Shanghai Public Transportation Card

It will be more convenient and pleasant if you use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card when you travel around the city.

Like the MetroCard in New York City and the Oyster Card in London, it is a kind of stored value smart card used in the public transportation of the city and some cities in the nearby Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces.


Shanghai Public Transportation Card Service Center

The card is issued and managed by Public Transportation Card Co., Ltd. (SPTCC).

Shanghai Public Transportation Card Service Center
Public Transportation Card Service Center

 The service center is set up by SPTCC to serve the public on consultation, card issue, return and repair as well as value recharge, transfer and return.
Address: No. 609, Jiujiang Road (near the intersection with Zhejiang Road)
Office Hours: 09:30 - 18:30 (from Monday to Friday); 09:30 - 16:30 (Saturday, Sunday)
Information Line: 021-63611100
Sales Hotline: 021-63601952


Card Types

There are mainly three types of Public Transportation Cards - ordinary, souvenir and transformed cards.

1. Ordinary cards are categorized into system running test cards issued in 1999 and other ordinary cards.

2. Souvenir cards are made to commemorate some important events, festivals and Chinese cultural heritage. You can choose from cards with various topics and patterns on the city's transportation history, famous attractions,  Tourism Festival, as well as Shaoxing Opera, Chinese zodiacal animals, APEC Shanghai 2001, the bid for World Expo 2010, 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games and the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.

3. Transformed cards have many forms, including constellation cards, lover cards, Christmas cards and mini cards. The most special transformed ones are the watch cards with cards inside various stylish watches.

 The application scope of Public Transportation Card extends to many transportation means in that city, including taxis, buses, tourist buses, long-distance buses, metro lines, maglev trains, ferries and trucks. Also the card can be used at some parking lots, parking meters, gas stations, toll highways and auto repairing stores.
  Here we give detailed instructions for the issuance and use of Public Transportation Card, showing you how to:
→ Buy a Card     → Value Recharge     → Value Transfer     → Refund     → Maintenance

- Last modified on Apr. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Public Transportation Card
Asked by Mr.KETS4U from IN | Apr. 20, 2019 02:53Reply
I was reading for Maglev Tickets from Shanghai Pudong Airport
i arrive at Pudong on 16th May 7 Am, If I present my Flight Ticket at the counter - do I get Maglev for 40 Yuan?? I have kids of age 6/7 do I need to buy Full maglev Tickets for them too??? Also need to buy 1 day Metro Card with Maglev where will I get that???
Asked by Massimo from ITALY | Mar. 28, 2019 06:19Reply
Transportation Card at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station
arriving at Hongqiao station can i buy the Shanghai Public Transportation Card there? is a counter service or vending machine?
Thanks !
Answers (2)
Answered by Nathan from UKRAINE | Apr. 03, 2019 20:36

Yes, there is a service counter inside the Hongqiao Railway Station Metro Station. You can purchase the transportation card there.
Answered by Massimo from ITALY | Apr. 04, 2019 05:06

Thanks a lot Nathan !
Asked by Massimo from ITALY | Mar. 26, 2019 06:29Reply
Where I can buy the Shanghai Public Transportation Card in Pudong airport?
Service hours?
Answers (2)
Answered by Violet from FINLAND | Mar. 28, 2019 00:54

You can purchase the card at the service counter of metro line 2 inside the airport.
Answered by Massimo from ITALY | Apr. 04, 2019 05:06

Thank you very much Violet !
Asked by Wong from SINGAPORE | Mar. 25, 2019 19:56Reply
I am not from China but often go there for business trips.
Can I buy and keep the Shanghai public transport card for future use? will the value in the card expire?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kennedy from DENMARK | Mar. 28, 2019 00:52

Yes, you can. The valid of the card is 5 years. If more than 5 years, reactivate it at service counter. Then you can use it normally.
Asked by Carlos Sandoval from SPAIN | Mar. 21, 2019 22:51Reply
Can I use Shanghai public transportation card in other chinese cities like Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Clara from CAMEROON | Mar. 26, 2019 00:34

No, you cannot.
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