TCM Bus Route 101X is one of just two public bus services that serves the Macau Port of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge or Posto Fronteiriço da Ponte Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau, making a crescent around the Macau Peninsular. Coming from the Hotel Lisboa after checking out, I headed to the Praça Ferreira Amaral bus interchange to commence my journey back to Singapore.
Heading to the island platform for the 101X bus.
The many bus stop signs indicating the stopping berth for TCM Bus Route 101X.
Despite not travelling on any skipped sectors throughout its route except for the long section to the new artificial island with obviously no bus stops on it, the TCM Bus Route 101X is classified as an express bus and that fares of MOP6 apply. Again, I’m not sure why the differentiation and emphasis on fares as all buses in Macau charges MOP6 per journey for cash payments anyway regardless of distance travelled.
Barely 5 minutes of waiting later, and the TCM Bus Route 101X is turning in.
Boarding the TCM Bus Route 101X.
Dropping my mix of Macau Pataca and Hong Kong Dollar coins with a total of $6 into the fare box. No tickets are issued on Macau buses.
The Hong Kong Dollar is customary tender in Macau at a 1:1 customary face value exchange rate. However, if you are planning to spend larger sums of money *cough*casino*cough*, it’s better to change Hong Kong Dollars to Macau Patacas as you get a little bit more MOP based in actual exchange rates at around HKD1.00 : MOP1.03.
The interior of the TCM Bus Route 101X.
The view of the TCM Bus Route 101X from my seat.
Goodbye Hotel Lisboa, wish I could stay longer. (But then again you made me lose HKD200 so maybe not?)
Passing by the famous Largo do Senado or Senado Square.
Heading on the local side of Macau.
Some new housing estates at Fai Chi Kei.
Skirting around Baía Norte do Patane.
Turning towards Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco or Frontier Post of the Border Gate, the main checkpoint leading to Zhuhai. However, the TCM Bus Route 101X does not make a stop directly at Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco. Passengers heading to Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco and Zhuhai must alight one stop before and walk the rest of the way.
Passing by (I think) the casino shuttle bus terminal at Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco.
Passing by the Campo dos operários da Associação Geral dos Operários de Macau.
Heading down on Praça das Portas do Cerco.
Passing by the Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco bus terminal.
Looking at Zhuhai. So near yet so far.
The border area here is heavily fenced up.
Heading onto the bridge to New District Zone A.
The skyline of Zhuhai as seen from Macau.
New District Zone A is a new reclaimed island which is currently empty except for the road leading to Posto Fronteiriço da Ponte Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau.
Looking back at the original Macanese mainland. Goodbye Macau.
The true construction marvel of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge border crossing facilities for Macau and Zhuhai is best seen in person. How is it possible to raise this up from the sea?
Crossing onto Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Island.
The two links from Macau and Zhuhai from Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Island.
Despite looking like China, the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port fully operates as Macau.
Heading into Macau Port.
The combined skyline of Macau and Zhuhai.
Looking back to downtown Macau and Hotel Lisboa.
The road networks seems to be ready to operate without borders already, and perhaps so in 30 years time.
The empty car immigration checkpoint of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port. Only cars with permits (and with a very low cap amount) are allowed to use the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge.
The facade of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port.
Turning into the bus bay.
The ride from Praça Ferreira Amaral (Hotel Lisboa) to Posto Fronteiriço da Ponte Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau took 35 minutes.
Walking to the entrance of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port.
This design reminds of just another huge China railway stations.
Here, I entered the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port to prepare to exit Macau, and continue my journey on the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge using the HZM Bus.
Overall, a sufficiently cheap and convenient local ride on the TCM Bus Route 101X from Praça Ferreira Amaral (Hotel Lisboa) to Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port for a cheap fare of just MOP6, though I find that 35 minutes may not actually be the fastest way possible. While the Hotel Lisboa and Casino Lisboa does not offer a free casino shuttle bus to Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Macau Port, it may pay off to find another nearby casino *cough*Wynn*cough* which provides such a free express shuttle service to save both time and money, as Macau isn’t very big to begin with to warrant a 35 minute ride to somewhere just 7 kilometers away.
This post is part of a series on how to get from Macau to Hong Kong by bus. Follow my journey from downtown Macau to Hong Kong International Airport here:
- TCM Bus Route 101X: Praça Ferreira Amaral (Hotel Lisboa) to Posto Fronteiriço da Ponte Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau by Bus
- HZM Bus Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Shuttle Bus (港珠澳大桥穿梭巴士): HZMB Macau Port (Posto Fronteiriço da Ponte Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau / 澳门口岸) to HZMB Hong Kong Port (香港口岸) by Bus
- New Lantao Bus Route B4: HZMB Hong Kong Port (大橋香港口岸) to Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 (香港國際機場一號客運大樓) by Bus