If you have chosen Macau as a destination for your next trip, getting around will be very simple. In fact, there are only buses, and at most taxis which in this Chinese city are really very cheap. From Macau there are frequent connections between the peninsula itself and Taipa Island, where the international airport is located, and two ferry terminals provide transport services to Hong Kong which is 60 km away.
So let's find out together how to get around in Macau: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Macau
- How to get around on foot
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
Macau is one small and safe city, and therefore you can also move comfortably on foot and explore the historic center with a UNESCO walking tour, ideal for settling in and discovering the beauty of the city.
The main means of transportation used in Macau are buses and taxis, there are in fact no metro or trains. You can instead opt for the tourist bus, which will take you on a panoramic tour of the city and that will allow you to easily reach every attraction, thanks to the many stops located in strategic points! In addition, Macau also offers several free shuttle services, usually organized by hotels and casinos, leading to the main tourist spots.
What we recommend is to have a map with you, since the English language is rarely used and included in Macau. Also buy the Macau Pass, a smartcard that can be used both to pay for bus fares and to shop and dine.
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, bus, tourist bus, taxi
- Solutions and means not recommended: car
- City cards and season tickets recommended: Macau Pass (from 100,00 MOP / € 10,60 -)
How to get from the airport to the center of Macau
L'Macau International Airport it is located 5 km north of the city, exactly on the island of Taipa. From here there are several bus lines of the Transport Macau company that allow you to reach different destinations, including the Chinese border. There are also intercity lines directed to various cities in China, including Guangzhou and Dongguan.
Macau International Airport
- Distance from the center: 5 km / travel time: 15 min;
- By taxi: average cost 50,00 MOP (€ 5,30) / travel time: 10-15 min
- By bus: average cost 4,00 MOP (€ 0,40) / lines AP1, 26, MT1, MT2
How to get around on foot
Getting around on foot in Macau is a perfect way to explore the city, especially the less known neighborhoods and the most fascinating corners. The center is in fact rich in historical monuments declared UNESCO World Heritage, which you can discover thanks to a UNESCO walking tour in the historic center, ideal for getting an overview of the history and culture of the city! If you want to settle in, we recommend the Macau city tour, which lasts all day and also includes important museums!
The local tourism board has also developed a series of short and easy routes precisely to offer visitors who prefer to avoid public transport a glimpse of local life, hidden gardens, magical temples and breathtaking architecture of Chinese and Portuguese origin.
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As for public transport in Macau, the service is limited to buses, all modern and efficient, which represent the best alternative to walking. Being the only means available they can be very crowded, even if all equipped with air conditioning.
However, you may run into some difficulties in getting used to and understanding the routes that the buses take, for this reason the best solution is to opt for the daily hop-on-hop-off Open Day Bus, the tourist bus that will take you on a panoramic tour of the city and that will allow you to easily reach every attraction, thanks to the many stops located in strategic points!
All public buses and minibuses are operated by the TCM company, they offer frequent connections between the Macau Peninsula, Taipa Island and Coloane. At each stop there are signs with all the information on lines, destinations, itineraries and stops, written in Chinese and Portuguese.
Between the most used lines are 3 and 3A, operating between the Hong Kong ferry terminal and the city center, elto 12, which stops off at the ferry terminal and casino area with the Lisboa Hotel. Almost all buses to the center cost less than € 1,00, you can buy the ticket on board but you must have the exact amount as they do not give change.
- Downloadable map: bus-macao
- from 6:00 am to midnight
- Ticket / single ride cost: 3,20 MOP (€ 0,35)
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: discounted rates with Macau Pass from 100,00 MOP (€ 10,60)
Taxis in Macau are a great fast and cheap alternative, indeed very cheap. They are black in color with a cream colored roof. There is also a special radio taxi service, in this case the cars are blue and an additional fee of € 0,50 is charged, but this is canceled if you book more than an hour in advance.
- 24 hours on 24
- Ticket / single ride cost: 19,00 MOP (€ 2,00) + 9,10 MOP (€ 1,00) for each km
In general, traveling by car in Macau is not necessary, and it is also not recommended.
The small administrative region of China can rely on a very neat traffic plan, as about 80% of the roads are one-way. With the exception of peak times, when traffic can be heavier. But the main problem is the road signs, written mainly in the local language, thus making it difficult to acclimate.
For those who want to get around Macau by car, it is important to know that the direction of travel is to the leftunlike the rest of China. Rent a car only if you are predisposed to a different driving than what you are used to.