Guangzhou-Zhuhai-Macau Transportation

Macau Tower Macau Tower, a landmark of Macau, One of the top ten observation towers in the world

Macau is a peninsula bordering Chinese Mainland by Zhuhai city. Hence, if travelers intend to travel between Macau and Guangzhou, the most convenient way is going to Macau via Zhuhai. Between Macau and Zhuhai, there is a river: Yayong River (鸭涌河).

There are two ports in Zhuhai available for your traveling between Macau and Chinese Mainland (including Guangzhou). However, the popular one is Gongbei Port (拱北口岸), while Hengqin Port (横琴口岸) is more used for goods. There is no direct means of transportation (no flight, no ship) for traveling between Guangzhou and Macau, you need arrive at Gongbei Port in Zhuhai first (you will arrive at Macau by passing the port), and then get to Macau from Zhuhai or from Zhuhai to Guangzhou.

Guangzhou-Zhuhai Transportation

The distance between Guangzhou and Zhuhai is not far, being only about 160 kilometers (about 99 miles), and the transportation between these cities are very convenient. You can take a bus transport or by light rail (inter-city train transport) for traveling between Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Inter-City Train Transport

Guangzhou train stationGuangzhou train station. Inter-city train is better than bus for travelling between Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Inter-city train transport is an economical and fast way for traveling between Guangzhou and Zhuhai, comparing with bus transport. Every day, there are 24 pairs of inter-city trains running between Guangzhou South Railway Station and Zhuhai North Railway Station. The length of the time for a voyage is about 1 hour. The ticket prices are 44 yuan for first-class seat and 36 yuan for second-class seat. You can visit China Highlights China train to check out the train schedule between Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Bus Transport

There are lots of buses running between Zhuhai and Guangzhou every day. The length of the time for a voyage is about 2 hours, and the approximate price is 65 yuan. From Guangzhou to Zhuhai, you can catch a bus almost in every bus station in Guangzhou, such as Provincial Bus Station, Fangcun Bus Station, Guangzhou Passenger Transport Station and Tianhe Bus Station and so on (you can check out the detailed information for about the bus stations in Guangzhou). Remember that you need arrive at Gongbei Port if you want to go to Macau. The nearest two bus stations are Gongbei Bus Station (拱北汽车站) and Xiangzhou Bus Station (香洲汽车站).

Zhuhai–Macau Transportation

Zhuhai serves as the gateway for the transportation between Guangzhou (even the whole Chinese Mainland) and Macau. All visitors to Macau need hold a valid passport or a valid travel document. However, passport holders of 66 countries are except from a visa to Macau (but they are supposed to stay for a certain period of time). You can check out whether you need a visa to Macau or not by clinking visa to Macau.

Gongbei Port: the Puporlar One

Brief Introduction of Gongbei Port

Gongbei PortGongbei Port, one of the major gates between Zhuhai and Macau

Zhuhai borders Macau to the south. One of the major gates between Zhuhai and Macau is Gongbei Port (拱北口岸), which is located in 23 Lianhua Road, Gongbei District (拱北区莲花路23号), and the telephone number is 0756-8162 538. The port is open from 07:00 to 24:00. Gongbei Port (aka Macau border crossing) is situated in the southern edge of Gongbei District, and the port has a cavernous underground shopping center, in which visitors can enjoy their shopping and tasting local snacks.

Passing the Gongbei Custom Building

It takes about 20 minutes for your walking pass the Gongbei immigration building. However, be prepared for long queues, which can make your total custom crossing time more than an hour (even 2 hours especially in weekends). When passing the Zhuhai side in Gongbei Port (take the way from Zhuhai to Macau for example), remember that the left passageway is for Macau people and Hong Kong people, and the right passageway (with the sigh of saying ’Foreigner’) is for foreigners and people from Chinese Mainland and Taiwan. After that, you will arrive at the Macau side. As the same, if you are a foreigner, take the right passageway. At last, you will arrive at Macau after you getting out of the custom building.

Hengqin Port 横琴口岸

Hengqin PortHengqin Port, another gate for travelling between Zhuhai and Macau

There is an alternative gate: Hengqin Port, for traveling between Zhuhai and Macau besides Gongbei Port. The port is open from 08:00 to 20:00. Hengqin Port (tel: 0756-8688 760) is located in Huandao Road, Hengqin Island.

Zhuhai’s Hengqin Island (Chinese Mainland Side) and Macau’s Cotai Area (Macau Side) are linked by the Lotus Bridge (莲花大桥). After passing the customs, the shuttle bus which runs between Chinese Mainland Side and Macau Side (aka the two points of Lotus Bridge) is available for you. If you arrive at Hengqin Port from Macau, you can take city bus 14 to Xiangzhou (香洲), or one air-conditioned minibus to Wanzai (湾仔) or Gongbei (拱北).

Generally, Hengqin Port is not as crowded as that in Gongbei Port, and is closer to Macau International Airport (in Taipa Area). However, there is no bus to Macau International Airport after you getting across Macau side, and you can arrive at the airport via taxi, which costs you about MOP 45.


  • In the immigration hall, foreigners are required to fill up a blue-color slip, declaring your place of stay in Macau (or in Chinese Mainland) and your departure details.
  • When paying for taxi fee, Macau Patacas, Hong Kong Dollars or Chinese RMB are all available, but these currencies are treated equally (With RMB being the most expensive) during payment.
  • If you are to catch an international flight in Macau International Airport, remember to have more time for passing the port. However, express line is available for you when passing the customs, which means you can avoid the long queue and save more time.

Zhuhai–Macau International Airport

You can take a bus for travelling between Macau International Airport and Zhuhai border.

Bus API is available for your traveling between Macau International Airport and Zhuhai border. The bus makes stop at the ferry terminal on the peninsula on the way, and it takes MOP 4.2 per passenger and MOP 3 per luggage. The length of the time ranges from 40 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on traffic condition. Taking a taxi from Gongbei Port to the airport needs about 20 minutes.

Besides above Bus API and taxi, the airport’s Express Link is a convenience choice. This special bus service directly connects Macau International Airport and Zhuhai border, and is only available from 11:00 to 18:00. If you are traveling from Macau International Airport to Zhuhai border, this special bus service can help you to skip the Macau immigration and customs altogether.

After deboarding the flight, you need to look for the Express Link sign and follow it, instead of going through immigration. You need to pick up an Express Link Card when you passing a transit security scan station. Walk upstairs into the departure hall, and go to the ticket counter at Gate 8 to buy a ticket for the bus departing to Gongbei Port, with presenting your card.

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Questions and Answers About Guangzhou-Zhuhai-Macau Transportation

Cesar Egano 2014-04-15
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Hi, Three of us from the Philippines,my wife and my daughter, are going to Zhuhai from Macau airpor for 3days holiday tour,do we need visa for that? What is the best transportation at 10pm,our arrival time in Macau?
Dear Cesar Egano, You need to apply for a China visa in advance. The Gongbei border opens from 7:00am to midnight. You'd better arrive Ggongbei border before 00:00am if you would like go to Zhuhai when arriving in Macau. You could take a bus from the airport to Gongbei border directly, please click this link to check: Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-15
Maria 2014-02-17
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What is the best way to get from Macau to Guangzhou? I''ve read many different suggestions. Take a taxi or hotel shuttle bus to Zhuhai and then bus or train to Guangzhou. My question is I don''t speak or read Chinese. Will I manage it? Help!
Hi Maria, the train station has signs both in Chinese and English. If you are afraid that you could not manage it yourself, I suggest that you find a tour guide or translator to escort you. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-18
simon wong 2014-02-17
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Hi after we pass the Gongbei immigration building from Zhuhai,Is that any buses to Rio hotel Macau ? Thks
Hi Simon, sorry, we really don't have those information. You can check with the hotel itself. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-18
christie 2014-02-11
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Im going to Zhuhai via Macau airport on 14 feb aroung 11am. We have 4 adults travelling together. Please advice the best way of transport.
Hi Christie, you can take a taxi to the Gongbei or Hengqin Port, cross the port, you will get into Zhuhai. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-12
Hi thanks for your prompt reply. Can I know is the shop in zhuhai open on 14 Feb which is the last day of chinese new year? I saw the web the weather is cold now, what is the clothes we should wear? guest replied on 2014-02-12
Hi Christie,usually it will be open on that day. But this year, that day is the Lantern Festival, the Chinese Valentine; some people may go for a date during the daytime. In the evening, Chinese people like a family together dinner. So what I wish to you is a good luck. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-13
Nerva 2014-01-12
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Hi..i''m Nerva from Indonesia. Where can I go to make visa on arrival to guangzhou? And for now I''m in Macau.thanks
Dear Nerva, You could go to Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the people's Republic of China in the Macau Special Administrative Region to apply for a China visa. Here is the official website. Please click: In addition, some of the local travel agencies also could help you apply for a visa. I suggest you ask one at first. It might save your time. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-01-13
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