Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: Greater Bay Area Accessibility

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The HZMB Experience

Spanning a remarkable 55 kilometers, the dual three lane Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) is a true masterpiece of modern engineering with its series of cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands.

Holding the title of the longest open sea fixed link and the longest sea crossing in the world, HZMB is a transportation conduit between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.

The bridge significantly reduces travel time, bolsters trade, tourism, and improves accessibility into the Greater Bay Area.

With modern access points and designated transportation facilities, and next door to Hong Kong International Airport, the HZMB offers cost-effective convenience for commuters, business travelers, and tourists alike.

As frequent users of the HZMB, we thought we'd provide an overview of this wonderful mega-infrastucture.

Key Takeaways

  • The HZMB is a bridge-tunnel system linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau.
  • It enhances Greater Bay Area connectivity and has a significant economic impact
  • Visitors can expect convenient access and travel across the megastructure

Design and Construction


Main Bridges: The main bridge section is a combined 29.6 kilometers of connected segments with three cable-stayed bridges namely Jianghai Channel Bridge (994 metres in length), Qingzhou Channel Bridge (1,150 metres) and Jiuzhou Channel Bridge (768 meters).

Undersea Tunnel: Not just any tunnel but 6,225 metres long and made up of giant concrete tunnel sections that were towed and sunk into place with milimeter precision.

Artificial Islands: These islands serve as transitions from the raised bridge to the underwater tunnel.

Right-Hand Drive: The entire sea crossing is right-hand drive. In Hong Kong, it's left-hand drive.

Transportation Services

From efficient public transport options to private taxis, the bridge enhances convenience and integration within the region.

  • Buses & Shuttle Buses: Frequent services offer movement between Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macao, connecting with local public transport networks.
  • Private Cars: Only those car owners with a permit can drive across the bridge.
  • Taxis: Normal taxis are not allowed to cross the bridge. Private companies offering taxi services are allowed but again, with a permit. Plus, pre-booking of the journey on the bridge has to be made with date and time confirmed before passing through the toll booths.

We've often thought Hong Kong Tourism should run buses to nowhere to allow people to get on a bus to Zhuhai / Macau terminal and return without stopping!

Travel Guidelines

From Hong Kong to Zhuhai / Macau takes approximately 45-60 minutes with buses running ever 15-20 minutes 24/7. The bridge will close during typhoons. You need a visa to enter Zhuhai, China.

More information about the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge can be found on the Hong Kong Highways Department's website here.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Infographic

We put together some interesting facts about HZMB and created this infographic.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge-Tunnel is the longest sea crossing in the world at 55 kilometres

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