Just a hop, skip, and jump away from the S.A.R., Macau is the perfect destination for a fulfilling daytrip or quick getaway. Ferries, buses, or chopper: take your pick of transport.

Cheapo Tip: Make sure to check out our guide to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge while you’re at it!


BusesFrom HK$65.00~45 minutesYongdong Bus; Hong Kong-Macau Express; CTS Bus; HZMB Bus
FerriesFrom HK$160.00~60 minutesBook TurboJET
or Cotai Water Jet
CarFrom HK$3,193.00~75 minutesBook via Klook
HelicopterFrom HK$4,300.00~15 minutesBook via Sky Shuttle website

Buses from Hong Kong to Macau

Yongdong Bus

Price from HK$160.00
~45 minutes
Book Yongdong Bus tickets online

With convenient pickups in three areas of Hong Kong (Diamond Hill, Kwun Tong APM, and Kwai Fong’s Metropolitan Plaza), the Yongdong Bus offers seamless service to Macau.

The bus travels to the following three major hotels: The Venetian Macau, Crowne Plaza, and The Parisian Macau.

Hong Kong-Macau Express

Price from HK$175.00
~45 minutes
Book tickets online

The Hong Kong–Macau Express departs from the Cross-Boundary Coach Terminus inside Elements, which itself is inside Kowloon MTR and located near the West Kowloon Cultural District. You will need to change buses at Prince Edward (ChinaLink, Shop A, 695 Shanghai Street) before heading to Macau. Although Hong Kong–Macau Express covers more hotels (Grand Lisboa, MGM Macau, Sands, MGM Cotai, The Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel), each route will stop at only three of the hotels listed.

A newer express route runs from Prince Edward to Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau, stopping at Oceanus Casino and the Grand Lisboa in between. However, it runs only twice a day from Hong Kong, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Price from HK$180.00
~45 minutes
Book tickets online

Travel worry-free and get straight to your hotel.

With a few points in Kowloon such as Shanghai Street, China Hong Kong City, and Elements, this bus travels across the bridge to The Venetian Macao, MGM Cotai, and Galaxy Hotel.

All you have to do is choose your desired pickup and drop-off point and make the payment. Then, you will receive a confirmation within two days along with your e-ticket. Simply scan and board 15 minutes before departure.

HZMB Shuttle Bus

Price from HK$65.00
~45 minutes
Official website

In search of the cheapest way to get from Hong Kong to Macau? Look no further than the HZMB Shuttle Bus. Nicknamed the Golden Bus, this shuttle service operates around the clock, with each ride along the eponymous Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge taking just 45 minutes. Each traveller is permitted to bring one suitcase no bigger than 30″ x 20″ x 13″ and no heavier than 20 kg.

You can buy a ticket at passenger port ticket counters. A ticket costs HK$65.00 from the Hong Kong port. But if you’re travelling between midnight and 5:59 am, it’s HK$70.00. Keep in mind that the Boundary Crossing Facilities— where the bus stops are found— are on the outskirts of the cities, so you will need to use other bus services to get to the shuttle bus stops.

A very empty Macau street | Photo by ASMR/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Ferries from Hong Kong to Macau


Price from HK$160.00
~60 minutes
Book TurboJET tickets online

Whether you want to traverse to one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands or take a nostalgic trip in serene environs, there’s a ferry for every occasion.

Thanks to the high-speed TurboJET ferry, getting to Macau is a breeze. Vessels depart from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which is located inside Shun Tak Centre and can also be reached from IFC by overhead bridge. The TurboJET docks at Macau’s Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, giving you easy access to iconic attractions such as Senado Square and the Ruins of St Paul’s.

Aerial view of the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. | Photo by Getty Images

Cotai Water Jet

Price from HK$160.00
~60 minutes
Book Cotai Water Jet online

Another high-speed ferry operator is Cotai Water Jet. These catamarans also depart from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, with boats departing hourly.

If you’re looking to hit casinos like the City of Dreams or perhaps take a peek at the A-Ma Cultural Village, the Cotai is a better option because arrival is at the nearby Taipa Ferry Terminal.

Car from Hong Kong to Macau

Private transfer

Price from HK$3,193.00
~75 minutes
Book via Klook

For a stress-free journey on your own schedule, you can get a private transfer to Macau. Pickup points include the airport, as well as areas in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, with prices varying slightly. These packages are all-inclusive; highway tolls and tunnel charges are included in the price.

Your own vehicle

While it is possible to drive your own vehicle along the HZMB Bridge, drivers will have to apply for multiple documents since the trip involves traversing across distinct jurisdictions. Another option is the Park-and-Ride Scheme, which allows drivers to get to Macau via the bridge and park their car at the Macau Port.

Both options have been helpfully broken down in our HZMB Bridge guide.


Sky Shuttle Hong Kong Helicopter | Photo by LIVINUS/iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Sky Shuttle

Price from HK$4,300.00
~15 minutes
Official website

If you can only spare 15 minutes and you travel light, there’s always the luxury option: helicopter. Choppers operated by Sky Shuttle take off on Tuesdays and Fridays, with flights offered every few hours. The company allows one free in-cabin hand-carried baggage of up to 5 kilograms, and one free check-in baggage of up to 7 kilograms per passenger. Check the timetable here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to get to Macau from Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Cheapo recommends taking either ferry. Choose one or the other depending on which attractions you want to visit.

Which ferry is better?

Both ferries are nearly identical. However, they dock at different ports.

TurboJET docks at the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. Senado Square and the Ruins of St Paul’s are in close proximity.

Cotai Water Jet docks at the Taipa Ferry Terminal. This terminal will land you closer to major hotels and casinos.

Is it possible to see Macau on a day trip?

Absolutely! Macau is quite a compact city. Many of the transport options listed offer roundtrips, so take advantage of that if you’re short on time.

More travel options from Hong Kong

See our article on transport options from Hong Kong to Shenzhen for how to get to another popular city neighbouring Hong Kong.

Looking to travel further afield? Check out our guide to the top island getaways under HK$2,000.00.

This post was originally published in June 2023. Last updated: April, 2024.

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