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A-Ma Temple, situated on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula, is one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau

Travelling to Macau?

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Travelling to Macau? Get the Macanese pataca at the best exchange rate through Manor FX. We’ll help you travel confidently by offering you great deals on the official Macau currency (MOP).

Whether you’re excited to marvel at the Grand Lisboa or unwind at the A-Ma Temple, Manor FX will support your Macau currency exchange needs.

You can opt to have your Macau pataca delivered straight to your home or workplace or pick it up from our bureau near Heathrow.

Rely on Manor FX for swift delivery and a smooth online ordering process. Our Macau currency to gbp rates will have you delighted.

Macau travel money

Getting ready for your journey to Macau? Here’s a guide to managing your finances when visiting this stunning location.

Where can you get Macanese pataca?

If you’re seeking the best place to buy Macau currency, you have multiple options:

  • High street banks: Convenient but can be pricier.
  • Airport kiosks: Accessible but often come with high fees.
  • Local foreign exchange bureaus: Sometimes offer good rates, but Manor FX, located near Heathrow, ensures no hidden fees.
  • Online currency exchanges: These typically offer the best rates. With Manor FX, you get free delivery on orders over £750 and next-day delivery. Purchase your Macanese pataca online or in-store for the best deals.

Manor FX provides the Macau currency rate you need for your travels. Order Macanese pataca confidently, knowing you’ll receive excellent value.

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Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.

Can you buy Macanese pataca in the UK?

Absolutely. With Manor FX, you can purchase Macau currency directly from the UK. Our online service lets you order Macanese pataca online and deliver it to your door.

Take advantage of our exceptional Macanese pataca to GBP rates and stretch your holiday budget further. Orders over £750 get free delivery, making your currency purchase simple and worry-free.

Should I exchange money before I travel to Macau?

Yes, exchanging money before flying to Macau is a smart choice. Having the Macanese pataca currency handy means you can cover early expenses like airport transport and dining.

Convert your pounds sterling to Macanese pataca with Manor FX before you go!

What is the best currency to bring to Macau?

The best currency to bring to Macau is the Macanese pataca. It’s the official currency of Macau, so it’s accepted everywhere. Carrying some Hong Kong dollars can also be useful since they’re also widely accepted in Macau.

You can also use the Chinese yuan in Macau, particularly in casinos and larger stores. However, it’s best to have Macanese pataca for small shops or taxis, as some places don’t accept yuan.

Can I use Hong Kong dollars in Macau?

In addition to the Macanese pataca (MOP), Hong Kong dollars (HKD) are also widely accepted in Macau.

Many shops, restaurants, and hotels take HKD alongside the local currency. However, your change might be given in patacas, so keeping some MOP handy for smaller purchases is helpful.

The Venetian Macau interior view.

Can I use my bank card in Macau?

Yes, you can use your bank card in Macau. Most places, like hotels and restaurants, accept credit and debit cards. However, it’s smart to carry some cash for smaller shops or stalls that might not.

Do I need cash in Macau?

Yes, it’s a good idea to have some cash in Macau. While most places accept cards, smaller shops, food stalls, and taxis often prefer cash. It’s handy to carry some Macanese patacas for those occasions.

If you have leftover foreign currency when you return from your trip, we offer the best MOP exchange rate, so sell them back with Manor FX.

Is it better to use cash or credit card in Macau?

Most businesses accept credit and debit cards, but having cash ensures you can handle any transactions where cards aren’t taken.

How much cash should I take to Macau?

The city of Macau isn’t huge and can easily be paired with a trip to Hong Kong. If you visit for three days to soak up the unique atmosphere, here are some estimated costs:


Macau has some great hotel deals, with many nice rooms available for under 1,200 MOP, around £120 a night. You can also splurge on high-end hotels and casinos like the Venetian or Parisian for around 2,000 MOP, or £200 per night.

Local transportation

Macau is a small city; many areas are walkable, especially the historic district. Some hotels provide free shuttle services, while local buses are affordable, costing less than 10 MOP, £1 per trip. Alternatively, you can use taxis, which are black and reasonably priced.


Macau has plenty of attractions to explore:

  • The ruins of St. Paul are an iconic landmark that is free to visit.
  • Monte Fort – offers stunning city views.
  • Tipa Village – a charming neighbourhood filled with shops and restaurants.
  • Macau Tower – enjoy panoramic views or try bungee jumping.
  • Legend Heroes Park is an immersive virtual reality theme park.

Budget around 1,500 MOP, around £150 for attractions.

Food and drink

You can find everything from cheap street food to high-end dining in Macau. Here’s an idea of average daily meal costs:

  • Breakfast:  50 MOP, around £5.
  • Lunch: 70 MOP, around £7.
  • Dinner: 20 MOP,  £20

That brings your daily total to about 320 MOP, around £32. Don’t miss trying Portuguese egg tarts and other local delicacies.

So make sure to convert your GBP to Macanese pataca before your trip with Manor FX!

Macau, downtown city skyline, cityscape of China at sunset.

How can I avoid ATM fees in Macau?

  • Find a bank that partners with Macau banks to avoid fees.
  • Withdraw more considerable sums less frequently to minimise transaction costs.
  • Look for ATMs with lower fees.

How does tipping work in Macau

In Macau, tipping is straightforward. Restaurants often add a 10% service charge, so no need to tip extra.

Is Macau a cheap country to visit?

Macau is pricier than other Asian destinations, but you can still enjoy it on a budget. Street food and free attractions let you explore without overspending.

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Banknotes and coins in Macau

Macau currency: Notes 

In Macau, you’ll find colourful and beautifully designed Macanese pataca banknotes. The two central banks that issue them are the Banco Nacional Ultramarino and the Bank of China. 

You’ll find notes in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 patacas. The Macao currency features significant landmarks, cultural symbols, and modern security features to prevent counterfeiting. 

Macau currency: Coins

Macau’s coins are both practical and interesting! They come in 10, 20, and 50 avos and 1, 2, 5, and 10 patacas. The designs usually feature the region’s coat of arms or flowers. 

Macau’s currency import and export regulations

You can bring as much MOP currency as you like into or out of Macau. If you are carrying over MOP 120,000 (or equivalent), declare it at customs.

Order Macanese pataca online

Get the best Macau currency to pound rates with Manor FX. Purchase your Macau currency online for secure delivery. Our use of Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® means peace of mind. Alternatively, click and collect at our Heathrow Bureau.

Selling back Macanese pataca to GBP

Got extra MOP after your trip? Manor FX offers competitive rates for converting Macanese pataca to GBP. Select ‘sell currency’ on our website, then select ‘Macanese pataca’. Choose your payment method, and let us handle the rest.

We ensure excellent rates for your remaining Macau currency to GBP exchange.

Macau, Macau S.A.R. - September 19, 2015: Tourists and shoppers walking along a narrow street with colourful building in central Macau with many shops and restaurants.


British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Macau for up to 180 days. You’ll need to arrange a visa before travelling for extended stays.

No specific vaccinations are required for Macau if you’re coming from the UK. However, it’s a good idea to be up to date on routine vaccines like measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus. Consider getting Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines for extra protection.

The best time to visit Macau is from October to December, when the weather is pleasant. During this period, you can:

  • Explore the historic ruins of St. Paul’s.
  • Wander through the charming Senado Square.
  • Marvel at the lights of the Cotai Strip.
  • Enjoy a gondola ride at the Venetian Macau.
  • Sample local delicacies at the Taipa Village food stalls.

Spring (March to May) is also great, with warm days for:

  • Walking through the blooming Lou Lim Ioc Garden.
  • Hiking up Guia Hill for panoramic views.
  • Visiting temples like A-Ma Temple and Kun Iam.
  • Take a boat ride to the picturesque Coloane Island.

Macau is not part of Hong Kong. It’s a Special Administrative Region of China, like Hong Kong. It has its own government and currency, but is under China’s sovereignty.

In Macau, people mostly speak Cantonese and Portuguese, the official languages. English is also widely understood, especially in tourist areas.

Macau is known for its vibrant blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures. It’s famous for its casinos and nightlife, earning the nickname “Las Vegas of Asia.” People also love its historic architecture, delicious street food, and thrilling Macau Grand Prix.

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Macanese Patacas Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
  • with Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm
  • Better rates than the banks
You exchange:
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You exchange:
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