You are limited in your choices of transportation options between Macau and Hong Kong. There are only two practical methods of transport, flying by helicopter which is very expensive or the cheaper option of taking a ferry. Both services are convenient with regular services operating throughout the day.
How far is it from Macau to Hong Kong?
Macau and Hong Kong are separated by the Zhujiang River estuary and Hong Kong is just 60km to the north east of Macau. It is possible to make the journey by land but requires a visa to travel through China for the impractical journey of around 250km.
How long does it take to get from Macau to Hong Kong?
The crossing by helicopter takes just 15 minutes, while the ferry takes from 45 to 55 minutes depending on the vessel being a regular ship or fast catamaran. Every crossing is also dependent upon the weather and conditions of the sea.
How much does it cost to travel between Macau and Hong Kong?
The ferry is by far the cheapest option costing from HK$200 up to HK$400 for each crossing, with discounts for children travelling with an adult. The helicopter costs from HK$2900 up to HK$4300 for a single journey, children have to pay the full fare.
How to get from Macau to Hong Kong by ferry
Using the ferry to make the crossing from Macau to Hong Kong is the most affordable and practical means of travel across this busy waterway. Everyday there are dozens of sailings between the two Special Administrative Regions. Should the demand for ferries require it, extra services are laid on at short notice.
Where do ferries from Macau to Hong Kong depart from?
From Macau there are two departure points, the Outer Terminal which is closer to most hotels, restaurants and tourist areas in Macau has crossings to the ShunTak centre on Hong Kong Island. Ferries operated by Cotaijet leave the Cotai Strip where most of the casinos are located and also go to Shun Tak on Hong Kong island.
From the Outer Terminal ferries leave for Hong Kong at 15 minute intervals from 7am until midnight with an hourly service from midnight until 7am. Extra ferries are provided should the need arise during peak periods of travel. This terminal is conveniently located for most of the hotels and tourist attractions in Macau, most are just a short walk from the terminal.
The Cotai terminal has ferries departing for Hong Kong every 30 minutes from 7am until 11.30pm although there are no night services that use this route.
An additional route from the Outer Terminal is to Hong Kong Sky Pier for passengers with an onward flight from Hong Kong International Airport. There are seven departures each day between 8.15am and 8.15pm.
How long does it take to get from Macau to Hong Kong by ferry?
The journey to Hong Kong usually takes 45-55 minutes by ferry. The time taken can depend on if you are using a standard ferry or a faster catamaran. Other factors can involve the weather. The sea conditions in this area can become very rough and choppy and this may affect the time taken to complete the crossing.
How much does it cost to get from Macau to Hong Kong by ferry?
The tickets cost from HK$200 up to HK$500, depending on the type of ferry and type of ticket. Generally the faster the vessel the more expensive the crossing will be. Some ferries have first and second class cabins. The ferries operating to the Sky Pier cost from HK$200 up to HK$400 depending upon the type of cabin you require (1st or 2nd class).
Ferry travel tips
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 Macau to Hong Kong – helicopter flights
The only practical way to fly from Macau to Hong Kong is by helicopter. The heliport in Macau is located on the 3rd floor of Macau Maritime Terminal on Avenida da Amizade and is open daily from 8.15am until 11pm. It is close to New Yaohan Department Store and can easily be reached by bus. There are 15 bus services that serve this destination.
The Hong Kong heliport is at the Macau Ferry Terminal, Shun Tak Centre, Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong. It is open from 8.30am until 11pm every day. On your arrival in Hong Kong go to Sheung Wan station located below the terminal where buses and the metro can take you to all areas of Hong Kong.
How long does it take to get from Macau to Hong Kong by plane?
There are no direct flights between Macau and Hong Kong. If you require a plane journey it requires at least one stopover in another country and a journey of several hours. The journey by helicopter takes just 15 minutes. You are however required to be at the heliport at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
How much does it cost to fly from Macau to Hong Kong by helicopter?
It is an expensive way to travel with the cheapest single ticket costing HK$2900, rising up to HK$4300 during the peak travel periods of Friday through to Sunday and during Chinese holidays. The price of children’s tickets is the same as an adult ticket. There are dozens of flights departing at 30 minute intervals each day from 9am until 10.30pm.
Air travel tips
All tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance. You can buy your tickets up to 28 days in advance. For the biggest discounts avoid the peak travel times of Friday, Saturday and Sunday or anytime during a Chinese public holiday.
How to get from Macau to Hong Kong by bus
The Hong Kong to Macau/Zhuhai bridge is due to open late in 2018 which will make it possible to take a bus directly from Macau to Hong Kong. The buses will run at intervals of five minutes during peak times and take about 30 minutes to complete the journey. The price is expected to be about HK$80.