The public transportation connecting the Macao Peninsula and the two islands includes buses and taxis, available for local residents and tourists.
Public Bus Service
Public bus service in Macao is currently operated by three bus companies: Transportes Urbanos de Macau, S.A.R.L. (Transmac) and Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau, S.A. (TCM) (On August 1, 2018, Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau, S.A. reorganized and merged with Macau New Era Public Bus Company Limited).
According to the Dispatch of the Chief Executive no. 65/2018*, the following new public bus fares will take effect from April 21, 2018.
- The normal fare for the public bus service is MOP$6 per ride, but this does not affect the application of the fares below.
- Holders of stored value card, student card, senior citizen card, and disabilities registration card which have been approved by the Transport Bureau (DSAT), will be entitled to these fares:
Fare for normal bus routes Fare for express bus routes Holder of stored value card MOP$3 MOP$4 Holder of student card 50% 50% Holder of senior citizen card or disabilities registration card Free
- Express bus routes refer to those with route numbers marked with the letter “X”
- For holders of stored value card and student card which have been approved by the Transport Bureau (DSAT), when they take a second ride within 45 minutes after the start of their first ride, or, within 60 minutes when the first and second rides start, respectively, in the Macao peninsula and in the Coloane fare zone, or vice versa, they will be entitled to these fares:
1) If the fare of the first ride equals to or is higher than the fare of the second, then the second ride will be free.
2) If the fare of the first ride is lower than the fare of the second, then the fare difference will be charged at the start of the second ride.
The term “Coloane fare zone”, mentioned in no. 4 above, refers to the section between the south of Estrada de Flor de Lótus and Coloane, but not including the University of Macau campus.
Children who are under 1m tall and accompanied by adult ride for free.
Fare exemption can be applied to bus routes created for festive and sports events, or for special needs.
Cross-border Land Routes
Three land routes link Macao and Mainland China: the Border Gate and Lotus Bridge Checkpoint (COTAI Fontier Post) and Zhuhai-Macao Cross-border Industrial Zone (Zhuhai-Macao Cross-border Industrial Zone Fontier Post).
From 18th December 2014, the operating hours of the Border Gate Fontier Post were extended from 6:00am to 1:00am for passenger crossings; the Lotus Bridge Fontier Post implemented 24-hour services, but the opening hours for goods vehicles remains unchanged from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
The Zhuhai-Macao Cross-border Industrial Zone Fontier Post opens only to pedestrian traffic from midnight to 7:00am for non-local workers, students and Macao residents, closing to vehicular traffic.
Cross-border Marine Transportation Services
The Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Taipa Ferry Terminal, and Inner Harbour Ferry Terminal* provide cross-border transportation services for passengers travelling between Macao and Hong Kong and Mainland China. Scheduled passenger ferries to Hong Kong and Mainland China are operated by the Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited; Yuet Tung Shipping Company; and Cotai Waterjets (Macau) Limited.
*As the Zhuhai Wanzai Port was terminated for use on 17 January 2016, sea transport service between Zhuhai Wanzai Port and Inner Harbour Ferry Terminal suspended.
Cross-border Helicopter Services
Helicopters are the most convenient way to travel between Macao and Hong Kong. A helicopter passenger transportation service was inaugurated in November 1990. Jointly operated by Helicopters Hong Kong and East Asia Airlines, the service has reduced the travelling time between Hong Kong and Macao to only 15 minutes. It operates from 10:00am to 11:00pm, with scheduled flights in each direction every 30 minutes. In addition, East Asia Airlines began operating daily passenger helicopter flights between Macao and Shenzhen in April 2002.
Three airlines were registered in Macao to provide flight services: Air Macau, Sky Shuttle and Macau Jet International.
Details of the fleets and routes they operate are as follows:
4 x Airbus A319,
4 x Airbus A320,
10 x Airbus A321
Shanghai (Pudong, Hongqiao), Beijing, Hangzhou,
Xiamen, Nanjing, Ningbo, Chengdu, Nanning, Hefei,
Chongqing, Taiyuan, Guiyang, Tianjin, Zhengzhou,
Taipei, Kaohsiung, Bangkok, Da Nang, Hanoi, Seoul,
|3 x Agusta AW139||Hong Kong, Shenzhen|
|Macau Jet International (Commercial Charter Services)||
1 x Falcon 2000LX
1 x Agusta AW139