The Macau International Airport is located in Taipa Island 氹仔 of Macau. And Taipa 氹仔 is very near to Cotai Strip 氹仔 which look similar to the Strip in Las Vegas with major hotels and casinos.
There are several ways to enter Macau:
1. By flight and use Macau International Airport
2. By ferry from Hong Kong using Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macau Peninsula or Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal at Taipa)
3. By bus crossing Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
Arrival Hall Review
We choose to land in Macau Airport from Singapore then take a ferry to Hong Kong and depart from Hong Kong International Airport, so my review is only on the arrival part of Macau International Airport. As usual, once the plane landed, you need to go through the custom and baggage claim and finally security check. Then you will proceed to get your bus or taxi to your destination. The line was not long and it was pretty fast to clear and check out from the airport.
The airport is not that big, it only has several duty-free shopping. It is quite clean including the toilets, both squat and seat toilets are available.
Do not expect the immigration officer has a smiling face, most do not smile. This applies to all immigration officers worldwide. I even heard an immigration officer scolding an old lady tourist from mainland China, which she did not even do anything wrong as she was just standing outside the toilet waiting for her daughter.
Prepaid International Sim Card
Once you come out from the arrival hall, there is a row of counters selling for the prepaid international sim card for mobile phones.
There are 4 network operators in Macau: CTM, Three (3), SmarTone and China Mobile (CDMA-only)
SIM cards can be purchased without registration. On the airport, there are even vending machines for prepaid SIM Cards.
Travel by Free Shuttle Bus to explore Macau!
There are free shuttle services to major big hotels so do not bother to take a taxi at all. I know there are free shuttle buses to Grand Lisboa & Venetian and many more. Each Casino has its own branded buses – which will shuttle between airport, ferry terminals, border gates, and other casinos. They are a great way to get about but only take you between Casinos, and only on their schedules. Don’t worry, it is about 10-15 mins wait.
If you want to explore the historical side of Macau, you can take the Grand Lisboa free shuttle bus and walk over to the ruins of St Paul and Senado Square, it is only 10-15 mins walk from Grand Lisboa Casino Hotel. If you want to visit Cotai Strip, (just like the Strip in Vegas), then take the Venetian free shuttle bus.
The departure hall is located at one level down of the arrival hall. Not very big either but there are enough seats for travelers. Passengers traveling with the Air Macau and Xiamen airlines can enjoy our check-in kiosk facilities.