Getting from Hong Kong to Macau (and return)

by Cristina on August 22, 2011

by Cristina | August 22nd, 2011  

As a result of being under both Chinese and English influences, Hong Kong has become a very interesting place, combining the best things of the two worlds. It is also a major travel destination in China and an important hub in the area.

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, located across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong. It also has an interesting feel, as it used to be Portuguese territory until 1999. It is Asia’s biggest gambling destination.

Quick summary

Although both Hong Kong and Macau are served by important airports in the area, the distance between them is too short to require a flight. So, your only option to travel directly from Hong Kong to Macau is a ferry. The journey takes an hour and the fares are affordable.

Flights from Hong Kong (airport code: HKG) to Macau

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is a major airport in China and also gateway for destinations in Mainland China and the rest of Asia. The airport is hub for Air Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Evergreen International Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways.

Macau International Airport (MFM) has become a major hub for low cost carriers and those who fly to/from mainland China and other destinations in Southeast Asia. It is hub for Air Macau.

However, there aren’t any flights between Hong Kong and Macau. You need to make at least one stop along the way, which also means the airfare is pricey and you spend a lot of time traveling.

>>read more about Airfare to Hong Kong

Ferries from Hong Kong to Macau

The ferries are the main way to get to Macau. The Macau Ferry Terminal at the Outer Harbour handles sea traffic between Macau and Hong Kong as well as the Chinese ports.

Ferries from Hong Kong operate from several points. You can take a ferry from the Hong Kong’s Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island. This is open 24 hours and ferries run at a frequency of 15 to 30 minutes. The cheapest option is HKD$146and the trip takes one hour (during the weekdays). The services are operated by TurboJet Sea Express and CotaiJet .

Another option is to take the ferry from the China (HK) Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. The ferries run every half hour from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The ticket starts at USD$12.60(on the ordinary ferry) and the trip takes about an hour. The services are operated by New World First Ferries .

You can also get on a ferry directly from the Hong Kong International Airport. The tickets start at HKD$233 and the main advantage is that this allows you to bypass Hong Kong immigration and customs by transferring directly to the ferry in the airport’s transfers hall. Ferries run almost hourly. The services are operated by TurboJet Sea Express.


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