Macau One Day Tour Itinerary

Some travelers who visit Hong Kong included Macau on their itinerary as a side trip only, especially those who don’t have enough vacation leave.  One day to tour Macau is definitely not enough because it is rich with tourist spots and attractions. But being in Macau for only one day doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy what the city has to offer, you just have to plan ahead and research ahead of time to know which tourist attractions you should prioritize in that short period of time.  But worry less, because I am here to help you make the most of your day and make sure that your visit in Macau is a memorable one.  Check this Macau One-Day Tour Itinerary below. 

0800:  Ferry to Macau

cotai jetTake the ferry bound to Macau from Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun tak Plaza in Sheung Wan.  Take the Cotai Water Jet ferry (blue ferry) as it will go directly to Taipa Ferry Terminal in Taipa, Macau.

READ:  Ultimate Macau Travel Guide

0900:  Macau

Arrival at Taipa Ferry Terminal.  Pass the immigration and then take the free shuttle bus to Venetian Macau.

1000:  Venetian Macau Hotel

venetian hotelExplore the Venetian Macau and take a Gondola Ride.   Shops open at 1000 while the first ride on a gondola starts at 1100am.  While waiting for your gondola ride you can take advantage of the time taking pictures of the enormous hotel lobby, the Venice-inspired grand canal shops and the outside street view of the cotai strip.

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1200:  Parisian Macao

See the Cotai Strip at the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Paris is brought to Asia.

1400:  Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul

ruis of St. Paul

Senado Square, Macau

After stuffing yourself with food and awesome sights of enormous hotels you are now ready to go to Macau Peninsula.  From Galaxy Hotel look for bus bay #10 to take the free shuttle bus going to San Malo (Senado Square).  You will be dropped off in front of New Yaohan, go the opposite way to the main road then turn left and walk straight towards Senado Square.  Once you are in Senado Square work your way up to the Ruins of St. Paul.  Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Nat – cha temple and St. Dominic’s Church are all located in the city centre of Macau.

Update:  The drop off point in Senado Square from City of Dreams and Studio CIty has changed to near the Grand Emperor Hotel, while the shuttle from Galaxy Hotel to Senado Square has stopped.

While you are in the place, try the street foods, buy some delicacies and take pictures of the Portuguese-styled building along the area. If you still have ample time, visit the Macau Museum besides the Ruins of St. Paul.

1700:  Take a walk at nearby hotels in Macau Peninsula and be with locals.

1930:  Going back to Hong Kong

From any big hotels, take the hotel free shuttle bus going, this time, to Macau Ferry Terminal.  This ferry terminal is the one in Macau Peninsula not the one you took coming here.

After this tour, I know you will come back to Macau as one day is definitely not enough.  Macau has a lot more to offer.

If you have more than one day to visit Macau, check out our Two-Day Sample Macau Tour Itinerary.

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  1. Geshiela

    Hi, I am going to Macau on the first week of Jan. Can you recommend where we can stay, just a cheap one? There is 4 of us. Also, is there a shuttle from Macau airport to the city? or from the Ferry terminal to the city? We also plan to go to HK. Thanks!

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      Hi Geshiela! Good to hear that you are coming here in Macau this Jan.! If you are looking for affordable hotels but nice and good, I could recommend you checking out Holiday Inn Hotel in Sands Cotai Central (There are 2 Holiday Inn, i’m referring to the one in front of Venetian Hotel). Or you could check out my previous post, here: watch out for their promotions, they regularly have promotions.
      If you are coming from Macau Airport or Ferry Terminals and going to the city (Macau Peninsula) you can take free shuttle buses going to either Wynn Hotel or Grand Lisboa Hotel. From those two hotels you can walk your way to the city centre.

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  3. dramamamasg

    We’re actually thinking of going to Macau either this year or the next so this post is quite helpful! Thanks for dropping by my blog! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous

    Thanks for the tips! We’re flying to Macau tomorrow but we booked our hotel in Hong kong. We planned a one day trip in Macau before heading to Hong kong.

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  9. Anonymous

    Hi, we’re going to Macau and HK July this year. I want to know if it’s necessary that we buy ferry tickets going to HK ageah of time? And if we board a ferry, are we supposed to go to HK Airport?

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      Not necessarily, tickets will run out only during holidays. For ordinary days, it would be okay.
      There are two other ferry terminals in HK aside from HKIA, Sheung Wan and Kowloon. You might wanna check whick terminal is near your hotel.

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