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 Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Public Transportation Card
Asked by Naphat from THAILAND | Nov. 15, 2018 04:19Reply
Where I can get refund for Shanghai public transport card at Pudong International airport?
I will going to the Pudong International airport by subway.
So, where I can refund deposit and balance remaining on Shanghai public transport card?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fritz from USA | Nov. 15, 2018 22:58

You can refund the transportation card at the airport metro station or airport maglev station.
Asked by Waranya from THAILAND | Nov. 05, 2018 05:36Reply
Can i use SPTC in wuxi and suzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Waranya from THAILAND | Nov. 05, 2018 07:45

2.can I buy SPTC at shanghai railway station?
Asked by Husna from INDONESIA | Oct. 22, 2018 22:58Reply
Can I use Shanghai Public Transportation Card (purple colour)
for riding bus from Pudong International Airport to Shanghai Railway Station?
Answers (3)
Answered by Charles from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 19:15

The purple card can be used to take the Maglev, metro, city bus and ferry. But you cannot use it to take the airport bus lines in the Pudong airport.

From the airport to the railway station, you can choose to take the airport bus line 5. The ticket fare is CNY22 and the duration is about 1 hour, but you cannot use the transportation card to pay for.

If you want to use the transportation card, you can first take the Maglev to Longyang Road and then transfer to the metro line 2 and get off at Century Avenue. Then transfer to take the metro line 10 outer ring and get off at the railway station. The whole ride needs about 1 hour and CNY54.
Answered by Husna from INDONESIA | Oct. 25, 2018 20:49

Thanks for your explanation, Charles.
And then, may I know where is to top up my card in Pudong International Airport?
Answered by Charles | Oct. 26, 2018 01:23

You can top up at the airport metro station.
Asked by Gilles from FRANCE | Oct. 18, 2018 22:53Reply
May I purchase the Shanghai public transportation card on arrival at Hongqiao Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kent from USA | Oct. 19, 2018 00:10

Yes, you can. There are airport subway stations at T1 and T2 where you can get the card.
Asked by Max | Sep. 19, 2018 09:17Reply
Can i also use Shanghai transportation card in Suzhou and Hangzhou too?
or i had to change card in every city i visited?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hannah from USA | Sep. 20, 2018 01:02

The green and yellow transportation cards are mainly used on some buses of Suzhou and Shanghai. In Hangzhou, you'd better change a local transportation card.
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