Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT)

SMT Facts:

Open Date: Dec. 31st, 2002
Total Length: 30 kilometers (19 miles)
Highest Speed: 430km/h  (267 mi/h)
Duration per Single Journey: 8 minutes
Frequency: 15-20 minutes
Route: Longyang Rd. – Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Shanghai Maglev Train Map
Shanghai Maglev Train Map

Shanghai maglev train is suggested if you are just arriving at Pudong International Airport of the city. You will be impressed by the amazingly fast speed of the train and have an exciting first experience in the city.

Build with the technological help from Germany,  SMT has been operated since the end of 2002. It is the world's first and only commercialized maglev train line in operation. It runs from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Rd. Station located at the intersection of Longyang Road and Baiyang Road in Pudong New Area.

Any questions or complaints, you may go to the SMT Service Center established by the company on the second floor of the station.
 Hotline: 021-28907777

The following is a guide to facilitate your trip on SMT, including introduction to Maglev Train stations, speed, schedule, ticket, transfer and some useful tips.

Train Stations

1. Longyang Rd. Station
Surroundings: New International Exhibition Center (SNIEC), Century Park, Longyang Road, Baiyang Road

2. Pudong International Airport Station
Surroundings: Pudong International Airport, Lingkong Agriculture Garden, Les Charmes Outlet Boutiques, Yingbin Avenue

Shanghai Maglev Train
SMT in Shanghai
Comfortable Carriage of Maglev
Comfortable Carriage of Maglev
shows you the time and places for you to buy tickets, the categories and prices of the tickets and points on returning tickets.
 It is easy to transfer to the SMT station from Pudong Airport; At Longyang Rd. Station, you can transfer to metro line 2, line 7 & line 16, as well as many buses which can take you to the urban area of Shanghai.

Service Hours


Station First Train Last Train
To Pudong International Airport To Longyang Rd. To Pudong International Airport To Longyang Rd.
Longyang Rd. 06:45 21:40
Pudong International Airport 07:02 21:42

 Note: Two extra trains are scheduled at 22:15 and 22:40 departing from Pudong Airport.


Period of Time Interval
Longyang Rd. Station Pudong International Airport Station
06:45 - 17:00 07:02 - 17:02 15 min.
17:00 - 21:40 17:02 - 21:42 20 min.

Max Speed

Period of Time Top Speed
Longyang Rd. Station Pudong International Airport Station
06:45 – 08:45 07:02 – 08:47 300 km/h
09:00 – 10:45 09:02 – 10:47 430 km/h
11:00 - 12:45 11:02 - 12:47 300 km/h
13:00 - 16:45 13:02 - 16:47 430 km/h
17:00 - 21:40 17:02 - 21:42 300 km/h

1. The ticket has date printed on it. Please be sure to get to the ticket examiner in the stations at least five minutes before the departure time of the train you plan to take on the day.
2. If you are curious about the train, you can go to Shanghai Maglev Transportation Science and Technology Museum at the bottom of Longyang Rd. Station in Pudong New Area. The museum opened in the summer of 2007 is built to exhibit the history, actuality and future of the SMT technology as well as the advantages of the train.
- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Maglev Train
Asked by Felipe from AUSTRALIA | May. 19, 2019 19:48Reply
Is it better to take the Maglev from Pudong Airport to Longyang Road
And then go back two stations on Metro Line 2, as opposed to catching Metro all the way?
Answers (1)
Answered by Julie from AUSTRALIA | May. 20, 2019 20:18

It will be faster to take the maglev but also more expensive.
Asked by Stephanie from SWITZERLAND | May. 14, 2019 06:57Reply
If we are catching a flight at 9.30h in the morning in Pudong
it is possible to take the meglev train if we are staying in the center of Shanghai? Are there bad traffic in the morning, where should we stay to avoid bad traffic to arrive in Longyang station? I would like to experience the meglev, but not at the expense of missing my flight.

Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 14, 2019 20:28

Hi, the traffic is okay in the early morning and you can take metros. The first maglev train departs at 6:45 and it takes about 25 mins to the airport. You need to catch the first departure or you will be late for the flight. You can stay near a metro station like East Nanjing Road, People's Square. In addition, the Metro Line 2 starts from 6:00 and it is better for you to catch the early metro.
Asked by Daniel Roberts from AUSTRALIA | May. 07, 2019 18:09Reply
Shanghai JW Marriott @ Tomorrow Square
Looking for directions on how I can navigate my way to a station from my hotel to a station that facilitates a Maglev journey to Pudong Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by James from USA | May. 08, 2019 22:54

You can walk northeast about 450m to take Metro Line 2 from People's Square to Longyang Road and then transfer to Maglev to the airport. It takes about 50 minutes and CNY54.
Asked by Jennifer from PHILIPPINES | May. 03, 2019 21:47Reply
From terminal 2 of Shanghai pudong international airport to maglev ticket office where do i go
Can you give me directions to get ticket and what time i will be riding? I will arrive at 18:50 in terminal 2 of pudong airport. I will be going to hongqiao what other directions should i take and how much is the ticket? Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Alice from AUSTRALIA | May. 06, 2019 20:52

Hi, the maglev train station is between T1 and T2. You can walk following the English signs of the airport. The maglev departs during 19:00-21:40 with an interval about 20 minutes and it takes CNY50 for a single journey.

If you want to go to Hongqiao, take maglev from the airport to Longyang Road and then transfer to Metro Line 2 to Hongqiao Railway Station.
Answered by Jennifer from PHILS | May. 07, 2019 04:19

Thank you very much
Asked by Dave from NETHERLANDS | May. 02, 2019 03:12Reply
Is the operation of the Shanghai maglev reliable?
I have to catch a plane and don't want to get stick. Also you can just buy a ticket, no reservation necessary?
Finally is it acceptable to take a round trip just to experience the maglev even of you don't have to be at the airport (yet)?
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Answered by Marie from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 06, 2019 00:46

Yes, there is no need to reserve and you can take a round trip as you wish.
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