Macau Travel Tips: Commonly Asked Questions About Macau

FAQS and Comprehensive Macau Travel Tips fuse into one blog post!

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Traveling to Macau anytime soon? Read along for Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Macau Travel Tips to ensure your stay in Macau gets to be worthwhile!

Below are the questions that I asked myself before my trip to Macau. And if your reading this blog then you must be like me who wants to know the basics of the place before actually going to the place.

These are situations where the words SURPRISE! does not always mean good news.

So consider yourself lucky that I am sharing this with all of you (LOL). I visited wonderful Macau last May 2019 so these tips are fresh as it can get.

Okay here we go!

Specific Macau Travel Tips Included in the Q&A portion ( wink)

1. Overnight or Just A Day Trip?

Macau Travel Tips: You can either go on a day trip or an overnight stay in Macau. This will all depend on your planned itinerary and your travel budget.

Traveling to Macau is usually synonymous with travelling to Hong Kong. A common itinerary is making Macau a side trip travel after or before exploring Hong Kong.

With this said a day trip Macau adventure is possible. Especially now that the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge is finally accessible and can bring you to either the three places mentioned any time of the day.

Related Post: How to get to Macau by crossing the HZMB Main Bridge.

However, if you want a more relaxed tour of Macau and get to see more scenic spots then I recommend you do an overnight stay.

I always consider myself as a laid back, chill traveler. Thus in all my visits to Macau I always stay overnight.

I visit the known tourist spots in the morning and I explore the hotels and malls at night.

Macau Travel Tips

Make sure to catch fountain shows and light shows at night. They’re a spectacle.

2. How do I Get to Macau?

You can get to Macau via Hong Kong either through:

  1. Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge
  2. Turbo Jet or Cotai Water Jet Ferry
  3. By Swimming – Kidding !

Macau Travel Tips: As mentioned on my first travel tip. You can now take the Hong Kong – Zhuhai- Macau Shuttle buses heading to Macau.

Travel time is at 30-40 minutes in crossing the bridge. Its a lot cheaper and faster than riding a ferry.

However, if you still opt the common mode of transportation then head to Macau through a ferry ride.

A Ferry Tale Story

There are two ferries (the boat not the “fairy god mother” – bad joke I know) that would cross Macau from Hong Kong and vice versa.

They are the Turbo Jet Ferry and Cotai Water Jet Ferry.

The Turbo Jet ferry arrives in Macau at the Macau Outer Harbor while the Cotai Water Ferry arrives in Macau at the Taipa Ferry Port.

Travel time for either of the two ferry boats is approximately 1 hour.

What’s the difference if you arrive at the Outer Harbor and Taipa Ferry Port? Well you’ll find out in the next travel tip. (wink)

3. Why Must I Know the Difference Between Macau Outer Harbor and Taipa?

There are 2 ferry ports in Macau. One is near Macau’s popular tourist spots while the other is near the Casino strip.

Wanna take a guess which one is which? Okay Im not going to make you wait any longer (and geesh can’t stop you from scrolling down as well)

Walking the Streets of Macau

Macau Outer Harbor is closer to the frequently visited tourist spots of Macau while if you want to explore the “Las Vegas strip” then your starting point should be in Taipa.

Macau Travel Tips: Knowing the difference between the Outer Harbor and the Taipa ferry port is crucial as this is a good vantage point when exploring Macau.

When you ask directions from locals (based on my experience) they always reference either the Outer Harbor or the Taipa port when they give you directions.

Why is that?- I absolutely don’t have a clue but hey as long as it helps in navigating the place then that’s all you need to know. (wink)

4. Where to Stay In Macau

Macau Travel Tips: Stay at Grand Lapa Macau Hotel as it is near the famous tourist spots in Macau plus it has got a great view of the Outer Harbor.

There are a lot of hotel options in Macau. One in particular is Grand Lapa Macau Hotel.

The hotel is one of the pioneering 5 star hotels in Macau. Thus it’s a tourist attraction in itself. And just because it one of the first it does not mean its facilities are old.

Grand Lapa Macau Room
Our Room at Grand Lapa Macau

Shall we compare Grand Lapa to wine? As it ages it becomes more and more sophisticated.

You may not know this but Macau has a strong European influence being that they were previously a colony of Portugal.

And Grand Lapa captures the beauty and regality of old Portugal combining with the rich Chinese architecture which is equally beguiling.

Grand Lapa Macau is a practical and value for money option if you wish to stay for a couple of days in Macau.

It has all the amenities and facilities of the more expensive 5 star hotel at a more reasonable cost.

You can book a stay at Grand Lapa by clicking this link : Room Reservation Grand Lapa Macau.

5. What are the Common Modes of Transportation in Macau

Unlike it’s neighboring town Hong Kong. Macau does not have any trains.

You can either explore Macau either through walking, by bus or by taxi or a combination of the three.

Macau Travel Tips: Explore Macau by taking a bus AND walking

Bus rides in Macau can be so much fun!

Taxis are not that expensive in Macau however it generally costs more compared to riding a bus and walking.

Plus your there to explore the city so immerse in the culture. Ride a bus and walk!

The bus in Macau cost 6 Macanese Pataca /HKD and there are multiple bus routes that will take you to the different parts of Macau.

A taxi ride from Grand Lapa Hotel to Macau Tower cost me around 40 HKD while a bus ride would only cost me 6 HKD.

You just need to walk to the bus stops though as the buses only stop there. I’m Filipino and our buses stop ANYWHERE-that’s something we need to improve and unlearn.

Oh another tip: When asking for directions make sure to ask the Macau police officers or hotel concierge (any of the hotels) as they are the best at giving directions.

6. Can I Use Hong Kong Dollars When in Macau?

You absolutely can! However, you can not use Macau currency when in Hong Kong so…

Macau Travel Tips: When shopping at Macau make sure to ask the shop for a change in Hong Kong Dollars so that you can still use it on your Hong Kong trip. If not then make sure to use up all your Macau money before heading to Hong Kong.

7. What are the Absolutely Must Go to Places in Macau?

This is a bonus as my next blog would actually be about the specifics of what to eat and what are the must visit places in Macau. But because I love my dear readers so much here are my top choices and my final Macau travel tip:

The crowd in Macau
  1. Ruins of St Paul
  2. Senado Square
  3. Macau Tower
  4. Cotai Strip
  5. Hotel Hopping at the Cotai Strip
Macau Travel Tips: Make sure to check out my next blog posts as I will be highlighting most of the tourist destinations on the list.

Pack Your Bags… Macau is waiting for You!

Macau may not be on top of your list when we talk about South East Asia destinations. But I tell you the place is absolutely beautiful and offers a lot of great cultural experience.

Its the perfect blend of when east meets west type of place.

I hope that through my Macau travel tips it would ease up your apprehension and or concern of visiting this wonderful place.

So there you have it! Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Macau Travel Tips.

While you are it check out my other social media pages for more tips and travel suggestions. Add me up on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. My handle name for all these site is erikthehungrytraveller.

Xiexie / thank you/ salamat everyone for finding time to read. See you on my next posts.

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Erik James aka Erik the Hungry Traveller is a Human Resource Ninja and at the same time a travel & food blogger. He uses his passion for the arts particularly with painting and photography to add more fun and color to his social media pages. He loves extreme adventures and does not back out on any food challenge. His passion for food and travelling started during his childhood years where he would accompany his parents to business trips around the Philippines. He currently focuses on writing blogs on solo travelling and trying out restaurants that are not your usual run of the mill places. To counter his extreme love for travelling and FOOD he also enjoys swimming and mix martial arts so that he can stay “relatively” fit and healthy. Instagram : instagram.com/erikthehungrytraveller Facebook: facebook.com/erikthehungrytraveller Email: [email protected]

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35 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips for those going to Macau. Taking public transport is of utmost importance to save money during the journey.

  2. Avatar Adriana says:

    Thanks for such a fun and informative guide and FAQ’s! It has sparked my interest to visit.

  3. I love Macau. I’ve been there once with family and had so much fun. I truly enjoyed it.

  4. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips Erik!

    • Avatar Elizabeth O says:

      These are useful informative guides. I will save this post for a future travel to macau. Thank you for sharing your wonderful travel.

  5. Macau sure is an interesting city, I would love to pay a visit at the end of this year. Thanks for sharing the tips and information, you are amazing!

  6. Avatar EDWARD Vegz says:

    I am planning to go to Macau this October. Thanks for the tip I could really use some of them

  7. Macau looks amazing — I’d love to visit one day. All this information was so detailed and helpful. Next time I’m in China I’m definitely going to make a point of getting down to Macau.

  8. Avatar sudipa says:

    Many people plan to visit Macau as its a great holiday destination.your detail post could be very helpful to plan a trip

  9. What an informative post! Everything I’ve wanted to know about traveling to Macau!

  10. Macau is such a beautiful. I love that you’re answering all these questions. You definitely covered the questions I had.

    • Avatar Sarah says:

      They were building the bridge to Macau when I was last in Hong Kong. I’m not good on boats so pleased to know there’s another way of getting to Macau now. I only did it as a day trip but I think you were right to spend a night. The Grand Lapa hotel looks very nice.

  11. I don’t want you to quote me on this one, but I believe one of my friends visite this place and felt inspired by everything. She said it was worth visiting for her.

  12. The views at night at breath-taking. I’d like to visit someday. Thanks for the tips.

    • Avatar Geraline Batarra says:

      Macau is really a must go to place. 😊 Seems so nice there. Thanks for the detailed info and tips on havibg a visit there.

  13. Avatar Gervin Khan says:

    Macau is one of the beautiful place to visit in Asia. Their tourists spots and other scenery are really beautiful. Hope to be there again soon!

  14. Avatar Jennifer says:

    Macau looks like a great city to visit, I love places where you can walk and see different sights. Not to mention the hotel looks amazing, and the Five Star is definitely a plus. I’m excited to to read your next blog highlighting the different tourist destinations.

  15. Avatar Amy says:

    I have never been to Macau but I always wanted to visit. Such a wonderful place. This is a useful guide.

  16. Avatar Alexandra Cook says:

    I have never been to Macau but it sounds like a nice destination getaway during this Summer.

  17. Hong Kong – Macau is on my wishlist. This is a very helpful post. You have given woderful tips about transportation, accomodation and especially about usage of macaun currency,

  18. Avatar Akriti says:

    Really helpful information for anyone traveling to Macau. I will use it on my trip there for sure!

  19. We did Macau as a day trip from Hong Kong when I was there. We used the buses and walked a lot too. My favourite thing though was trying all the street food – including the famous custard tarts!

  20. Avatar Djebe Laws says:

    Macau sounds so great , I love the tips…Hong Kong is on our list so we know how to extend that trip

  21. Avatar Raul says:

    Erik. you made Makau my next destination. Your blog will be my reference on trips from now on!!

  22. Avatar Mahima says:

    This is so helpful. I will be travelling to Macau on my own too, and seeing your blog is a really big help. This made me more excited!!

  23. Avatar Owen G. says:

    I always hear good things about Macau. It really interests me. Thanks for sharing tips,it would be helpful for future reference.

  24. Avatar Nelly says:

    So so glad you shared this with us. I am headed there next month. These are useful tips.

  25. Macau is indeed a beautiful place and the answers you have provided here are really very informative.

  26. Avatar Ellie Plummer says:

    Macau looks stunning, I would definitely love to visit some time. I’m defo adding this to my bucket list.

  27. Avatar mhyn says:

    id love to add this place in my bucket list .. I haven’t tried travelling abroad bu hopefully someday – when I conquer my fear of height ahaha

  28. Avatar Andrew says:

    I’m going to Macau in next month. I can’t to see the places. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  29. Avatar Renata - www.byemyself.com says:

    I would love to visit Macau – it looks like you had so much fun….not only on the bus. It’s such an unusual place – and I love the fact that they speak Portuguese – will make travelling much easier for me.

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