Shanghai Cruise Ports

Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

Traveling from/to Shanghai by cruise is quite convenient due to its advantageous location at the estuary of Yangtze River and midpoint of China’s north-south coastline. By now, both international and domestic cruises are available: the international ones leave from Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal and Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore; the domestic ones departing from Wusong Passenger Transport Center are bound for Mt. Putuo and islands in Chongming District.

 Since Oct. 1st, 2016, all foreign travelers getting to Shanghai by cruise have been eligible for the 15 days visa-free policy. They have to join a tour package through a Chinese legally registered travel agency in advance with at least two people in the group. Then they will be allowed to tour around Beijing and the domestic coastal areas, including Shanghai, Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.
Read more about 15-day Visa-Free Policy Adopted for Cruise Tour Groups to Shanghai.

 The 144-hour visa-free transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang makes it possible for international air, cruise and train passengers transiting in Shanghai to have a visa-free layover of 144 hours.
International Departure Procedures Checking in Luggage – Getting Boarding Pass (passport needed) – Security Check – Inspection & Quarantine – Customs Inspection – Immigration – Boarding
Tip: Passengers should get to the terminal 2 hours in advance for check-in.
International Arrival Procedures Disembarking - Inspection & Quarantine – Immigration – Collecting Luggage – Customs Inspection - Leaving
Tip: It requires passengers to spend 15-30min handling entry formalities after arriving.

Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

 Feature: Being able to accommodate three luxurious international cruises at the same time.
 Terminal Address: near Huangpu River, at no. 500, Dongdaming Road, Hongkou District
By metro: take line 12 and get off at International Cruise Terminal. Leave from exit 2 or 3 to walk there in 6-8min.
By bus: take bus no. 330 and get off at Dongdaming Road Lüshun Road; or take bus no. 22, 37, 135, 806 or 934 to East Changzhi Road Lüshun Road.

Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
International Cruise Terminal

 Cruise Schedule:
 “New Jianzhen” is a regular passenger and cargo ship sailing between the city and Japan. It departs at 13:00 every Saturday and arrives in Osaka or Kobe. For the return trip, the departure time is 12:00 every Tuesday from Osaka or Kobe and it arrives at noon on Thursday. The fare is CNY1,300 (20,000 Yen)/person for economy class cabin, CNY1,600 (25,000 Yen)/person for first class cabin, CNY2,600 (40,000 Yen)/person for special cabin, and CNY6,500 (100,000 Yen) per suite of VIP room. The reservation hotline is 86-021-63257642.
Read more about "New Jianzhen" ship and the 2021 schedules".

 “Suzhou” also voyages between the city and Osaka in Japan. Starting at 11:00 every Tuesday, it reaches Osaka at 09:00 on Thursday. Every Friday, it makes its return at 12:00, and arrives on Sunday. The passage is almost the same as that of “New Jianzhen”. It costs CNY1,300-1,500 (20,000-2,2000 Yen)/person for second class cabin, CNY1,600 (25,000 Yen)/person for first class cabin, CNY2,400-2,600 (38,000-40,000 Yen)/person for special cabin, and CNY6,500 (100,000 Yen) per suite of VIP room. To make a reservation, the hotline is 86-021-65375111 / 65956777.
Read more about Suzhou Ship.


Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal

 Feature: Operating the most international cruises in the city.
 Terminal Address: no. 1, Lane no. 1, Baoyang Road, Baoshan District
 Transportation: Take metro line 3 to Baoyang Road, transfer to bus no. 51, 160, 508, 728, 952, Baoshan Line 2 or Baoshan Line 9 and get off at Wusongkou Road Baoyang Road; then walk there within 5min or so. In addition, free shuttle buses are arranged from the terminal to Baoyang Metro Station.

 International Cruises:
The following routes are some popular ones for reference, and they all depart from and get back to Shanghai.

Company Cruise Voyage Time Via Countries/Areas Via Ports
Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

4N5D Japan, South Korea Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Seoul
5N6D Japan, South Korea Nagasaki – Busan;
Fukuoka – Nagasaki;
Busan – Kumamoto;
Kochi – Miyazaki.
Mariner of the Seas 4N5D Japan, South Korea Busan – Kwangyang – Jeju
(Note: this route ends at Jeju);
Jeju – Nagasaki.
5N6D South Korea Seoul
South Korea, Japan Jeju – Busan – Kumamoto / Fukuoka
South Korea, Japan Jeju – Busan – Nagasaki
6N7D South Korea, Japan Hiroshima – Miyazaki – Kochi
9N10D Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore Xiamen – Hong Kong -  Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore
Note: this route ends at Singapore
Princess Cruises Sapphire Princess 4N5D South Korea, Japan Jeju – Nagasaki
HNA Group Henna 5N6D Taiwan Keelung – Taichung
Costa Cruise Fortuna 5N6D South Korea, Japan Jeju – Fukuoka – Kagoshima;
Jeju – Busan – Kagoshima.
4N5D South Korea, Japan Jeju – Kagoshima / Fukuoka
3N4D South Korea Jeju
Serena 4N5D South Korea, Japan Jeju – Fukuoka / Nagasaki;
Fukuoka – Jeju;
Atlantica 4N5D South Korea Jeju – Seoul
SkySea Cruise Golden Era 5N6D  South Korea, Japan Busan – Fukuoka / Nagasaki;
Jeju – Nagasaki – Kagoshima;
Jeju – Sasebo – Nagasaki.
4N5D South Korea, Japan Jeju – Sasebo;
Inchon / Seoul
"N” means nights and “D” means days.

 Note: The departure date and time of these ships are not fixed. It is suggested to contact the cruise terminal in advance to know the exact schedules by dialing 86-021-66593501. Or directly consult the cruise company.
Cruise along Huangpu River
A Ship along Huangpu River

Wusong Passenger Transport Center

Located at the meeting of Yangtze River estuary and Huangpu River, it is an important passenger port with regular domestic ships in operation. Succeeding the former Shiliupu Port, it has departures for Mt. Putuo of Zhejiang Province and islands in Chongming District.

 To Mt. Putuo: Ships running between the city and Mt. Putuo set out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and get back every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A single voyage takes about 12 hours. For the fourth class cabin, the fare is CNY139/person; three class cabin costs CNY159-199/person; second class cabin costs CNY269-289/person, and special cabin costs CNY449/person.

 Note: Passengers can also go to Nanpu Bridge Tourist Dispatch Center, which is near Nanpu Bridge metro station on line 4, and take a bus to Xiaoyangshan Dock. Then change to a boat/yacht to Mt. Putuo. It takes almost 5 hours to arrive.

 To Islands in Chongming District:
To Xinhe:

Schedule Return Time Ticket Fare
07:50, 12:15 09:00, 13:20 CNY18

To Hengsha:

Schedule Return Time Ticket Fare
07:00, 08:00, 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30, 16:00 06:30, 08:15, 09:20, 10:45, 11:40, 12:20, 14:15, 15:00, 16:00 CNY20-22

To Majiagang / Changxing Island:

Schedule Return Time Ticket Fare
07:00, 08:00, 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30, 16:00 07:05, 08:50, 09:55, 11:20, 12:15, 12:55, 14:50, 15:35, 16:35 CNY11-13

How to get to Wusong Passenger Transport Center from major transportation hubs in town:

1. From Shanghai Railway Station: take metro line 3 and get off at Songbin Road. Exit from exit 1 and walk eastwards for 10min to reach.
2. From Pudong International Airport: take metro line 2 to Century Avenue, where transfer to line 4 and get off at Baoshan Road. Afterwards, take line 3 to Songbin Road and walk there.
3. From Hongqiao International Airport / Hongqiao Railway Station: take metro line 10 to Hongqiao Road and change to line 3 to Songbin Road.
4. From People's Square: take metro line 8 to Hongkou Football Stadium, and transfer to line 3 to Songbin Road; or walk to Middle Xizang Road East Beijing Road stop, take bus no. 952 and get off at Songbin Road Mudanjiang Road. Then Wusong Passenger Transport Center is within 550yd (500m) away.

How to get to Shengsi from Shanghai by ship?

1. Take metro line 16 to Dishuidong Station and transfer to intercity bus Yangshan Special Line. The terminal of the bus will be Shenjiawan Passenger Transport Center. There it is easy to transfer to a ship to Shengsi.
2. Go to the Nanpu Bridge Tourist Dispatch Center and buy the bus + ship combo ticket. Take a bus to Shenjiawan Passenger Transport Center and change to a ship to get there.

 Further Reading: Shanghai Cruise
- Last updated on Mar. 31, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Cruise Ports
Asked by Janice C from CANADA | Jan. 25, 2020 06:26Reply
Shanghai International Cruise Port security hours
Hello. My husband and I will be sailing on the Oceania Nautica and will be at the Shanghai port for 2 nights in March, 2020. We are interested in taking a one day excursion by flight from Shanghai to Xi’an on March 24, 2020 but we would need to leave the port between 5-5:30am in order to arrive at the airport for our flight. Will port security officials be on duty that early in the morning?
Answers (1)
Answered by Debra from FINLAND | Jan. 31, 2020 18:18

Well, as I know, the port security official would be on duty that early. But in order to be sure, you are suggested to consult the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by ayeon from KOREA | Jan. 22, 2020 17:53Reply
Question about 144 hour visa free transit
I couldn't get accurate information about 144 hours of visa-free. So, my itinerary is...

3/12 Incheon,korea-Shanghai 08:55-09:45(MU) and i have a day's tour in Shanghai and stay in a hotel.
3/13 Sanghai (Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal)
3/14 at sea
3/15 Nagasaki,Japan
3/16 at sea
3/17 Shanghai-Incheon,korea 14:20-17:25(MU)

Do I need a visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda from USA | Jan. 31, 2020 18:19

No, you don't need. You are eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy.
Asked by Cristina D. from UNITED STATES | Jan. 21, 2020 11:32Reply
Question about 144 hour visa free transit
Guests are arriving in Shanghai by cruise ship and will fly back to U.S. on the same day.
Do they need to fill out a form at the cruise port upon arrival in SH for the 144 hour visa free transit?
Cruise itinerary is Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Hakata, SH
Kindly advise, thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mike from SINGAPORE | Jan. 21, 2020 19:39

Yes, they do.
Asked by Justine from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2020 13:35Reply
We are Canadian and American Citizen arriving in Shanghai on Feb 13
And cruise from 15-29 and then we stay another 2 days post cruise flying back to Canada on March 2, 2020. Do we need any visa? Please and thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Ben from SINGAPORE | Jan. 15, 2020 19:53

What is the place you "stay another 2 days post cruise"?
Answered by Justine from CANADA | Jan. 16, 2020 21:22

Hello Ben!
We are in shanghai 2 days pre and 2 days post cruise. I have contacted our Chinese Consulate and waa advised that i will need to apply for visa. Thank you.
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