4 Easy Ways to Get Around Macau

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Transport in Macau with a Taxi and Light Rail

Today, more and more people are starting to recognize Macau as one of the elite gambling meccas of the world. If not, they consider it the absolute center of the gambling industry, seeing as Macau is about seven times more profitable than Las Vegas.

Macau’s incredible economy and their wonderful and exciting entertainment industry is giving the colony a chance of leading the world in states and/or regions with the highest GDP per capita.

20 years ago, the only place that had this kind of notoriety was Las Vegas, making it the place to be for casino-goers around the globe. Macau has given Las Vegas legitimate competition, and more people are making their way to the East to experience the nightlife and mind-bending casinos that Macau has to offer.

If you are planning a trip to Macau, having efficient means of transportation is going to be crucial for you to be able to get the most out of your stay there. Here is a short list of four of the easiest ways to get around Macau.

1 – Macau Light Rail Transit

Macau Light Rail Transit, also known as Metro Ligeiro de Macau, is the first rapid transit system to have made its way into Macau. It serves residents and visitors in Macau Peninsula, Taipa, and Cotai. It also serves major border checkpoints such as the Border Gate, the Outer Harbour Ferry, the Lotus Bridge Border as well as the Macau International Airport.

The main objective for the Macau LRT is to provide residents and visitors both with convenient, environmentally-friendly, comfortable, and reliable public transportation services. And I have to say that they certainly do this in spades.

Macau Light Rail

When the original proposal for the LRT system was presented to the citizens of Macau, it received a lot of scrutiny and criticism. There were several main issues the citizens had, including the LRT being unable to handle the people’s transportation needs, the LRT obstructing important views of the city, as well as not being cost-effective.

Due to there not being a railway system in Macau, the Macau Light Rail Transit system is the only thing that comes close to train transit. Because of hurdles and public scrutiny with the original construction plans that were made public in the early 2000s, phase 1 of the Taipa line in the Macau LRT did not open for operations until December 2019.

A large portion of the Macau LRT has not been opened to the public yet.

Comparing the Macau LRT to the Singapore Light Rapid Transit system, the structure of Macau’s is very similar. The structure of the tracks will be a mix of elevated tunnels and guideways that will ensure a right of way dedicated to the transit system, keeping it separated from road traffic.

Once the Macau LRT is complete, it will serve passengers of Macau Peninsula, Taipa Island, the Cotai reclamation area, and Macau International Airport. The LRT has open in a limited fashion as of the end of 2019, so even though the project experienced a number of delays, you can give it a try if you visit this incredible mecca of casino gambling.

2 – Taxi

The taxi services provided for the citizens and visitors of Macau make for one of the most convenient and inexpensive forms of transportation. I say cheap, but in reality, there isn’t a lot of public transit options that actually cost anything, so there isn’t a lot to compare with taxi services.

Grabbing a taxi in Macau is as easy as calling 853-8500-0000 or 853-2828-3283. If you are staying at the many resort hotels featured in Macau, the staff of the hotels are happy to call and arrange a taxi for you as one of the amenities (out of the many amenities available to the guests of each hotel).

Macau Taxi

Taxis have been around since the dawn of the automobile and can really make it a heck of a lot easier for people living within big cities. Nowadays, fast public transit such as shuttles and transit systems are becoming the public transit option of choice, but people also have a tendency to stay within their comfort zone.

This is one of the reasons why taxis will probably always be the option of choice for locals and visitors in particularly busy regions of the globe, where owning a vehicle is just not practical.

There are approximately 700 taxi cabs that have been registered in Macau. There are two types of taxi cabs that you will find here, one being the Black Cab, and the second being the Macau Radio Taxi Service.

The Black Cab is the oldest taxi service available in Macau, and many would say it is the most comfortable option. The Macau Radio Taxi claims to focus on “immediate and advanced taxi reservation” by using mobile applications, call centers, as well as an official website to operate its services.

3 – Public Bus

Bus systems in Macau are, for many people, arguably the best means of public transportation (at least, for all of the regions in Macau where the bus is available).

Bus lines cover almost all of the attractions, resorts, and hotels on the peninsula. And the main scenic spots on the outlying islands of Taipa and Coloane. All of the buses operate on a one-way circuit, traveling around and through the city.

Macau Public Bus

Having a one-way circuit means that a traveler might not have the same stops on a return trip. Drivers of the buses are always happy to provide details about the destination ahead and where you will stop in between. Most of the buses in Macau are middle sized, air-conditioned vehicles that are capable of carrying more than 20 people.

Before you get on a bus in Macau, make sure you have the right change that’s necessary for the trip because there are no conductors. Most buses are working and operating as early as six in the morning and drive all the way until midnight.

Some tips for people that are traveling to Macau: It’s suggested by most locals that you try to avoid the peak morning and evening traffic periods.

During these times, people are crowding onto the buses in order to get to and from work, making it inconvenient for visitors trying to get the most out of their time.

It isn’t fun to spend most of your evening having to wait on a bus that is packed full of locals trying to get home from work.

4 – Getting Around Outlying Islands

If you are planning a trip to stay in one of the outlying islands of Macau, then be aware that the public transportation that will be available for you is not going to be as extensive as what’s available on the peninsula.

There are public buses known as TCM and TRANSMAC that travel between the peninsula, Taipa, and Coloane. For someone staying somewhere on the peninsula, they can count on the TCM and TRANSMAC both taking them to most, if not all of the sightseeing options available on the outlying islands of Macau.

Macau Water Taxi to Outlying Islands

There are taxi services within the islands just like there are on the peninsula, and you can count on the cost of both sets of services being the same. There is not an extra fee for a person wanting to take a taxi from the islands to the peninsula.

The hotels on the island of Taipa have their own special buses that take their guests from the resort to the Macau Ferry Terminal.

In the Municipal Garden of Taipa Village, there are some bicycle rental shops that provide visitors a better way to get around the island.

Macau Is Worth the Trip

There are plenty of reasons to visit Macau that range from sightseeing, club going, holidays, festivals, or even just to get a taste of a new and unique culture. Know that when you do plan a trip to Macau, there is no need to fret over how you and your spouse or family are going to get around the city.

There are plenty of options available for you that will help you get the most out of your time there.

Have you been to Macau and know of some transportation options that maybe only locals know about? I am always open to hear about new options and would love for you to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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