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How to Plan a 1-Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong

St. Paul's CathedralThe Facade of St. Paul's Cathedral, Macau

Just an hour away, but quite different from Hong Kong, is Macau: the mega-resort and casino center that also has interesting historical sights.

Macau's main draw for tourists are the big casinos and hotels. It is the new gambling resort capital of the world with 5 of the world's 10 largest casino resorts. But there are also old Portuguese sites to see. UNESCO World Heritage sites San Ma Lo and Guia Fortress are popular with tourists.

You'll need your passport to travel between these two regions. However, foreign tourists to Hong Kong generally have no problem entering Macau with a free short term stamp on their passport.

Getting to Macau by Ferry

Ferry prices are higher in the evening and highest at night, and higher at weekends and holidays.

Hong Kong Terminals

China Ferry Terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui. Price: 171 to  211 HKD (single trip, economy class). It is about a kilometer north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. You could walk to it through Harbour City Mall, or just take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island. Price: 171 to 211HKD (single trip, economy class). It is near the Star Ferry, the IFC Mall, and the Shueng Wan MTR station.

Sky Pier at the Hong Kong International Airport is for transiting tourists only. Price: 270 HKD.

Macau Terminals

Macau Ferry Terminal

Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal is the main northern terminal closest to San Ma Lo, architectural attractions, and about 23 mainly smaller casinos. You can take Bus 3 from San Ma Lo to the Macau Ferry Terminal in about 10 minutes for 2.5 HKD.

Taipa Terminal is to the south, closest to the Cotai Strip area with the biggest casinos such as the Venetian, the City of Dreams across the street, and the Macau International Airport. To go to the Taipa Terminal, take the Cotai Jet from any of the three Hong Kong terminals. There are late night returns (at 1 AM) from the Cotai Terminal to the Hong Kong Macau Terminal.

Reminder: With about 245 seats, it takes about one hour by TurboJET to Macau. Its’ speed at 35-50 knots, If you are easy to get seasick, please take some medicine or use seasick band.

Getting to Macau by Bridge

The longest sea-crossing in the world, this bridge connects the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau. This crossing is open 24 hours. There are shuttle buses going from Hong Kong to Macau at all hours, they cost 65 HKD (70 HKD from 12-6 AM). The shuttles take around 45 minutes. 

The entry point for the bridge on the Hong Kong side is located near the Hong Kong Airport. You can get there via bus routes that have been extended to the Airport from the center of town. Coming in December 2018, there will be direct links from Tsim Sha Tsui and Prince Edward to various casinos in Macao. 

See the Best of Macau in a Day

Grand Lisboa, Macau The Grand Lisboa Casino and hotel looks spectacular by day, and even more so at night.


Getting to the casinos in Macau is easy. Free casino buses line up at both terminals, and pretty women representing their hotels and casinos stand and hand out coupons and information. Just get on the bus you want for free.

You can easily get lost in the biggest casinos eating, shopping, and seeing the shows. You could spend the whole day in just one casino, but why not see old Macau before you go back? You might find the casinos overwhelming and want a break.

The Historic Attractions

To get a quick view of the best sites, Monte Fortress and San Ma Lo are the best places to go.

Monte Fortress, Macau Monte Fort

Monte Fortress was built in 1627. The fortress and the Macau Museum in it is probably the best place to go to learn about Macau's history and culture. Museum tickets cost 15 HKD. While there, you might also want to see the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral close by.

The Historic Center of Macau: You can take a short free bus ride from the biggest casinos and hotels, such as the Venetian to historic Senado Square. They leave about every 15 minutes.

Until 1999 Macau was a Portuguese colony. San Ma Lo Road is by the old Portuguese square. Old pastel colored buildings line the sides, and a church is at the back. It and about 20 other old buildings and forts are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you enjoy Chinese herbs, there are good traditioal herb shops around it such as on Da Jie (Main Street).

We understand that most of tourists would like to visit Macau in an efficient way with a competitive price. Based on the need, we offer a seat-in-couch one day tour to Macau from Hong Kong. If you need a private tour, please feel free to contact us. Here are our Hong Kong tours for inspiration.

How to Plan a 1-Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Macau Group Tour

Duration: approx. 8 hours
Available: every day

Price: only $139 per person (USD$ 69 per infant under 2 years old)

Note: 1 day before departure, you will get a fax with detailed information about pick up time, pick-up place (and directions if no free pick up at your hotel), itinerary, sightseeing information, and emergency number of the tour operator in your hotel in Hong Kong.


Around 8am: Your guide in Hong Kong pick you up from a designated hotel in downtown Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, or North Point.

Around 9am: Arrive at Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Port and depart for Macau by comfortable Turbojet. Your Hong Kong guide will give you your Turbojet tickets and see you off at the pier.

In the morning: After one hour you arrive at Macau. You will be met by your Macau guide and led to the coach. Explore the Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fortress, including a section of the old city wall, and Senado Square. See the Border Gate and do shop for local souvenirs at the sidewalk stalls.

Simple buffet lunch in a local restaurant: Choose from a selection of main dishes, soup, vegetables, desserts, and drinks.

In the afternoon: Continue city sightseeing with a visit to the A-Ma Temple, from which Macau gets its name! Visit the famous casinos for a look around if time permits.

Around 5pm: Your Macau guide will see you off at the Macau –Hong Kong Ferry Pier and you return to Hong Kong by comfortable Turbojet. Guilde and driver in Hong Kong meet you and drop you off at the designated hotel.


  • Transport by air-conditioned coach and Turbojet ferry (hotel pickup and drop-off at selected hotels only)
  • English-speaking tour guide and entry to all attraction listed in the itinerary
  • Simple lunch, and all taxes, fees, and handling charges


  • To ensure your booking, please let us know your Hong Kong hotel information and contact number at least two days before departure. The designated hotel pick-up points change daily, depending on demand.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is the same unless specified. Consult with your tour guide and driver if you want to get out somewhere else.
  • You need a passport and maybe a visa. If you require a Macau visa that is your responsibility. Most nationalities don't. Macau visa fee (about HK$100) is not included in the tour price. In general it takes a few minutes to complete the process of issuing visa, but in peak season, it takes longer. It depends on how many passengers queue in line. Our tour guide in Hong Kong will explain to you how to apply for a Macau visa upon arrival. 
  • If you want to visit other attractions like the Macau Tower, you can get back to Hong Kong at night, we can book Turbojet tickets with night sailing at 21:00 and tour guide will pass return tickets to clients on that day (upon picking up or meeting at pier).
  • Transfers to Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal and transfers to hotel in Hong Kong are arranged on your own.

Other Considerations

  • Since it is a group tour, sometimes you will need to wait until everybody arrives in Macau from different boats in the morning. Please be patient.
  • The tour does not have shops, factories, and unscheduled stops unless passengers request them. Report any violations.
  • Don't wear shorts or casual slip-on footwear if you wish to be accepted in the casinos (some have stricter dress codes).
  • Please note that during the Christmas and New Year period there may be delays at immigration and re-routing of traffic around the major tourist areas.
  • If you are vegetarian or Muslim, you are suggested to take snacks on your own or choose the dishes you can have during buffet time.
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