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Macau, a modern city with ancient heritage deeply rooted. Macau was a Portugese colony and both the first and last European one in China. No wonder many felt they were strolling in Europe when traveling to Macau.

When To Visit

Macau is an all year round travel destinations. The most popular is during Spring & Autumn. During the period, the weather is pleasantly moderate hence suitable for everyone.

Macau’s Climate

Before Your Travel

Time Zone ( GMT )

Macau Time Zone – GMT +8


Visa is not required for residents of Australia, Malaysia & Singapore for stays up to 30 days.

For More Info on Macau Visa : Macau Tourism


Electricity in Macau is at 220V, 50Hz. The power plugs used in Macau are of the three-pin, square-shaped or round-shaped type. Most hotels provide adapters.


Macau’s water is purified, supplied directly from Mainland China. Chlorine is added for protection. Distilled drinking water is supplied in all hotel rooms and in restaurants.


Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, Cantonese being most widely spoken.

Arriving Macau

From the Airport

1. Bus

Between the Macau International Airport, Taipa and the Macau Peninsular – Airport Bus No API.

Between Macau Peninsular and islands of Taipa and Coloane – Bus Nos. 21, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A

Between the Macau Peninsular and island of Taipa – Bus Nos. 11, 22, 28A, 33 and 34

For More Info : Macau Bus Routes

2. Taxi

A single trip from the airport to the city center is about MOP$ 40. Taxis can also be found outside the airport building.

At present, there are over 700 taxi cars in Macau and they are a convenient way of transportation in the city. Taxis in Macau are in two colors, black and yellow.

The fares start from MOP$ 10 for the first 1,500 meters and MOP$ 1 is added for additional every 250 meters. MOP$ 1 is charged per minute for waiting. For one piece of luggage carried in the boot, you need to pay MOP$ 3.

From Zhuhai

Macau is just 5 minutes walk away from Gongbei in Zhuhai.

Foreign passport holders may get a short queue at the Zhuhai immigration clearance as they do not pass through the same counters as Chinese nationals.

However, Macau’s immigration divides entrants only into Macau residents and visitors, thus foreigners may have to queue with an overwhelming number of mainland residents.

Upon exiting, there are many free hotel shuttle bus to take you directly to your hotel.

From Hong Kong & Shenzhen

1. Ferry

Macau is only a 1 hour hydrofoil ride away from Hong Kong & Shenzhen. The ferries are comfortable and are a handy way of travelling in the region.

Hong Kong Macau Ferry TerminalTaipa Temporary Ferry Terminal

Price ( HKD )WeekdaysWeekendsNight Sailing
Economy Class$142$154$176

For More Info :

Hong Kong to Macau – Cotai Jet & Turbo Jet

Shenzhen to Macau – Turbo Jet Shekou & Shenzhen Airport

<p style=”text-align: left;”>Love to drop by in style?</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Sky Shuttle operates a helicopter service every 30 minutes from the Terminal Marítimo in Macau to the Shun Tak Heliport.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>The trip takes 16 minutes and one-way fares cost $2,600, plus $200 on weekends and public holidays.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Sky Shuttle is the sole commercial helicopter operator between HK, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, as well as one of the largest commercial helicopter operators in the world.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>For More Info : <a href=”http://www.skyshuttlehk.com” target=”_blank”>http://www.skyshuttlehk.com</a></p>

2. Helicopter

Sky Shuttle Helicopter

Love to drop by in style?

Sky Shuttle operates a helicopter service every 30 minutes from the Shun Tak Heliport to the Terminal Marítimo in Macau.

The trip takes 16 minutes and one-way fares cost $2,600, plus $200 on weekends and public holidays.

Sky Shuttle is the sole commercial helicopter operator between HK, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, as well as one of the largest commercial helicopter operators in the world.

For More Info : http://www.skyshuttlehk.com

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  1. Hey Tommy,

    Would you be able to put in a description like this about Gongbei in Zhuhai. I’m thinking about crossing the border while I’m in Macau for 1 day. All the websites are very vague. You display your information in a very easy to understand format.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I will start on Zhuhai soon !! Before that, just for you.. Gongbei is a shopping complex for bargain clothing.. It is cheaper than Hong Kong & Macau.. Once pass the immigration of Macau & exits China immigration, you just need to walk down the steps to Gongbei underground complex.. Remember to bargain hard & just walk away if the price is high..

      • 3 friends and I will go Zhuhai on 25 Jan 2013 and need some advice from you.
        We will stay at Charming Hotel for 2 days.
        Any attractive places must visit?I am looking for some cheap accessories ( earring/necklace etc) and clothes, any advise?Any jewelry accessories wholesales shop there?

  2. Hi Tommy. We’ll go to Macau next week. We’ll be staying at Villa Ka Meng. I know it’s near the Senado Square. Do you know how to get there from Macau International Airport? The problem is, we’ll be arriving in the evening. So it’s hard to find places. One more, Are the attractions in Macau near each other? Can we walk from one place to another? Or do we have to ride in a bus? Thank you very much. PS. We don’t know how to speak in Chinese.

    • Hi Jennifer, Bus AP1 plies the airport and the Barrier Gate. If arriving late, perhaps you can use Uber to reach your hotel. You can key in uber-tommyooi for first ride discount. Always print out your hotel information to show the driver. Some attractions are closed to each other but some requires transportation to reach there.

  3. Hi Tommy,
    our company has arranged a trip to Macau & Zhu Hai 1 day trip in May, what is a good time to cross over to Zhu Hai? (as to avoid big crowd) will probably going over on Friday as we will land in Macau in 12 May (Thurs).
    Thank u.

    • Hi CY, like singapore to malaysia and vice versa, just avoid going to work & after work hour. Anyhow the immigration normally requires 30 mins of wait

  4. Hi Tommy If I took a turbo jet from Hkg, which ferry terminal will I end up? And is Lisboa hotel central of those place of interest in macau? And how much is the turbojet and do we have to book in advance? Pls adv. Tks

    • Hi Ade, there should be free hotel buses from ferry terminal, just check which is nearer to your hotel. Lisboa is quite center yet you still need to get around for attractions. You can buy at the ferry terminal

  5. Hi Tommy
    I am visiting Macau on 6th Sept along with my daughter and husband. Which property do you suggest us to stay? We wish to make it a memorable stay for our daughter.

  6. Hi Tommy
    Great info on Macau. We have not decided on a hotel as yet as we are waiting for good deals. Our trip is at the end of May. Do you see any problems booking hotel at that time?

    Thankyou for your excellent info. Most helpful.

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