How to travel between Macau and Hong Kong by Ferry
Hong Kong and Macau, though both parts of China, are what’s known as “Special Administrative Regions”. Simply put, after centuries of western colonial rule, these two cities are guaranteed a certain degree of autonomy, with their own laws, currency, immigration requirements, and more. Even though both cities are part of China, one has to go through immigration when moving between one city and the other, or between either city and mainland China.
Hong Kong and Macau are located quite close to each other - less than 40 miles by sea, and the easiest way to cross from one maritime SAR to the other is by ferry.
We booked tickets on the earliest morning ferry between Macau and Hong Kong, which was due to depart at 7:00am. We took a taxi from our hotel to the Macau Port. It was too early to check in, but we grabbed a can of iced coffee from a vending machine and sat down to wait.
There are several restaurants and souvenir shops at the ferry port, and even a 7-11 convenience store.
Tickets are available for purchase online or at the port, however you must have your passport with you in order to book tickets.
A one-way ticket between Macau and Hong Kong costs $160 HKD (or MOP).
The voyage takes around one hour.
Traveling by boat was much more comfortable and easier than flying. We did have to go through immigration both upon leaving Macau and when arriving in Hong Kong, but this hardly took any time whatsoever. Soon, we were waiting at our gate, looking out at the ferry boats waiting to carry passengers to Hong Kong as the sun slowly rose over the South China Sea.
We stowed our luggage at the back of the ferry. The luggage area was large, and there was plenty of space for all of the passengers to stow their suitcases.
Every ticket has an assigned seat, and we found ours easily. Since it was so early, the ferry was only about one-third full. The seats were larger than airplane seats, and very comfortable.
There was a coffee/drink/snack service during the trip.
The ferry had clean and comfortable toilets for passengers.