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  • Shanghai Transportations

  • 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. It brings convenience for you. 

    • 1. By Air


    Shanghai is the only city in China to have two international airports. Pudong Airport, located 55 km from the downtown city, is the new international airport and most of the international airlines now fly in and out of there. Most hotels also supply shuttles to the airport. A taxi would cost around RMB150. And the magnetic train is the first one and the fastest means in the world 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 RMB50 to RMB160.

    Hongqiao Airport, located in the west of Shanghai, 15 km from the city center, is for most domestic flights. A taxi to Hongqiao Airport from CBD should cost approximately RMB30-50. Public bus No.925 runs to the airport from People's Square.


    • 2. By Train

    The main train station is in the north of the city. Shanghai is at the junction of an important rail network and there are daily trains to Xian (17 hours), Beijing (14 hours), Kunming (36 hours), Guilin (26 hours), Qingdao (16-20 hours) and almost all provincial capitals. There are also regular services to Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Wuxi. There is also a train to Kowloon in Hong Kong (26 hours).  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, at a small charge for this service.
    The easiest way to reach the station is to take the subway to Shanghai Railway Station Stop. And a taxi would cost about RMB20-30.


    • 3. By Bus

    The general long-distance bus station is on Qiujiang Road, near the rail station. There is a new bus station serving buses to Shaoxing, Ningbo, Yangzhou and Hangzhou.


    • 4. By Boat

    Shiliupu Passenger Port, on Zhongshan Road (S), is 1 km south of the Bund. Some of the travelling boats heading to Three Gorges are good services by boat to Chongqing, Nanjing, and Wuhan. And there are also other ports in the city, but they are far away from the city center, and you must transfer at Shiliupu Port.


    • 5. City Transport:

    (1) Metro

    At present, 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-Jiangwan Town), and Line No. 5.
    The main city sceneries and shopping centers of Shanghai are along metro lines.

    (2) Bus

    There are more than 1,100 bus routes in Shanghai. Route 1 to 30 is 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, but the destination in characters.

    The ticket prices are divided into several kinds according to the length of the routes and the condition of the bus, with RMB1 for the routes less than 13 km long, RMB1.5 for the routes over 13 km long and RMB2 for air-conditioned buses.

    (3) Taxi

    There are 50,000 taxies running in Shanghai City. They are reasonably cheap and easy to hail, but try to avoid the peak hours of 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm. The starting price is RMB10 for 3 km and RMB2 for following each 1 km. At night (23:00-5:00) the starting price is RMB13 for 3 km and RMB2.6 for succeeding each 1 km, once exceeding 10 kilometers, it would be RMB3.9 for each kilometer.

    (4) Huangpu River ferry
    There are more than 20 ferry lines between the two sides of Huangpu River. Ticket price is RMB0.5 per person, RMB1.3 per bike, RMB1.5 per auxiliary bike; RMB2 per motorbike; freight train and truck go across the Dongtan Road-Nanjing Road, Mingshen Road-Dandong Road, with RMB10-20 for each one.