Free Shuttle Buses in Macau

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

(Updated April 2017) 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, travelled 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

Free Shuttle Bus From Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal

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

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, 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

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.

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

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. See The Venetian Macau 2015 Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To Galaxy Macau

Free Shuttle Bus At 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. See Galaxy Macau Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.

Wynn Palace and The Parisian Shuttles

With the opening of Wynn Palace and The Parisian in Taipa Macau in August / September 2016, free shuttle connectivity in Macau has further increased. See Wynn Palace Shuttle Bus Schedule and The Parisian Shuttle Bus Schedule

Cotai Connection and Cotai Express (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 five casino resorts in Taipa - Venetian, City of Dreams, Parisian, Studio City, and Galaxy. In time to come when Wynn Palace and MGM Taipa become operational, I guess then buses will cover those hotels also. Cotai Connection and Cotai Express buses operate everyday from 11.30am to 9.30pm and there are dedicated queues for this service at each of the resorts. There are rather two separate queues, one called Cotai Connection Route and the other called Cotai Express 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 / Express 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. These are the exact routes:

Cotai Connection

The Venetian --> Studio City --> The Parisian --> City of Dreams --> Galaxy --> The Venetian

Cotai Express

The Venetian --> Galaxy --> Studio City

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

Shuttle Bus Area At 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. See detailed Sands Macau Free Shuttle Schedule here.

Free Shuttle Bus From / To Star World Casino Macau

Free Shuttle Area at StarWorld Hotel Macau

StarWorld 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. See Hotel StarWorld Free Shuttle Bus Schedule here.

Free Shuttle Bus To Border Gate Macau

Free 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. 

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 8-10  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.

'Macau Central District' Shuttles To Reach Senado Square

Shuttle Buses Operating to a public area near Hotel Grand Emperor by Studio City / City of Dreams and also by Wynn Palace provide a very convenient connection to Senado Square from Taipa side of Macau. Hotel Grand Emperor is across the road from Hotel Sintra which is located at the first left turn on the road that goes from Grand Lisboa to Senado Squatre. Earlier these shuttle buses were operating from the front of Hotel Sintra which had a great visibility. Perhaps due to the traffic probelm caused by these shuttle buses, a new venue is being used which is close to Hotel Sintra but away from the busy road. The casinos / hotels operating shuttles to this location call it "Macau Central District" or "Near Hotel Grand Emperor". Studio City operates very frequent buses to this location, almost every five minutes. Wynn Palace buses leave once every 10-15 minutes. After getting down at Hotel Grand Emperor, cross the road towards Hotel Sintra, walk ahead a little and turn left on the main road. Senado Square is a mere 5-7 minutes walk on this road. Studio City Free Shuttle Bus Schedule

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.

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