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.