Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport doesn't only draw travelers wanting to place a bet in one of the city's (mega) casinos; it's also an important airport for destinations in southeast China.
Just like Hong Kong, Macau has a special status. It's part of China, but because of its special status people traveling to or from China need to cross the border.
IATA airport code: MFM
ICAO airport code: VMMC
There's no train connection with Macau Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated six kilometers south of Macau's center. From the city center you can easily reach the airport in a rental car via the Ponte de Amizade and Avenida de Wai Long.
There are several bus services carried out by the company Transport Macau (Tel. +853(0)28 271 122) from Macau to various destinations. The AP1 bus runs via Macau's center to the Chinese border. There are also regular buses to Cotai and Coloane. Minibuses follow a fixed route, but without compulsory stops. The driver will stop when you call 'jau lok'.
There are also long-distance buses to cities in China, including Guangzhou and Dongguan.
Car rental Macau Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Only two companies are present at Macau Airport: Avis and Happy-Rent-a-Car (also known as Happy Mokes).
You can find taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. Practically all taxis in Macau use a meter. There's an airport surcharge of 5 patacas and the driver will charge 3 patacas for baggage in the trunk. A taxi ride to Macau's center takes 10-15 minutes and costs about 40-50 patacas. Drivers also accept Hong Kong dollars.
There are parking lots on both sides of the terminal. At the North or South parking lot you can park for free.
There are no hotels at Macau Airport, but there is one at the airport's entrance road, Golden Crown China Hotel (Tel. +853(0)28 851 166). Other hotels nearby the airport include the Regency Hotel (Tel. +853(0)28 831 234), Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel (Tel. +853(0)28 681 234), Hotel Taipa (Tel. +853(0)28 821666) and Westin Resort Macau (Tel. +853(0)28 871 111).
Shops and restaurants
There are only a limited number of eating and drinking facilities at Macau Airport. There are only two restaurants, one before and one after customs. In addition, quality is poor. Although the Chinese dishes are somewhat reasonable, you better stay away from Western dishes in these restaurants. The number of shops is also limited. You will find a large King Power Duty Free Shop.
You'll find lockers in the Departure Hall for which you pay 20 patacas per 24 hours. There's a lost-and-found desk in the Arrivals Hall.
There's an information desk in the central hall for inquiries about flight schedules and airport services. However, not all staff is fluent in English.
The Airport Lounge offers basic facilities such as faxing, copying and internet access. You can also make international calls. Extensive facilities are offered by the hotels and casinos in Macau. There are plenty of possibilities to rent meeting space and (sometimes huge) conference rooms.
Macau Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones.
There are several banks that not only change money but also offer other financial services. Exchange offices can be found both before and after customs; ATM's are scattered around the terminal building. There are also two smoking areas. These are special, because they aren't poky little rooms as you'll find at other airports, but open areas where the smoke is contained by an 'air curtain'.