When was the last time you were traveling without a phone or using paper maps? Can you barely recall? Me too. It’s nearly impossible to imagine our lives “disconnected”, we basically have created an application for every little thing possible, work or leisure. When in Macau, consider these 5 must-have apps that will make your life and time in Macau easier.
Bus Traveling System
Created by the Transport Bureau of Macau SAR, this app is most likely used by every person who’s ever hopped on a bus in Macau. As a matter of fact, each and every expat I’ve asked, listed it among their essential Macau applications. I mean, surely we can check websites or read bus stops posters, but Bus Traveling System gives you all the info on routes and stops, the real-time traffic condition and bus arrivals, as well as how much time you need to cross a bridge between Macau and Taipa. You can be on a bus and see the number of stops to the destination and when to get off.
If you are as familiar with Chinese as I am, try Waygo. It scans text and translates it into English. I normally use it in local supermarkets to find out what I am actually buying. You might also find it helpful for notes and announcements posted by local establishments or promo deals in shops. No data connection required.
Cotai Water Jet
Buy your ferry tickets to/from Hong Kong, check the schedule or learn about promotions and special discounts, some of them exclusive for the app users. Not just that, it will also notify you when there is a promo or severe weather conditions.
How many restaurants are there in Macau? This Hong Kong and Macau guide app will tell you all. It’s a great tool that will assist you in your culinary journey through the finest local spots. Filter by location, cuisine, service or Michelin award, browse through the photos and create a list of favorites. The only unfortunate side of this guide is you would crave to cross all of those restaurants off your list.
Available for free on (in-app purchases), iOS.
Taxis in Macau are relatively cheap, so you’ll probably ride it regularly. However, not all of the Macau taxi drivers speak English, so be prepared – always have a business card of a location you are heading to or its Chinese name on your phone. Check out the Macau Taxi app for Android – it has all the common destinations in Chinese characters. Macau Taxi Fare app for iOS is also nice to have as it will provide you with some general info and taxi fares or calculate an approximate price from A to B.