Shanghai Transportation - By Air

Shanghai has two international airports something no other city in China can boast. Pudong International Airport handles 60% of flights, while the remaining 40% use Hongqiao International Airport. As one of the main Chinese airline hubs, the city has opened connections with nearly two hundred cities, half domestic ones and half international and regional ones. Direct flights provide the city with connections to dozens of international air terminals such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, London, Moscow, Rome as well as regional links with Hong Kong and Macau. Domestic flights link the city with Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang and others.

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Pudong International Airport
Pudong International Airport
Pudong Airport
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Shanghai airport transportation map
The two airports enjoy convenient transportation links with the center of the city. Here is a map of bus transfers at Pudong and Hongqiao International Airports for your reference:

Situated on the south bank of the Yangtze River estuary in east of the city, Pudong International Airport, completed in 1999, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) away from the city center and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Hongqiao International Airport. In total about fifty airlines have flights to over sixty domestic cities and over seventy cities of other countries and regions. 

It has two terminal buildings and the Termial 2 (T2) was newly completed in 2008. There are buses and other means to shuttle between the termials. 52 airlines worldwide has agents in T2 and 13 airlines in T1. 

Pudong Airport Transportation

Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus
Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus

Pudong International Airport enjoys very convenient transportation to the urban area. Visitors can transfer to the city center by various vehicles.

 Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus There are 9 shuttle bus lines handling transfers from Pudong Airport to the city center.

 Maglev: The speedy Maglev Train (SMT) will be a wise choice for visitors to transfer to downtown. When getting off the maglev at Longyang Rd. Station, metro line 2 is right there to take visitors to the city center.

 Metro: Metro Line 2 has been extended to Pudong Airport. The Metro Station is between the two terminal  buildings. Passengers can use this line to get to Pudong, Nanjing Road and further to Hongqiao Airport.

 Taxi: A taxi costs approximately CNY 150 from Pudong Airport to People's Square, the center of the city, and it takes about 50 minutes.

 Shanghai Pudong Airport Bus to Nearby Cities: Here are long-distance shuttle bus routes from Pudong Airport to neaby cities, such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, Yiwu, Kunshan, etc. Also, time and pick-up point from those cities are shown.

 See more:
What to Do in Shanghai Airport - Pudong Airport
How to Get from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Pudong Airport 

Located in the west of the city, Hongqiao International Airport is only 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city center.  It mainly handles the domestic flights. There are two terminals with two runways. Terminal 2 (T2)  is open into public use on March 16, 2010. Fourteen airlines are in Terminal 2 (T2) and another fourteen airlines are in T1. Passengers should make sure to get to the right terminal.

Hongqiao Airport
Hongqiao Airport

Hongqiao Airport Transportation

Hongqiao International Airport has convenient transportation to the downtown area.

 Hongqiao Airport Shuttle Bus: At Hongqiao Airport, seven bus lines provide transfers to the city center and one bus line to Pudong Airport.

 Taxi: The taxi fare from Hongqiao Airport to People's Square in the city center is approximately CNY60 and it takes about half an hour.

 Metro: Line 2 and Line 10 are extended to Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2. Passengers can take subway to downtown area and Pudong Airport.

 See more: 6 Things to Do in Shanghai Airport - Hongqiao Airport

- Last updated on Aug. 08, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Transportation by Air
Asked by Mary from USA | Oct. 26, 2019 06:47Reply
Shanghai Pudong airport to grand kempinski using maglev and metro
What metro line to take and how much is the fare from airport to grand kempinski by oriental pearl tv
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Answered by Kevin from USA | Oct. 28, 2019 18:24

You can take maglev to Longyang Rd station, then transfer to metro line 2 to Lujiazui station (Exit 3), and walk north of 900m to your hotel. It takes around 50 minutes with CNY54.
Asked by HalDusen from USA | Oct. 22, 2019 13:47Reply
I have a cruise that ends in Shanghai, only stop in China. Am I eligible for a China Transit Visa?
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Answered by Claire from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 22, 2019 23:13

If your start and destination countries are different, then you are eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy.
Asked by Lisa Chen from USA | Sep. 18, 2019 17:12Reply
is there any public transportation to take from Pudong airport to Hongqiao railway station?
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Answered by Carson from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 18, 2019 18:20

You can take airport shuttle bus line 1 to Hongqiao Railway Station directly. Or you can also take subway line 2.
Asked by Cha from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 06, 2019 02:00Reply
Hi. Can you direct me the cheapest way from Pudong Airport to Shanghai Theatre at 3 in the morning?
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Answered by Beatrice from USA | Jun. 10, 2019 18:37

For your information, there is no public transport at 3am in the morning. If you are not in a hurry, you can wait till 6:30, then you can take subway Line 2 from the airport to Rinmin Square Station, and walk northwest of 800m to your destination. It only costs CNY7. If you take taxi, it costs about CNY200.
Asked by EL from USA | Jan. 23, 2019 16:08Reply
Best Transportation to Shanghai Wusongkou cruise terminal
Please advise the best way to get to Wusongkou cruise port from Hyatt Grand on the Bund
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Answered by Cheyenne from DENMARK | Jan. 23, 2019 18:15

From your hotel, walk west around 500 meters to get to Wusong Road Tiantong Road. Take public bus no.61 to Siping Road Suyang Road. Transfer to metro line 4 to Baoshan Road and metro line 3 to Baoyang Road Station, Exit 1. Afterwards, walk to the cruise terminal.
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