Getting Around in Macau, China

Visitors to Macau are frequently surprised by the orderly way that traffic moves in this small city. On average some 130,000 vehicles each day take to the narrow and winding roads in an area of under 30 square kilometers, so a well ordered traffic plan has proved vital. Some 80% of the roads are one-way and this ensures that outside the morning and evening peak periods there is little congestion. A plentiful supply of taxis at the airport and ferry terminals together with an excellent public bus service helps with the movement of people at all times. An important feature of which the visitor should be aware is that the traffic in Macau moves on the left hand side of the road.

Bus

  • Transmac

    TRANSMAC and TCM are the two bus companies operating all public and mini buses in the city. Bus lines cover almost all the attractions and hotels on the Macau Peninsular and the main scenic spots on the outlying islands of Taipa and Coloane. The routes operate on a one-way circuit around the city. This means you would not necessarily have the same stops on a return trip. Ask the drivers for details. Most public buses are air-conditioned middle-sized vehicles capable of carrying more than 20 people. There are no conductors so it is necessary for you to have the appropriate change in coins before getting aboard. For the ride within the Peninsular, the fare is 2.5 MOP$. Several bus lines going further to the islands of Taipa and Coloane charge three to five Macanese dollars. The ride to Macau International Airport on the island of Taipa from the Peninsular is six MOP$. The operating hours of most buses are from 6:00 to 24:00.

    Bus Nos. 21, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A run between the Macau Peninsular and islands of Taipa and Coloane

    Bus Nos. 11, 22, 28A, 33 and 34 run between the Macau Peninsular and island of Taipa.

    API is a special line plying between the Macau International Airport on the island of Taipa and the Macau Peninsular

    Tip: We suggest visitors try to avoid the peak morning and evening traffic periods when people crowd onto buses to go to work or return home. All bus stop signs have route descriptions in both Chinese and Portuguese. English versions of the local map can be obtained from the counters of the Macau Tourist Bureau on Senado Square in the downtown area of the city.

Taxi

  • Macau International Airport

    As the airport in the city, the MIA website also covers various information on sightseeing, events and festivals, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, hotels, travel agents, conferences and exhibitions in Macau. To facilitate visitors to use public transportation, the website also offers a bus route map which clearly indicates the bus stops, hotels and tourist attractions on routes.

Car Rental

  • Macau carrentales

    Car rental is not a popular option in Macau given the territory's high population density and small size. Avis provides car rental services in Macau and you have the option of renting the car with or without a driver. Roads are generally well maintained and directional signs are in both Chinese and Portuguese. Unlike in mainland China, international driving permits (IDP's) are accepted in Macau, and traffic moves on the left side of the road with most cars being right-hand drive (largely due to influences from neighbouring Hong Kong).

Driving

Distance unit
Metric (km/h)
Traffic system
Left-hand drive

Traffic Patterns

Traffic moves on the left side of the road with most cars being right-hand drive .


Safety

If you wish to drive a mainland China, your vehicle must have a second set of number plates issued by the Guangdong authorities, and you would need to carry an additional Mainland license, as the Chinese government does not recognise Hong Kong, Macau or foreign licenses. You would also need to change sides of the road at the border.

Traditional

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Scooters are a wonderful way to see the sites of Macau, they are also the primary mode of transport for locals due to Macau's narrow streets and lack of car parking space. Scooters will seat one or two people and can provide the convenience to see some of the more beautiful and less crowded spots in Macau, such as Coloane Village, Cheoc Van Beach or the Portuguese fort. Macau is very small and it is easy to navigate around, while driving is much less hectic and more civilized than in other places in Asia.


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As in Hong Kong, cycle rickshaws (triciclo orriquexó) are a dying breed, although a few still lurk around tourist haunts like the ferry terminal and Hotel Lisboa. Prices are negotiable, but a few hours of city touring by triciclo might cost around $200.

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