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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Free Shuttle Buses in Macau

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 Lisboa are located very close to each other in Macau City. So take a shuttle going to Starworld and after getting down at Starworld, cross the road and enter Wynn. Who can stop you? Similarly Venetian, City of Dreams 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, travelled everywhere (including airport transfers) using only free shuttle buses run by different casinos and my hotel. Here's how to do it: (read more below...)  Also visit: Cheap Hotels in Macau (Link opens in new window)

Wynn Casino Shuttle Bus to Border Gate, Macau

Free Shuttle Bus From Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal


Way to Shuttle Casino Buses at Macau Ferry Terminal

Towards Macau City

Both Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal are connected by free shuttle buses. For going towards Macau City, shuttle buses operated by Sands Casino, Star World, Wynn, MGM Grand, Lisboa, etc. can be used. 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 Casino Shuttle Buses at Macau Ferry Terminal

Towards Taipa

For going to the Taipa side of Macau, one can board a shuttle bus of The Venetian Macau, Galaxy Macau, City of Dreams, 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 Casino Shuttle Buses at Macau International Airport

Most hotels in Macau and all big casinos have a free shuttle service to the airport. If you are not carrying too much luggage, it may be possible to board a casino shuttle from the airport even if you are not staying in their hotel. If the queue is not too long, most probably no questions will be asked.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To The Venetian Macau


Free Casino Shuttle Bus outside The Venetian Macau

The Venetian Macau's blue shuttle buses can be seen all day criss crossing the roads in Macau City and Taipa island. These buses are also provide the best connectivity from Taipa (Venetian) to Macau City (Sands). Venetian and Sands belong to the same group. Shuttle buses connect these two casinos from 10 am to midnight. In addition, shuttle services from The Venetian operate to Border Gate, Taipa Ferry Terminal, and Macau Ferry Terminal. The Venetian is located very close to City of Dreams, Sands Cotai Central, and Galaxy Macau.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To Galaxy Macau


Free Casino Shuttle Bus outside Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau is a huge casino resort located at Taipa next to The Venetian. Shuttle buses are available from here to go to Star World Casino in Macau City from 10.00 am to midnight every 7-10 minutes. Star World in Macau City  is located opposite Wynn Casino and is very close to MGM Grand and Lisboa.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To Sands Casino and Macau Fisherman's Wharf


Free Shuttle Buses outside Sands Casino Macau

Sands in Macau City is located next to Macau Fisherman's Wharf. Shuttle buses can be taken from here to go to Taipa Cotai Strip (The Venetian, Plaza Macau, and Sands Cotai Central), Border Gate, Macau Ferry Terminal, and Taipa Ferry Terminal. Most services operate up to 11.00 pm. The last shuttle for The Venetian leaves at midnight.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To Star World Casino Macau


Free Shuttle Buses outside Star World Casino Macau

Star World Casino (opposite Wynn Casino and close to Casino Lisboa and MGM Grand) belongs to the same group that operates Galaxy Macau in Taipa. Shuttle buses are available from here to Galaxy Macau from 10.00 am to midnight and to the Ferry Terminals and Border Gate.

Free Shuttle Bus To Border Gate Macau


Free Casino Shuttle Buses at Border Gate Macau

Border Gate is the border checkpoint to cross over to the People's Republic of China. All major casino groups in Macau such as City of Dreams (next to The Venetian), Galaxy Macau / Star World, Sands / Venetian, Wynn Casino, etc. operate free shuttle buses from / to Border Gate. These buses can be very useful for reaching hotels in Border Gate area such as Victoria Hotel. However, shuttles going towards Border Gate get crowded after 9.00 pm. Taxi drivers start asking for 100 HKD to go from Macau City to Border Gate at night. Better to start early, if you can.  

Free Shuttle Bus To Senado Square and St. Paul's


Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Macau

To visit Senado Square and St. Paul's, one can take a free shuttle to Wynn, Star World, or Grand Lisboa (Shuttle schedule below). 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.

Shuttle Bus Schedule To and From Grand Lisboa
Casino Shuttle
Macau Border Gate:  9.00AM - 11.30PM (Every 5-20 minutes)
Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal: 9.00AM - 11.59PM (Every 5-30 minutes)
Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal: 10.30AM - 5.30 PM (Every 60 minutes)
Hotel Shuttle
Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal - New Yaohan - Hotel: 8.30AM - 10.30PM (Every 15 minutes)

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.




Posted by Narinder Singh

8 comments :

  1. hi there,
    my family (me, hubby, & 2kids age 6 & 3) are going to macau on dec 20. we'll stay for 2nights at the venetian. could u please advise me how to get to senado square/st paul church and fisherman's wharf via free shuttle buses? thanks a bunch :)

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    1. A free shuttle bus from Venetian is available for Sands Casino (Macau City) all day. Get down at Sands, Fisherman's Wharf is just across the road. There is no direct shuttle bus for Senado Square/St. Paul's Church. It is 10 minutes' walk from Grand Lisboa. To avoid walking with small kids, it will be best to take a taxi from Sands Casino (Macau City) to Senado Square. It should cost around 25-30 HKD.

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  2. Hello Indian,
    We are goin for a half day tour and our main places of interest are the Venetian and St.Paul ruins. We will be arriving Venetian from Macau ferry terminal by free shuttle bus, spend some time there and head towards st paul and bck 2 the ferry terminal. How do we go about the trip? We r on tight budget.

    Fellow Indian.

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    1. From Venetian, walk a little and go to Galaxy Macau which is behind Venetian. From there, you will get a shuttle going to Star World Casino. After getting down at Star World, walk towards Grand Lisboa and from there towards St. Paul's. See the Grand Lisboa location picture above. From Star World Casino to Senado Square is a 10-15 minute walk. Way to St. Paul's ruins is thru Senado Square.

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  3. Hi, I will be staying in Royal Macau and need to to get to Dancing Water Theatre (City of Dreams). How do I get there by free shuttle? The other question - is there a free shutle from the ferry terminal to Royal Macau. Thanks a lot

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    1. According to your hotel website, they have a shuttle to City of Dreams at 11.00 and 17.00 everyday. There is a free shuttle from the ferry terminal to Royal Macau. See this page:

      http://www.hotelroyal.com.mo/location/index.php

      Your hotel is close to Guia Fortress from where your can walk to Lisboa / Wynn / Star World. Its a max 10 minute walk. You can take the Star World free shuttle to Galaxy Macau. City of Dreams is just a 5 minute walk away from Galaxy.

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  4. hi! until what time are the shuttles available? my family and i will be arriving at the airport at around 10PM. do you think we can still take a free shuttle to macau island?

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    1. Yes. Up to 11 pm, some shuttles will be available. Just take the first one you see.

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Blog by: Narinder Singh