Getting There in Macau

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Air

The territory has two airlines, 'Viva Macau' ( www.flyviva,acau.com) which operates medium and long haul flights at ultra low fares and  Air Macau (NX) which operates regional flights. Other airlines serving Macau include Air Asia, Asiana Airlines China Northwest EVA Air Korean Airlines Singapore Airlines and TransAsia Airlines. Approximate flight time from Hong Kong to London is 14 hours; for other flight times see Hong Kong after the China section.

International airport

Macau International Airport (MFM) (Web site: http://www.macau-airport.gov.mo) is 6km (4 miles) southeast of the city. Buses run to the city (journey time: 15-30 minutes). Airport facilities include banks, bureaux de change, car-rental duty-free shops, restaurants and a post office.

An ExpressLink service has been introduced which allows fast trouble-free transfers between Macau and Hong Kong for passengers who use Macau International Airport. Baggage may be checked in at Hong Kong's Shun Tak ferry terminal. On arrival at Macau Ferry Terminal passengers travel by a special shuttle bus to the enclave's airport.

Departure tax:

For flights to destinations in China passengers must pay MOP80 per person. Departure tax for other destinations is MOP130.

Helicopter

East Asia Airlines operates 16 daily flights between Hong Kong and Macau in two 8-seat Bell 222 helicopters (travel time:20 minutes). Cost: HK$1206 (weekdays) or HK$1310 (weekends and public holidays) for a return trip.

Departure tax:

Passengers embarking at Hong Kong for Macau must pay HK$26 per person. Departure tax from Macau is MOP25 per person.

Sea

A wide variety of vessels sail the 40km distance between Macau and Hong Kong: Jetfoils, Jumbocats, Turbocats, Hover-ferries and Catamarans. There are more than 100 scheduled sailings each way throughout the day, while Jetfoils operate round the clock. Passengers are advised to be at the terminals at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time in order to complete immigration formalities; there is always a standby queue for a prior boat for passengers who arrive unexpectedly early.

Jetfoils operate a 24-hour service and take about 55 minutes from Hong Kong. Frequency of the Jetfoils is every 15 minutes from 7am until midnight night. On weekends, ferries can sail at frequencies of as frequent as 5 minutes.

Tickets to Hong Kong can be bought in Macau up to 7 days in advance. For travelling from Hong Kong to Macau, Jetfoil and Jumbocat tickets can be bought up to 28 days in advance. A computerised booking system is available from Hong Kong MTR Travel Service Centres in the MTR stations of Taikoo Admiralty Central Tsimshatsui Causeway Bay Mongkok Tseun Wan and Kwun Tong.

Telephone bookings for Jetfoil can be made by holders of Visa MasterCard Diners Club and American Express. Tel: (852) 28 59 65 96. Further information from: Far East Hydrofoil Company Ltd. Tel: HK (852) 28 59 33 51/MAC (853) 790 7039.

The baggage allowance is 11kg per person on high-speed ferries and in general is limited to hand-carried items. Tour operators can arrange luggage-handling where required.

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