At first glance, Macau and Hong Kong might seem like two very similar city / states. Both are territories attached to China, which were kept under European rule during the last centuries. But with a small nuance: Hong Kong was controlled by England while control of Macao fell into Portuguese hands. So they walked a parallel path in history, but their hearts couldn’t be more different. That is why it is highly recommended to make a getaway to neighboring Macao from Hong Kong. If this is your case, we are going to tell you how to go from Hong Kong to Macau: both by ferry (the option we use) and by bus.
Ferry between Hong Kong and Macau
First of all, you have to know that both Hong Kong and Macao are divided into several territories, and have different ferry terminals. Let’s see each one:
Ferry terminals in Hong Kong
The two most important are:
- China Ferry Terminal: in the Kowloon area (Location)
- Hong Kong (Sheung Wan): on Hong Kong Island (Location)
- There are others less interesting for our trip, such as that of Tuen Mun and the ferry terminal airport.
We used the Kowloon terminal and it was a bit strange to get there: it is inside the China Hong Kong City shopping center, you will have to go up to the second floor.
Ferry terminals in Macau
Also Macau has two ferry terminals:
- Macau Outer Ferry Terminal: in the city of Macao itself (Location)
- Taipa Ferry Terminal: on the island of Taipa, south of Macau (Location)
There are two companies that make the ferry trip between Hong Kong and Macau:
Both have the same prices, but if you want to visit the center of Macau, you are only interested in TurboJet, since it is the only one of the two that arrives at the Outer Ferry Terminal.
How much is the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau?
As we anticipated, both companies have the same prices for this tour, which changes depending on the day of the week you travel:
- Monday to Friday: HK $ 171 (€ 20)
- Saturdays and Sundays: HK $ 186 (€ 21.5)
- Returns are usually a little cheaper
You can book tickets online on their websites, although we went directly to the terminal and bought them there a few minutes before leaving. The prices are the same online and at the box office and from what we saw, there are no discounts for buying roundtrip.
You can pay in cash (both in Hong Kong dollars and in Macanese pataca) and by credit card.
We advise you to take a look at the website of Klook that usually have offers and discounts:
Hours and duration
The distance that separates Hong Kong from Macao is about 70km and the ferry takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to travel.
As for the departure times, here we leave them for you:
Although we recommend that you visit the companies’ website to make sure:
Border crossing process
The passport and boarding control process is very simple and takes a few minutes (in fact we arrived 10 minutes before the ferry left, without the tickets, and it gave us time). It would be like this:
- You go to the company ticket office and buy your ticket (in the case of Kowloon, on the second floor of the China Hong Kong City shopping center).
- You pass a ticket control.
- You pass a passport control, which is usually automatic (although there are workers who help you scan the passport).
- You go to the boarding gate, as in an airport, and before boarding the ship you pass another ticket control.
- In Macao you will have to pass its border control, at the window that says “Visitors”. There they will give you a sealed paper that will be your entry permit. And ready!
The return process will be exactly the same, although to pass Hong Kong control you will have to hand over the completed Arrival Card (like the one you gave when you arrived in Hong Kong at the airport).
Bus between Hong Kong and Macau
Since the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) was inaugurated in October 2018, it is much easier getting to Macau from Hong Kong by highway. This section, of a total of 55 km, which is made up of 3 elevated bridges and an underwater tunnel, was one of the most brutal engineering works and is the longest sea crossing in the world. And of course, it is the one used if you arrive in Macau from Hong Kong by bus.
There is two options to do this journey:
- Take a bus direct between Hong Kong and Macau
- Drink two buses different: the first from Hong Kong to Hong Kong Port (where the bridge begins) and from there another bus to Macao. Here you can see all the lines.
Obviously, the best way to forget about problems is the first. But remember that you will have to get off the bus at the border, take all your things, and go through customs controls, and then continue the journey to Macao. Two companies that operate this route are One Bus and HK Mo Expresss. It costs around HKD and the journey takes just over 2 hours.
You can also book online with some offers on the Klook website.
Organized tour from Hong Kong to Macau
Of course, there is also the option to join an organized day tour from Hong Kong to visit Macau. This includes the following:
- Hotel pickup
- Transfer to Macau, one way by bus and return by ferry
- Guided city tour (in English)
- Buffet lunch
These are all transportation options for those who wonder how to go from Hong Kong to MacauWe hope you have it clearer now and don’t miss the opportunity to get to know this amazing city!
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