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“Ferry convenient port of entry”

Terminal Maritimo do Porto Exterior
Ranked #25 of 255 things to do in Macau
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

If you come from Hong Kong by ferry, this is the necessary entry to Macau. It is where you need to go through immigration. A rather simple formality - don't forget to grab a form - to get into Macau. It is not as clean nor as organized as in Hong Kong, but it is just a transit area where you can buy ferry tickets, get a drink or have a snack. If you wish to visit Macau with the Open Top Tourist bus, this is the place to get your ticket (HKD 150 per person). If you intend to stay in Macau for a day, it might be better to make your own arrangements. Otherwise, for just a couple of hours, the open top bus is not a bad option as it will take you to the major landmarks in town.

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Reviewed 30 January 2012

There's no real attraction here beyond a small tourist office. Don't pay a taxi driver to take you into town - take one of the free buses to any casino of your choice, and then disembark and start exploring.

If you've just been through uber-efficient Hong Kong, Macau's slower pace can come as a bit of a shock, and nowhere more so than at Immigration. The enormous queues and the sluggish processing of people suggests that somebody somewhere is a bit embarrassed about the tourism industry and wants to discourage it - just be patient, and you'll be through pretty quickly.

A better option if you want to avoid queuing is to take a ferry to the Cotai Strip, as the ferry terminal there seems to run quite a bit more efficiently. An unkind person would suggest that's because they're keen to get you through and into a casino, but since that's also the main purpose of this ferry terminal, the difference in speed is fairly inexplicable.

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Reviewed 27 January 2012

As regular visitors to Macau we use the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (as it is known in English) quite regularly. Its ok, not a great ferry terminal but not bad either. Because of the high volume of boats ferrying to and from Hong Kong, there is no real need to go here until you are ready to depart for Hong Kong, as ferry are now departing and arriving at this terminal from Hong Kong every 15 minutes during the day.

Also, all the large casino and hotels will transport you to/from the ferry terminal. They are mostly waiting just outside the terminal. Lots of staff with signs are waiting to help point you in the right direction for the particular shuttle or bus you are looking for.

Unfortunately, crowds can sometimes be a bit unruly, trying to get through customs and on board the ferries and this can be a bit annoying. However, this is more a problem with the passengers instead of the terminal itself. This can be eventful during busy times so we always try to return to HK during non-peak hours.

Also, customs and immigration officials do little to speed up the process, often working at this leisurely pace, unlike what you find on the Hong Kong side, which is ultra efficient. This can be a bit annoying at times as well but this is Macau, not Hong Kong so its part of the package.

We usually try to travel back before 4.30pm or late to avoid peak traffic as it is less comfortable making your way through the ferry terminal with the crowds mentioned above. Also, there is little in the form of shopping or dining at this ferry terminal so best to just use it to arrive and depart, not spending much time here.

12  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

I bought my ferry tickets on a Saturday for 2.30pm and to my horrors, there is so so many people at the customs clearance that we took 3 hours! The crowd pushed and squeezed and elbowed us. There was even a small fight that broke out in the front. It is the worst custom experience in my whole life, absolutely terrible!

I am not sure whether the reason for the huge throng of crowd is because I took it on a Saturday afternoon. But, this will be my last time entering Macau on a weekend via ferry.

4  Thank chryssy
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Reviewed 27 November 2010

Arrival
I took New World First Ferry from Kowloon to Macau Ferry Terminal. The journey took around 1 hour. When you arrive at Macau Ferry Terminal, you will be welcomed by Macau Fisherman's Wharf and Sands building among other buildings. Disembarking the ferry and I was quickly in the arrival hall.

Immigration
There were several lanes; for Macao residents, Hongkong residents, groups, and for foreign passports. Chinese Mainland passport holders must queue at foreign passport lanes and the lanes were pretty long. Approx every 30mins there will be new arrival of another ferries. Luckily, the immigration officers were pretty quick and I could clear immigration within 30mins.

Baggage Claim
No, there is no baggage claim belt or whatsoever, but merely counters and in case your ferry company has no counter - like the one I took - the porter will be waiting there with the luggage. Somehow I felt sorry for him because he had to wait a bit long for me to clear immigration, I tipped him generously.

Public Area
This area is filled with regular stuff you would see - bank counters, post office, shops, and restaurants.

Getting Transport
I arrived there during Grand Prix Weekend last November 2010. The main road was closed for the race circuit, so the many free shuttle buses were rerouted somewhere else across the road. One need to take escalator and walked through the covered overpass. It was clearly marked and many signs from hotels and casinos. You just need to look for your destination.

3  Thank cirque
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