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With plans to make the Pearl River Delta one huge mega-city, transportation between Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Macao is increasingly convenient. With no direct transportation between Guangzhou and Macau, read on to discover how to transit between the three.
There are currently two border crossings between Macau and Zhuhai, both with advantages and disadvantages. For direct travel to, or from, Guangzhou, we recommend using the Gongbei Port.
With a high speed train station and bus links all within a 5 minute walk from the border, on the mainland side, Gongbei is by far the most convenient crossing to use. However, the port gets extremely busy and we recommend allowing for up to 2 hours to cross through customs. Open 06:00am-01:00am.
Connecting southern Zhuhai with Cotai, this port is a little out of the way from onward transportation on the mainland. However, it provides an extremely quick crossing and easy access to, or from, the Macau airport. Open 24 hours a day.
The longest sea-crossing in the world, this bridge connects the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau. This crossing is open 24 hours. The crossing connects to public transportation on both the Macau and Zhuhai sides. Long-distance connections on the Zhuhai side are available for various destinations in Guangdong province, including Guangzhou.
By far the most convenient way to travel between these two cities, is by the high-speed train which connects Gongbei (train station is located next door to the Macau border) with the Guangzhou South Train Station (train station is connected to the city Metro).
Should you wish to take a bus, the Gongbei Bus Station (拱北汽车站）is found opposite the border. Guangzhou has many bus stations suitable for travel between the two cities, see our Guangzhou Bus/Coach Travel page.
Formerly named Canton, Guangzhou is the home of Cantonese cooking and is one of China's most important cities. It is an excellent city for travel and you are more than likely to encounter it as a travel hub. To discover more about the city, visit our Guangzhou travel guide.
Macau makes for an excellent entry or exit point for Mainland China. See our Macau Travel Guide for what to do in the city.
If planning an independent trip seems a little complicated, we we can tailor make a tour for you to take the stress out of self planning.