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. They are only 1-hour apart by ferry!

To make it really easy to plan a trip to Hong Kong & Macau, I’ve included a 3 days & 2 nights itinerary guide, step-by-step tips, list of expenses, budget estimate, route map & a lot of extra tips.

This itinerary will take you to many of the best sights. Including theme parks, city attractions, and heritage sites.

Trip Highlights

Day 1 — Lantau Island & Disneyland Hong Kong

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

Day 2 — Hong Kong City Tour & Oceanpark

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

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.

Day 3 — Macau Heritage & City Tour

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

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.

Travel Checklist

Before we go on with the itinerary details, here are some things you might need for a hassle-free trip.

Hong Kong & Macau Tourist Visa — Getting a tourist visa is the first thing you need to think about when planning any international trip. Philippine passport holders can get free tourist visa on arrival at both Hong Kong Airport & Macau Airport (more tips posted below).

Accommodation reservations — It is important to book your hotel or hostel online before your trip. You should reserve your room early because room rates rarely go down the closer you are to your trip. In fact, cheap rooms may get fully booked fast especially on peak dates like weekends and holidays.

Up to 80% OFF Hong Kong Hotels & Hostels. See the cheapest rates by sorting the results by price, from lowest to highest, and make sure to read guest reviews before booking.

Tour & attraction tickets — There are a lot of theme park tickets & tours that you can book online. Pre-booking will save you a lot of time from long queues at the ticket counters & worrying about exchanging money.

Up to 60% OFF Hong Kong attractions, tours & packages. Save money, time & enjoy cashless convenience by pre-booking your ticket online.

Flight tickets (round trip) — Immigration officers usually ask you to show your return flight back to your home country or onward flight tickets. So, it’s really important that you already booked your flight tickets before going.

See cheap Hong Kong & Macau flights on airfare comparison sites. Compare multiple airlines in one search.

Travel apps — Google Maps will make it a lot easier to navigate around Hong Kong & Macau on your own. The directions feature only works online. So, rent a pocket WiFi or buy a data sim card to stay connected during your entire trip.

Route Map


Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary

Day 1 — Lantau Island & Disneyland Hong Kong

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).

If you pre-booked the iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass, go to the Arrivals Area Counters on Level 5 to claim your discount card.

Buy Hong Kong local 3G/4G SIM card or rent pocket WiFi device.

76% OFF Hong Kong-Macau 3G Unli Internet Pocket Wifi

See all Hong Kong Local Data SIM Card/WiFi discounts & packages.

Buy “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.

Pre-book Hong Kong Tourist Octopus (Train & Bus) Card

See all MTR (train), bus, ferry, train & local transport discounts & packages.

8:30AM — Transport to Ngong Ping Village

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

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).

8% OFF Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket

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 — Check-in at hotel

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


Day 2 — Hong Kong City & Oceanpark

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.


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.

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

3:30PM — The Peak / 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.

5:00PM — Transfer to Tsim Sha Tsui & 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. $2.50 (non-peak days) to $3.40 (peak days) fare per adult. Accepts payment by Octopus card.

Walk to Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.


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


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


Day 3 — Macau Heritage

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


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.

Budget & Expenses

To help you set your budget based on how you plan on enjoying your trip, here is a list of expenses to expect if you follow this 3D/2N Hong Kong and Macau itinerary. Remember that these are just estimates. As you know, actual budgets/expenses may be different depending on a person’s traveling style & time of visit. Make sure to check discounts & read money saving tips posted below.

ALL-IN budget for Filipino Travelers. Including all flights, tours, transport, food, accommodation, terminal fees & PH travel tax (PHP1,620). This budget assumes that you purchase the iVenture Pass & add-in attractions, and book a piso fare Cebu Pacific promo on your Manila-Hong Kong-Macau-Manila flights.

Solo backpacker — HKD2,690 ( PHP17,200~ ALL-IN) per person

Mid-range (2 people traveling) — HKD3,170 (PHP20,200~) per person

The budget estimates posted are for the entire 3 day trip. Almost half of the expenses are spent on theme park admission fees, 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.

Excluding flights & attractions. Including transport, accommodation and food.

Solo backpacker — HKD1,000 (PHP6,300~) per person

Mid-range (2 people traveling) — HKD1,480 (PHP9,400~) per person

Excluding flights. Including attractions, transport, accommodation and food.

Solo backpacker — HKD2,190 (PHP13,700~) per person

Mid-range (2 people traveling) — HKD2,670 (PHP16,700~) per person

Expenses Breakdown

AttractionsPrice per person
Oceanpark Hong Kong 1-day general admissionHKD341 discount price — 11% OFF HKD385 walk-in price. Included in iVenture Pass.
Disneyland Hong Kong 1-day general admissionHKD507 discount price — 13% OFF HKD589 walk-in price. HKD300 discount price with iVenture Pass.
Ngong Ping 360 cable car roundtrip (standard cabin)HKD167 discount price — 9% OFF HKD185 walk-in price. Included in iVenture Pass.
Sky Terrace 428 + Peak Tram 2-in-1 roundtripHKD80 discount price — 9% OFF HKD88 walk-in price. Tram included in iVenture Pass.

Save money on attractions by pre-booking the HKD674 iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass. You can save a least HKD170 (PHP1,000 or USD22) per adult, from admission fees on four attractions featured on this itinerary alone. The pass is also inclusive of ten more attractions in Hong Kong and Macau. If you pre-book this card, you have to buy tickets to these attractions separately: Sky Terrace 428 (HKD48 per adult) and Disneyland (HKD300 discount rate per adult).

AccommodationsPrice per person
Backpacker (dorm)HKD160 & up per bed
Budget (double)HKD400 to HKD800 per room
Mid-range (double)HKD800 to HKD1,200 per room
High-end (double)HKD1,200 & up per room
TransportPrice per person
Hong Kong & Macau Public Transport (MTR train, bus, Star Ferry)HKD120
Hong Kong to Macau Ferry one-way on Cotai Water JetHKD165. 15% off with iVenture Pass
Flight to Hong Kong & Flight from MacauDepends on travel date.
FoodPrice per person
Backpacker (per day)HKD90
Mid-range (per day)HKD200
OthersPrice per person
Luggage storage in Hong Kong & MacauHKD100
Hong Kong local mobile data SIM Card (Hong Kong Airport pick-up)HKD55
Macau local mobile data SIM Card (Hong Kong Airport pick-up)HKD92

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

Before You Go

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

Filipino citizens (Philippine passport holders) can visit Hong Kong & Macau on a free tourist Visa on Arrival (VoA).

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.

A free tourist VoA means you do not need to apply for an entry visa before your trip, granted that you are traveling for tourism purposes only.

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).

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.

Book your hotel/hostel online

Go to Agoda or Booking.comto 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.

Where is the best place 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).

If your hotel is outside these areas, you’re generally good to go as long as an MTR train station is nearby. Or, you have arranged private transport.

What are the best hotels/hostels in Hong Kong?

Backpacker — Cheap yet decent hostels & guesthouses for travelers on a shoestring budget.

The Mahjong Boutique Hotel

Budget — Cheap yet decent bang-for-buck hotel for budget-conscious travelers.

Check Inn HK

Mid-range — Comfort and convenience at a bargain.

Residence G Hong Kong

High-end — Splurge & enjoy the best.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

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.

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 guides & blogs and Macau guides & blogs for more tips.