At the present time you are somewhat limited in your transportation choices between these two destinations. The most practical methods of transport are fast ferry or helicopter with the ferry being the cheapest option. Both are convenient with several regular services each day.
How far is it from Hong Kong to Macau?
Macau is located just 60 kilometers to the south west of Hong Kong across the Zhujiang River estuary. The journey by land is not really practical as it requires crossing into the People’s Republic of China which requires a visa and a journey of around 250km.
How long does it take to get from Hong Kong to Macao?
The journey by helicopter takes just 15 minutes. By ferry it takes 45 minutes or 55 minutes depending on the type of ferry and the weather conditions.
How much does it cost to travel from Hong Kong to Macau?
The helicopter journey is expensive costing from HK$2900 up to HK$4300 for a single journey, with no concessions for children’s tickets. Ferries in comparison cost from HK$200-500 for each crossing, there are discounts for children travelling with an adult.
How to get from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry
The ferry from Hong Kong to Macau is the most practical and affordable way to travel between these locations.
How many ferry trips a day are there between Hong Kong and Macau?
There are dozens of sailings every day between the two Special Administrative Regions in the south of China.
Is it necessary to book ferry tickets in advance?
Generally there is no need to book in advance as outside of the peak hours the ferries are not full. During peak hours if the demand requires it extra services are scheduled.
Where are ferry departure points in Hong Kong?
From Hong Kong the most convenient departure point is at the Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. From here services to downtown Macau are operated by Turbojet and arrive at the Outer Terminal which is most convenient for hotels, restaurants and sightseeing.
Ferries to the Cotai Strip are run by Cotaijet where most of the casinos are located. Casinos have complimentary shuttle services to meet each ferry as it arrives.
From Sheung Wan ferries to downtown Macau leave every fifteen minutes from 7am until midnight. There is also one ferry an hour overnight. During peak periods extra ferries are operating to cope with the demand dictated by passenger numbers. This ferry terminal is convenient due to its connection to the metro and a major terminus used by several bus routes including a shuttle service to Hong Kong Airport.
Sheung Wan to Cotai has ferries departing every 30 minutes from 7am until 11.30pm. There are no night services on this route.
Hong Kong Sky Pier is exclusively for passengers arriving into Hong Kong International Airport that are transiting to destinations along the Pearl River Delta, including Macau. Ferries from the terminal at Sky City Road East take passengers across to Macau. There are seven departures each day from 10.50am until 10pm.
How long does it take to get from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry?
The journey usually takes 45-55 minutes by ferry. This can depend on if you are using a standard ferry or faster catamaran. Another factor can be the weather, if the sea conditions are rough or choppy this may affect the speed of the crossing.
How much does it cost to get from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry?
The ferries cost from HK$200 up to HK$400, depending on the type of ferry. The faster the vessel the more expensive the crossing will be. The ferries operating from the Sky Pier cost from HK$200 up to HK$500 depending upon the type of cabin you require (1st or 2nd class).
Ferry travel tips
If you plan to travel during a national holiday or if there is a major event taking place in either Hong Kong or Macau it is a must to book your tickets in advance.
At any time of year the sea crossing can become very rough so if you suffer from travel sickness it might be as well to take adequate precautions.
How to fly from Hong Kong to Macau – helicopter flights
The Hong Kong Heliport is located on the 4th floor of the Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road in Central, Hong Kong. It is easily reached by metro exiting from Exit D of Sheung Wan Station. The ferry terminal is also served by several bus services including numbers 111, 182, 619, 641 or 680X.
On arriving at Macao Heliport there are numerous bus services to take you on to your destination. Most of the leading hotels operate a shuttle bus service for your convenience.
How long does it take to get from Hong Kong to Macao by air?
The journey by helicopter takes just 15 minutes. You are required to be at the heliport at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
There are no direct flights by airplane between the international airports at these locations so a flight requires at least one stopover and a journey of several hours.
How much does it cost to get from Hong Kong to Macao by air?
The cheapest single tickets cost HK$2900 and they cost up to HK$4300 at peak travel times. There is no reduction for children’s tickets. There are numerous trips per day with the operating schedule beginning at 9.30am and helicopters operate every 30 minutes until 22.59pm.
Air travel tips
The tickets must be bought at least one day in advance. Tickets can be bought up to 28 days in advance. For bigger discounts avoid the peak travel times of Friday, Saturday and Sunday or anytime during a public holiday.
How to get from Hong Kong to Macau by bus
From late in 2018 it will be possible to travel by bus from Hong Kong to Macau via the Hong Kong to Macau-Zhuhai bridge when it opens. Shuttle buses will operate at up to 5 minute intervals during peak periods cutting the journey time to just 30 minutes. The price is expected to cost around HK$80.