Travel Tips for Macao
A tour to Macao, whether you’re travelling alone, in a group, or with your family is one that is destined to be jam-packed with entertainment, delectable cuisine and fascinating culture.
At Visit Macao, we often get asked about what Macao travel advice we have on offer for the aspiring traveller? We’ve put together a list of some of the best things to see in Macao, as well as some helpful Macao travel tips that will answer all your questions.
Macao is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, and even more so for travellers coming from Australia and New Zealand.
From Australia, flying directly to Hong Kong International Airport (five services daily only) provides the most direct way to access Macao. Choose from a variety of airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Australia, all of which offer direct flights into Hong Kong or Macao.
From New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand and Hong Kong Airlines offer direct flights into Macao. Macao is also accessible via a large variety of premium and low-cost airlines that include a stopover when flying through many other major Asian hubs.
If flying into Hong Kong first, we suggest accessing a ferry service from Hong Kong to Macao. Macao is just 60 kilometres from Hong Kong, and the comfortable ferry ride takes approximately 55 minutes, with most services operating every 15 to 30minutes. Travellers can access ferry services from;
- The Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island
- The China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- The Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in New Territories
- Hong Kong International Airport
We recommend using either TurboJet or Cotai Water Jet services for the best, most comfortable ferry experience.
No entry visas are required for travellers coming from a designated 74 countries to visit Macao’s popular places. Most notably, if you’re travelling from Australia or New Zealand, you do not require an entry visa. Contact us at Visit Macao to find out if your nationality is on our visa-free list.
Read more about visa requirements for Australians.
Things to do in Macao
Heading to Macao but wondering what to see and do? Fortunately, there is a variety of entertainment, social, sporting, cultural, and of course food-related things to do in this pulsating city.
Read about the top 10 Macao tourist attractions in our 10 best things to do in Macao feature. We’ll take you on a journey through Macao’s best spots from its new age sites like the Macao Tower and the Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Show, to the must-see historic sites like A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul.
When it comes to Macao’s best attractions, we’ve got it all covered in our Macao Tourist Spots feature. We suggest the best places to visit during your trip to Macao where you’ll be able to experience some of the best entertainment, historic culture, exhilarating sports, street food and cuisine Asia has to offer.
Macao is a city rich in history and energy, ensuring that Macao’s top things to do will leave every traveller reeling with excitement and dying to relive the experience again.
Experience Macao as you’ve never imagined it before. Visit Macao today, and let the adventure begin.
“Experience Macao” Mobile App
This app provides the most sought after information essential to any traveller.
Come and experience the memorable moments to be had whilst your trip is free and easy, by creating your very own customized itinerary prior to your arrival.
Features include: Information on a variety of Tourist Spots, Shows & Entertainment, accommodation, Restaurants, a Trip Planner, Offline Maps, 360-degree panorama photos, an Audio Guide and AR(Augmented Reality) functions.
The content is available in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
“What’s On, Macao” Mobile App
This app through its colourful and handy interface, keeps you up-to-date with Macao’s latest tourism attractions and monthly highlights from all local events, activities, festivals, performances and exhibitions.
Once downloaded you can check out all that is happening in Macao, even when offline.
Features include: Easy to operate, automatically search for any nearby activities around your location with the GPS function, set reminders and add favourite events to “My Events” or Calendar for easier planning and participation for your trip.
The content is available in: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.