The Macau Ferry terminal is about 10 minutes walk down from the Star Ferry & other Island terminals. It is a pleasant enough walk along the harbour edge and very easy to identify as the HK to Macau terminal.
Once inside the complex in which the terminal offices are based, follow the signs to the Ticketing Office. If undecided which ferry agent to use, Turbo Jet is a comfortable, safe and efficient option. Cost for an economy ticket (in April 2013) was $171HK going to Macau & $165HK for the return trip. Its easy just to buy a single return ticket at Macau once you have decided your return time. The tickets are available at a ticket booth or through one of the auto-e-ticket dispensers using a VISA card. You can purchase either an Economy or a Business Class equivalent - The business class serves you a snack on the way over ( trip time about 1 hour), although Economy Class can purchase snacks from the cabin staff as they move about the decks. The Economy seats are quite comfortable set on a 3-4-3 structure across the floor.
NOTE: Remember & take note of the departure time ( written on your ticket) as this will determine which departure gate you need to head towards.
After collecting your ticket go through Passport Control & fill in a Departure Card before you enter the queue.- The Macau area is a separate administrative zone so travel to there is treated similarly to an international trip.
Once through passport control head to the departure gate for the carrier & time slot identified on your ticket. When checking in you will be given a small sticker on your ticket, which is your seat allocation.
Boarding ( & disembarking) is the real trial period - some passengers will be taking luggage for an overnight (or longer stay) so my recommendation is that with seat allocations completed, wait back and let the rush go ahead & board in a more leisurely mode. - BE AWARE the depending on the waters, walking along the gangplank can be hazardous unless you have comfortable and preferably flat soled footwear.
Once on board you will find your seat & can enjoy the trip across. Those who score a window seat can maximise this opportunity for some departure and arrival photo shots.
The trip is smooth and comfortable, the seating on the ferry is fully enclosed from the elements . Safety audio & video presentation is clear and comparable with all sea travel presentations.
Upon arrival at Macau, the standard passport check with the arrival documents are processed before you exit into the waiting line of Tour Operators, Casino Coach pick-ups etc.
NOTE: There are DUTY restrictions going into & out of Macau. The limits are communicated on the in-house screens, but possibly worth it to pre-check these limits, especially if purchasing or intending to purchase liquor & cigarettes.
Upon the decision to return, it is the same process: purchase a ticket, go through passport control, go to the departure gate (for the time and carrier as stipulated on your ticket), board, settle back and enjoy the return trip.
I just did a self-walk tour of Macau - once away from the Casino foreshore & found it very easy to walk around & enjoy the architecture of Macau. The comfort of the boat trip was very rewarding after a day of walking.
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