I traveled to Macau in mid December. I went around the World Heritage sites in Macau Peninsula in the first half and mega resorts in Cotai area in the latter half. In this article, I will write about return home from Taipa Ferry Terminal via Hong Kong International Airport as part of Day 5.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Go to Macau via Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
* Day 1: Around Lisboa (Light-up)
* Day 2: Penha Church etc.
* Day 2: Senado Square etc.
* Day 2: Ruins of St. Paul’s, Mount Fortress, St. Lazarus District etc.
* Day 2: Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square etc. (Light-up)
* Day 3: Sands Cotai Central
* Day 3: The Venetian Macao
* Day 3: The Parisian Macao (Light-up)
* Day 3: Studio City Macau (Light-up)
* Day 4: City of Dreams
* Day 4: MGM Cotai, Wynn Palace
* Day 4: Galaxy Macau
* Day 4: The Venetian Macao etc. (Light-up)
* Day 5: Macau Tower
* Day 5: Return Home [This article]
Move from Taipa Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong International Airport by Cotai Water Jet
Following the previous post, I came to Taipa Ferry Terminal by a shuttle bus from Sands Cotai Central.
While I used Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge when I got into Macau (see the related article), I will use a ferry bound for Hong Kong International Airport to return home. The reason why I didn’t use Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, but used the ferry was because (1) there was not transportation that connected directly between casino resorts in Cotai area and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge at this moment, and (2) I just found a suitable ferry that timely connected my return flight from Hong Kong.
By the way, there are two ferry operators that run between Macau and Hong Kong International Airport – “TurboJET (噴射飛航)” from Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (外港客運碼頭) and “Cotai Water Jet (金光飛航)” from Taipa Ferry Terminal (氹仔客運碼頭). I chose Cotai Water Jet due to time schedule to connect my return fight. In terms of location, Taipa Ferry Terminal was nearer than Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal from casino resorts in Cotai area, so it was convenient for me.
Passengers bound for Hong Kong International Airport need to check in on the second floor.
Cotai Water Jet has “Upstream Check In Service”, which enables passengers to check in for their flights from Hong Kong. In addition, there is “Baggage Tag Through Service”, which allows the transfer of passengers’ baggage from the departure port to their final destination. Please note, however, the participating airlines for these kinds of service are limited and the “Minimum Connection Time” at Hong Kong International Airport varies depending on airlines.
For my return flight, I will use Cathey Pacific Airways, which participates in both “Upstream Check In Service” and “Baggage Tag Through Service”. When I checked in, I was given three documents – (1) a ferry ticket, (2) a coupon for departure tax refund and (3) a boarding pass for my flight.
I had some time before departure, so I went around the building. As the current Taipa Ferry Terminal was opened in June 2017 after a renovation, the building was relatively new and clean as a whole.
On the first floor, there were food court and souvenir shops.
Information board. I will take the 13:55 ferry to Hong Kong International Airport.
Go to the immigration.
After passing the immigration, I moved the waiting area.
Here is the ferry of Cotai Water Jet I am going to board.
Passengers were waiting for their departure.
As there was an announcement for embarkation, I will board the ferry.
In the ferry.
It takes 65 minutes from Taipa Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong International Airport. A free WiFi service is available in the ferry, so I was not bored at all.
Hong Kong International Airport
I arrived at “Skypier (海天客運碼頭)” at Hong Kong International Airport.
Just like transits for connecting flights, I will not enter Hong Kong, but go directly to the departure gate after security check.
Apart from this, I got a refund on departure tax, as it was included in the flight ticket price.
I will move from Skypier to Terminal 1 by a shuttle train.
I reached Terminal 1.
I would like to have light meal if possible, but the connecting time was just 80 minutes, so I abandoned the idea.
Instead, I took snap photos in the airport.
Return Home with Cathay Pacific
The return flight was CX542 departing at 16:20.
The return flight was bound for Haneda.
I will be boarding.
The aircraft was Boeing 777-300 and the seat configuration for economy class was 3-3-3.
Drink and snack.
In-flight meal. Then, a Haagen-Dazs ice cream was served.
I arrived at Haneda International Airport on time.
Then, I returned to my home and my Macau trip for 4 nights and 5 days was over.
That’s it for the article about return home from Taipa Ferry Terminal via Hong Kong International Airport as part of Day 5.
To recap the trip, as the final article of Macau trip series, this was my first time to travel to only Macau and I found there were lots of places to see. In Macau Peninsula where the World Heritage “Historic Centre of Macao” was located, I felt a blend of the Chinese culture and the Portuguese culture, while each of casino resorts in Cotai area had distinctive features respectively. I presume traveling to Macau will become easy in the future, as I heard there is a shuttle bus plan to directly move from Hong Kong International Airport to Macau via Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, and Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Macau will be open in 2019. Once these infrastructure is developed, I would like to revisit Macau, including Taipa area and Coloane are, which I skipped this time due to my schedule.
Now my Macau trip series with 16 articles was completed. Thank you for reading my blog.
Regarding my next trip, I have already arranged it. I am going to Kobe from March 8 to 11. As the next trip following Macau, I looked for domestic travel destination and found Kobe has lots of photogenic spots, so I decided to visit Kobe. My blog will not be updated for the time being, but once I return from Kobe, I will start the next series, so stay tuned 🙂
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