Shanghai Transportation

Shanghai, situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, is the busiest transport hub in eastern China. As an important financial and business center of China and of the world, it has highly developed infrastructure, including a convenient public transportation network.

Getting there

The city has various links to the outside. Today you can easily get there from not only the adjacent cities of Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but also the distant cities such as Beijing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Many cities in other countries also enjoy convenient transportation links with Shanghai. You can get there by air, train, long-distance bus, or ship.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Pudong International Airport
Check-in Counters
Check-in Counters at Pudong Airport

It is the only Chinese city that has two international airports - Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. The two modern airports are equipped with very advanced facilities.
Everyday, about 1,000 flights travel through the two airports, linked with many domestic and international cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore.

Pudong International Airport

Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus to Downtown

 Pudong Airport Bus to Nearby Cities

Hongqiao International Airport

Hongqiao Airport Shuttle Bus

The railway network provides you with an inexpensive and comfortable way to get to the city. Jinghu (Beijing-Shanghai), Huning (Shangha- Nanjing) and Huhang (Shanghai-Hangzhou) High Speed Railways pass through Shanghai and connect its three main railway stations with cities all over the country.

Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station

Here you can also take advantage of tourist trains and special 'Holiday Trains' to scenic areas in other provinces such as Mt. Huangshan in Anhui and Mt. Wuyishan in Fujian.


Long-distance buses are also convenient. Four national highways and four expressways pass through the city, composing the city's efficient long-distance bus transport system. Now over 1,000 routes are served by 40 long-distance bus stations.
 Tour Bus Center


Due to its strategic location, transportation via waterways is also highly accessible. International cruises can be taken at Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal and Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, and the main destinations include South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Domestic ships leave from Wusong Passenger Transport Center to Mt. Putuo and islands in Chongming District. In addition, cruises between the city and Chongqing can be a good choice to tour the Yangtze River.

Transportation to Other Cities

 Airport Shuttle Bus to Nearby Cities 

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Suzhou

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Yiwu

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Ningbo

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Nanjing

 How to Travel between Shanghai and Huangshan

 How to Travel from Shanghai to Beijing

 Cheapest Way to Travel between Beijing and Shanghai

 Shanghai-Beijing Train vs. Flight

 Shanghai - Hong Kong Train vs. Flight


Getting around

Generally, transportation inside the city is considered both convenient and satisfactory. As an international metropolis with the largest population in China, this city will inevitably face the problem of overpopulation and traffic congestion. However the situation is currently somewhat better than in Beijing. To relieve the transportation pressure, the government has done a lot of work including constructing a large number of roads, subways, and opening more new bus routes. Now, the city has the world's largest public transportation system handling the largest daily volume of passengers.

Sixteen shanghai subway lines have connections all over Shanghai, with stops at or nearby the main attractions and commercial areas. If you are just sightseeing and in no hurry, the metro will provide you with fast and comfortable service (though you may want to avoid rush hour of 07:00 to 09:30 and 16:30 to 19:30).
 Metro Lines: Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line7, Line 8, Line 9, Line 10, Line 11, Line 12, Line 13, Line 16, Line 17, Pujiang Line

How to Take Metro

 Metro Transfer

 Metro Ticket

Bilingual List of Metro Stations

 Metro Maps

You may want to check out the speedy maglev train which runs between Longyang Road and Pudong Airport.

A high-density road network makes overland transportation easy. Taxis, city buses, and sightseeing buses are ready to bring you to everywhere. If you prefer driving yourself, rental cars are available - a word of caution though - if possible, avoid the congested overhead roads in the urban area inside the Inner Ring Road during rush hour. Riding a dockless sharing bike can be another convenient way for you to explore the city.
Shanghai Subway
Shanghai Ferry

Nanpu Bridge, Yangpu Bridge, Xupu Bridge, Lupu Bridge and various tunnels across the Huangpu River provide direct links between Pudong New District and Puxi Area. Ferries offer convenient shuttle service across the Huangpu River, allowing you to avoid the crowded bridges and tunnels while appreciating the river scenery. Additionally ferryboats are available between the mainland and its three islands of Chongming, Changqing and Hengsha.

- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Transportation
Asked by Daniel from INDONESIA | Jul. 21, 2019 10:56Reply
Do I have to pick up my baggage and check in again for my transit?
I am a passenger of China Eastern Airlines (MU 566) which departs from Changi Airport Singapore to Kimhae Airport Busan by transit in Pudong Airport with a different flight code. I will have 4 hours wait at Pudong terminal 1. Do I have to pick up my baggage and check in again for my transit? What should I do?
Asked by Jeff from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 11, 2019 14:08Reply
Does Shanghai have mobile application for their Metro system? Like the MTR app in Hong Kong? iOS
Answers (3)
Answered by Hester from USA | Jul. 11, 2019 19:43

Yes, of course. But the app only has Chinese version.
Answered by Jeff from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 12, 2019 08:47

No english? :(
Answered by Hester from USA | Jul. 15, 2019 00:30

It seems yes...
Asked by Ishani from SRI LANKA | Jul. 10, 2019 00:01Reply
Hi may I know how to reach the nearest IKEA by metro, from Holiday inn express zhabei Shanghai?
or taxi fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Aiden from USA | Jul. 10, 2019 19:19

1. Take metro Line 4 from Shanghai Railway Station to Zhenping Rd Station, then transfer to metro Line 7 to Dachangzhen Station(Exit 2), and walk south of 600m to your destination. It costs CNY4 with 45 minutes . It is inconvenient to take subway, you can just take taxi.
2. The cab fare is around CNY30.
Asked by Kay Benson from 3 | Jun. 30, 2019 21:37Reply
We are Australian seniors travelling from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the Equatorial Hotel.
We are arriving at 06:35 am. How would be the best and safest way for us to get to our hotel? We will have two medium sized suitcases and some hand luggage to manage. Also, what are the costs involved for this trip.

Kay and Kevin
Answers (1)
Answered by Beau from MALAYSIA | Jul. 01, 2019 18:51

Hi, you can take metro Line 2 to Jing'an Temple Station (Exit 1), then walk south of 700m to your hotel. It costs CNY7 with around 1.5 hours.
Asked by Wiwi from INDONESIA | Jun. 22, 2019 13:36Reply
Arrive in Shanghai pudong airport around 4.45am. What time will be the first maglev train.
And how can i go to shanghai charms hotel with maglev train? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 01:12

The first maglev departs from the airport at 7:02. You can take maglev to Longyang Road and transfer to Metro Line 2 to East Nanjing Road. Get out of the Exit 4 and walk west about 600m to your hotel. It costs about CNY54 and the duration is around 50 mins.
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