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Many travelers visiting Hong Kong end up also setting foot in Macau. It’s not surprising at all. Macau is fascinatingly vibrant and energetic. Although there are similarities, Macau offers a completely different experience from Hong Kong. It has its own currency, own diplomatic policy, and a unique history.

But the biggest reason why Hong Kong and Macau are always in the same bundle: they’re easily accessible from each other, only around an hour apart by ferry.

Some plan their trip with both cities in mind. In many cases, they book a flight to Hong Kong and a return flight from Macau, or the other way around. Some Hong Kong tourists prefer to visit Macau on a day tour.

It’s totally possible! You can travel to Macau in the morning and be back in HK in the afternoon or evening. I’ve done this a couple of times!

You have two options: by ferry or by shuttle bus via the newly opened Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB).

Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

1. Choose your terminal in Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong has three terminals where you can board a ferry bound for Macau. One is located in Hong Kong Island, another in Kowloon, and one just next to the Hong Kong International Airport.

  • Hong Kong MACAU Ferry Terminal along Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan area in Hong Kong Island.
  • Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal along Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
  • Sky Pier at Hong Kong International Airport. Exclusive to tourists only.

Note the difference between the first two options. The one located in Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) is called Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal.

Pick one that is most convenient to you. If you have a roundtrip Hong Kong ticket and you want to visit Macau straight away, the Sky Pier makes the most sense. If you’re coming from Tsim Sha Tsui, the Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal is just around the corner.

These ferries will be arriving at either of these two terminals:

  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, located in Macau Peninsula. This is closer to the city center.
  • Taipa Terminal, sometimes called Cotai Terminal, just a short walk from Macau International Airport.

These are completely difference terminals and a bit far from each other, so make sure you book the right one.

2. Purchase a Ticket.

You can buy tickets at the terminal itself. Often, the fares do not differ much from each other. Even the travel experience is very similar. For me, it’s just a matter of travel time. I usually buy the ticket for the ferry that is leaving at my preferred time, regardless of the operator or boat.


  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Macau: HKD 160 to 172 (in daytime) and up to HKD 211 (at night), one-way.
  • Hong Kong Airport to Macau: HKD 270 (day), HKD 300 (night), one way.

But you want to score some discounts, you can book in advance online visa Klook! For example, the regular one-way TurboJet fare from Hong Kong city center is somewhere between HKD 170 and 200. But with Klook, it’s only at HKD 165. From the airport, the regular one-way TurboJet fare is HKD 270. But with Klook, it’s only at HKD 263. You can save even more if you purchase roundtrip tickets at once.

For Discounted tickets, book below:

Please take note of the date and time of your trip because rates of sailing on weekends and at night are higher. Just click on any of the following links:

  • Hong Kong (Sheung Wan) to Taipa Terminal via CotaiJet (ONE-WAY). RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE.
  • Hong Kong (Sheung Wan) to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal via TurboJet (ONE-WAY). RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE.
  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal via TurboJet (ROUNDTRIP). You can board either in Hong Kong Macau Terminal (Sheung Wan) or in China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon). RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE.
  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Taipa Terminal via CotaiJet (ROUNDTRIP). You can board either in Hong Kong Macau Terminal (Sheung Wan) or in China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon). RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE.
  • Hong Kong Airport to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal via TurboJet. Just show your printed or mobile voucher at the TurboJet counter at Hong Kong Airport then proceed to SkyPier. RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE

3. Board the Ferry.

Image provided by Klook

The boarding process is pretty straightforward. After getting a ticket, follow the signs to the boarding area. Usually, there are staff members that can point you in the right direction.

If necessary, check in your bags. For hand-carry, only one piece per person is allowed. I remember, however, that they let me through with a small backpack and a suitcase. I asked but they said I didn’t need to check in anything. Not sure if small backpacks are counted as an item or I just got lucky.

Luggage Restrictions for Carry-On
Each passenger is allowed only one carry-on (hand-carry) bag.

  • Size: maximum 600mm x 200mm x 350mm
  • Weight: maximum 20kg.

Luggage Restrictions for Check In
Each passenger is allowed 3 pieces of luggage for check in.

  • Size: maximum 76cm x 56cm x 23cm
  • Weight: 40 kg

You’re gonna have to go through the Immigration counters, too. Make sure you have your passport and the details usually needed in the arrival form including the boat name and number and your address in Hong Kong.

Queuing at the Immigration can take some time especially at peak hours. Make sure you consider that when planning your trip.

When it’s time to board, find your seat. Your ticket has an assigned seat number.

The journey usually lasts 55 minutes for Macau-Hong Kong city center.

Macau Day Tour Package

But if you want to be more comfortable, there are day tours being offered in Hong Kong. They will take care of everything, from ferry tickets to your sightseeing in Macau to a sumptuous lunch at a 4-star hotel. If you’re interested in that, you can book below.


Useful Tips

  • Most seats have overhead compartments for bags and suitcases. Most, not all. I once had to hold my big bag on my lap all the way through.
  • If you suffer from sea sickness, take your meds before sailing. The current can be wild at times. I have seen passengers puking their guts out on the aisle floor a couple of times. It’s messy. You don’t want to be that passenger.
  • Check your seat number upon purchase. If you’re a group, even when you book the trip together, your seats may be super far from each other. This is probably a result of trying to fill the last remaining seats on the boat. I once traveled with my mom, who is an elderly, and a cousin, who was a first-time traveler. We booked together but we were assigned seats on completely separate aisles. I was so nervous that I would lose my senior mom and clueless cousin. We ended up waiting for everyone else to go disembark first before reuniting and getting out of the ferry together.

Taipa Ferry Terminal to City Center

If you’re arriving at Taipa Ferry Terminal, here’s how to get to the city center.

  1. By Free Hotel Shuttle. At the terminal, you can board any of the free shuttles provided by hotels to get to the city center. You don’t need to have a reservation at that hotel to be let in. Even if you have no plan on staying there, you can get on. Just pick the hotel closest to your destination.
  2. By Taxi. The flagdown rate is MOP 19 + MOP 2 for every 240 meters or every minute it’s not in motion. Additional MOP 3 charge for each piece of baggage in the compartment. The usual fare from the airport to the city center is MOP 70-90, depending on which part of the city you’re going.
  3. By Public Bus. I haven’t tried this personally. I always used the free shuttle bus. LOL. And taxi once. I have no information about this yet.

Hong Kong to Macau by Bus (Sea Bridge)

Image provided by Klook

You can also take the bus to get to Macau from Hong Kong via the newly opened Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB).

PICK UP POINTS IN HONG KONG: If your hotel is in Kowloon, you can catch a DIRECT BUS to Macau via Chinalink. You can catch one at either Prince Edward in Mong Kok or Kowloon Elements in Tsim Sha Tsui.

DROP OFF POINTS IN MACAU: MGM Cotai, MGM Macao, Grand Lisboa Macau, Starworld Hotel, The Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macao, and Sands Macao. Just find out which one is closest to your destination.

This express bus is operated by Chinalink. But you can get discounts if you book with Klook below!


Taking the direct bus is better than taking the public bus. If you take the public bus, you have to go to Lantau Island first, which means you need to take the MTR and another bus. That can be problematic if you have heavy luggage in tow.

But if you really want to take the public bus, here’s how.

  1. Take the MTR to Sunny Bay Station.
  2. Board B5 Bus to HZMB in Lantau Island. Fare: HK$ 5.8.
  3. Go through Immigration and Customs inspection.
  4. Ride shuttle bus to Macau. The ticket office is within the restricted area, after the Immigration. Fare: HK$ 65 (regular times), HK$70 (midnight to 5-59am).

HZMB to Macau City Center

You can take either 101X Bus or 102X Bus, depending on the location of your hotel. Fare is MOP6.

Here are the stops. Click to enlarge.

iVenture Card

If your Hong Kong-Macau itinerary is packed, you might want to take advantage of the iVenture Card!

This card which will grant you DISCOUNTS for numerous restaurants and FREE entry to many attractions in Hong Kong and Macau including but not limited to the following:

  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong)
  • The Peak Tram (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Watertours Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise
  • Macau Tower

There are more attractions and establishments covered!


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Anna Makridi

This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

Nadine Rejano

Hello Sir! Thanks for this very informative article! I just wanna ask if you’ve already tried going to Macau then to Hong Kong by ferry then back to Macau. I’m planning our family trip and our tickets are Macau-Manila and vice-versa only. Do you have an idea if this is okay, esp. with the immigration. Thanks alot!


Ilang oras po kaya ang byahe pag by bus?


Hello po! Hong kong po entry ko and flight back ko to manila is from Macau. I’m planning to stay in Macau for a night before my departure and sa apartment ng pinsan ko po plano ko mag stay.. Okay lng po kaya yun sa Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal immigration? Or kelangan ko po talaga mag book ng hotel?


hangang anong oras po kaya open yung sa bus terminal from HK to Macau



Do you happen to know kung san ang bus terminal from macau to HK by bus?


hi! if my flight is manila to macau then we will stay there for one night then our flight back to manila is from hongkong, there wilk be no problem am i right? thanks


Ano schedule ng bus from HK to Macau and vice versa?

Erwin gonzales

Hello ask ko lng if okie lng mg travel frm hongkong to macau visit lng ako?my mga need pabang docs. Or hahanapin ang macau just for one day?


Hello po,

Maraming salamat po sa information. Malaking tulong po sa akin sa pag plan ng big trip with family.

Tanong ko lang po –

Okay lang ba na one way ang ticket (with Cotai) na bibilhin namin (were a group of 11) kasi we prefer to go Taipa in the morning first. Then afternoon gala sa Macau. Then on our return to Hong Kong (with Turbo Jet) so we could save time.


Would it be better to rent a van for the day in Macau?

Thank you po.


Hello po,first time ko pong magtravel with friend. Dalawa lang po kami medyo kinakabahan lang po ako sa immigration mas mabilis po ba ang process if tour ka lang tlga? Ano pong tips niyo for first timer traveler??

Thank you.

Raj Rasania

I am very sea sick ( motion sickness) how is sea during May ? Calm or rough ? Is scopolamine patch ( Transderm-Scop) is available in Hong Kong ? USA passport holder need Visa to Hong Kong & Macau ?


Hi, we’re planning to book a trip, which is better po kaya? From Manila to HK to Macau or From Manila to Macau to HK? Last stop would be the origin of return flight. TIA!


Hello i need help..3 of us will be in hongkong for 4D/3 night .. Then we plan to spend 2 days in macau.. We book a hotel in hongkong aug 21 to 24 then is it okey to travel from hongkong to macau early dawn we will just explore hongkong late night and proceeds to travel by bus to macau and have an earlier to save a 1 night cost for air Bnb.. We plan to book 1 night coz our flight to phils will be 10 pm on aug 26.. Your respond is high appreciated


Thanks THE POOR TRAVELER for the informative Blog (and Vlogs) ninyo. I always find time to consult your updates before going to any destination, both local and abroad.

Keep it up and more journeys to come!