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, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Public Transportation Card
Asked by Shareen Lim from SINGAPORE | Nov. 12, 2019 23:44Reply
Can I buy the shanghai public transport card at Main Railway station
or subway train near the railway station

2. Can I use cash to top up the card at subway station
Answers (1)
Answered by Alyssa from FINLAND | Nov. 15, 2019 00:17

Yes, you can purchase and top up the transportation card at that place. Don't worry.
Asked by George from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 12, 2019 20:44Reply
Does the Shanghai Transportation Card expire if you don’t use it for a year l, as an exam?!
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from CANADA | Nov. 15, 2019 00:16

Don't worry. The period of validity is 3 - 5 years.
Asked by shareen lim from SINGAPORE | Nov. 09, 2019 23:08Reply
can i buy shanghai public transportation card at pudong international airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 11, 2019 19:55

Yes, you can buy it at the metro station of airport.
Asked by CW from SINGAPORE | Nov. 01, 2019 05:34Reply
Is there an unlimited usage card for Shanghai metro and bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Phil from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 18:51

You can buy One Day Pass/CNY18 or Three Day Ticket/CNY45 but only can take subway for unlimited times within 24 or 72 hours. There is only normal bus transportation card that you can buy.
Asked by David from ISRAEL | Oct. 26, 2019 07:59Reply
Shanghai 3 day metro pass - metro & bus?
Can the 3 day pass be also used for Bus & Ferry?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from SINGAPORE | Oct. 27, 2019 23:23

No, it can only be used in subway.
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