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MACAU - GETTING AROUND

On foot

As mentioned before in our other informational pages, Macau is very compact, just six miles by five miles. Macau is also a delight for those who love to stroll, as it is a highly walkable city with well-paved sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly crossings. It is known for its mixture of Portuguese and Chinese cultures which is visible in its architecture, making it an interesting place to explore by foot. The historic center of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site, consists of squares, ruins, churches, and temples which are all within a walkable distance from each other. Remember to have your map or smartphone ready, as the narrow and winding streets can be slightly confusing to navigate.

By Macau Light Rapid Transit (MLRT)

The Taipa Line, inaugurated in 2019, is the first phase of the Macau Light Rapid Transit (MLRT) system that serves the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai, connecting major tourist spots and Macau's border checkpoints. It's a convenient and efficient way to get around the city, especially between the Macau Peninsula and the Cotai Strip where many casinos and hotels are located. Trains operate from 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. daily, with fares ranging from MOP$6 to MOP$10 depending on the distance. Visit www.mlm.com.mo for more information.

By bus

Buses are operated by two companies in Macau, the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau (TCM), and the Transportes Urbanos de Macau, or Transmac. Buses in Macau, whether they run on the TCM or Transmac systems, cover most areas of Macau Peninsula, Taipa, Cotai, and Coloane. The bus systems are comprehensive and economical, with fares typically between MOP$3.2 to MOP$6.4 depending on the route. Buses run from early morning until late night and the destination of each bus is displayed in both Chinese and Portuguese.

By taxi

Taxis are a convenient way to get around Macau. They can be hailed from the streets, outside major tourist attractions, outside ferry terminals, hotels, or ordered over the phone. They are also the top form of private transport as ridesharing services such as Uber are banned in Macau. Taxis use a meter, with the starting fare at MOP$19 for the first 1.6 kilometers and MOP$2 for each additional 260 meters. An additional MOP$3 is charged for every piece of luggage stored in the trunk.

By ferry

Ferries are not just a way to arrive in Macau from Hong Kong or other nearby cities, but also a way to travel between Macau Peninsula and Taipa Island. The Inner Harbour Ferry Terminal on the Macau Peninsula provides a ferry service to Taipa. The ferry terminal is also connected to the TCM bus system, allowing for easy transit to wherever you want to go in Taipa.

By bicycle

While Macau is not known as a cycling city, cycling can be a pleasant way to explore the quieter, less congested areas, such as Coloane Village. Bicycles are available for rent in some locations, including the Taipa Houses-Museum. Note that cycling is generally not recommended on the busy streets of the Macau Peninsula.

MacauPass Card

Similar to Hong Kong's Octopus Card, Macau's MacauPass is a contactless smart card used for electronic payments in public transportation and various establishments in Macau, including convenience stores, restaurants, and supermarkets. The cost of the card is MOP$130, including a MOP$30 refundable deposit and MOP$100 worth of credit. The cards can be purchased and recharged at various locations throughout the city, ranging from public transport terminals to 7-Eleven convenience stores. Visit www.macaupass.com for more information.