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Shanghai is an international metropolis in the world as well as an important communication hub in China. It is very accessible to reach by air, land and water whether from other cities of China's or from abroad.

Get to Shanghai: 1. by flight, 2. by boat, 3. by train, 4. by long-distance bus

Get around Shanghai: 1. by taxi, 2. by subway, 3. by public bus, 4. by Shanghai maglev train, 5. by bike or by foot, 6. by boat or tunnel

How to Get to Shanghai?

Shanghai covers the south portion of the Yangtze Delta, and is bordered by the East China Sea to the east, Jiangsu province to the northwest and Zhejiang province to the southwest.

1. By Flight

Shanghai has 2 international airports: Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. These two modern airports are equipped with very advanced facilities. Each day, around 1,000 flights fly from and land in these airports, linking with many domestic and international cities.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Location: eastern part of Shanghai, about 30 kilometers from the center of the city and 40 kilometers from Hongqiao Airport.

It covers an area of 40 square kilometers and is the main hub for national airlines China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and international airlines such as Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Air British, etc.

How to get there?

Highway: from the north, take S1 Yingbin Expressway and Huaxia Elevated Way; from the south, take S32 (S12) Shanghai - Jiaxing - Huzhou Expressway and G1501 Shanghai Ring Expressway; or drive along the Inner-Ring Road, Luo Hill Road, the Beltway Road (A20 Road), and the Guest Road (A1 Road)

Taxi - from Long Yang Road, a taxi costs about RMB 80

Maglev Train - take Line 2 or Line 7 to Longyang Road Metro Station, then embark the train, a journey which will then take about 8 minutes; you can also connect to No.3 airport line which will take you to the airport in about 40 minutes

Shanghai metro - take Line 2 which runs between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and destinations such as Longyang Road, Lujiazui, People's Square, and Hongqiao Airport

Public Bus - 8 airport buses link the airport with various destinations in the city

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Location: western part of Shanghai, about 13 kilometers from the city center.

This airport is the main hub for domestic activity, with limited international routes. Hongqiao Airport treats more than 40 million passengers every year with its waiting room made of 15 waiting halls, 18 VIP waiting halls, and 15 luggage transmission systems.

How to get there?

Highway - drive along Yan'an Skyway until the end

Taxi - from the People's Square, a taxi costs about RMB 40

Maglev Train - there is a planned route to take passengers from Longyang Road through Shanghai Shanghai metro - take Line 10 to reach Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 Station; take Line 2 or Line 10 to reach Hongqiao Railway Station or Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 Station

Public bus - Lines 806, 807, 938, 941, 1207, 941, 316, 173, 320 (night line), 141; Hongqiao Hub Lines: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; Minhang Bus Line 23; Special Lines: Xinzhuang-Jiwang, Gumei-Huaxing

Read more information about Beijing - Shanghai Flight Timetable.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

2. By Boat

Shanghai located on the estuary of Yangtze River and midpoint of China's north-south coastline, and currently stands as China's largest port. All above make is easily accessible by boat. The main passenger port is the Shiliupu Passenger Port located at Zhongshan Nan Road about 1 km south of the Bund. There are boats on Yangtze River from Chongqing, down to Wuhan and Jiujiang to Shanghai. There are also boats between Shanghai and some of China's neighboring countries, such as South Korea and Japan.

Shiliupu Passenger Port

3. By Train

In Shanghai, there are four railway stations. Whichever city of China you come from, it is so convenient.

Shanghai Railway Station

This station is located in the northern part of Shanghai's, named once Shanghai North Railway Station. It was renovated in 2006 and 2008, and was regarded as the Shanghai New Railway Station by local people.

Since 1987, the station became Shanghai's major train station. At present, it serves north-south and westward directions, such as Beijing - Shanghai Railway Line, Shanghai - Xian Railway Line. There are many G trains, D trains, T trains, Z trains and K trains stopping here. It is also an intermediate stop for through trains from the north to the south of China.

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai West Railway Station

This station is located in the western part of Shanghai city and is the smallest railway station in Shanghai. It was renovated in 2006 and put into use in 2010. The station mainly serves the Nanjing - Shanghai High-speed Railway and China Railway High-speed between Nanjing and Shanghai with stops including Changzhou and Suzhou.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

This station was build since 2008 and is expected to accomplish in 2020. But there are G trains and D trains operating in the station. The station mainly serves for high-speed railway lines with arrival or stopover.

Shanghai South Railway Station

This station is located in the southwest of Xuhui District, Shanghai. It is 5 kilometers away from the center of city and next to Liuzhou Road on the east and Humin Road on the west. The station mainly serves for common speed trains with arrival or stopover.

Read more information about Beijing - Shanghai Train Timetable.

Shanghai Bus

4. By Long-distance Bus

Shanghai has an advanced highway network. Now over 1,000 highway routes are served by 40 long-distance bus stations.

* 5 National Highway Lines:
312 (stretching from Shanghai to Yining City in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region);
318 (stretching from Shanghai to Zhangmu Town in Tibet);
320 (Shanghai to Ruili in Yunnan Province), all starting from Shanghai;
204 (Yantai - Shanghai National Highway) and Tongjiang - Sanyan National Highway run through Shanghai and link North China to South China.

* Four main expressways: Shanghai–Nanjing, Shanghai - Jiading - Taicang, Shanghai - Qingpu - Pingwang and Shanghai - Hangzhou

Five Branches of Shanghai Tour Bus Center

Shanghai Railway Station North Square Branch

Location: 2F of Shanghai Long-Distance General Bus Station, No.1662, Zhongxing Road, Zhabei District
Transportation: bus 106, 115, 117, 305, 310, 515, 517, 823, 859, 912, 928, 929, 962, or subway line 1 or 3

South Railway Station Branch

Location: South Long Distance Bus Station, No. 666, Shilong Road, Xuhui District
Transportation: bus 164, 180, 718, 957, Shangfeng Special Line, subway line1 or 3

Hongkou Branch

Location: No.2 Gate, Hongkou Football, Stadium, No. 444, East Jiangwan Road, Hongkou District
Transportation: bus 18, 21, 52, 70, 101, 139, 552, 854, subway line 3

Yangpu Branch

Location: Yangpu Sports Center, No. 640, Longchang Road, Yangpu District
Transportation: bus 28, 77, 145, 577, 813, Bridge Line 5

Baoshan Branch

Location: Shanghai Port Wusong Passenger Transport Center, No. 251, Songbao Road
Transportation: bus 51, 116, 719, 849, Song'an Special Line, Yongluo Line, Baoshan Line 5, Boashan Line 8, subway line 3

Long-distance Bus

How to Get Around in Shanghai?

As always, Shanghai faces the problem of overpopulation and traffic jam. China's government strives to improve city's transportation system in order to serve local people and foreign visitors. With the improvement constantly, tour in Shanghai is more and more convenient. Taxis, subway, maglev train and public buses can bring you to any place you want to go.

1. By Taxis

As a large city, Shanghai has taxis roaming the city and they are available 24 hours a day. Taking a taxi to your destination is the most common means of transportation to get around Shanghai. It is also convenient because shanghai has approximately 45,000 taxis operated by over 150 taxi companies, such as Dazhong Taxi Company (cars in sky blue), Qiangsheng (in orange), Jinjiang (in white) and Bashi (in green).

* Daytime: RMB 13 for the first three kilometers (1.9 miles), an additional charge of RMB 2.4 for every succeeding kilometer with 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and RMB 3.6 for every succeeding kilometer over 10 kilometers. RMB 2.1 for every 5 minutes of stop time.
* Nighttime (23:00-5:00): RMB 17 for the first three kilometer, RMB 3.1 for every succeeding kilometer within 10 kilometers and RMB 4.1 for every succeeding kilometer after 10 kilometers. However, you can bargain over prices when taking taxis at night. RMB 3.1 for every 3 minutes of stop time.
* RMB 1 fuel surcharge should be paid per journey.
* In suburbs of Shanghai, RMB 10 for the first three kilometers and RMB 2.4 for every succeeding kilometer.

Shanghai Taxi

2. By Subway

At present, there are 11 operating subway lines and 7 subway lines in building. The 11 subway lines have connections all over the city of Shanghai and have stop stations at or nearby all of the main attractions and commercial areas. The ticket fee is from RMB 3 to RMB 6 based on distance. Except during rush hour, the subway is the fastest and most comfortable way for to get around Shanghai. The subway trains are very clean, and their stations and exits are clearly labeled in English and Chinese.

Subway Lines 1 and 2 is the most popular lines among visitors, and the departure interval is about 4 minutes. Subway Line 3 is slower than other lines because of light line and the departure interval is around 7 minutes. Subway Line 5 is the shortest line and mainly serve for students and residents in the Minxing District.

All the visitors in the subway train are reminded to take care of their belongings.

Shanghai Subway

3. By Public Buses

Taking the public buses is the most convenient and cheap way to loop in Shanghai. At present, there are 1,100 bus lines running across every corner. The buses can be divided into day lines, peak lines and all-night lines. Buses with first numbers 2, 3, 9 are rush-hour buses, night service buses and tourism buses.

Generally, a single run is about RMB 1 or RMB 1.5, while an air-conditioned bus, a long-distance city bus, a shuttle bus or a double-decker bus cost RMB 1 or 2. All costs are depending on the distance.

Public Buses

4. By Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT)

Since 2002, Shanghai has operated the Shanghai Maglev Train which the world's first and only commercialized maglev train line in operation. It runs from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road, and the whole journey takes only 8 minutes. The train operates once every 15 minutes. The line operates daily between 06:45-21:30; a one-way ticket costs 50 RMB (about 7.27 US dollars) for those passengers holding a receipt of an airline ticket purchase. A round-trip return ticket costs 80 RMB, and VIP tickets costs double the standard fare. At Shanghai Maglev Longyang Road Station, tourists can transfer to Subway Line 2 and many buses which can take you to the urban area of Shanghai.

Shanghai Maglev Train

5. By Bike or By Foot

For millions of Shanghai's residents, biking is still the main way of transportation; meanwhile, bikes are available for rent or sale to visitors. Except during rush hours, it is still enjoyable to have a cycling tour around the city. For those who want to stroll in the fascinating Shanghai streets, it would be better to take the tour on foot. You can see Shanghai's sights and experience life at the slowest speed.

Shanghai's roads change all the time, so walking or biking through the city requires visitors to pay attention route information before they plan to go. Hotels can offer visitors with directions through the city.

Shanghai Biking

6. By Boat or Tunnel

Now, there are 9 basic water routes to shift the visitors between east and west Shanghai. The ferry terminal is at the southern end of the Bund on the west shore, and the southern end of Riverside Avenue at Dongchang Lu on the east shore.

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

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