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Riding the bus on the bridge from Hong Kong to Macau

Riding the bus on the bridge from Hong Kong to Macau

Old Dec 22, 18, 9:19 am
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Riding the bus on the bridge from Hong Kong to Macau

Any advice on where to buy tickets, where boarding is, any information appreciated. Been to Macau several times, and this time in Hong Kong, I would like to experience the bus ride on the bridge.
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Old Dec 22, 18, 10:05 am
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It depends which approach you want to take: a direct bus from various places in Hong Kong to Macau, or a step-by-step approach by public transport to the bridge, then the shuttle bus across the bridge.
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Old Dec 23, 18, 2:12 am
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I tried the shuttle bus shortly after bridge opening.

There are various ways to get to the HK side of the bridge. The most convenient for me was:
- bus to Kowloon station
- Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay (20 mins, roughly every 7.5 mins in daytime)
- then B5 bus to HK Port (35 mins incl Disneyland detour on morning outbound trips, every 12 mins)

Use Octopus card for tickets. Paper tickets are available to buy but there is no reason to do this if you start from HK.

In the HK Port building, you exit through HK emigration, then buy tickets for the shuttle bus. You can only buy single tickets for immediate departure. The cost is HK$65 adults and HK$33 for over 65s. You can pay by cash, card, Octopus or various mobile payments.

RMB and MOP cash are additionally accepted, but only 100 and MOP100 notes with change in HKD. Interestingly, 100 patacas, which you buy for HK$97.20 in Macau, is treated as 100 HK dollars. So if you have patacas an adult ticket is effectively HK$62.2 (4.3% rebate) and a senior ticket is effectively HK$30.2 (8.5% rebate), better than reward points on credit card, though in absolute terms rather minuscule.

In RMB the price is 58, but no arbitrage is possible since an exchange rate is used i.e. you get HK$47 in change from 100.

You then queue up for the shuttle bus. Although the tickets have individual QR codes, checks were manual and not particularly thorough. Despite having 3-4 staff counting pax onto each bus, they always got it wrong and either needed to send a few extra people on or a few people returned to the front of the queue. This is because many different designs of bus are used.

Traffic is to mainland standards driving on the right, except HK road signs are used for a few kilometres up to the HK maritime border. In spite of this the majority of buses have HK plates and are right-hand drive. Some buses are boarded from a front door, some from a back door, and some you have to walk round onto the road because the door is on the wrong side.

I went early in the morning on a weekday. I waited about 10 minutes for the shuttle bus. Every time a bus was full it was dispatched, but only one bus was loaded at one time though there was enough road space to load 6 buses at once. The drive across the bridge took 40 minutes. Speed limits are 100km/h up to the HK maritime border then 80km/h under mainland traffic rules. There are speed cameras. My GPS showed my bus keeping to 77km/h. It was overtaken by the shuttle bus behind.

The Macau port building involves long walks and many escalators. There are lots of immigration lanes but most were shut. There is a senior priority lane, which had a very long queue while the e-gates had no wait. Random people wearing vests marked CHINA SECURITY are everywhere. Once you get out, go to the middle of the road which leads to the free "integrated casino shuttles". There is one to "main" Macau and one to Taipa, but they only start at 10am. Before that, you need to take the public bus 101X/102X which costs MOP$6, cash only (HKD accepted) or by Macau Pass.

Macau to HK: you can buy tickets both before and after Macau emigration. Long queues pre-emigration and no queues post. Price is MOP 65 this time. For cash payments, unlike everywhere else in Macau, they won't give change in HKD if you pay in HKD. Lots of mainland residents trying to pay with HK$1000 and HK$500 notes being lumbered with non-useful MOP (well, they can use it to buy the tickets back from HK).

Again only 5 minutes wait for the shuttle bus, this time the driver was speeding at 84km/h and overtook two other shuttle buses. He braked sharply for a speed camera on the HK side.

BTW, if you want a nice view or choice of seats, then you can always let other people in front of you so that you are first onto a new bus. But if you don't speak Cantonese or Mandarin you may have some trouble communicating this to the staff in the no-man's land, because they all appeared to be mainland residents. The HK building had some HK staff, who were wearing proper suits unlike the casual polo shirt uniform everyone else wore.

Conclusion, for me, it takes just as much time as the ferry, and no difference in comfort but significantly cheaper, as long as you go early before crowds start to form, and avoid weekends.
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! Thank you so much for the thorough and detailed response. That was exactly what I was looking for. I'm looking forward to the adventure!
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I'll be staying in Wanchai, and would like to take the bus to Macau. What the best way to get to the bus from there using mtr?
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Old Dec 25, 18, 12:16 pm
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Myself, I would take the MTR two stops to Central, change there to the Tung Chung line and get off at Sunny Bay, then follow the itinerary above.

I'm sure there are also some direct bus services from around Wanchai to Macau, but don't know the details.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 11:45 am
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I'll be staying in Wanchai, and would like to take the bus to Macau. What the best way to get to the bus from there using mtr?
Catch the A11 Bus on Gloucester Road in Wanchai. Stop 23 is HZMB Passenger Clearance Building .
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Old Dec 29, 18, 8:55 am
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Old Jan 13, 19, 9:29 pm
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One can go from HKIA directly to Macau via ferry without going through immigration of HK. Is there such option going via the newly built HMZ Bridge since it starts from the airport at HK?
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Old Jan 13, 19, 11:12 pm
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No there isn't. It starts near the airport, but not at it.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by 889 View Post
It depends which approach you want to take: a direct bus from various places in Hong Kong to Macau, or a step-by-step approach by public transport to the bridge, then the shuttle bus across the bridge.
Thanks to :D! for the step-by step of the public-transport option. Does anyone have any experience with one of the direct buses? Are there any that leave from HK Island / Central? I have only been able to find ones that leave from Kowloon.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 9:09 pm
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I took the shuttle bus method last week. Interestingly, I saw what looked like a small homeless camp on the HK port island, underneath an overpass, in an area where there would not ordinarily be pedestrians or anyone else. It looked like they had suitcases with them, and some other supplies that implied they weren't just resting there. I tried to imagine the situation they were in to get themselves stranded on the port island.
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! Very thorough reply. Great.
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Old Jun 6, 19, 6:35 pm
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If one wishes to throw a bit more money at the problem to get there faster, it looked to me like you could ride the Airport express to HKG and then take a short bus ride, is that right?
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Old Jun 6, 19, 7:06 pm
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If one wishes to throw a bit more money at the problem to get there faster, it looked to me like you could ride the Airport express to HKG and then take a short bus ride, is that right?
You can take the AEx to HKIA, then the A bus to the bridge bus terminus.
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