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“Main Entrance Point into Macau”

Terminal Maritimo do Porto Exterior
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“Main Entrance Point into Macau”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

For my trip to Macau I didn't leave until noon time and arrived shortly after 1 o'clock. The queue wasn't too bad though and the attendants aboard my 'TurboJet' boat actually handed out the immigration arrival cards while en-route so I didn't have to fill anything out once arriving in Macau.
Anyways the terminal is not all that big so you can't really get lost. There are some restaurants on the top floor, some small shops near after where the immigration checkpoints are, and of course the ticket booths for getting a boat back to Hong Kong.
For myself since I was only there for the day, I simply walked out of the terminal and got a taxi. (which wasn't too expensive) to the main sightseeing area (St. Paul Ruins) and only took about 10 to 15 minutes to get to and from this terminal.

Visited March 2013
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“Can be a good or painful experience arriving, no problem when leaving!”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Arriving at Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal from HK

This can be a good or a painful experience. If you arrive in Macau early, say by 9am, meaning you take the 8am ferry from HK, you can find the immigration queue almost empty as we surprisingly did this past CNY weekend, meaning you go straight through with no waiting time.

However, you can also find the immigration hall completely full - with arriving passengers being held in pre-arrival area until enough space has been created in the immigration clearance area. This can result in immigration clearance taking up to 45 minutes based on our experiences, while some reports put it at 1+ hours. If you really want to avoid these queues in Macau, best to arrive as early as possible or alternatively to sail to the Taipa Temporary ferry terminal, which receives far further arriving ferry boats from Hong Kong. We have not experienced long immigration queues here.

Upon arrival at the ferry terminal, you will find a host of casino/hotel shuttles ready to whisk you off to their compounds, free of charge. You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to use these services and they never ask. Just jump on and take your free ride if you are seeking a hotel.

If you are trying to get to Senado Square, you can take the free Lisboa bus and find yourself about a 10 minute walk up Ave. Infante D Henrique which later becomes Ave. Almedia Riberiro. Sintra Hotel has a less frequent shuttle service that puts you 5 minutes away.

Alternatively, you can just take the public bus that is stationed right outside the ferry terminal exit. Bus fare is MOP3.2 per person and you can take bus 3,3A,10,10A. Bus stop is just off Senado Square. There are plenty of taxis that can get you there quickly or you can also walk, approximately 25 minutes last time we tried.

Lastly, there are luggage lockers that can be found just before you enter the departure/passport control area on the 2nd floor. These are past the ticket selling booths right next to passport control area. Lockers are coin operated and there is a change machine available. Rates, last we checked were 20 MOP for the fisrt two hours and then 25 MOP every another 12 hours for small luggage. For big luggage, 25 MOP at first and 30 MOP.

Leaving Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal to HK

Ferries leave every 15 minutes bound for Hong Kong which helps a bit with the congestion that can occur here when too many swarm the ferry terminals. With this many sailings, generally speaking, in most cases you don't need to prebook your outbound ferry if you are simply returning to Hong Kong, not the airport. Just go to the ferry terminal and buy the next seats on the next ferry leaving for Hong Kong. This has usually meant a wait of no more than 30 minutes for us in the past. During Chinese New Year we had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving at 5pm on Monday.

If you are sailing to HKIA SkyPier, we would highly advise you to prebook at least one day before to make sure you are able to secure seats on the right ferry. Most Hotel concierge desks can help arrange these tickets for you.

After you have bought your ferry ticket, if your sailing is soon, you can simply proceed through passport control and find your ferry departure area. If your ferry is not scheduled to leave for a while, you can go up to the third floor and find a McDonalds, Gloria Jean's Coffee shop, Yaoshan shopping center. There is even a large bank of mobile charging stations, free of charge, next to the McDonalds.

In general, exiting Macau through the Outer Harbor ferry terminal is much more convenient than trying to exit out of the Taipa Ferry terminal, where you much wait outside, often in a massive queue, to get into the tiny departure area they have there. This can be a painful experience if its hot outside and crowds can be a bit unruly at times. As such, we try to always leave Macau via the main Outer Harbor station if possible.

Visited February 2013
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“Ferry convenient port of entry”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you come from Hong Kong by ferry, this is the necessary entry to Macau. It is where you need to go through immigration. A rather simple formality - don't forget to grab a form - to get into Macau. It is not as clean nor as organized as in Hong Kong, but it is just a transit area where you can buy ferry tickets, get a drink or have a snack. If you wish to visit Macau with the Open Top Tourist bus, this is the place to get your ticket (HKD 150 per person). If you intend to stay in Macau for a day, it might be better to make your own arrangements. Otherwise, for just a couple of hours, the open top bus is not a bad option as it will take you to the major landmarks in town.

Visited January 2013
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“Get out as fast as you can”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

There's no real attraction here beyond a small tourist office. Don't pay a taxi driver to take you into town - take one of the free buses to any casino of your choice, and then disembark and start exploring.

If you've just been through uber-efficient Hong Kong, Macau's slower pace can come as a bit of a shock, and nowhere more so than at Immigration. The enormous queues and the sluggish processing of people suggests that somebody somewhere is a bit embarrassed about the tourism industry and wants to discourage it - just be patient, and you'll be through pretty quickly.

A better option if you want to avoid queuing is to take a ferry to the Cotai Strip, as the ferry terminal there seems to run quite a bit more efficiently. An unkind person would suggest that's because they're keen to get you through and into a casino, but since that's also the main purpose of this ferry terminal, the difference in speed is fairly inexplicable.

Visited May 2011
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“Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal - We use the ferry terminal quite regularly, Its ok!”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

As regular visitors to Macau we use the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (as it is known in English) quite regularly. Its ok, not a great ferry terminal but not bad either. Because of the high volume of boats ferrying to and from Hong Kong, there is no real need to go here until you are ready to depart for Hong Kong, as ferry are now departing and arriving at this terminal from Hong Kong every 15 minutes during the day.

Also, all the large casino and hotels will transport you to/from the ferry terminal. They are mostly waiting just outside the terminal. Lots of staff with signs are waiting to help point you in the right direction for the particular shuttle or bus you are looking for.

Unfortunately, crowds can sometimes be a bit unruly, trying to get through customs and on board the ferries and this can be a bit annoying. However, this is more a problem with the passengers instead of the terminal itself. This can be eventful during busy times so we always try to return to HK during non-peak hours.

Also, customs and immigration officials do little to speed up the process, often working at this leisurely pace, unlike what you find on the Hong Kong side, which is ultra efficient. This can be a bit annoying at times as well but this is Macau, not Hong Kong so its part of the package.

We usually try to travel back before 4.30pm or late to avoid peak traffic as it is less comfortable making your way through the ferry terminal with the crowds mentioned above. Also, there is little in the form of shopping or dining at this ferry terminal so best to just use it to arrive and depart, not spending much time here.

Visited January 2012
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