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3 Ways To Get From Hong Kong To Macau

Anna Zheng | Jan 18, 2018

3 Ways To Get From Hong Kong To Macau

Whether to spend the weekend with family at one of the luxury hotels or for a night of gambling and fun at the world class casinos, many visitors make the short trip from Hong Kong to Macau for a quick getaway. When deciding how to travel, visitors can choose between land, air, and sea. Below is a guide to get from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry, helicopter, and by private car.

 

Hong Kong To Macau By Ferry


 Macau airport transfer to Hong Kong
 

Passengers can travel from Hong Kong to Macau by taking the ferry from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal to either the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal or Taipa Ferry Terminal. From there, they will be required to arrange further transportation to their final destination.

 

  • Average Journey Time (Including Immigration Control): 2 hours
  • Average Cost: HKD200 (USD25)

 

Advantages:

  • By choosing to take the ferry from Hong Kong, travelers have the choice of two points of arrival in Macau. The first service is to the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, located in Se district. The second is to the Taipa Ferry Terminal, which is situated near the airport and closer to the casinos, but sails less frequently.
  • One of the most attractive advantages of the ferry service between Hong Kong and Macau is that it runs frequently during normal hours. From the Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal, travelers can find a ferry departing every 15 minutes to the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal in Macau.

 

Disadvantages:

  • Although going from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry may be convenient for some travelers, it is not always the smoothest mode of transport. The choppy waters can make for an uncomfortable ride, which may lead to sea sickness, so those hoping to do some work or get some rest during the journey may find their plans thwarted.
  • While there are ferries from Hong Kong arriving at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal every 15 minutes, passengers intending to travel to the Taipa Ferry Terminal will be disappointed to hear there are only 5 ferries all day.
  • During regular hours, the ferry runs frequently from the Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal to the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, but through the night there are significantly less services operating. Between 00:00 and 06:59, there are only 6 ferries so travelers who are required to make a late night trip may be forced to make other travel arrangements.
  • Even though the ferry offers you two ports of call in Macau, whichever destination you choose, you will still need to seek further transport once you reach your destination. The ferry terminals are crowded with visitors, so it is important to be vigilant against tourist scams operating in the area.

 

Hong Kong To Macau By Helicopter


Macau airport transfer to Hong Kong
 

Arrive in Macau from Hong Kong in style by taking a helicopter ride. Traveling by air is the quickest and also the most expensive way to get to Macau.

 

  • Average Journey Time (Including Immigration Control): 45 Minutes
  • Average Cost: HKD4,500 (USD575)

 

Advantages:

  • With a journey time of only 15 minutes, travelling by helicopter is undoubtedly the fastest way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau. It should be noted, however, that when the time for boarding and disembarking is considered, the duration of the journey is closer to 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • The heliport is quite conveniently situated in the central, albeit congested, location of the Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan. The helicopter arrives at the Macau Maritime Terminal in Se, however, which means those wishing to visit the Cotai Strip will still need to take a taxi or arrange a private car.

 

Disadvantages:

  • Flying from Hong Kong to Macau by helicopter may be the fastest option, but it is also far and away the most expensive way to travel. With an average cost per person of HKD4,500 (USD575), travelers can choose to travel to Macau by ferry or private car for a fraction of the cost.
  • During adverse weather conditions, it is not advised to take a helicopter to get from Hong Kong to Macau. During typhoon warnings, the helicopter service may become unavailable, leaving travelers that had already planned to fly to Macau without a means to get there. 

 

Hong Kong To Macau By Private Car


Macau airport transfer to Hong Kong
 

Passengers can choose to avoid the air or sea, and instead travel in comfort and peace by hiring a private car service. The English speaking driver will pick you up at your location and take you to the doorstep of your destination.

 

 

Advantages:

  • By using a private car service, not only can business travelers be picked up exactly where they want in Hong Kong, but they can also taken directly to their destination in Macau. This is especially useful in a city as busy as Hong Kong and also in a city like Macau where the public transport is not as comprehensive.
  • For those that are new to Hong Kong or Macau, navigating the immigration control can be a somewhat stressful experience to deal with. With a private car service, however, the driver will be there to assist passengers and drive safely through the border and also handle any queries about the border crossing process.
  • Overall, a private car service combines the best of the other ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau. It offers more privacy and comfort than a ferry ride, while not as expensive as flying by helicopter.

 

Disadvantages:

  • Although travelling by car may not be as fast as by ferry or by helicopter, it does allow travelers some time to catch up on some emails, make phone calls, or take a rest before arriving in Macau.

 

 

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