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“First class seats a bit better than standard class”
Review of Cotai Water Jet

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Cotai Water Jet Round-Trip Ferry Tickets Between Hong Kong and Macau
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Owner description: Our maritime jet fleet – renowned for its fast, efficient, and hassle free service – offers passengers up to 86 sailings per day between the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, the Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal, the Hong Kong Airport Skypier, and the Macau-Taipa Ferry Terminal and Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminals.
Reviewed April 9, 2012

We used CotaiJet on a recent trip to Macau and thought it was time for an update on this ferry boat. Having used the NW First Ferry (operated by TurboJet) and Turbojet ferries recently as well, we still feel the CotaiJet boats are in better (newer) condition than the others, making them slightly better boats to use for your trip between Hong Kong and Macau. However, the difference between the boats is not very much and the price for the journey is about the same.

We opted for the first class tickets this time around. As the boats are pretty much the same, we had basically the same arrangement as with first class trips on the NW First Ferry and TurboJet boats in the past. We were seated at a table, in the upstairs seating area, with reclining seats which are nice but not hugely necessary when you are on just a 50-60 minute ferry journey. In the first class section, staff provide you with a corn flavored cup noodles and our choose of beverage including soft drinks and beer. Again, nice but not particularly important on a short journey like this.

The best benefit of going first class with CotaiJet, same with the others, is that they allow you to exit the ferry first, before the standard class ticket holders, allowing you to make a beeline to the immigration area in Macau, which is notoriously slow. This can save you noticeable time clearing immigration queues and moving out of the ferry terminal to start your sightseeing in Macau. If you are only here for a day trip, all time is valuable so this makes first class a good option.

Costs for first class seats are HK$228 instead of HK$178 for standard class tickets. In terms of the journey experience, if you are a large family, its not worth the extra spend in our opinion but if you want more comfortable seats and the ability to beat the crowds to the immigration line in Macau, it may be worth the extra spend.

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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Seats were a lot better and it felt like the trip was a lot faster when we rode the Cotaijet back to HK. It's more expensive that Turbojet though.

Docking area was really close to the MTR station, so getting from Shun Tak Center to North Point (where our hotel was at) was a breeze.

Took the 2nd to the last ferry to depart before midnight. Good thing the train was until 1AM, so we made it back quicker and cheaper than riding a cab. :)

Thank EYLAH44
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

There's a few different ways to get to Macau from Hong Kong, but most people will take the ferry. (If rough weather curtailed getting there and back, theoretically you could drive through China, but then that would present all sorts of problems if you don't have a visa for China in your passport.) You've got a choice of Turbojet (a little utiltarian) or Cotaijet - which goes to the Cotai terminal rather than the older ferry terminal in Macau.

Cotaijet is preferable for a few reasons. Firstly, the ferries are newer and a bit more pleasant - they feel more roomy, are lit better, the seats are slightly more comfortable.
Secondly, the Cotai terminal is better; I've always been processed by customs much faster than through the old terminal.

You're close to the airport, which is probably irrelevant to most people - it's hard to find a case where it's cheaper to take the ferry to Macau and then fly from Macau vs flying directly from Hong Kong, but I suppose that might happen - but you're also closer to the Cotai strip, where most of the newer and more palatial casinos are. Transport is slightly worse from the new terminal if you are going to try to get a taxi - they're usually few and far between - but that's probably because it's well served by free buses to and from the casinos, which is probably where you're headed anyway.

I've said that there's food available to purchase, because ostensibly there is, but the last few times I've been on the ferry, staff have done a good job of making themselves invisible so you could struggle to buy any food on the ferry - in any case, you'd be better off bringing something to eat from Macau / Hong Kong when you're travelling, as it's not exactly cordon bleu cookery being done on the ferry...

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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We used the Cotai Jet ferry company a couple weekends ago, probably our 6th or 7th time of using this company, for a weekend trip to Macau. The Cotai Jet ferries have felt a bit more modern and new compared to the older ferry companies, thus they quickly became our preferred ferry for Macau trips a while back.

What is also nice about the Cotai Jet ferry is that they are also frequently included in Macau hotel packages; such as the Venetian and City of Dreams hotels. So, its worth checking with the Macau hotel you wish to stay with if they offer free ferry tickets as part of your booking. If they do, its likely with Cotai Jet.

Recently, they have scaled back their service to the Hong Kong China Ferry terminal in Kowloon (4 daily sailings only - in the morning) and are now mostly operating out of the Hong Kong Macau ferry terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island (every 30 minutes). Thus, if you really want to use CotaiJet over the other ferry companies it might be best to depart from the HK Macau terminal. If it is more important for you to leave out of the HK China terminal (Kowloon) then we recommend going to the terminal early to secure your CotaiJet ticket. If tickets are not available for some reason, we recommend taking the another ferry provider operating there called New World First Ferry.

Cotai Jet prices - First Class (HK$236, HK$254-weekend), Standard (HK$134, HK$146 weekend), its a bit more for nighttime sailing as well. Reservations not usually required for weekday sailing but recommendable for weekend travel, especially during the summer.

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