Monday, January 28, 2008

Macao Ferry Services to Hong Kong

The ferry trip between Macao and Hong Kong takes about 1 hour. Macau residents, seniors (above 60 years old) and children (below 12 years old) may obtain discounts.

The ferry companies have a standby queue. If you arrive early, join the queue. You will have an excellent chance of getting onto the next departing ferry ride.

----- TurboJet ------

Turbojet the most popular ferry company in Macau. Ferries usually depart every 15 minutes from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong island. I have heard that some casinos give complimentary tickets to regular customers.

Operating Hours: 4am - 2:30am (next day)

Weekday: HKD$134 - MOP$142
Weekends & Holidays: HKD$146 - MOP$154
Night: HKD$168 - MOP$176
(Rates are given as: HK > Macau - Macau > HK)

----- First Ferry ------

You can travel directly to the Kowloon peninsular in Hong Kong. Ferries usually depart every 30 minutes from the Tsim Sha Tsui China Ferry Terminal.

Operating Hours: 7am - 12 midnight

Weekday: HKD$133 - MOP$140
Weekends & Holidays: HKD$148 - MOP$155
Night: HKD$168 - MOP$175
(Rates are given as: HK > Macau - Macau > HK)

----- CotaiJet ------

CotaiJet has just started operating. (Cotai is the name of island formed from the merger of Coloane and Taipa.) If you are traveling to Taipa or Coloane, you can consider taking this service.

Operating Hours: 7:30am - 5pm

Weekday: HKD$134 - MOP$142
Weekends & Holidays: HKD$146 - MOP$154
Night: Not available yet
(Rates are given as: HK > Macau - Macau > HK)

----- Money Saving Tips ------

1) There are travel agencies operating in Shun Tak Centre that will sell you special tickets. Depending on the shop and time, you can get these tickets for HKD$4 to HKD$13 cheaper than the regular price. Apparently, these are tickets that casinos give to favorite customers. As far as I know, no one will check if your name matches that on the tickets.

2) If you are buying tickets in Macau, you can always pay the ticket price as Macau Patacas even if it is quoted in Hong Kong dollars. This gives you a 3% savings.

3) If you walk a short distance from the Macau Ferry Terminal, you can find the place where the casinos provide Free Bus Services. They stop running at 12 midnight. If you are going to a destination near the casino and do not have much luggage, you can take a free ride. When you reach the casino, you can hop on to another casino bus service to the Chinese border for free too.


pau_p1 said...

hi! you've got great tips for Macau huh.. these are very good info for me as I organize our trip to Macau.

oh and by the way, is it fine if we link our blogs?


ardee sean said...

thanks for the tips. this is so helpful. this won't get out on my itinerary. ;)

Indigo Eric said...

Yes, Hong Kong dollars are used interchangeably with Macau Patacas.

Although they are worth 3% more than Macau money, if you pay with HK dollars, the seller will pocket the difference.

[The exception are the casinos where Macau Patacas are not accepted at all.]

feb said...

plan to visit macau on february.
is there any ferry schedule from Macau to HK at night time?

Indigo Eric said...

Ferry services run 24 hours daily, unless there is a nearby typhoon. The ticket prices may be a bit more expensive from evening until early morning.

John Parks said...

We will be in a very tight schedule in April 2013 visiting Hong Kong. We plan to swing by Macau for half a day just to see the place, either starting very early, or the later half of the day for we plan to take a guided city tour in Hong Kong. Your thoughts, views and suggestions. Thank you.

Jennifer Bulanon said...

hi, should i book a ticket ahead ?since they said that the boat is always full.

Eric said...

I have not taken the ferry for years. Based on what I know the last time, booking a ticket is a good precaution. If you turn up early, you will join the queue to board the next ship that leaves.