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 May. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Metro Ticket
Asked by Shaz from MALAYSIA | May. 17, 2019 00:14Reply
Shanghai 24 hours Metro Card from first use
Just to confirm as sometimes it confused me. This means if I use the card at 3pm today, it will valid all the way till 3pm the next day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey from USA | May. 19, 2019 20:29

Yes, you are right.
Asked by Kelly from HONG KONG | Apr. 29, 2019 19:18Reply
Hi, my flight is scheduled to land Shanghai Pudong airport at 11:50 pm.
So I will probably be getting out of the airport after baggage claim at 1:00 am. Is there still the metro? If not, what is the best way to get to downtown (hotel) other than taking a taxi?

Answers (1)
Answered by Julie from USA | May. 04, 2019 19:25

In general, metro lines are closed at that time. But there will be a night shuttle bus departing from the airport to down town area. You can stop at following stations: Longyang Rd- Fangdian Rd; Century Avenue Metro Station, East Yan’an Rd –Middle Zhejiang Rd; Middle Yan’an Rd – Huashan Rd; West Yan’an Rd – Hongxu Rd; Hongqiao Traffic Hub East Center. The bus fare ranges from CNY18-34 per person.
Asked by Ky from LOPEZ | Apr. 28, 2019 21:12Reply
I'm arriving in shanghai pudong airport at 18 30pm, are there places open late to buy the card?
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Answered by Nancy from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 29, 2019 18:41

Hi, you can buy the card in the metro station of Pudong Airport.
Asked by Derek Lardenoye from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 25, 2019 18:46Reply
What is the best transportation ticket option for a 10 day stay in Shanghai? Thx
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse from USA | Apr. 27, 2019 18:22

I think you can buy a normal transport card and it can be returned when you end the trip.
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