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How to Get to Macau

How to Get to Macau by Air

Located on the east Shore of Taipa Island, The Macau International Airport came into operation in 1995. At present, the facility offers frequent air transfers between Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea and several south-east Asian entities via Air Macau , the airline company that dominates a large chunk of aviation services in the region. Other operators are Air Asia, Jetstar Asia Airways, Thai Air Asia and Tiger Airways.

Equipped with the capacity of handling six million passengers annually, the international airport has one terminal leading to the arrivals. At this level, one is likely to come across the manifold locomotion facilities that serve the airport and the interiors of peninsula. Take the exit and you’ll find Taxis queued up right outside the airport building. Macau is served by yellow and black cabs that employ a convenient meter system to calculate the fares. A cab ride from the airport to city centre will cost MOP $40-$50 approximately. Additional luggage in the trunk will lead to a surcharge of MOP $3.

The international airport is well-connected with the Macau Peninsula by TCM and Transmac buses . They run in every 13-14 minutes from the bus stop at the arrivals. Buses AP1, 21 and 26 access major destinations such as the City Centre, Coloane Island, Taipa Island and China Border gate . Passengers are charged anywhere between MOP $3-$10 for the transfers and the calculated fare should be paid in the exact amount of change.

Not far from the airport is peninsula’s busiest Macau ferry Terminal . Travellers can board the AP1 to reach here in 10-15 minutes and schedule a ferry towards a desired destination or board bus 3 to head towards the celebrated casinos and plush hotels of the city.

Facilities at the Airport

As the global gateway to Macau the international airport certainly lives up to the expectations of a traveler with its world class facilities. Despite its size the airport accommodates an array of global brands at King Power , a duty free shopping zone. And in case you ran out of cash just before pocketing your favorite goodies, fear not, the banking department at the landside of the terminal will assist you with cash transfers, currency trade and automated money exchange to recharge your wallet and propel the shopaholic in you.

For a quick snack visit the Airside Fastfood or dine at Macau Restaurant as you look forward to embarking on exciting gastronomic adventures while going gourmet in Macau.

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Payments in Macau are accepted in Macanese Patacas or Hong Kong dollars . Therefore, stash some local cash at the airport’s currency exchange facility for initial requirements and immediate transfers. By Sea

The simplest way to get to Macau is the ferry link that bridges the 40 miles distance between the peninsula and the island of Hong Kong. The Shun Tak Centre above the Mass Transit Railway station of Sheung Wan at the Hong Kong Island is a prominent ferry terminal responsible for handling a significant share of sea traffic towards Macau. The terminal offers facilities like jetfoils, hover crafts and turbocats for rapid transportation between the two destinations.

Turbojets are the fastest and most convenient mode of commuting between Hong Kong and Macau. They operate in every 15-20 minutes and the journey lasts for an hour. On weekdays, a ticket in the Economy section can cost up to HK $176 . Children below the age of 12 are eligible to attain a discount on their transfers. Passengers are advised to be at the terminal at least 30 minutes before the departure. Post their arrival at Macau Ferry Terminal, visitors can take the TCM and Transmac buses or opt for free shuttles provided by the hotels for easy locomotion.

Cotai Jet , an active ferry service between Hong Kong and Taipa Ferry Terminal is also a convenient facility to access Macau. It is available in every 30 minutes and takes an hour to cover the distance. There is a bus stop and a taxi stand outside the Taipa terminal that links this area with the other regions in the peninsula.

A suitable alternative for the visitors staying in Tsim Sha Tsui is the China Ferry Terminal adjoining the Harbor City which offers regular vessel services between Macau and Kowloon via Catamarans . It takes 75 minutes for a catamaran to reach the Macau Ferry Terminal and the tickets are priced in the range of HK $150-$300.

Facilities at the Port

The Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun Tak centre has reservation centers for current and advance ticketing that schedule and reserve a place for passengers in the ferries leaving from the terminal. Along this there is a representative department of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) which provides maps, guide books and information on the dos and don’ts at the Casino haven. Similar services are also available at the China Ferry Terminal .

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Touting can stir trouble for passengers who are eager to gain a ticket to Macau at the Shun Tak Centre terminal. Try not buy cheap tickets for a vessel that’s about to leave cause you may or may not be fortunate enough to arrive on time. Moreover, beware of con-men who impersonate policemen and try to trick you for your ticket.

Getting Around Macau

The 8.9 sq. Km. Peninsula can be explored largely on foot. In fact, this is the best way to save on time and money as public transportation spins across several routes prior to arriving at the intended destination. Adventurous souls can experience the joys of trekking while walking through the hilly terrains of Macau. Certain routes such as the ones in the vicinity of the old city may seem baffling. Therefore, make sure that you grab a bilingual map from the MGTO just in case you’re lost in translation of the Portuguese and Chinese sign boards at the crossings.

Your pockets will certainly love the Macanese Taxis for their affordable and prompt services. Cab fares start at MOP $13 but the only problem is that not many taxi drivers speak in English. In reality Cantonese is the only language they understand well while communicating. Hence, when in doubt take a look at the list of places found on the sun shield before the front seat and point out the precise location.

Buses in Macau are easily accessible and inexpensive. If you have the luxury of time in your hands then perhaps they are an ideal option. For a ride in the Peninsula, operators charge a minimum fare of MOP $2.50 , whereas a trip to the Taipa and the Coloane Island may range between MOP $3-$6 . There are two chief bus operators in Macau namely TCM and Transmac. Besides this, there are free shuttle services offered by the major hotels and casinos that provide rides between the city and the Macau Ferry terminal.

An incredible way to save on your bus transfers in Macau is to get hold of the Macau Pass , an electronic smart card with a fixed value. It can be brought to effective use while paying bus fares and shopping in specific districts, supermarkets and convenience stores. This facility is valid in TCM as well as Transmac buses.

Couples can board the pedicabs and relive their romance while journeying along the waterfront at the peninsula. This tricycle carrier can be hired from the terminal or at the main entrance of the Lisboa Hotel. Drivers can charge up to MOP $150 for an hour.

Those who have an international driving permit and want to have vehicle for the whole day can rent a car at Avis . Rentals start at MOP $700.


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