Throughout my experience as a backpacker, Bus is cheapest mode of transportation in every country I’ve ever visited. Therefore, if you want to minimize your budget for traveling around the world then you should be able to understanding local bus routes.
Okay, I will tell about Macau specifically. Macau is a country without MRT or LRT on 2016, so if you want to explore Macau, there are only three choices of movement i.e by taxi, by bus or walking. The combination of bus and walking is the best way for a backpacker under 4 people in a group.
This was my experience how I explored Macau by this combination all day. Before I started the story ….. you should get and understand this map:
Macau Tourism and Bus Map
You can get a map of the venue and the bus line at the Tourist Information- Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal (because I arrived into Macau through here):
Tourist information at Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Macau
Here where I got that full page map.
OK, the main resources for exploring Macau was in hand. And how did I execute it?
January 6, 2016 – At 7 am, I sailed for 55 minutes from Hong Kong to Macau by Cotai Jet for HKD 170 (IDR 298K). I docked at Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal in Macau area (Oh yes, Macau is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China composed of three major islands namely Macau, Taipa and Coloane).
Let’s … hunting city bus….
- Bus from Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal to Villa Ka Meng Hotel
After I have browsed at Booking.com and Agoda.com a few months before started my trip, I only got Villa Ka Meng Hotel which had the lowest price …. so I choosed it.
How did i find Villa Ka Meng Hotel in Macau?
I met local man who can speak Javanese and was offering tour package to me at ferry terminal. He said he had lived in Java. I rejected his offering and talked honestly to him if I wanted to take city bus. He friendy told me to get off the bus at Ponte Cais No 16 (this is name of Hotel & Casino), he said that Villa Ka Meng Hotel is nearby from it.
Oh yes …. Famous hotels and casinos usually provide free bus service from ferry terminal to hotel.
These are their shelters at ferry terminal gaes:
Free bus shelters to Hotels & Casinos at Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Macau
Maybe, I could take this free bus and get off at hotel & casino nearest Ponte Cais No 16, then I walked to Villa Ka Meng Hotel. But I undoubtedly wanted to try their city bus.
Okay …. I went to bus counter to buy tickets, I actually wanted to get one day pass or regular card are commonly used by local people. Because the officer couldn’t speak english, I pointed the cards are brought by local people. But she just said “”No…No” while showed bus fares table No 10A and pointing coloumn was marked MOP 3.2.
Yes …. I finally got bus No 10A and got off at Kam Pex Community Center shuttle. From it, I walked to hostel.
Bus Shelter at Macau
After checked in in at Villa Ka Meng Hotel, I found a halal restaurant near hotel. It’s the restaurant:
Senado Square and The Ruins of St. Paul
Walking from Senado Square to bus shelter where bus will ride toward Macau Tower
Of course, the first goal was ate …. I was really hungry. Finally I went straight to food court on top floor…. I finally got fried rice for MOP 55 (IDR 93K) …. That was cheapest food that I got in Venetian …. I didn’t buy water … . I brought from hotel for free …. hahaha
After it, I got around Venetian … not for shopping…. but saw shopping activity there …. hahaha…. saw Venetian gondola also and my trip was ended by looking casino. To entering casino, my passport was checked by casino officer.
I wasn’t see for long time in casino, just saw at one table that was playing gambling then out from it then rushed to hotel.
4. Venetian to Villa Ka Meng Hotel.
Absolutely …. this route was already beyond my head …… very easy. Take the Free Venetian Shuttle Bus to Ferry Terminal then move to the 10A bus as it was first time in Macau tin the morning.
How guys … ..?
It’s easy to get on a city bus in Macau.