When was the last time you travelled without a phone or using a paper map? It’s nearly impossible to imagine our lives “disconnected”, we basically have created an application for every little thing possible, work or leisure. Thus, if you’re visiting Macau or even a local, these five must-have apps can make your life and time in Macau much 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 asked, listed it among their essential Macau applications. Sure, we can check websites or read bus stops posters, but Bus Traveling System gives you all the information you need on routes and stops, the real-time traffic condition and bus arrivals. It also shows 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 as well.
Available for free on iOS and Android.
If you are unfamiliar with Chinese, try Waygo. It scans text and translates it into English. It’s great for shopping where the app can help translate labels or signs into whichever language you prefer. You might also find it helpful for notes and announcements posted by local establishments or promo deals in shops. No data connection is required for this app by the way.
Cotai Water Jet
Buy your ferry tickets to or from Hong Kong and Macau with this app. Additionally, check the schedule or learn about promotions and special discounts, some of them exclusive to 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 that you’d want to cross all of those restaurants off your list tout suite!
Available for free on iOS with in-app purchases.
Taxis in Macau are relatively cheap, so you’ll probably use it regulary. However, not all Macau taxi drivers speak English, so be prepared. Always have a business card of the 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 point A to B.