Sample DIY Macau Tour from HongKong

This Macau itinerary applies for those travelers who wish to visit Macau from Hong Kong as a day trip travel. I researched this in different travel forums.

Getting around Macau

8:00 – Depart on a TurboJet.

9:00 – Arrival at Macau (Ferry Terminal). Upon arrival, make sure to get free tourist Macau maps at the Tourist Information Center. Then take a 5 to 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal to Fisherman’s Wharf.

9:30 – Fisherman’s Wharf, stroll around, take pictures.

Fisherman's Wharf, Macau

10:30 – From Fisherman’s Wharf, walk back to Ferry Terminal then ride ride a free shuttle bus going to Grand Lisboa, Hotel Liboa, or Grand Emperor Hotel. Start hotel hopping!

Grand Lisboa, Macau

11:30 – Lunch at Senado Square. A 15 to 20-minute walk from hotels. Make sure to ask directions on how to go Senado Square to English-speaking policemen scattered around.

Ruins of St. Paul, Macau

Senado Square, Macau

Somewhere in Macau's market

13:00 – Stroll around Senado Square, walk and walk until you reach San Ma Lo (a street selling Beef Jerky and lots of souvenirs), then Ruins St. Paul’s Cathedral (大三巴), Monte FortMacau Museum(澳門博物館), Na Tcha Temple (left side if facing Ruins) then go down and walk to your right, Camoes Garden, St. Anthony Church. They are near to each other so start picture taking.

Heritage walking tour in Macau

15:00 – From the Camoes Garden, ride bus #17, 4th stop as you are going to Guia Hill (東望洋炮台). Then ride a cable car for MOP$3.80 round trip going to Guia Fortress and it’s Lighthouse.

16:00 – Ride bus #18 going to Macau tower. Then explore Macau Tower, if you wish to go inside, there’s an entrance fee of MOP$80.

17:00 – Ride bus #18 going to A-Ma temple (Opening hours 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

18:00 – Ride bus #21A from A-ma temple to Venetian Hotel. Spend at least 2 hours exploring Venetian Hotel.

If you still have enough time, go back to those hotels like Wynn Hotel, Grand Lisboa, etc. and have a night photo shot. You can also get some freebies like water bottles, ballpens, fans, free spins to wins a goodies, etc.

Macau Tips: Try asking some English-speaking guards or tourist on how to watch The Bubble Show (a 10-minute 4D visual adventure) for FREE at City Of Dreams. It’s an hourly show from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The above time might not be accurate. I suggest leaving the tourist spot 15 minutes earlier to allow waiting time for the bus.

Minimum time to spend for each destination:
Fisherman’s Wharf – At least 45 minutes
Guia Fortress – At least 1 hour
Leal Senado/Senado Square to Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral – At least 1 hour
Venetian Hotel – At least 2 hours
Wynn, Grand Lisboa, Hotel Lisboa, etc. – At least 45 minutes

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  • pusangkalye

    fairness naalala mo in detail ang ginawa nyo ha.ito problema ko,memory gap.after 2 months na diko masulat ang travel experience ko marami nang lapses in information.diko na ma-recall.hahahaha

  • jackie

    I like your itinerary. I will do the same for our trip 😛

  • Ada

    hehe actually nakasave itong itinery sa email ko woot!

  • Ada

    Thanks Jackie, though on the Fisherman’s Wharf part, we stayed for about 2 hours because we are photo addict lol.

  • Christine

    Finally! A recent blog of a DIY Day Tour in Macau (from HK) by a Filipino.

    Exactly what I needed most esp that I am travelling solo.


  • Ada

    Hi Christine, good luck on your travels. 😉 Both places are safe anyway 😉

  • leandra

    thank u Ada! will be having a trip in Dec including HK-Macau and this post is very helpful in planning our itinerary, :)

  • Ada

    You’re welcome Leandra! This is only a 1-day tour. Will post a 2-day tour soon 😉

  • Joan

    We will be having our tour next month and this post of yours really helps a lot. Thanks for this.

  • kristine

    Hello Ada, have a u remember how much the ferry cost? thank you

  • Ada Lajara

    We went there 2 years ago and it was 150++ HKD. Not sure how much now. You can check out TurboJet 😉

  • Escape Hunter

    Macau… awesome mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture and besides that, it’s Asia’s “gambling capital” :)