Hong Kong to Macau: How to Get There | Hong Kong Pass

By sea or by air, plan your visit and find out the best ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau with our handy travel guide.

If you have a spare day or two, getting away from Hong Kong isn’t a bad shout and there’s a number of easy trips open to you - whether you’re hopping across the border to mainland China or venturing further afield. One of our favourite places happens to be Macau, a nearby island which still bears gorgeous architectural details from its Portuguese heritage. Over the years, it’s become akin to an Asian Las Vegas as more casinos have opened up including The Venetian and Paris.

Macau Ferry

The Macau Ferry is easily one of the easiest ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau and it’s much cheaper than grabbing a helicopter across. If you wander down to Macau Ferry Terminal in Central or China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha tsui, you’ll be able to grab a boat over that way. Just remember to bring your passport as it’s technically not a part of Hong Kong - it’s a special administrative region. There’s a number of ferry liners that go between Hong Kong and Macau, though the Cotai Water Jet and TurboJET are perhaps the most popular. Ferries run regularly between the two island, but it’s always worth checking the schedule in advance especially if there’s a typhoon or coloured rainstorm warning in effect.

With a number of grab and go restaurants as well as boutiques, it’s worth grabbing something to eat there and heading over to your gate early. Unless you’ve booked a first class seat, seats tend to be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you’re really early, you can even try your luck and join a standby queue for an earlier ferry if you’re desperate to get either back to HK or can’t wait to leave it behind.

How to book Macau ferry tickets
If you have a Hong Kong Pass - you can enjoy a free return journey from Hong Kong to Macau on Cotai Jet. Simply show your Hong Kong Pass at the ""Online Beng Seng"" counter in the Sheung Wan Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to collect your ticket for your chosen sailing.

Alternatively, Macau ferry tickets can be booked through a number of different methods. If you’re keen on booking one from the comfort of your hotel room, they can be booked online through TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet’s official websites. Additionally, you can also show up in person and buy the tickets at the terminal or through a travel agent - hotel packages will usually come with a return ferry ticket.


Looking to jet over to Macau in style? If you have a bit more cash to splash, you can grab a helicopter from Macau Ferry terminal and jet over to the nearby island. Make sure to bring your camera though as you’ll definitely want to grab a shot of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline as you depart.

Things to do in Macau

Try your luck
Macau has always been filled with casinos and in recent years, it’s drawn even bigger and grander names all the way from Las Vegas. The City of Dreams, an interconnected network of hotels and casinos including Hard Rock Hotel, is a popular favourite while it’s easy to spend horus getting lost in The Venetian. Studio City is also one of the more recent openings in Macau and it’s a total trip, modelled after Hollywood movies and the streets of Los Angeles.

See a show
The House of Dancing Water is one of the most stunning spectacles in Macau, bringing together Cirque De Soleil-esque acrobatics, magical water performances and Chinese mythology. It’s well worth taking a look and if you’re looking for a hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel frequently does packages which include the cost of the ticket. The Batman VR experience at Studio City is also unforgettable - it’s a jaw-dropping and heart-pumping experience in which the Caped Crusader takes you along on a crime-fighting mission through Gotham City.

Eat Portuguese food
Macau still bears the legacy of its Portuguese occupation, with snatches of the language being tossed around and some truly authentic cuisine. One of the best places to grab a meal is at Fernando’s, which you’ll need a cab to take you out to, but it’s well worth it as it’s a true local gem. Serving up juicy suckling pig, garlicky spiced prawns and more, it’s all best washed down with a ruby red wine before retiring to Fernando’s relaxing courtyard. If you’re just wandering around the city, you also have to be sure to grab one of Macau’s famed egg tarts or breaded pork buns.