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  • willbegone
    Chicago97 contributions
    A top tourist attraction in historic transport with great harbor views at a reasonable price. Locals don’t use this so much because taking the subway is much quicker. Due to the halting of most tourism, the Star Ferry is in financial trouble. Hopefully, it will continue to operate.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • Tyaz
    244 contributions
    Large ferry so you don't feel the wave, the terminal building is also large and clean. Unfortunatelly there's lack of food stall on terminal
    Written November 28, 2019
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  • OrderintheHouse
    Brisbane2,563 contributions
    From 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 my wife and I organised an interesting 18 day South East Asian adventure to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary visiting Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

    Two nights were spent in Hong Kong and two nights In Macau and we travelled to Macau from Hong Kong on the fast TurboJet Hong Kong –Macau Ferry.

    We chose to pre-purchase our ferry tickets online from Brisbane through Direct Ferries Limited before our Asia trip commenced. This was an efficient process.

    We took the 11.00 am ferry from the ferry terminal at Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island on 30 December 2019 and reached the Macau Outer Harbour ferry terminal 55 minutes later. The Turbojet catamaran’s exterior is distinctively painted a bright red. The interior resembles the inside of an aircraft. Our reserved seats were on the upper level of the ferry and were reasonably comfortable. They were pink in colour and incorporated a fold up tray table. We were given window seats next to quite good, large viewing windows.

    The directional signage at the Hong Kong Terminal at times was found wanting so we relied on asking the staff for assistance. We have to say that some of the staff here were rather indifferent to us. They were only willing; it seemed, to be as helpful as they felt they needed to be. Public relations could be greatly improved here.

    Because we were having two nights in Macau we checked in our main luggage. However we had our usual airport hand luggage which we took on board. My wife had a backpack which she was allowed to take with her to her seat. However, I had a conventional correct size carry on luggage case which the staff insisted had to be left in a dedicated but exposed area downstairs, well away from my seat and out of my sight. There appeared to be no staff member closely guarding all these cases raising questions about the possibility of compromising luggage security. I personally found this situation disconcerting. So, my advice to travellers who are planning a trip which includes an overnight stay in Macau and they plan to get to Macau by ferry, is to choose a backpack as their airport carry on luggage .

    The actual ferry ride was fast and efficient and the ride was quite smooth throughout. To us it was just a fast sea travel experience with little outstanding scenery on the journey. The service at the Macau Terminal on our arrival was friendlier than our experience at the Hong Kong Terminal.

    Taking the ferry with TurboJet is a convenient, efficient way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau. However, we felt there is room for improvements.
    Written July 31, 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom7,511 contributions
    If you’re planning a day trip to Cheung Chau island, this is your ferry. It’s the only one to Cheung Chau. It really couldn’t be easier. The ferries run all day, roughly every 30-40 min from #5 Central Pier (the same place that the Star ferries leave from).
    Central Pier is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so just walk halfway down to #5. You can’t go wrong.
    You don’t even have to plan ahead because you buy your ticket at the gate (or use Octopus card) so you can make a spontaneous decision to go or not, on the day. Handy if weather is looking iffy because you want a good, sunny day for Cheung Chau.
    The only decision you have to make is whether to take the big, slow ferry or the small, fast ferry. Unlike Goldilocks, there is no middle ‘just right’ option.
    Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and costs $13.6HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that time and is almost double the cost, $26.8HKD (it’s a bit more on Sundays). Either way, it is incredibly cheap travel for what is a very scenic ride.
    If you tend to get queasy on boats, I’d recommend the fast ferry. It’s a smoother ride and has a/c throughout. However, the thing I really like about the slow ferry is that you can sit outside and enjoy the view, making it a very cruisy trip.
    There are toilets on both ferries, plenty of room for bulky bags and backpacks and you can buy drinks and some snacks.
    We caught the fast ferry both ways on our recent trip to Cheung Chau, but only because there was one leaving shortly.
    Written October 4, 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,923 contributions
    SkyPier is the ferry terminal located in the restricted departure area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). This terminus opened in 2009, providing direct, air-to-sea ferry service to Macau and various ports of call in nearby mainland China.

    Eligible passengers are those who arrive by flight into HKG who want to transfer directly to destinations covered by the ferry companies without passing through Hong Kong immigration. You can also use ferry service to SkyPier as long as you are flying out of HKG with an eligible airline for upstream check-in service. Passengers will need to review which participating airlines list for eligibility directly on the HKG SkyPier website.

    There are other important rules/requirements of using SkyPier to be aware of including the need to be at the SkyPier check-in desk 60 minutes prior to outbound departures if you are scheduled to land at HKG and have luggage. Skypier staff will retrieve the luggage for you and have it boarded to the outbound ferry. You then retrieve it when the ferry arrives in Macau or other Chinese port of call. If you don't have luggage, you must arrive 30 minutes before departure from SkyPier.

    Similar check-in requirements are in place for ferry departures arriving at SkyPier for your outbound flights. Again, passengers need to check into the details to make sure they have enough time to make use of SkyPier ferry services.

    Note: With the recent introduction of the HZMB crossing linking Hong Kong to Macau by bridge with 24 hour bus and shuttle service, the number of regularly scheduled departures from SkyPier to/from Macau has been greatly reduced over the past year. As of recently, there are now only 2-3 daily departures by TurboJet and Cotai Water Jet, the two ferry service providers that cover the SkyPier to Macau routes.

    As such, it is very possible that you will do better to simply exit HKG airport and make way to the nearby Hong Kong Port at HZMB for the short 45 minute shuttle transfer to Macau instead of waiting several hours for the next ferry departure from SkyPier.
    Written March 10, 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,923 contributions
    This is a ferry pier located around 8-10 minute walk rom University MTR Station at Science Park in Sha Tin. Services are provided by Kaito Ferry Services and you can view updated route and times on their website. Here you can take ferry trips to popular UNESCO Global Geopark locations and hiking trails.

    There is good signage as you approach the pier so that you know where to go to find ticket booths and the vessel that you need to board. ticket purchases can be made with cash or Octopus Cards. Do be aware that ferry departures are very limited so make sure you are fully aware of the published departure times and days beforehand.

    Popular ferry destinations include Kat O/Ap Chau (1.5 hour journey), Lai Chi Wo (1.5 hours), Lai Chi Chung (45 minutes) Tap Mun (also called Grass Island) - 1.5 hours, Tung Ping Chau (1.5 hours) and Wong Shek (2 hours). Some destinations are serviced daily but others further away, are only served on weekend and public holidays. The ferries fill up quite quickly with hikers on weekends as well so best to arrive 20-30 minutes before scheduled departure. Once full, vessels will depart so you may be able to leave early. They have extra vessels on hand when passenger numbers are high.

    The ferry rides pass through the Tolo Harbour and channel. If sky conditions are favourable, the views are very good, something of a hidden gem for scenery here in Hong Kong. They have toilets onboard and mostly open covered outdoor seating. If the weather is poor, they pull down plastic sheets to provide protection from the rain and waves. Otherwise, ferry rides are rather uneventful. Enjoy the views or catch up on a bit of reading until you arrive at your intended destination.
    Written November 29, 2022
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