Travel

Airports

Macau has an international airport covering regional routes only. All air travel between Macau and Australia goes through Hong Kong. Visitors arriving in Hong Kong from Australia can also conveniently transfer to a ferry link directly from the Hong Kong Airport to Macau and vice versa, the journey is about 50 minutes. There are two companies operating ferry services between Hong Kong Airport and Macau. For connections and schedule details please see:

There is no direct Air cargo service between Macau and Australia but air cargo services can be arranged via regional airports in Asia, particularly Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. Air freight forwarders in Australia should be able to provide Australian exporters with the appropriate details.

Ground transport

Macau is quite compact and all destinations are within 30 minutes travel by car. However, Macau’s public transportation system is basic, consisting of public buses and taxis, and travel within Macau can be time-consuming due to traffic congestion and crowded public transport.

The taxi service in Macau is relatively affordable and comfortable. It is difficult to hail a taxi from the road and it is recommended to use the taxi stands at hotels and casinos. It is also recommended that visitors quote their destination to taxi drivers in Chinese in order to avoid confusion; local business contacts should be able to help with this.

For short visits to Macau car hire is not recommended as roads are narrow and traffic conditions difficult.

Chauffeur-driven cars are available for hire at about A$40-45 per hour. Minimum hire is two hours. Visitors with tight meeting schedules should consider this service.

A light rail system is planned to relieve road congestion, but will not be operational until 2019 at the earliest and construction work could lead to greater traffic disruption in the interim.

There are regular high-speed ferry services operating between Macau, Hong Kong and nearby Chinese port cities. Services operate from two ferry terminals, one located in the outer harbour and one located near the airport in Taipa. The ferry trip from Hong Kong to Macau takes one hour, with departures roughly every 15 minutes during the day time with a reduced schedule at night (half-hour to hourly departures).

Hotels

Macau offers visitors a good choice of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. A list of hotels in Macau is available from the Macau Government Tourism Bureau website.

Dining

Dining in Macau is generally of a high standard. Macau has a wide selection of Chinese, Portuguese, and Western cuisines. Macanese food; a fusion of Portuguese, African and Chinese influences, is a ‘must’ experience for all visitors.

Tipping

Tipping is not normal practice for most services in Macau, except in premium restaurants and in hotel operations. A 10-15 per cent tip is common and will often be included in the bill. Additional tipping is optional.

Tourist attractions

Macau’s older Portuguese quarter is listed as a World Heritage area and is the main tourist attraction. Other attractions include Macau Tower, the casino districts on the Macau peninsula and the Cotai Strip, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the annual Macau Grand Prix in November, part of the Asian Formula 3 circuit. See the Macau Government Tourism Office for further information.