Shanghai Metro Ticket

Ticket Type

Shanghai metro adopts the following five types of tickets:

 1. Single Journey Ticket
It is a thin IC card which is endowed with a certain sum of money depending on the destination you choose. It can be bought at a ticket dispenser or from a ticket booth. The metro system has introduced electronic ticketing so you should carry some change. A single journey ticket can be used only one time on the day you buy it within the subway lines and stations you choose. It should be returned at your destination station and recycled in the ticket system.

 2. Shanghai Public Transportation Card
The Card is convenient to pay the metro fare. It can be used not only on the metro, but also on some public buses, ferryboats and even taxies. It is common for the new users to pay CNY 100 for the card, including a CNY 20 deposit and CNY 80 for use. The card can be used repeatedly and you can deposit more money in it at designated metro stations, bus stations, banks or stores.

 3. Souvenir Ticket
For visitors, a souvenir ticket is a good choice. It is valid for one year and can be bought at several designated subway stations. You can only take the train once on certain lines. When getting out of the station, it will be returned to you as a souvenir.

 4. One-day Travel Pass
It has been introduced for Shanghai subway since Expo 2010. The pass is sold CNY18 and could be purchased at any ticket booths set at these metro stations. With this pass, passenger could take all the city's metro lines without limit in 24 hours after the first use. This pass is not required to be returned after use so passenger could keep it as a souvenir.

 5. Three-day Travel Pass
It has been used since March, 2012. The pass is sold CNY45 and could be purchased at any ticket booths set at these metro stations. With this pass, passenger could take all the metro lines without limit in 72 hours after the first use. This pass is not required to be returned after use so passenger could keep it as a souvenir.

 6. Maglev & Metro Pass
This pass has been issued since May 23, 2013. There are two versions. The Maglev Single Trip + Metro One-day Pass costs CNY 55 and allows passengers to take a single maglev trip (economy class) and unlimited metro rides within 24 hours after the first use. The Maglev Round Trip + Metro One-day Pass costs CNY 85 and allows passengers to take a maglev round-trip (economy class) and unlimited metro rides within 24 hours after the first use. The pass is available at both the maglev stations of Pudong International Airport and Longyang Rd. as well as some major metro stations like T2 of Hongqiao International Airport, Hongqiao Railway Station, South Railway Station, Railway Station, People’ Square and Jing’an Temple, etc. After use, the card will not be recycled and passengers can keep it as a souvenir. 

Subway Ticket Mechine
Metro Ticket Machine
1. Ticket issuing is stopped three minutes before the departure time of the last train;
2. Go to Shanghai Metro Guidance to know how to buy a ticket.

Ticket Fare

Shanghai metro adopts a 'one-ticket transfer' system. You can take a single subway line or transfer to other lines at some major transfer stations such as People's Square, South Railway Station, Indoor Stadium, Xinzhuang, Zhongshan Park, Century Avenue and South Xizang Rd. A through ticket can be bought at your starting station. The charge is proportional to mileage with a ceiling price of CNY 9. A subway trip between two stations in downtown usually costs no more than CNY 6. The following table shows the fare of single metro lines and transfer among different lines.

0~4mi (0~6km) 4~10mi (6~16km) above 10mi (16km)
Line 5 CNY 2 CNY 3 CNY 1 for each extra 4mi (6km)
All Lines Except Line 5 CNY 3 CNY 4 CNY 1 for each extra 6mi (10km)
Transfer Among Lines CNY 3 CNY 4 CNY 1 for each extra 6mi (10km)

Metro passengers can have a discount if they pay the fare by Public Transportation Card. If you have pay the subway fare by the card over CNY 70 in a month, the fare you pay in the rest of the month will be 10% off. Additionally the Card allows for once an overdraft of CNY 8. However, if the card has a zero or a negative balance, it can't be used any more.

Ticket Refund

Unused tickets can be refunded in the issuing station on the issuing day. Used tickets can not be refunded whether you have used up the balance or not.

- Last modified on Mar. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Metro Ticket
Asked by Caroline from INDONESIA | Mar. 18, 2019 05:55Reply
How to refund my deposit on shanghai public transport card?
Asked by Tris from INDONESIA | Mar. 18, 2019 00:36Reply
Is there Shanghai Metro Ticket for kids with age 11 and 7?
I will be travelling with my 2 kids to the city for 7 days.
What is the best Metro Ticket for me and my 2 kids?
Kindly advise.
Thank you.
Asked by Judy from USA | Mar. 16, 2019 14:44Reply
One day round trip on metro from hotel to Shanghai Disneyland
Should we buy the one day 24 hour card or get single trip tickets? Is the one day card CNY 18?
Asked by Charlie from USA | Feb. 28, 2019 20:18Reply
How do you buy the Shanghai Three-day Travel Pass?
I will be in the city for 4 days this summer. I'd like to buy the Three day travel pass and then the Maglev Single Trip + Metro One-day Pass for our 4th day as we will fly out of PVG late at night and this seems like a good option to get the maglev ticket and subway rides for the last day. Can you please post the Chinese characters that I could show the subway attendant what I'd like to purchase?
Answers (1)
Answered by Elliot from SINGAPORE | Mar. 05, 2019 23:14

Yes, you are suggested to purchase the Three-day Travel Pass + Maglev Single Trip & Metro One day Pass.
The Chinese characters are '上海地铁三日票' and '上海磁悬浮+地铁一日通票'.
Hope helpful!
Asked by Petra from CZECH REPUBLIC | Feb. 25, 2019 14:49Reply
We will stay in Shanghai for 2 days, what is the best to see?
And what kind of transport we have to use - what kind of tickets we have to buy ? (1 person is wheelchair user. Our Hotel is Charms hotel, 619 Jiujiang Road)
We arrive at Pudong Airport
Answers (1)
Answered by Sydney from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 25, 2019 17:35

For your convenience, you are suggested to use metro or taxi. Because of your short stay, you don't need to purchase any transportation card.
In addition, you can arrange the 2 Day tour in the following way:
Day 1: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, World Financial Center, East Nanjing Road
Day 2: Zhujiajiao Water Town
Hope helpful!
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