A visit to this bustling and colorful city in China is also a must for first time Hong Kong Travelers. When it’s true that you can visit this place in a day or as a side-trip, it’s ideal to spend at least 3 days here if you want to enjoy more.
My previous post about what to do in Macau is posted HERE . Make sure to visit their respective websites for the updated price details.
This is my 3rd time in Macau and every time i’m visiting, i have a first-timer with me, so a lot of places are just a repetition of my older travels. Hahaha. Anyway, i’m still sharing my latest itinerary.
This is a low-cost itinerary, just make sure you’ll follow the schedule of the Free bus transfer of the Casinos. Therefore all you need is some money for your food. But if you want to shop or gamble then by all means, bring your millions with you.
Tip: Start your day early and wrap it late.
6:00 AM: Early Breakfast – i had my fav HK Street food, bubble waffle
6:30 AM: Mongkok Station to Sheung Wan Station exit D (Turbojet ferry terminal is located inside Shuntak Centre 3rd floor)
- Buy tickets
|HK (SHEUNG WAN) MACAU (OUTER HARBOUR)||MACAU (OUTER HARBOUR) HK (SHEUNG WAN)|
|07:00 – 23:59 (departures every 20-30 minutes)*||07:00 – 23:59 (departures every 20-30 minutes)*|
|* Day Sailing: departure every 20 minutes; Evening sailing: departure every 30 minutes
– Passengers with valid ticket can choose to standby for either Kowloon / Tuen Mun bound sailings in the waiting hall of Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. This service is only applicable to regular fare tickets and subject to seat availability (service not available for departure from Hong Kong to Macau).
Below fares effective from 11 Nov 2017
|HK (Sheung Wan) Macau||Macau HK (Sheung Wan)|
|$ 346||$ 171||$ 335||$ 160|
(Weekends & Holidays)
|$ 371||$ 186||$ 360||$ 175|
(Weekdays,Weekends & Holidays)
|$ 391||$ 211||$ 380||$ 200|
The journey is around 50-60 mins.
*As of this writing, the HKZM Bridge is finally opened! Meaning you can ride a bus directly to Macao without going to the ferry.
- The Route is Jordan Station > Sands Macao > The Venetian > Parisian Macao
Fares Monday – Friday Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays Shift (One way) Before 18:00 On or after 18:00 Full Day Adult / Aged 3 and above HK$160 HK$180 HK$180 Child(aged under 3) HK$60 HK$80 HK$80
- You may visit this WEBSITE for more details.
8:00 AM: ETA
- To get a map, you may proceed to the tourist information center.
Our goal is to conquer EUROPE in a day! hahaha
So our itinerary is to visit the Fisherman’s Wharf, Senado Square, Churches, Ruins, The Venetian, Outlet Shops and Parisian Macau.
So we head first to Fisherman’s Wharf
- This is walking distance to the ferry port, about 15-20 mins walk.
- Once you exit the port, turn left and walk straight
- If you want to have that European Feels, then this is it. It’s an old amusement park with a bit of Rome on one side and Greece on the other.
- Entrance: FREE
Across the road is SAND’s Macao – This casino has an Turkish feels in it (so a side trip to Turkey isn’t a bad idea! hahaha).
- Roam around if you want and take pictures
- We then head on to the free shuttle bus to Grand Lisboa or Wynn Hotel
- You can take some photos first before heading to Senado Square
Senado Square is around 15 mins walk from the Grand Lisboa – The road leading to it will give you some Portuguese Street Feels. Senado Square is your mini Portugal! From the floors to the buildings to the street signs. Take note also of the mini streets in the area where you can feel some SPANISH loving windows.
- The end of the square will lead you to St. Dominic’s Church . Pray first and head on to the Ruin’s of St. Paul’s Church . This is Macau’s UNESCO heritage site.
- The alleys surrounding this place are full of food souvenir shops and street food. So if you’re hungry but broke. Try Food Hopping to these shops and munch those FREE-TASTE cookies, biscuits and Meat Jerkies! They’re everywhere! Trust Me! “di ka magugutom!”
After Senado Square, we make a little shopping detour and found ourselves in an overrun store near Grand Lisboa.
We then make our way from Grand Lisboa to Sintra Hotel (at the opposite street) and waited for the free shuttle to the CITY OF DREAMS. The facade of this hotel casino is similar to that of BARCELONA. So you can take photos first or watch shows (i watched one before and it’s amazingly spectacular!). At the front of the hotel is the famous VENETIAN, Macau. So if you want to wrap your feed with a bit of Italy on it, then this is the place! This hotel houses the indoor Venice Style Gondola. The facade, the interiors is definitely Italian. So don’t forget to eat Spaghetti and Pizza inside to complete the feeling!
Our last stop is ofcourse the PARISIAN! We head on to the free shuttle bus from Venetian to Parisian, Macau. The Parisian is just beside the Venetian, so you can just walk if you want.
This is actually my first time in the PARISIAN and i was in awe when i saw the interior. It was very beautiful. It’s like i’m immerse in France in an instant. As you finished strolling and making a wish in their fountain, don’t forget to head outside to see the beautiful Eiffel Tower. It’s gorgeous specially at night.
You can opt to go inside the tower if you want.
Main Entrance from Level 5 , Eiffel Tower Souvenir Shop 550OPENING HOURS
Daily 11:00am – 10:00pm (Weather Permitting), Last Entry at 9:15pmPRICE
MOP 110 (Adults)
MOP 90 (Children – age 12 or under)
MOP 318 (Family Pack – 2 Adults & 2 Children)
After our tiring European 1 Day Tour. It’s time to go back to Hong Kong. The Parisian has a FREE shuttle bus to the ferry terminal. So just take note of the last shuttle bus schedule to avoid missing your ferry.
Macau is like an delusional city. It’s like a dream but a beautiful and happy dream. So if you’re not prepare yet to a real Europe tour like me, then Macau isn’t a bad idea. I’ll be coming back for sure! But next time, i’ll try to gamble a little and spend a fraction to those slot machines! hahahah … So Wish me luck!