The best way to reach Macau from India is by air. The Macau International Airport, located in Taipa Island, is well-connected to major Indian airports. While there are no direct flights from India to Macau, popular airlines fly to Macau from New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. The shortest flight time is around 12 hours, while flights with layovers may take more than 20 hours.
The only airport in Macau is the Macau International Airport located at Taipa Island, around 10 kms away. The other international airport close to Macau is the Hong Kong International Airport, located about 39 kms away. Both the airports are connected to the major cities in China, Korea, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian cities through regular flights.
Air India, Air Macau, Jet Airways, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, and Shanghai Airlines fly to Macau. Apart from these, around 15 airlines fly internationally to Macau, with layovers mostly in Southeast Asia. Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, and Kuala Lumpur are common layover points. Flights to Macau are more expensive during the winter tourist season between October and December.
Macau is connected to mainland China through two main gates – the Barrier Gate at Portas do Cerco, and the Gongbei Port of Entry at Zhuhai. China’s Guangdong Province is connected to Macau through the Lotus Bridge, which takes 2.5-3.5 hours. One can take a taxi, bus, or rent a car to reach Macau from mainland China or Hong Kong. Bus shuttles and cross-border coaches are also available from the airport.
There is no direct train service to Macau, and the nearest station is at the Zhuhai Railway Station near Guangzhou. A quick ferry ride from Gongbei Port takes tourists to Macau.
There are bus services from Guangzhou, Dongguan and Zhuhai.
Tourists from mainland China and Hong Kong can avail ferry services to reach Macau. Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan Macau Terminal has ferries that depart to Macau every 15 minutes all day, with a 60-minute ride in tow. Terminals are also available at Kowloon and Hong Kong International Airport. The Sheung Wan terminal is the busiest and runs for the longest time among the others. A one-way ferry ride from Hong Kong costs about HKD 160-180. The two major service providers are TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet.