How to get from Macau to Kowloon
When travelling from Macau to Kowloon there is very little option available other than taking the ferry from one of the two terminals in Macau across to Kowloon’s terminal. There is a longer, more roundabout route which involves taking the train through China although for practicality you really should take the ferry.
How far is it from Macau to Kowloon?
Kowloon is on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta while Macau is located some 60km away on the western edge of the estuary. The longer journey by train is approximately 250km.
How long does it takes to get from Macau to Kowloon?
The ferry crossing takes from 60 to 75 minutes depending on the type of ferry you are using and the sea conditions. Taking the longer route by train can take anything from 2 to 3.5 hours.
How much does it cost to travel from Macau to Kowloon?
There is quite a complicated pricing system on the ferries. It is slightly cheaper to travel to Kowloon than from that destination. The cheapest economy ticket costs HK$160 on weekdays, HK$175 on weekends and holidays, while evening crossings cost HK$200. Super class tickets are HK$335 on weekdays, HK$360 on weekends and holidays. The evening crossings cost HK$380. Should you require a VIP class cabin these cost HK$2260 at anytime except an evening crossing when the price is increased to HK$3010.
The cost of the train journey is CNY285 for a second class seat (approximately HK$324).
How to get from Macau to Kowloon by ferry
There are two ferry routes that depart from Macau bound for Kowloon. The first, known as the Outer Terminal is located in the downtown area of the city at Largo do Terminal Maritimo. The check-in facilities and departures are from the 2nd floor. There are 16 sailings each day from 7.05am until 10.05pm. Most hotels provide a free shuttle service to and from the ferry terminal.
The second terminal at Cotai is close to the majority of the casinos in Macau and has fewer sailings to Kowloon, just 8 each day between 10.45am and 7.45pm. You can check-in up to 45 minutes before the time of departure.
How long does it take to get from Macau to Kowloon by ferry?Most ferries take from 60 to 75 minutes, depending on weather conditions and whether the ferry is a normal ferry or a catamaran.
How much does it cost to get from Kowloon to Macau by ferry?This is listed in the general information above.
Ferry travel tipsYou can generally buy a ticket for the next available ferry, most people do this. If you are travelling in peak periods it might be best to buy your tickets online, they can be bought up to 28 days in advance. Seasickness (if you suffer from this) could be a problem during a choppy crossing so it might be advisable to take some precautions before you travel.
How to get from Macau to Kowloon by train
There are no trains in Macau but by walking across the border into Zhuhai city you can easily get a train as the station is very close to the border crossing, this of course requires a Chinese visa. From Zhuhai there are no direct trains to Kowloon.
First you will have to take one of the 70 fast trains every day to Guangzhou South Railway Station. This takes about one hour as the trains travel at up to 300kph in China.
From Guangzhou South the train to Kowloon takes from 47 minutes to 71 minutes depending on if it is a stopping train or not. You will have to clear customs at Guangzhou South before boarding the train.
At Kowloon there are good connections to all parts of Hong Kong using the bus or metro.
How long does it take to get from Macau to Kowloon by train?You will need to allow time to change trains. Guangzhou South station is a very large station and very busy. It is possible to do this journey in 2 hours but best to allow about 3 to 3.5 hours with a smooth changing of trains and allowing time to clear customs at Guangzhou South.
How much does it cost on the train from Macau to Kowloon?There are three types of seats. The cheapest seats, second class costs CNY285 (HK$324) for the two trains. First class seats cost CNY413 and business class costs CNY616. Most of the trains from Zhuhai only have second class seats. All the trains from Guangzhou South to Kowloon have all three classes of seat.
Train travel tipsYou can buy train tickets up to 28 days in advance and during peak travel periods such as Chinese Spring Festival and the National Holiday tickets go on sale earlier than that.
There are western style toilets as well as squat toilets on these trains but beware as some Chinese people use the western toilet as a squat one so the seat may not be clean. It is also best to bring some paper with you. The supply, if there is any, soon runs out.