How to get by in Macao

The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) is a part of China’s territory. It is located on the Southeast coast of China on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it is located 60km from Hong Kong and 145km from the city of Guangzhou.

Macao is divided in three main parts:

Macao and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The territory covers a total surface area of 28.6

In this section you will find some basic information about Macao and how to get by in the city.

You can find more detailed explanations on the Macau Government Tourist Office website

If you want to know more about Macao’s social and cultural life, you can visit the following link Links

In Macao

Local transportation

There is a bus transportation service that includes both the city and the islands.

For more information about the bus routes, you can check the following websites:

- Sociedade de transportes collectivos de Macau, SARL

- TRANSMAC, Transportes Urbanos de Macau, SARL

You can also find many taxis in Macao. There are two kinds of taxis: the black with cream roof ones and the yellow ones.

Getting to Macao

There is a direct ferry service between Macao and the Hong Kong International Airport - journey time 45 minutes. If you travel into Hong Kong, there is another high speed ferry - journey 55 minutes - leaving at intervals of 15 minutes during the daytime, and at up to 90 minute intervals at night. (Take the MTR to Sheung Wan station - 45 minutes minimum, and use exit D).

If you can get a direct flight to Macao, then there will be less travelling, and it will be cheaper than going through Hong Kong.

Alternatively, you can fly to one of the adjoining airports in the Pearl River Delta - Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Zhuhai - and then travel overland or by ferry to Macao.

The airport is located on Taipa Island and is 15 minutes from the Macao Ferry Terminal, 20 minutes from the Barrier Gate and 10 minutes from the COTAI Frontier Post.

There are approximately 18 airlines that fly to Macao and connect to several cities in China, Taiwan, Korea and Southeast Asia. (For detailed information on immigration and customs formalities, you can visit the Immigration Services website).