(Updated August 2016) One of the many things I love about Macau is free casino shuttle buses that cover not only the casinos but all the transit points and almost all the major tourist places of Macau. Most of the hotels in Macau also operate shuttle buses for their guests. Casino shuttle buses can be used by anyone. Board and alight as you please. No questions will be asked if you are boarding a shuttle operated by a Casino. But if you are boarding a shuttle operated by a small hotel (that does not have a casino either), the driver may like to see your booking voucher while boarding from the airport or ferry terminal. It is also possible to board the shuttle operated by another casino that is located close to the one you actually wish to go. Wynn, MGM, StarWorld, and Grand Lisboa are located very close to each other in Macau Peninsula. So take a shuttle going to StarWorld and after getting down at StarWorld, cross the road and enter Wynn. Who can stop you? Similarly The Venetian, Sands Cotai Central, City of Dreams, Studio City, and Galaxy Macau are bunched up together in Taipa, Macau. It is totally possible to have a holiday in Macau without ever using a paid form of transport like taxi or a public bus. I have done it. I spent four days in Macau, traveled everywhere (including airport transfers) using only free shuttle buses run by different casinos and my hotel. Here's how to do it...
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|Wynn Macau Shuttle Bus To Border Gate|
|Way To Casino Shuttle Buses At Macau Ferry Terminal|
Towards Macau Peninsula (Historical Part of Macau)
Both Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal are connected by free shuttle buses. For going towards Macau City, shuttle buses operated by Sands Macau, Star World, Wynn, MGM Grand, Lisboa, etc. can be used.
Major Shuttle Bus Services from Macau Ferry Terminal
Macau Ferry Terminal to Wynn Macau: 9.00am to 11.45pm Daily, Every 10-15 Minutes
Macau Ferry Terminal to Sands Macau City: 9.00am to 11.55pm Daily, Every 5-10 Minutes
Major Shuttle Bus Services from Taipa Ferry Terminal
Taipa Ferry Terminal to Wynn Macau: 9.00am to 11.30pm Daily, Every 20-35 Minutes
Taipa Ferry Terminal to Sands Macau City: 7.45am to 11.50pm Daily Every 10-15 Minutes
Night Service from Taipa Ferry Terminal to Sands Macau City: 00.20am, 00.35am, 1.20am, 1.30am.
Most likely your hotel will have a shuttle service too even if it is not mentioned in your hotel voucher. Just cross over to the shuttle bus area and take a look around or ask from the staff of any casino or hotel present there whether your hotel has a shuttle service. Show them your hotel voucher in case of a language difficulty. They will point you in the right direction.
|Free Shuttle Buses At Macau Ferry Terminal|
For going to the Taipa side of Macau, one can board a shuttle bus of The Venetian Macau, Galaxy Macau, City of Dreams, Studio City, or Sands Cotai Central, etc. This route can also be used to go to Border Gate, if one's hotel is in Border Gate area. First take a shuttle to The Venetian and from there, board the Venetian's shuttle going to Border Gate.
Free Shuttle Bus From Macau International Airport
|Free Shuttle Buses At Macau International Airport|
Wynn Macau operates free shuttle bus services from Macau International Airport as under:
Macau International Airport to Wynn Macau: 10.00am to 10.15pm Daily, Every 20-35 Minutes
See Wynn Macau Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.
Free Shuttle Bus From / To The Venetian Macau
|Free Shuttle Bus Outside The Venetian Macau|
Free Shuttle Bus From / To Galaxy Macau
|Free Shuttle Bus At Galaxy Macau|
Cotai Connection (Taipa Free Shuttle Service)
|Cotai Connection Shuttle Bus in Taipa Macau|
This is a free shuttle bus service that operates purely to transport tourists from one casino resort to another in Taipa Macau. In the beginning, it used to operate just between Venetian, Galaxy, and City of Dreams. But now, it covers six casino resorts in Taipa - Sands Cotai Central, Venetian, City of Dreams, Studio City, Broadway Macau, and Galaxy. In time to come when Wynn Palace and MGM Taipa become operational, I guess then Cotai Connection buses will cover those too also. Cotai Connection buses operate everyday from 11.30am to 10.30pm and there are dedicated queues for this service at each of the resorts. There are rather two separate queues, one called East Route and the other called West Route. The routes basically mean, say after leaving the bay at Venetian, where the bus will go next - whether to Galaxy or towards Studio City. The routes are displayed at the beginning of the queues and it may be worth a while to study those before standing in a queue. Its actually a circular route so eventually a bus will cover all the resorts but there is a possibility of a particular bus suddenly terminating service at one resort instead of going forward. Usually I have seen that at each of the resorts, one route is more popular as compared to the other and hence the length of the queue varies. During weekends, Saturday and Sunday, the queues outside Venetian can be really long and wait times can be up to an hour if one is particular about taking a particular route's bus. Officially, the frequency of Cotai Connection buses is 12 to 20 minutes for each route but the number of available seats in each bus is limited by the number of tourists who get down at each resort. In other words, when there are no empty seats, you need to wait for the next bus.
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Free Shuttle Bus From / To Sands Macau and Macau Fisherman's Wharf
|Shuttle Bus Area At Sands Casino Macau|
Free Shuttle Bus From / To Star World Casino Macau
|Free Shuttle Area at StarWorld Hotel Macau|
Free Shuttle Bus To Border Gate Macau
|Free Shuttle Buses at Border Gate Macau|
Major Shuttle Bus Services from Macau City to Border Gate
Sands Macau City to Border Gate Shuttle Bus Station : 9.00am to 11.30pm, Every 10 Minutes
Border Gate to and from Wynn Macau: 9.00am to 11.45pm Daily, Every 15-20 Minutes
Sands Cotai Central also runs free shuttle buses to Border Gate.
Free Shuttle Buses from Sands Cotai Central
This relatively new casino resort is located opposite The Venetian (East side) and has a very efficient free shuttle service to Border Gate, Lotus Port, Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and Sands Macau. Their service to Taipa Ferry Terminal is truly remarkable because it operates upto 2.35am. Sands Cotai Central has shuttle bays in two places, one in front of the resort and another in the back. Border Gate shuttle operates from the back side. See the Sands Cotai Central Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.
Free Shuttle Bus To Senado Square, St. Paul's, and A Ma Temple
|The Road From Grand Lisboa To Senado Square|
To visit Senado Square and St. Paul's, one can take a free shuttle to Wynn, Star World, or Grand Lisboa. Wynn and Star World are walkable from Lisboa. One needs to get to the point shown in the above picture and walk down the road. Senado Square is about 10 minutes walk away. Another free shuttle service that takes you close to both Senado Square and A Ma Temple is run by Sofitel Hotel on Ponte 16. You can walk to Senado Square in under 10 minutes from Sofitel. Public Buses to A Ma Temple are available across the road from Sofitel Macau Ponte 16. You can see the Grand Lisboa Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.
Senado Square is also the best place to exchange your money into HKD/MOP.
Free Shuttle Bus to Macau Tower
|Shuttle Bus Schedule Between Macau Tower and City of Dreams Casino|
A free shuttle bus to Macau Tower exists but only from one place in Macau. The City of Dreams Casino in Taipa Macau (opposite the Venetian) operates a free shuttle bus service between their casino and Macau Tower starting 12.00 Noon with the last shuttle bus leaving at 9.00 pm. The buses operate at 30 minute interval.
City of Dreams Free Shuttle Bus Schedule
Studio City Free Shuttle Bus Schedule
Free Shuttle Bus To Taipa Village or Coloane Village
No direct casino shuttle bus will take you to either Taipa Village or Coloane Village but instead you will need to use a combination of free shuttle bus and Macau public bus. If you are already at The Venetian / City of Dreams / Sands Cotai Central, you are on the road called 'Est. Do Istmo'. The Venetian (East Side) is on one side of the road and Sands Cotai Central and City of Dreams are on the other side. So, in order to get to Taipa or Coloane villages, first reach any of these three casino resorts and then board a public bus. From Est. Do Istmo, if you catch a public bus from the Venetian side, you will be going towards Taipa and if you catch a public bus from the City of Dreams/Sands Cotai Central side, you will be going towards Coloane side. Of course, you may take a direct public bus to Taipa or Coloane from most parts of Macau without first coming to Est. Do Istmo. Click here to know more about Public Buses in Macau.
Macau Public Bus Smartphone App
Also you may like to download a very useful Macau public bus app for your smartphone. Its called 'MacauEasyGo'. This app will help you find a public bus from anywhere to anywhere in Macau.
See my other Macau articles here.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|