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Getting Around Macau

Air

Macau is too small for domestic flights to be useful.

Road

The island is accessible via three bridges running from the peninsula to Taipa Island. Another connects the Cotai Strip (the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane) to the Macau-China border at Zhuhai.

Side of the road

Left

Road Quality

Although generally well surfaced, many roads in Macau are narrow, winding and steep; traffic can be congested throughout the day.

Car Hire

Since the territory is small, with good public transport and affordable taxis, it is generally not necessary to hire a car. If it is required, however, car hire is easily available through several agencies including large international companies; drivers must be over 21. Chauffeur-driven limousines are also available.

Taxi

Taxis are either black with a cream-coloured top, or all-yellow (the latter are radio taxis). They generally have a destination guide written in Chinese, English and Portuguese, which is helpful since many drivers speak little English and may know only the Chinese names for key sites. Prices are reasonable and meters are used. There are surcharges for luggage carried in the boot, for taking a taxi from the airport or travelling from Macau to Coloane.

Rickshaws and pedicabs (cycle rickshaws): These are available for hire but many of Macau's attractions are located on hilltops, beyond the reach of even the strongest-legged pedicab driver. Prices should always be agreed in advance.

Bike

You can hire bikes on Taipa and Coloane but can't take them to the mainland. Bear in mind that parts of Macau are quite hilly, so cycling can be hard work; generally speaking, Coloane is the most suitable area for cycling.

Coach

Buses run between the peninsula, Taipa and Coloane, as well as to the airport (you can catch bus AP1, AP1X, MT1, MT2, MT4, N2, 26, 36, 51A).

Regulations

The speed limit varies according to the road type. In built-up areas it can be as low as 20kph (12mph) or as high as 60kph (37mph), while on open roads and highways the highest limit is 80kph (50mph).

Breakdown services

Car hire agencies should be able to provide contact details for breakdown services.

Documentation

An International Driving Permit is recommended.

Urban travel

The main areas of interest to tourists are compact enough to get around on foot, while longer journeys (including those between the peninsula and the islands) are easily made by taxi or bus.

Rail

Water

A harbour sightseeing cruise offers the opportunity to sail along the city’s coastline while taking in the views of attractions including the A-Ma Temple and the Macau Tower. The Macau Harbour Cruise runs daily from the historical Inner Harbour.