Macau Day Trips from Hong Kong
Located across the Pearl River Estuary from Hong Kong, Macau is an autonomous Chinese territory known for its casinos and its historical center. This former Portuguese colony—today a UNESCO World Heritage Site—showcases a mix of Portuguese and Chinese architecture. Here’s what you need to know about day trips to Macau from Hong Kong.
Full-day tours highlight Macau’s top attractions, such as A-Ma Temple, the Ruins of St. Paul’s, and Largo do Senado (Senate Square), and sometimes include a drive along the Guia Circuit, where the Macau Grand Prix is held. Group tours often end with a stop at one of Macau’s casinos before returning to the ferry terminal. Some tours allow time to visit the popular landmark Macau Tower, while others may just include a pass-by.
For flexibility and customized service, opt for a private tour, which includes the main sights with the added bonus of personalized commentary from a private guide. Private tours may include additional sites not usually visited on group tours, such as the Maritime Museum, the Mandarin’s House, and Lilau Square. Some tours include a casino visit or lunch at the Macau Tower’s revolving restaurant.
Things to Know
Most day trips to Macau are by boat; it’s usually a 1-hour ride.
Day trips range from 10 to 14 hours due to travel time.
Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off and the round-trip ferry ticket, but some do not, so make sure to check the inclusions.
If you’re planning to stay in Macau, look for a tour with a one-way ferry ticket from Hong Kong instead of round-trip.
You may need a visa to enter Macau, depending on your country of citizenship; it’s your responsibility to obtain and pay for any visas.