When traveling in Macau, it is important to know the transportation routes in the city. It can prevent getting lost and plan your trip better. Let me share with you the traffic situation in Macau today.
Light Rapid Transit (LRT)
A frequent bus service runs between the Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Route information in Chinese and Portuguese is posted at every bus stop detailing destinations, itineraries and stops.
The bus fare is MOP6.00 and passengers should prepare adequate coins for the fare as no change is given on the buses, all of which are air-conditioned. Routes go to and from different spots in the Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane including Macau International Airport. Some buses even traverse narrow streets and alleys in Macao.
Like everywhere else, it is best to avoid travelling during peak hours. It is also recommended that you bring a map in order to better locate your destination.
For route information, please visit: www.dsat.gov.mo/bus, or contact the following transportation (bus) companies:
TRANSMAC – Transportes Urbanos de Macau, S.A.R.L.
Enquiries: +853 2827 1122
TCM – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau, S.A.
Enquiries: +853 2885 0060
Macau Pass is an electronic payment system using IC card technology installed on all public transport in Macao. Passengers need not use coins, and can also use the pass to make purchases at convenience stores, some bakeries, and vending machines.
Light Rapid Transit (LRT)
The first stretch of the Macao Light Rapid Transit (LRT) elevated railway is now open, meaning swifter journeys for visitors to Cotai and elsewhere on the island of Taipa.
Macao’s new public transport infrastructure is 9.3-km long and connects 11 stations. Among them are stops serving important transport hubs – Macau International Airport, the Taipa Ferry Terminal, and the Lotus Bridge checkpoint with Hengqin – and tourism hotspots such as Taipa Village, the Macau Jockey Club, and the integrated resorts in Cotai district.
From west to east, the stations are Ocean, Jockey Club, Stadium, Pai Kok, Cotai West, Lotus Checkpoint, East Asian Games, Cotai East, MUST, Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal. A journey from end to end takes about 25 minutes.
The trains run at intervals of 5 to 10 minutes from 6.30 a.m. to 11.15 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays, and from 6.30 a.m. to 11.59 p.m. from Fridays to Sundays and on public holidays.
Macao Light Rapid Transit Corporation, Limited
Tel: +853 2881 3721, +853 2881 3722, +853 2881 3730
Hotline: +853 8506 6171
Hotline: +853 8296 4888
The taxi in Macao is in black with a cream roof. The flag-fall charge is MOP19.00 for the first 1600 metres, with MOP2.00 added for every 240 metres thereafter. MOP2.00 is charged for waiting per minute at the passenger’s request. There is a MOP3.00 surcharge for each item of luggage carried in the boot. For radio taxi service, please call +853 8500 0000 / +853 2828 3283.
There is a MOP5.00 surcharge for boarding a taxi at Macau International Airport, the taxi station of Taipa Ferry Terminal, University of Macau, COTAI Frontier Post and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Frontier Post at Macao Port or journeys from Macao to Coloane. From Taipa to Coloane, a MOP2.00 surcharge applies, while there is no surcharge from Macao to Taipa or from the islands to Macao.
In addition, there is also a special radio taxi service, which the vehicle is either in blue or red in colour. For special radio taxi service, please call: +853 288 12345, visit macaotaxi.com/en, download mobile app “Macao Taxi” or scan the QR code of the taxi. Like normal taxi, the fare of the special radio taxi is charged according to the taximeter, please go to macaotaxi.com/en to check the fare details or contact Macau Radio Taxi Services Limited at +853 8893 9999.
If you prefer to drive yourself with a map and guide, you can hire a car and travel around Macao at your own pace. To obtain permission to drive in Macao, please consult the Traffic Department of the Public Security Police Force at Tel: +853 2837 4214 / +853 8898 9593 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For companies of Self-Drive Rent-a-Car, please visit: industry.macautourism.gov.mo/en/license/search.php?page_id=89&com_type=18
The pedicab – or tricycle rickshaw – is a uniquely leisurely, romantic and airy form of transport which visitors can hire to tour the captivating waterfront of Nam Van Lake and Sai Van Lake as well as the older historic streets of downtown Macao. Hired at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal or near Hotel Lisboa, it is recommended that you confirm the price with the rider prior to embarking upon your adventure.
These are the 5 modes of transportation in the city that you need to know when traveling to Macau. Knowing these can make your travel in Macau smoother.