Shanghai City Bus
Public buses in Shanghai are a particularly convenient means of transport, with some 1,100 lines covering the length and breadth of the city. Shanghai Railway Station, People's Square, Xujiahui, Zhongshan Park Wujiaochang, Shanghai Indoor Stadium and Dongchang Road serve as the main bus transfer stations in downtown. Xinzhuang, Longyang Road and Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park stations provide many routes to surrounding suburbs.
Shanghai Public Transportation Card
Shanghai public buses are identified either by numbers or Chinese characters. Buses can generally be classified into the following nine categories:
1. Downtown Regular Lines: 1 (01) - 200
2. Rush Hour Lines: 201 - 299 (although some include regular lines)
3. Night Lines: 301 - 399
4. Cross-River Lines (the new cross-river lines): 401 - 499
5. Bridge Line X, Tunnel Line X (the old cross-river lines): X = specific route number
6. Special Lines: 504 - 599, 801 - 899, 901 - 999
7. Pudong New District Special Lines: 601 - 699
8. Outskirts Regular Lines: 701 - 799
9. Suburban Lines: usually identified by Chinese characters representing an abbreviated form of the first and terminal stations' names.
Ticket prices vary depending on the category of the bus line:
• Categories 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 charge CNY1 per person for journeys within 13 kilometers (approx. 8 miles), and CNY1.5 thereafter. Air-conditioned buses charge CNY2 per person.
• Categories 4 and 6 charge according to the distance with a minimum of CNY1. Air-conditioned buses charge a minimum of CNY2.
• Category 9 buses charge according to the running distance with a minimum charge of CNY1 for both normal and air-conditioned buses.
It is recommended that you keep some loose change with you for bus journeys as some routes do not have a conductor. Coins need to be placed in the slot at the entrance. A Shanghai Public Transportation Card can also be purchased and used on most routes except some of the Special and Suburban Lines. More information can be obtained by calling 021-16088160.
The cialso has several Airport Lines which are discussed further in the Airport Transportation section. There are also ten designated Tourist Lines to help provide easy access around the city.
Tourist Bus Lines
These ten lines all start at Shanghai Stadium and cover almost all of the famous attractions in the city center, the suburbs and those in neighboring areas. Each tourist line represents an option for a one-day tour. Schedules can be arranged in accordance with the timetable information on the ten lines given below:
Tourist Line 1
Bound for attractions in Songjiang District in a southwest suburb of Shanghai.
Route A: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 18:15) <---> Caohejing <---> Guilin Park <---> Jing'an Xincheng <---> Qibao <---> Jiuting <---> Zhuanqiao <---> Fangta Park <---> Zuibaichi Garden <---> Songjiang East Bus Station (07:30 - 18:15)
Route B: Shanghai Stadium (07:00 - 09:00) <---> Caohejing <---> Guilin Park <---> Qibao <---> Jiuting <---> Zhuanqiao <---> Sheshan National Holiday Resort <---> Sheshan Jinjiang Rafting World (September to August) <---> Sheshan National Forest Park <---> Sheshan Ropeway (15:00 - 17:00)
Frequency: every 20 - 40 minutes
Price: CNY2 - 8
Tel: 021- 64265987
Tourist Line 2
Route: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 19:25) <---> Dapu Road <---> Shiliupu <---> Beicai <---> Zhoupu <---> Qianqi <---> Hangtou <---> Shanghai Wildlife Park <---> Huinan Town (06:15 - 19:25)
Frequency: every 15 - 20 minutes
Price: CNY2 – 12
Tel: 021-62701674, 021-64265986
Tourist Line 3
Terminates at the Huaxia Beach Tourist Area in Shanghai's east Pudong New District. This route takes in many of the modern sights such as the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jinmao Tower and the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park.
Route: Shanghai Stadium (08:30 - 16:30) <---> People's Square <---> Lujiazui Greenbelt <---> Oriental Pearl TV Tower <---> Binjiang Avenue <---> Jinmao Tower <---> Shanghai Securities Mansion <---> Wuniu City <---> Celebrity Garden Hotel <---> Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park <---> Sunqiao Modern Agricultural Park <---> Huaxia Cultural Park <---> Huaxia Tourist City <---> Huaxia Beach Tourist Area (06:30 - 13:30)
Frequency: every hour
Price: CNY2 - 12
Tourist Line 4
Operates to the Grand View Garden in the southwest Qingpu District, covering numerous places of interest in Qingpu, including the famous Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town.
Route: Shanghai Stadium (07:00 - 15:00) <---> Shanghai Zoo <---> Shanghai Horsemanship Athletic Field <---> Qushui Garden <---> Zhujiajiao <---> Water Sports Center <---> Baoguo Temple <---> Fork Club <---> Grand View Garden (09:10 - 16:30)
Frequency: every 30 - 60 minutes
Price: CNY2 - 16
Tel: 021-64265991, 021-56052581
Tourist Line 5
Runs to Dongping National Forest Park in Chongming County, the largest offshore island in Shanghai. The tourist bus need to be transported by a ferryboat operating between Baoyang Port on the mainland and Nanmen Port in Chongming. The ferryboat departs from Baoyang Port at 8:30, 9:00, 13:00, 16:45, and 17:00.
Route: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 17:45) <---> People's Square <---> Jiangwan Town <---> Wusong Port <---> Xiayuan Hotel <---> Baoyang Port <---> Chongming Xuegong (Confucian Temple) <---> Chongming Dongping National Forest Park (07:35 - 17:30)
Frequency: every 40 - 90 minutes
Price: CNY2 - 12
Tourist Line 6
Operates to attractions in the western Jiading District.
Route A: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 17:00) <---> Changfeng Park <---> Zhenru Town <---> Shanghai West Railway Station <---> Guyi Garden <---> Huilongtan Pool <---> Confucian Temple (Fahua Tower) <---> Qiuxia Garden (Jiading Hotel) <---> Shanghai Automobile Activities Centre (08:30 - 19:00)
Frequency: every 45 minutes
Price: CNY2 - 10
Route B: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 17:00) <---> Changfeng Park <---> Shanghai Jingdezhen Ceramics Art Center <---> Shanghai Textile & Garment Market <---> Dreamland Amusement Park <---> Meilihua Holiday Resort <---> Anting (Dayang Ocean World) <---> Dazhong Huating Hotel (08:15 - 19:45)
Frequency: every 30 - 35 minutes
Price: CNY2 - 8
Tourist Line 7
A ring line covering many of Shanghai's famous historical and cultural sights.
Route: Shanghai Stadium <---> Longhua Martyrs' Cemetery <---> The Former Residence of Song Qingling <---> Shanghai Library <---> Shanghai Museum <---> The Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China <---> Zhou Gongguan <---> The Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen <---> Shanghai Stadium
Operating Time: 06:30 - 18:00
Frequency: every 30 minutes
Tourist Line 8
An alternative ring line to Tourist Line 7 that takes in a number of the city's major sights.
Route: Shanghai Stadium <---> People's Square <---> The Bund <---> Heping Park <---> Yangpu Park <---> Gongqing Forest Park <---> Shanghai Stadium
Operating Time: 06:30 - 19:00
Frequency: every 30 minutes
Tourist Line 9
A special line bound for Wuxi and the Mt. Lingshan Scenic Area in Jiangsu Province. Eight buses operate on the route to Wuxi on weekdays, with those to Mt. Lingshan only available at 08:30 on weekends or holidays.
Route: Shanghai Stadium <---> Wuxi Jinjiang Hotel (<---> Mt. Lingshan Scenic Area)
Operating Time: 07:10 - 17:00
Frequency: every 60 - 90 minutes
Price: To Wuxi Railway station - CNY43
To Mt. Lingshan Scenic Area - CNY150 for a return journey, with admission fee to the park included.
Tourist Line 10
A downtown shopping and sightseeing line which covers the four main commercial streets in Shanghai, and also includes stops at some of the city's major parks.
Route: Shanghai Stadium (06:30 - 19:30) <---> Xujiahui Commercial Center <---> Huaihai Road <---> People's Square <---> Nanjing Road <---> North Sichuan Road <---> Hongkou Park (Hongkou Sports Center) <---> Luxun Park <---> Quyang Business Center (06:30 - 19:30)
Frequency: every 10 minutes
Shanghai once has tramway and widespread tram network with more than 320 tramcars in 1925 which was completely stops by mid-1970s. After more than one year's construction and over half a year's of debugging, the first modern tram line, Zhangjiang Tram, started its commercial service since the first day of 2010.
The tram line is totally 9.8km from Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park Station of Subway Line 2 to Zhangdong Road Jinqiu Road. There are 15 stops along the route. By now, eight tramcars has been put into use.
Zhangjiang Tram Line Information:
Routes: Zhangjiang High-Tech Park Subway Station - Bibo Road Gaoke Road - Hualun Road Darwin Road - Huatuo Road Keyuan Road - Cailun Road Jinke Road - Cailun Road Halei Road - Gebaini Road Libing Road - Ciwei Road Gaosi Road - Gaosi Road Zhangjiang Road - Zhangjiang Middle School - Guanglan Road Zuchongzhi Road - Guanglan Road Dangui Road - Dangui Road Qingtong Road - Dangui Road Zhangdong Road - Zhangdong Road Jinqiu Road
(stops are all in croassroads)
Hours: 05:45 - 23:00 (from Zhangjiang High-Tech Park)
05:45 - 21:45 (from Zhangdong Road Jinqiu Road)
Interval: 15-20 minutes; 10 minutes in peak hours
Ticket Price: CNY2