Shanghai boasts one of the best
transportation systems in China. As a major port city and the
largest city in Eastern China, this is the major hub for the
are direct flights to many international cities from Shanghai.
Shanghai is the only city in China to have two international
airports. Pudong is the new international airport and
most international airlines now fly in and out of here,
and it is located 55 km from the city center. For detailed
information about buses to and from Pudong Airport, click here.
Most hotels also supply transport
to the airport. A taxi should cost approximately RMB150. And
why not try the magnetic train since it is the first one in
the world and the fastest means to reach the International
Airport! The train leaves the airport from 08:28 to 17:28 and
leaves Longyang Rd Stop from 08:30 to 17:30. The prices range
from RMB160 to RMB50.
airport for most domestic flights is Hongqiao which is
older, and located in the west of Shanghai, 15 km from the
city center. A taxi to Hongqiao airport from CBD should cost
Public bus No.925 runs to the airport
Square. Most domestic destinations can be reached from
Shanghai. For detailed information about buses to and from
Hongqiao Airport, click
Shanghai is at the center of an
important rail network and there are daily trains to Xi'an (17
hours), Beijing (14 hours), Kunming (36 hours), Guilin (26
hours), Qingdao (16-20 hours) and almost all provincial
capitals from which travelers can choose further
transportation to their destination. There is also a train to
Kowloon in Hong Kong (26 hours).
There are also regular
services to Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Wuxi. For
foreigners, train tickets can be bought at the ticket booking
office in the soft seat waiting room. Most hotels will also
reserve seats for you although they will make a small charge
for this service. The main train station (Xinkezhan)
is in the north of the city.
The easiest way to reach the
station is to take the subway to Shanghai Railway Station stop. A taxi from the station to the center of town should
cost approximately RMB20-30.
boasts the most established highway system in China. Express
ways has been constructed to link all the nearby provinces.
The main long distance bus station is near the train station
on Qiujiang Road. Buses from here head to Nanjing (4
hours), Wuxi, Suzhou and Hangzhou and other destinations.
There is also a new bus station servicing Shaoxing, Ningbo,
Yangzhou and Hangzhou.
of long distance bus
Boat is a nice way to arrive or
leave the city. Some of the Three Gorges boat trip ends
here and there are good services by boat to Chongqing, Nanjing,
Putuoshan and Wuhan. The main passenger port-Shiliupu
Passenger Port is on Zhongshan Nan Road. 1 km south
Bund, there are also several other passenger ports in
Shanghai, which are usually far away from the city center.
boats from these ports, travelers usually still have to go to
Shiliupu Port first for bus transfer to those ports. As a
general rule, for long distance destination this is a cheap
but slow way to travel. For destination closer to the city
however the train is more efficient.
for boats from Shanghai Shiliupu Port
Shanghai has 4 Metro lines: Line No.1 (Shanghai Railway
Station-Xinzhuang), Line No.2 (Zhongshan Park-Zhangjianggaoke),
Line No 3, or Light Rail Train (Shanghai South Railway
Station-Jiangwanzhen), and Line No. 5.
The main city scenery and
shopping centers of Shanghai are along metro lines, so metro
is a very convenient way for you to visit Shanghai.
There are more than 1,100 bus
lines in Shanghai. Buses are often packed to the hilt and at
times, impossible to board. The closest thing to revolutionary
fervor in Shanghai today is the rush-hour bus ambushes. Once
on board, keep your valuables tucked away since pick pocketing
is easy under such conditions, and foreigners make juicy
Contrary to popular belief, buses
are not color coded-the bus number is. Routes 1 to 30 are for
trolley buses (now supplemented by regular buses). Buses 1 to
199 operate from 5 am to 11pm. Buses in the 200 and 400 series
are peak-hour buses, and 300 series buses provide all-night
service. Suburban and long-distance buses don't carry
numbers-the destination is in characters.
The ticket prices are divided
into several kinds which are according to the length of the
routes and the condition of the bus, RMB1 for the routes less
than 13 km long, RMB1.5 for the over-13 km long routes, RMB2
for air-con buses.
But we do not recommend you to
use bus since it is crowded and often gets caught in jam. Taxi
and metro are your first choices.
are 50,000 taxies running in Shanghai City. They are
reasonably cheap and easy to flag down, but try to avoid the
peak hours of 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm. The start price is
RMB10 for 3 km and RMB2 for following each 1 km. At night
(23:00-5:00) the start price is RMB13 for 3 km and RMB2.6 for
following each 1 km, once exceeding 10 kilometers' journey, it
would be RMB3.9 for each kilometer, and the bargain is
permitted, also, you could take the taxi to travel in a group.
There are more than 20 ferry lines between Pudong and Puxi.
Ticket price is RMB0.5/person, RMB1.3/bike, RMB1.5/auxiliary
bike, RMB2/motorbike; freight train and truck go across the
Dongtan Road-Nanjing Road, Mingshen Road-Dandong Road,
RMB10-20 for each one.
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