Macau International Airport serves the Chinese special administrative region of Macau, situated in the Pearl River Delta just a stone’s throw from the city of Hong Kong. The airport itself is located on Taipa island and is connected to the main Macau Peninsula by 3 bridges. Though a rather small air facility, parts of Macau International Airport still had to be constructed on reclaimed land due to land scarcity in the area. The airport has been operational since 1995, and serves as a popular transit point for air travellers flying between Taiwan and Mainland China due to its strategic location between the 2 locales.
Cheapest flights to Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport is served by numerous major Asian airlines like AirAsia, Tiger Air, Air Seoul, EVA Air, and Jetstar Airways (amongst many others), and handles about 5 million travellers annually.
Macau International Airport is situated around 10 kilometres from the city centre of Macau on the Macau Peninsula, and about 3-5 kilometres from the Cotai Strip. To get from the airport to the city centre, travellers can grab a taxi easily from outside the passenger terminal. The ride to the Macau Peninsula should take about 10-15 minutes, and cost around SGD 8.70 (USD 6.21). Tourists going to visit the casinos and mega-hotels on the Cotai Strip have it easier, though numerous complimentary shuttle buses to major hotels on the Strip are available from Macau Airport.
What to see and do
Though Macau is but a tiny speck on the map - only about 30.5 square kilometres in area - don’t underestimate this little administrative region. It’s known as the Vegas of the East, and contains a Strip to rival that of the famous one in Las Vegas. It even manages to one-up Vegas by harbouring the world’s largest casino, The Venetian Macao, a stunning masterpiece of imitation Italian art and architecture (including statues, frescoes, gondolas and even an extensive network of fake canals). The over-the-top decadence of the mega-hotels and casinos on the Cotai Strip promises to entertain even non-gamblers. Be wowed by spectacularly lux displays at the Wynn Hotel and Galaxy Macau - live jellyfish housed behind the hotel reception desk, a ginormous robotic dragon that comes to life every hour out of an ornate golden ball, indoor waterfalls and a 3-metre tall Fortune Diamond are just some of the many amazing things these hotels offer their guests.
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