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

Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station

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. 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

 Shanghai-Beijing 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. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Transportation
Asked by G Rogers from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 14, 2018 17:56Reply
We are staying at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center.
Which is the better station to travel to from Beijing bullet train?
We are travelling on 14 Mar 19.

Shanghai or Hongqiao station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabriel from SPAIN | Nov. 15, 2018 23:18

Of course Hongqiao Railway Station, because most bullet trains are operated at this station and you can take the metro line 2 directly to get there from the hotel.
Asked by Susan Marie from USA | Nov. 13, 2018 18:39Reply
Transfer in Pudong from flight from Boston to Shanghai terminal 2 to domestic flight in terminal 1
We have less than 2 hours from landing on a flight from Boston at Pudong in Terminal 2, and connecting to a Shanghai to Beijing flight departing from Terminal 1. We are concerned that we will not have enough time, between going through customs and transferring terminals and getting checked in for the second flight and going through security for the domestic flight. Any suggestions on how we should approach this?
Answers (1)
Answered by Walburga from GERMANY | Nov. 14, 2018 17:14

If you buy the interline tickets, the second flight will wait for you. If not, you may miss the connecting flight. You can ask the airport staff for help. Or you have to endorse the ticket or refund the ticket.
Asked by Cris from INDONESIA | Nov. 05, 2018 20:22Reply
Hip on hop off bus
Is there any nearest hip on hop off bus stop near pullman hotel at shanghai?
Answers (3)
Answered by Care from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:24

There are several Pullman Hotels in this city? Which one do you mean? Please give me more details.
Answered by cris from INDONESIA | Nov. 07, 2018 01:12

pullman jing an
Answered by Victoria from URUGUAY | Nov. 07, 2018 01:30

No, there is no bus stop near the hotel and the nearest one is about 30-minute ride by metro: People's Square.
Asked by Waranya from THAILAND | Nov. 05, 2018 05:30Reply
How to get to PVG by Airport shuttle bus from people' square?
Where is drop point near people's square?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carl from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:27

You can walk about 8 minutes from People's Square to East Yan'an Road Zhejiang Middle Road where there is the airport shuttle bus line 5.
Asked by Linda Baker from GB | Nov. 03, 2018 04:02Reply
Pudong airport and transferring to cruise ship. will we need a visa?
Will a visa be needed when transferring from airport to cruise ship in shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Care from CANADA | Nov. 05, 2018 01:28

No, you needn't.
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