportation between Hong Kong and Macau. It’s convenient, fairly fast, and certainly the cheapest way to travel. There are two ferry terminals in Hong Kong that will take you to Macau. If you are looking for how to get to Macau from the airport, please scroll down.

The two terminals are China Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal. The terminal I have used is the China Ferry Terminal as it is very easy to get to and the ride itself is just a tad shorter.

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Here are the addresses for both terminals:

1. China Ferry Terminal
Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
+852 2738 2901
How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1. Walk down Haiphong Rd. and turn right on Canton Rd., the terminal will be a bit further down on your left. 

2. Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal
Address: Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
+852 2547 4386
How to get there: MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit D

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Once you arrive at a ferry terminal, it will be time to pick which ferry service you’ll use.

Over the past few years, almost half the ferry services have ceased operation. Now you’re pretty much limited to two main choices. And while there still are a few others, I have found that these two companies are the most… reliable (read: not shady).

1. Chu Kong High-Speed Ferry Company Limited (CotaiJet)

This ferry goes to both Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal and Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal

2. Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited (TurboJet)

This ferry only goes to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal

There is no need to book your tickets in advance, simply walk past all the touts and approach the counters to purchase your tickets. You’ll be able to buy both single and round-trip tickets there.

Tip: I know it’s tempting to pay the cheaper prices from the touts (and our first trip we did…) but they often give you tickets for the wrong boarding times, dates, etc., so there is a chance the ferry attendant will not allow you to board. 

Macau

Hong Kong International Airport Ferry

The ferry terminal at HKIA is called SkyPier and is operated by CotaiJetThis ferry goes to both Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal and Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal.

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SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)

Sky Pier – Hong Kong International Airport
Address: Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong.
+852 2215 3232

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Please note that traveling through SkyPier is restricted to transiting air passengers only. You can only access the terminal from inside arrivals. 

By Helicopter

The main helicopter service is Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited (Sky Shuttle). Flights depart daily, every 30 minutes between 9am and 11pm.

Although the flight only takes 15 minutes, it’ll cost you a whopping $4k HKD each way (honestly it’s probably cheaper to take a commercial flight). At least you’ll get amazing views of both Hong Kong and Macau in the process. Tickets can be easily booked on their website.

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Have you been to Macau from Hong Kong?

8 Comments

  • GK says:

    Hi! I’m traveling with my sister to HK and we will be arriving as early as 4 in the morning. We’re planning to go directly to Macau from the Airport, but the ferry from HKIA to Macau starts at 10am. Do you have any idea for a cheaper ride/faster route to Sheung Wan Terminal of Turbojet/Cotaijet so that we can get the 7am trip? Thanks! Kindly message me on gkcsmalfoy@yahoo.com

    • Beth Williams says:

      The best way to get there isn’t exactly the cheapest. Trains don’t start running until 6am, so you could take the airport express (which actually leaves around 5:50am) and that would bring you to Hong Kong station within 25 minutes. From there, you just need to go one station over to Sheung Wan, so you’d get there around 6:30am in time for the 7am trip.

      The next best option would be taxi directly to Sheung Wan.

      • GK says:

        thanks a lot Beth! actually I have a draft of my itinerary and if you don’t mind reading it, I just want to know if it’s realistic.

        Day 1: ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG, MACAU HOTELS, SENADO SQUARE, A MA TEMPLE, BACK TO HONG KONG
        03:00 am – ETA: Hong Kong Airport, purchase Octopus Card
        5:00 am – Take the bus to Sheung Wan Terminal
        6:00 am – Take the bus to Sheung Wan Terminal
        7:00 am – Take Ferry to Macau
        08:00 am – ETA: Macau Ferry Terminal [the following doesn’t need to be followed]
        09:00 am – The Venetian Macau Sightseeing (Brunch at Food Court)
        11:00 am – City of Dreams: Watch Dragon’s Treasure at The Bubble
        12:00 am – Macau Tower and Entertainment Centre
        1:00 pm – Senado Square and St. Paul Ruins, Almeida Ribiero,
        2:00 pm – A Ma Temple and Guia Fortress
        04:00 pm – Fisherman’s Village
        05:00 pm – Take ferry to Hong Kong
        06:00 pm – ETA: Hong Kong Ferry Terminal
        VIP:
        1.) Lord Stow’s (Coloane village and Venetian Hotel)
        2.) Margaret’s Cafe e Nata (Macau city centre)
        3.) Koi Kei Bakery (throughout Macau)
        4.) Choi Heong Yuen (throughout Macau)
        5.) Tai Lei Loi Kei (Taipa) for pork chop buns.
        07:00 pm – Check-in at Hotel in Kowloon then Kowloon DITD
        08:00 pm – Get discounted tickets at Golden Crown then go to the Harbour
        09:00 pm – Avenue of Stars (Watch the Symphony of Lights)
        10:00 pm – Monkok Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Markets
        1:30 am – Go back to Room and Rest
        Day 2: VICTORIA PEAK, NGONG PING, DISNEYLAND, AIRPORT
        06:00 am – Wake up and Breakfast
        07:00 am – Go to Nunneries, Victoria Peak, Peak Tram, Madam Tussaud’s,
        10:00 am – Check out from the Hotel and Go to Lantau Island
        12:00 pm – Have Lunch and go to Ngong Ping (Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Temple)
        03:00 pm – Disneyland
        11:00 pm – Check-in at Airport
        02:00 am – ETD: Hong Kong Airport

  • Violet says:

    Thanks for providing this information, I’m assuming the ferry’s won’t run in bad weather?

  • Brenda says:

    Thanks for providing these instructions. I’ll be trying them out in 2 weeks!

  • Jake Dilbert says:

    Timely information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. Cheers

  • Gilbert says:

    I’m hoping to travel to macau from HK as a day trip, thanks for the post. I liked it!

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