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5 Hours in Macau

Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong

Macau Travel Requirements

5-Hour Day Trip in Macau

Let’s go to Macau! – Paula said during our second day in Hong Kong for our Disneyland tour. We enjoyed everything in Disneyland, and we thought, It would be nice to explore Macau and meet her sister, who works and lives in Macau.

Europe or Asia? - Its Macau
Europe or Asia? – Its Macau

Before heading to Macau, we went to Citygate Outlet Shopping Center in Tung Chung MTR Station for a short window shop. Thanks to MTR Tourist Day Pass, we could enjoy unlimited MTR use for only HK$55. From Tung Chung, we passed by six MTR stations until we reached Hong Kong station to buy some souvenirs and snacks in Jollibee HK. From the Central Station, it took us almost 30 minutes by foot to reach the HK-Macau ferry terminal.

Paula in Jollibee Hong Kong
Paula in Jollibee Hong Kong

CotaiJet departs from the Hong Kong-Macao ferry terminal in Sheung Wan every 30 minutes throughout the day from 7:00 a.m. and every hour on the hour after 7:00 p.m.

Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Tickets
Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Tickets

Upon arrival at Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal, we took the complimentary shuttle bus courtesy of Hotel Lisboa Macau to reach downtown Macau. Other free buses offer complimentary shuttle service for casino and hotel guests. In fact, the Wynn Resorts and Venetian Hotel also offer free shuttle bus rides between the Taipa Terminal and the respective hotels.

Paulas Tru Blueberry Cheesecake
Paulas Tru Blueberry Cheesecake

It was past 6pm when we started walking around the streets of Avenida Almeida Ribeiro – one of the most popular Macau shopping streets, featuring everything from high-end luxury boutiques to traditional Chinese delicacies like dried sharks’ fin and abalone.

Macau Immigration in Hong Kong
Macau Immigration in Hong Kong

Not far from the square, if you follow Rua Nossa Senhora do Amparo to Rua da Tercena, you will find the original artisan section of Macau. I enjoyed walking in the narrow streets, seeing fellow tourists and friendly locals while sampling local delicacies. From ancient Chinese herbal therapies to cutting-edge electronics, Macau shopping offers treasure for everyone!

macau casino tours
Casino in Macau

Macau offers vacationers a unique mix of Western and Eastern influences through its baroque churches, Art Deco buildings, and Chinese temples. In 2005, the Historic Center of Macau, located in the peninsula’s center, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of historic residential, religious, and public Portuguese and Chinese architectural legacies, including the A-Ma Temple, Senado Square, Dom Pedro V Theater, Na Tcha Temple, Casa Garden, the Old Protestant Cemetery, and the old headquarters of the British East Indies Company.

Sweet Fix at Citygate Outlet Shopping Center
Sweet Fix at Citygate Outlet Shopping Center

Before heading to the Venetian Hotel, we passed by The Ruins of St Paul’s Church at the Historic Centre of Macau to have some souvenir photos. The road was surprisingly clear, and in less than 30 minutes, we finally reached The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. As you know, I don’t play cards, and Casino is not in my vocabulary either, so I just explored the shopping strip inside the hotel, hunting for a perfect pair of Converse shoes.

Shopping in Macau
Shopping in Macau

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is too huge to explore, and there are too many things to see; too bad we had to head back to Taipa Ferry Terminal to catch the late evening ferry back to Hong Kong.

Melo Villareal in Macau
Melo Villareal in Macau

Suppose you’re planning a Macau day tour and need to return to Hong Kong at the end of the day. In that case, it’s better to leave HK early and take the latest schedule from Macau to Hong Kong so you can maximize your Macau tour and catch the stunning lights of Asia’s Las Vegas and see it in its brilliant glory at night.

To reach Macau from Hong Kong, there are several outlets where you can buy Cotai Jet Ferry Tickets. Please check their website for the latest information: Tel. Nos.: Customer Services: Hong Kong (852) 23599990, Macau (853) 28850595; Business Sales Inquiries: Hong Kong (852) 28591482.

You can also buy your tickets in Macau at the Ferry Terminals, the Venetian, and Sands Hotels. Taipa Ferry Terminal: Tel: (853) 2885 0092; Operation hours: open 24 hours; Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal: Tel: (853) 2872 8817.

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Read: Travel Tips: Visiting Macau, China

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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