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Transportation In Shanghai

Outer transport:

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 eastern region.

By plane:

Transportation In ShanghaiThere 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.

Transportation In ShanghaiThe 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 approximately RMB30-50. 

Public bus No.925 runs to the airport from People's Square. Most domestic destinations can be reached from Shanghai. For detailed information about buses to and from Hongqiao Airport, click here.

By train:

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.

By bus:

Transportation In ShanghaiShanghai 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.

Timetable of long distance bus

By boat:

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 of the Bund, there are also several other passenger ports in Shanghai, which are usually far away from the city center. 

For 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.

Schedule for boats from Shanghai Shiliupu Port

City transport:

Transportation In ShanghaiNowadays, 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.

No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5.


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 targets.

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.

Transportation In ShanghaiThere 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.

Huangpujiang ferry:
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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