Bus and taxi services serve as the primary means of public transportation in Macao. As a traveller, you will find it convenient and inexpensive to ride a bus around the territory, with local buses both modern and air-conditioned. Taxis are also regarded a convenient option in this relatively small city. If you want to try something a little different, hire a tricycle, bicycle or car to see the sights.
A frequent bus service runs between the Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Route information in Chinese and Portuguese is posted at every bus stop detailing destinations, itineraries and stops.
Bus fares range from MOP3.20 to MOP6.40 depending upon the distance travelled. Passengers should prepare adequate coins for the fare as no change is given on the buses, all of which are air-conditioned. Routes go to and from different spots in the Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane including Macau International Airport. Some buses even traverse narrow streets and alleys in Macao.
Like everywhere else, it is best to avoid travelling during peak hours. It is also recommended that you bring a map in order to better locate your destination.
For route information, please visit: http://www.dsat.gov.mo/bus, or contact the following transportation (bus) companies:
TRANSMAC - Transportes Urbanos de Macau, S.A.R.L.
Enquiries: +853 2827 1122
Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau, S.A.R.L.
Enquiries: +853 2885 0060
NEWERA - Macau New Era Public Bus Company Limited
Enquiries: +853 2875 5210
MACAUpass is an electronic payment system using IC card technology installed on all public transport in Macao. Passengers need not use coins, and can also use the pass to make purchases at convenience stores, some bakeries, and vending machines.