Follow this 3 days & 2 nights itinerary, to make it easy for you to plan a trip in Hong Kong and Macau.

I’ve included important things to prepare and detailed step-by-step tips.

Followed by a map guide, recommended places to stay & a lot of extra tips that can help you save money and time.

Hong Kong and Macau are among the best places to visit for travelers who plan to go on their first trip abroad.

Not only are there a lot of exciting things to see and do, getting around is very easy even for newbie travelers.

The best part is that you can visit both countries in one short trip as they are only 1-hour apart by ferry!

This budget trip will take you to many of the best theme parks, city attractions, and heritage sites.

Travel Checklist

Before we go on with the actual itinerary, here is a list of things that you might need to prepare and bring for a hassle-free trip.

Passport — Must not expire within the next 6 months on arrival in Hong Kong or Macau.

Hong Kong & Macau Tourist Visa (if applicable) — This is very important to think about when planning any trip abroad. Luckily, tourists from over 160 countries (including the Philippines) do not need a visa to enter both Hong Kong & Macau.

Accommodations

You should have your confirmed reservation in hand before arriving. Book your room as soon as you know you are going because prices rarely go down the closer you are to your trip. Take advantage of options that offer instant confirmation and free cancellation if you are not yet sure with your travel plans right now.

Hong Kong hotel reservation — Click the links below to compare room rates, discounts and read guest reviews by other travelers.

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Attractions & tours

There are a lot of theme park admission, attraction tickets & tours that you can book online. Make sure to check all the discounts posted on this page. Pre-booking will save you money, avoid long queues at ticket counters & hassles of exchanging money. You may also show your tickets as proof that you are traveling as a tourist.

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Ngong Ping 360 — 1-day general admission ticket

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Disneyland Hong Kong — 1-day general admission ticket

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Oceanpark Hong Kong — 1-day general admission ticket

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Peak Tram + Sky Terrace — Combo ticket. You may include other attractions at The Peak on your combo ticket like Madame Tussauds and Trick Eye Museum.

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Flights & transport

This is first thing that immigration officers might ask you to show. You must have a return plane ticket back to your home country or an onward flight to a country you’re allowed to enter.

Hong Kong flight ticket

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Macau flight ticket

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Octopus Card — This prepaid card is used for easy payments on HK’s efficient mass transport system. Buy these at Hong Kong Airport or pre-book online.

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Hong Kong to Macau ferry ticket — The best HK-Macau ferry operators are Cotai Jet and Turbojet. Pre-book your ticket online or buy at the harbour.

See ferry prices

Travel Apps & Internet

Google Maps —  This travel app will make it a lot easier to navigate around Hong Kong & Macau on your own. The directions feature only works online.

Hong Kong & Macau sim card / pocket WiFi — Stay connected during your entire trip.

See pocket WiFi / sim card prices

Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary

Make sure to read the step-by-step tips posted. This guide can help you enjoy a do-it-yourself (DIY) trip, even on your own. See the route map to find your way around easily.

Day 1 — Lantau Island & Disneyland Hong Kong

After touchdown in Hong Kong Airport, start your trip with an exhilarating ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Lantau Island. Go on a walk to the gigantic Tian Tan Buddha & explore Ngong Ping Village. Spend the afternoon at Disneyland Hong Kong & stay until the grand fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

3:30AM — Manila International Airport

Arrive at Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Terminal 3 (T3) for Cebu Pacific flights. Make sure to check your flight itinerary to confirm your departure terminal.

Pay Philippine Travel Tax (for outbound Philippine residents only). P1,620 per person on economy class ticket.

Check-in / bag drop at departure hall.

Eat at 2nd level of NAIA-T3. Cheaper and wider choices of restaurants than at pre-departure area. Only do this if you arrive early and have a lot of time, around 2 hours before your flight departure.

Clear Philippine immigrations checkpoint.

Wait for boarding call at pre-departure area.

5:30AM — Hong Kong Flight

Manila to Hong Kong flight on Cebu Pacific Flight #5J108

7:40AM — Arrival in Hong Kong

Arrive at Hong Kong International Airport.

Clear Hong Kong immigrations checkpoint.

Claim luggage (if any) and clear customs checkpoint.

Exchange currency to Hong Kong dollars or withdraw money at ATM.

Get a free Hong Kong map. Walk to Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Information Services (Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1).

Claim tickets you’ve booked on Klook at the designated claiming area.

If you did not book the Tourist Octopus Card on Klook, buy the “On-Loan” Standard Octopus card. HKD150 per adult initial cost (HKD50 deposit plus HKD100 initial stored value). Walk to MTR Customer Service Centre, near the exit of the Airport Express MTR station.

Overlooking view of Lantau Island’s green landscapes from the Nong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride, in Hong Kong

8:30AM — Transport to Ngong Ping Village

Ride S1 bus (Citybus) from Hong Kong Airport to Tung Chung — HKD3.5 fare per adult. The bus stop is located at Car Park 1 of Airport Passenger Terminal 1. The Octopus Card can be used for payment on Citybus routes. Drop off at Tung Chung bus station located at Citygate Outlet Mall.

Store luggage at Citygate Outlet self-service lockers — HKD90 small locker storage for 12 hours.The lockers are located at B2 & B3 South Car Park. Rate for the first 6 hours is HKD10 for small locker every 2 hours & HKD20 for large locker every 2 hours. From the seventh hour onwards, HKD20 for small locker every 2 hours & HKD40 for large locker every 2 hours. The small locker can fit most carry-on bags.

Walk to Ngong Ping 360 cable car station at Tung Chung.

Ride Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung Station to Ngong Ping Village — HKD185 ’round trip’ ‘standard cabin’ ticket per adult (walk-in price).

Starting January 9, 2017, the Nong Ping 360 Cable Car had suspended operations due to maintenance (arope replacement project). This will last 5 months, approximately. Target re-opening is on June 2017. Instead, you may take the bus to Ngong Ping village and the Tian Tan Buddha from Tung Chung. Or, book a guided tour / private transport. You can view updates on the Ngong Ping 360 website.

See all Ngong Ping 360 discounts & packages

9AM — Ngong Ping & Lantau Island

The gigantic Tian Tan Buddha, also known as “The Big Buddha,” in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Expore, Ngong Ping Village, Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery & the Wisdom Path

See all Lanau Island & Ngong Ping discounts & packages.

12NN — Transport to Disneyland Hong Kong

Ride Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung.

Ride MTR (train) from Tung Chung station (Tung Chung Line) to Disneyland Resort station (Disneyland Resort Line) — HKD14.3 fare per adult (Octopus card). Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 3 (Disneyland Resort Line) towards Disneyland Resort. 20 minutes estimated travel time.

Walk to Disneyland Hong Kong entrance.

1PM — Disneyland Hong Kong

Scenic sunset at the Sleeping Beauty Castle along Main Street in Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong — HKD539 1-day general admission pass per adult (walk-in price). Make sure to check Hong Kong Disneyland ticket discounts.

Don’t miss the Disney Parade at 3PM and Fireworks Show at 7:30PM (or 9PM). Make sure to check the park calendar/schedule because timings may vary depending on the day of your visit.

15% OFF Hong Kong Disneyland Admission Ticket — Select the ‘1 Day Disney E-Ticket’ package option.

See all Disneyland Hong Kong discounts & packages.

“Disney In The Stars” fireworks show at Disneyland Hong Kong, in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

8PM — Transport to hotel

Ride MTR from Disneyland Resort station to Tung Chung Station (Tung Chung Line) — HKD14.3 fare per adult (Octopus card). Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 1 (Tung Chung Line) towards Hong Kong. 15 to 20 minutes estimated travel time.

Claim luggage at Citygate Outlet lockers service.

Ride MTR from Tung Chung Station to MTR station nearest to your hotel

To Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, or Central station (Tsuen Wan Line) — HKD16.9 to HKD19.5 fare per adult (Octopus card). Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 2 (Tung Chung Line) towards Hong Kong. Interchange at Lai King Platform 2 (Tsuen Wan Line) towards Central. 35 to 40 minutes estimated travel time.

To Hong Kong Central via Hong Kong station — HKD22.4 fare per adult (Octopus card). Drop off at Hong Kong station. Central and Hong Kong MTR stations are interconnected by walking. 40 minutes estimated travel time.

9PM — Hotel Check-in

See all Hong Kong hotels & hostels on Agoda. Find more places to stay on Booking.com. Enjoy discounts & instant confirmation by booking online.

Rest

Day 2 — Hong Kong City & Oceanpark

The day starts with a 1-hour ferry to Macau. On arrival, enjoy the attractions at Venetian Macau & City of Dreams Macau. Then, stop over at traditional Taipa Village. Don’t leave Macau without a visit to the Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral & Senado Square. If time permits, see other attractions near the old city before ending your trip at Macau Airport.

8AM — Transport to Oceanpark Hong Kong

Ride MTR to Admiralty or Central station (Tsuen Wan Line) — HKD9.7 to HKD11.9 fare per adult (Octopus card)

Ride 629 bus (Citybus) from Admiralty or Central station to Ocean Park Hong Kong — HKD10.6 fare per adult (Octopus card). Bus stop at Admiralty is located at Drake Street, outside Lippo Centre. You may also ride Express Route 629A from Central. Bus stop at Central (Exchange square) is located at Connaught Road Central inside Exchange Square.

9AM — Oceanpark Hong Kong

Thrill rides at Ocean Park Hong Hong

Oceanpark Hong Kong — HKD385 1-Day General Admission ticket per adult (walk-in price)

11% OFF Ocean Park Hong Kong Admission Ticket — Select the ‘One-Day E-Ticket’ package option.

See all Oceanpark Hong Kong discounts & packages.

Doplhin show at Ocean Park Hong Kong

2:30PM — Transport to Victoria Peak

Ride 629 bus from Ocean Park to Admiralty bus stop — HKD10.6 fare per adult (Octopus card).

Walk from Admiralty bus stop to The Peak Tram lower terminus located along Garden Road-Cotton Tree Drive.

Ride the the Peak Tram to The Peak at Victoria Peak — See combo packages for ticket prices.

3:30PM — The Peak / Victoria Peak

Hong Kong’s soaring skyline, viewed from The Peak – Sky Terrace 428 in Victoria Peak

The Peak Sky Terrace 428 — HKD88 2-IN-1 combo Sky Terrace 428 + Peak Tram ’round trip’ per adult (walk-in price)

9% OFF Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 2-in-1 Ticket

17% OFF Peak Tram + Sky Terrace Skip-the-line Combo Ticket — Skip the queue with this “Fast-track” package that includes The Peak Tram return ticket, one-way special line entry & Sky Terrace 428 entry.

Madame Tussauds (optional) — HKD229 general admission ticket per adult (walk-in price)

Trick Eye Museum (optional) — HKD150 general admission per adult (walk-in price)

See all The Peak discounts & packages.

5PM — Transfer to Tsim Sha Tsui aboard the Star Ferry

Central Hong Kong Skyline viewed from the historic Star Ferry that crosses the Victoria Harbour

Ride Peak Tram to lower terminus.

Walk to Star Ferry Central Pier. 20 minutes walk (1.3 km).

Ride Star Ferry from Central Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier. HKD2.50 (non-peak days) to HKD3.40 (peak days) fare per adult. Accepts payment by Octopus card.

Walk to Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

6PM — Tsim Sha Tsui & Symphony of Lights

Gallery of Stars — Located near exit P1 of East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, along Moody & Salisbury roads. Take the escalator/stairs/elevator to the podium level. Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is closed for repair and improvement works, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. A selection of the Avenue of Stars exhibits is displayed at Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery in the meantime.

Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

Symphony of Lights show — Scheduled time is 8pm daily and lasts around 13 minutes.

Symphony of Lights facing Central, Hong Kong Skyline, viewed during a rainy evening from Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront

8:30PM — Hong Kong at night & shopping

Hong Kong Night Markets & Outlet Shopping — You may want to visit malls nearby while waiting for the Symphony of Lights show. Here’s a list of places to shop nearby that is within walking distance or an MTR ride away:

China Hong Kong City In-Town Outlets (Greenland Corner, 5 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Esprit Factory Outlet Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)

I.T. Factory Outlet Tsim Sha Tsui (3rd floor, Silvercord Shopping Center, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Temple Street Men’s Market (Near Jordan & Yau Ma Tei MTR stations)

Sneaker Street Market (Fa Yuen Street near Mong Kok MTR station)

Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street near Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok MTR stations)

Walk or Ride MTR back to hotel

Rest

Day 3 — Taipa & Macau Heritage Sites

Greet the morning with aquatic creatures & adrenaline-pumping rides at Ocean Park Hong Kong. Then, enjoy steep tram ride up The Peak for breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbor. From Central, go aboard the iconic Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui and enjoy the Symphony of Lights show. Cap the night with a shopping spree at Hong Kong’s night markets & outlet stores.

6:30AM — Transport to Macau Ferry Terminal

Ride MTR to Sheung Wan station from Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, or Tsim Sha Tsui — HKD9.7 to HKD11.9 fare per adult (Octopus card). Interchange at Central (Island line) – Platform 4 towards Kennedy Town.

Claim Octopus card refund at MTR Customer Service Centre

Arrive at Macau Ferry Terminal at least 15-30 minutes before departure

Clear Hong Kong immigrations checkpoint

7:30AM — Hong Kong to Macau Ferry

Hong Kong to Macau Ferry on Cotai Water Jet — HKD165 one-way ‘Cotai Class’ fare per adult (walk-in price). For more information, see Cotai Water Jet website.

See all Hong Kong-Macau Ferry discounts & packages. Note: Roundtrip tickets only available for booking.

8:30AM — Arrival in Macau

Arrive at Taipa Ferry Terminal.

Clear Macau immigrations checkpoint.

Clear Macau customs checkpoint.

No need to exchange currency to Macau Pataca (MOP) since Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is accepted almost everywhere in Macau including taxis and buses. The value of HKD is almost equal to MOP.

9AM — Taipa Village & Macau Casinos

Indoor Italian-inspired canals and gondolas at The Venetian Macau

Ride free shuttle to Venetian Macau.

Store luggage at Venetian Macau concierge luggage storage service — MOP10 per piece per 24 hours.

Venetian Macau — The Shoppes Canal / Venetian canals.

27% OFF Gondola Rides at The Venetian Macau

See all Venetian Macau discounts & packages.

Venetian Macau and City of Dreams Macau are located next to each other. Taipa Village is within 15 to 30 minutes walk from either Venetian Macau or City of Dreams Macau.

Taipa Village — I Leng and Kun Iam Temples, Museum of Taipa and Coloane History, Tin Hau Temple, Pak Tai temple, Rua Do Cunha, Carmo Hall, Our lady of Carmo Church, The Taipa Houses Museum

City of Dreams Macau — Vquarium, The Bubble Fountain, House of Dancing Water

4% OFF The House of Dancing Water Macau Admission Ticket

See all City of Dreams Macau discounts & packages.

View of Macau Tower on the way between Taipa & the old Macau.

2PM — Transport to Senado Square

Ride free Shuttle from City of Dreams to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal)

Ride Bus 10A to Almeida Ribeiro bus stop near Senado Square — MOP3.2 fare per adult

3PM — Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral & Senado Square

Senado Square in Old Macau

Senado Square

Eat free samples of beef/pork jerky at food shops on the way to the Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral

Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral

Na Tcha Temple

Fortress Hill

Ruins of Saint Paul Cathderal in Macau’s Portuguese-colonial district

Cannons at Fortress Hill, Macau

6PM — Wynn Macau

Walk to Wynn Macau (20 to 25 minutes) or ride Bus #33 from Almeida Ribeiro bus stop (M134) to Praca Ferreira Amaral bus stop (M172; near Lisboa Casino and Wynn Macau).

Wynn Macau — Fountain show (performance lake in front of the hotel), Dragon of fortune show, Tree of prosperity show, Moon jellyfish aquarium (reception of the Encore lobby).

7PM — Transport to Macau International Airport

Ride Wynn Macau free shuttle to Macau Ferry Terminal.

Ride free shuttle to Venetian Macau.

Claim baggage at Venetian Macau concierge.

Ride Venetian Macau free shuttle to Macau International Airport.

8PM — Arrive at Macau International Airport

Check-in for Macau to Manila flight on Cebu Pacific flight#5J363

No additional airport/departure taxes or terminal fees for outbound flights from Macau International Airport. All fees should be included in the flight ticket price.

Clear Macau immigrations checkpoint

Wait for boarding call at pre-departure area

10:15PM — Macau to Manila Flight

Macau to Manila flight on Cebu Pacific flight#5J363.

Route Map

Map guide: Day 1 = Blue; Day 2 = Purple; Day 3 = Orange.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1uhL61-PuesuQ5aTUI5hNgngmta4

Budget & Expenses

To help you set a budget plan, here’s a list of expenses to expect if you follow this 3D/2N Hong Kong and Macau itinerary. Keep in mind that these are estimates. As you know, actual budgets/expenses may be different depending on a person’s traveling style & time of visit.

Solo backpacker budget
HKD1,203Attractions & Tours
HKD318Transport
HKD270Food
HKD320Accommodations
HKD100Misc
HKD2,211Total — Approximately USD285 or PHP14,200~.

This budget estimate is for the entire 3 day trip. It does not include the flights to/from Hong Kong & Macau. And, ticket discounts that you can pre-book online.

As you can see, nearly half of the expenses are spent on theme park and attraction tickets. So, it’s highly possible to spend a lot less if you take them out of your itinerary and replace them with cheaper or free things to do.

Here is a breakdown of the expenses. Make sure to ‘See discounts’ below to check current rates and often cheaper online prices.

Attractions & Tours
HKD341Ngong Ping 360 cable car roundtrip ticket (standard cabin) — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult. 

HKD589Disneyland Hong Kong 1-day general admission ticket — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult. 

HKD185Oceanpark Hong Kong 1-day general admission — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult. 

HKD88Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428 2-in-1 combo roundtrip ticket — Price posted is the walk-in rate per adult. 

Transport
HKD150Hong Kong train & bus fares — HKD100 Tourist Octopus card (with HKD50 initial stored value) + HKD50 top up.

HKD165Hong Kong to Macau ferry (one-way) on Cotai Water Jet
MOP3.2Macau bus fares
Misc
HKD100Luggage storage in Hong Kong & Macau

1 Macau Pataca (MOP) is nearly equal to 1 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

Here’s a list of other expenses you might have on your trip.

Others
PHP1,620Philippine Travel Tax (for outbound Philippine residents)
HKD55Hong Kong SIM Card — Unlimited 3G mobile data. Hong Kong Airport pick-up
HKD92Macau SIM Card — Unlimited 3G mobile data. Hong Kong Airport pick-up

Prices are accurate as of the time of writing. Kindly confirm current prices as it may change without prior notice.

Travel tips before you go

Where to stay in Hong Kong?

The best places to stay in Hong Kong are Hong Kong Central and Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei & Jordan).

There are also a lot of great-value options that are found outside these areas like Wan Chai & Causeway Bay. You’re generally good to go as long as an MTR train station is nearby.

Hong Kong Hotels

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Here’s a list of top rated hotels & hostels in Hong Kong.

Homy Inn (Backpacker; Tsim Sha Tsui)

Comfort Hostel (Backpacker; Causeway Bay)

Check Inn HK (Budget; Wan Chai)

Residence G Hong Kong (Mid-range; Tsim Sha Tsui)

Hotel Icon (High-end; Tsim Sha Tsui)

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (High-end; Tsim Sha Tsui)

Where to book your stay?

Go to Agoda or Booking.com to check room rates & discounts. Book as soon as you have finalized your travel dates because hotel/hostel prices rarely go down the closer you are on your trip. Make sure to filter your search based on your budget and sort the results by guest review rating.

Also, this step is important because you may be required to show accommodation arrangements to Hong Kong & Macau immigrations before you get cleared to enter the country.

When are you going? See the best rates & discounts you can book today. Enter your travel details and search.

How to get Hong Kong Dollars and Macau Pataca?

Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) is the primary currency in Hong Kong. You should be able to exchange your USD, EUR, GBP at most money exchange stalls. Don’t exchange a large amount of money at the airport. Shop around at the city center for the best rates. Better yet, simply withdraw from ATMs or use a credit card for payments.

You may be able to survive a trip in Macau without exchanging your money to Macau Pataca (MOP) since Hong Kong Dollars are accepted in almost all tourist establishments. HKD to MOP exchange rate is almost 1:1.

You do not need to bring all of your money in cash since ATMs are widely available. Make sure to activate your card for international withdrawals before your trip.

Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants but many budget places only take cash.

Philippine Pesos (PHP) is widely accepted as there is a huge Filipino community in Hong Kong. You can bring enough money in USD or PHP to last you the trip to the city center or the first day and exchange/withdraw the rest of your money at the city center. Before you leave the Philippines, make sure to activate your ATM card for international withdrawals.

Pre-book your accommodations, tours & tickets online. so you can worry less about bringing money with you.

Do Filipinos need a visa to visit Hong Kong or Macau?

Filipino citizens (Philippine passport holders) do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong & Macau if you are traveling for tourism purposes only.

You can simply show up at Hong Kong or Macau airport/ferry terminal, get your passport stamped. Filipinos can usually visit Hong Kong for up to 14 days and Macau for up to 30 days.

Make sure you are able to provide the following — (1) Passport not expiring within 6 months; (2) Evidence that your are visiting for travel/holiday purposes only; (3) Evidence that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.

You can check updated visa policies on the Hong Kong Immigrations Department website (see Part II, #12), and Macau FSM website (see Section VII, #1).

Book your tours & tickets online

Save money and time by pre-booking your Hong Kong & Macau tours, attraction tickets & packages online. Enjoy discounts, save time from queueing at the ticket booths, and avoid the hassles of bringing & exchanging cash.

More importantly, you can show the E-Tickets you booked as proof of your visit to immigration officers.

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How to find cheap flights to Hong Kong?

The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.

Start your search on Momondo, Dohop and Wego.

When are you going? See the cheapest Hong Kong flights that you can book right now. Enter your travel details and search.

In case you booked roundtrip flights to/from Hong Kong, make sure to check discounts on roundtrip Macau ferry tickets.

How to book Hong Kong promo fares?

Check Hong Kong promo & Macau promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.

Fly-in at Hong Kong airport and fly out from Macau

Or, vice-versa.

If you like the idea of collecting stamps on your passport, this is a great tip to follow. As I mentioned before, this is very doable since Hong Kong is just 1-hour away from Macau by ferry.

If you’re coming from the Philippines, airlines like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia offers frequent promo fares. You can book direct flights to/from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo & Kalibo.

Ride the free buses in Macau

Almost all casinos offer complimentary shuttle services to/from the airport and ferry terminals. It is possible not to spend a dime on transport in Macau if you plan your trip well.

Get an Octopus Card

Pick up an Octopus Card at the airport to enjoy MTR discounts & save time by avoiding the queue at the ticket booth. This stored-value electronic card can be used for most public transport in Hong Kong including the MTR, public buses and public ferries.

It can also be used for purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops, vending machines and more (see full list). You can top up the card at any 7/11 store.

There are different types of Octopus Cards that you can buy. Buy the “On-Loan” Standard Octopus card for HKD150 per adult initial cost (HKD50 deposit plus HKD100 initial stored value) for short visits.

With this card, you can claim a refund of the HKD50 deposit before leaving Hong Kong plus any remaining stored value.

The card can be returned & refunded at any MTR Customer Service Centre (found in most MTR stations). A $9 fee may be charged, which means you can only claim HK$41 out of the HK$50 deposit.

You can also buy the “Sold Tourist” Octopus Card for HKD100 (HKD50 non-refundable deposit plus HKD50 initial stored value). This card has a nice decorative print that you can take home as a souvenir.

Pack light

Be as mobile as possible. Bringing less stuff will help you enjoy a hassle-free trip. Both Hong Kong and Macau are trolley-friendly places, so you do not necessarily have to bring a backpack.

Make good use of luggage storage / left luggage services to maximize your time.If you arrive early at Hong Kong Airport, you can also take the train to your hotel and leave your stuff there.

In Macau, you can also leave your bags at the left luggage service at the airport. The Macau International Airport and Taipa (temporary) Ferry Terminal are located next to each other, easily walkable.

If you arrive early at Hong Kong Airport, you can also take the train to your hotel and leave your stuff there. In Macau, you can also leave your bags at the left luggage service at the airport. The Macau International Airport and Taipa (temporary) Ferry Terminal are located next to each other, easily walkable.

Eat local.

Don’t miss out on Hong Kong’s exciting street food scene. Your wallet and tummy will thank you for it.

Pre-book your meals.

Save money on unique dining experiences at Disneyland or Ocean Park by booking meal voucher discounts online.

Food at theme parks is generally pricey. There’s also the option of bringing takeaway / takeout if you really want to spend less.

Get rent a Pocket WiFi or buy a mobile data SIM card.

Stay connected online during your whole trip. Not only does it make it possible to share your travel moments instantly, you can also travel better by having access to all your favorite travel apps anytime.

Don’t forget to visit the Hong Kong travel tips and Macau travel tips to see more guides & blogs.