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/from 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 

 How to Travel from Beijing to Shanghai

 Cheapest Way to Travel between Beijing and Shanghai 

 Shanghai-Beijing Train vs. Flight

 How to Travel from Guangzhou to Shanghai

 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 Nov. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Transportation
Asked by LEE from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Nov. 11, 2019 05:20Reply
when is the last maglev from Shanghai pudong airport?
Hello! We are supposed to arrive pudong airport terminal 2 after 9:10 pm.
I'm wondering if I can take maglev to go downtown.(central hotel)

In timetable, there is extra frequency.
Does it operate everyday?
Please answer this, thanks :)
Asked by Chan joo fah from SINGAPORE | Nov. 11, 2019 04:44Reply
How to travel from Shanghai city to Pudong terminal 2?
Asked by Steve from JAPAN | Nov. 09, 2019 15:12Reply
Shanghai Pudong Airport Metro to peoples square
Which line for metro would I take from international airport to peoples square? Would I need to transfer or is this a direct route? Usually took taxis in past but want to try a cheaper route. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from THAILAND | Nov. 11, 2019 19:32

You can take metro line 2 to People Square station (Exit 1) directly. It takes around 75 minutes with CNY7.
Asked by Xinger Peng from USA | Nov. 06, 2019 15:13Reply
Is there a bus from Shanghai Pudong Airport to People Square?
I will arrive Shanghai around 5:00 AM in Pudoing Airport on Saturday morning, and the hotel is near People's Square, Hilton Jing-an, on South Xi Zang Road. Is there a chance to take a bus there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charisse from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 08, 2019 00:28

Well, the first shuttle bus operates at 06:30. Thus you can wait until that time. Take airport shuttle bus line 5 and get off at East Yan'an Road Middle Zhejiang Road. Walk southwest around 550 meters to find the People's Square.
Asked by Mag from CANADA | Oct. 24, 2019 22:47Reply
Do I require a visa for 72 or 144 days stay in Shanghai?
I am flying from. Canada to Singapore via SH. Do I qualify for 72 or 144 days in SH without a visa?
Answers (3)
Answered by Samuel from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 28, 2019 00:58

It is 72 or 144 hours, not days. If your route is Canada-Shanghai-Singapore, then you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.
Answered by Mag from CANADA | Oct. 28, 2019 23:30

Thank you Samuel. I will arrive on Dec 12 at 1600 in Shanghai, so I can stay till Dec 17 departing to Singapore at 8:20am?
Answered by Samuel from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 29, 2019 18:00

Yes, you do.
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