Shanghai City-Bus

More than 10 Shanghai bus companies operate about 1,600 city bus lines in downtown and suburbs, offering convenient alternatives to metro. These lines can be identified either by numbers or Chinese characters representing the terminals. Shanghai bus stops of most downtown lines are announced by automatic reporter in Mandarin, Shanghai dialect and English, while a small part are announced in Mandarin and Shanghai dialect only.

Shanghai City Bus Routes

1. Regular Downtown Lines: 1 to 992, Daqiao Line 3 to 6, Tunnel Line 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8

2. District/Regional Lines & Suburban Lines: Starting with Pudong, Jiading, Baoshan, Qingpu, Minhang, Fengxian, Songjiang…

3. Cross-district Lines: Starting with Huzhu Express, Shangzhu, Shangshi, Nanchuan, Xinjia, Songmei, Songxin, Shenchong, Lianzhu, Nanqing, Huqingying…

4. Night Lines: 301 to 345, Xumin Special Line, Tunnel Night Line 1

5. Downtown Shuttle Bus: 1001 to 1849 to solve the last-kilometer commute to/from metro station, and transfer between main roads and communities.

6. Rush-hour Lines: 04 -1090, Songjiang Line 29, Daqiao Line 1, Lingang No.2, Qinghua Special Line, Singjiang No.29

7. Sightseeing Bus: City Sightseeing Lines by Spring Tour, Shanghai Bus Tours, Shencheng Sightseeing Bus …

8. Shanghai airport to city bus: Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus, Hongqiao Airport Shuttle Bus

9. Other categories: Hongqiao Transport Hub Line 1 & 4 to 10, Ferry Lines, Customized Line, BRT Nantuan Line, BRT Fengpu Line

10. Intercity Lines: K319 & routes starting with Bahe, Huliu, Taijia, Jiashan, Kunshan, Pinghu, Yangshan and Qingshang.

Shanghai City Bus
City Bus
Getting on the Bus
Getting on the Bus

Shanghai Bus Schedule

 Most bus routes start running from 05:30 – 06:30 and stop service at 19:30 – 21:30.

 Rush-hour Lines operate from 06:00 – 08:00 to 16:30 – 18:30.

 Night Lines are in operation from 23:00 to 05:30 the next day.

City Bus Inside a city bus

Shanghai Bus Fare & How to Pay

The city bus fare varies a little according to the vehicle types. Most routes including the downtown lines, suburban lines, night lines and rush-hour lines charge CNY2. The downtown shuttle buses only cost CNY1.

Passengers need to prepare some loose change to insert coins or banknotes into the coin box, or swipe the Shanghai Public Transportation Card to pay.

Most cross-district lines charge by distance and the ticket price is CNY1-12. Conductors sell tickets on these city buses on which passengers must pay in cash.


Tourists can have a general look at Puxi, Pudong by the double-decked City Sightseeing Lines 1, 2, 3 & 5. They can hop on and hop off to visit attractions including Nanjing Road, the Bund, People's Square, Yu Garden, Xintiandi and Shanghai Museum. There are also three lines of Big Bus Tours connecting must-gos in Shanghai.

Sightseeing Bus
City Sightseeing Bus
Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Map
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Shanghai direct tourist buses set off at the airport and popular sites in the city center, taking tourists to Wuzhen, West Lake, Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator’s Garden ...

Shanghai Trolley Bus: CNY2; 05:00 – 23:00

Bus No. Terminals
14  Jiangpu Road North Zhongshan 2nd Road - Dongxinqiao
15  North Zhejiang Road East Tianmu Road – Shanghai Stadium
19  Tangshan Road Tongbei Road – Putuo Road Jiangning Road
20  Hankou Rd. Middle Sichuan Rd. – Zhongshan Park
22  Changbai Road Tumen Road – Minhang Road Changzhi Road
23  South Zhongshan 1st Road South Xizang Road - Xinkangli
24  Doushi Street East Fuxing Road – Changshou New Village

Trams in Shanghai

Songjiang Tram Lines:

Line T1 connects Canghua Road and Xinqiao, while line T2 is a loop line running around Songjiang University Town. Songjiang Tram Line T3 to T6 is under construction. Shanghai will have more tram lines in Fengxian District and Pudong New Area in the future.
- Last updated on Sep. 08, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai City-Bus
Asked by Abdullah from BANGLADESH | Sep. 22, 2023 06:23Reply
Congestion in Shanghai
Is the city congested during peak hours? How severe is the problem?
Answers (1)
Answered by Selena | Sep. 24, 2023 20:22

I'm afraid yes. After all, it is a super large city. Generally, taking a metro is more recommended in peak hours.
Asked by Abdullah from BANGLADESH | Aug. 26, 2023 20:57Reply
Transport network companies in Shanghai
What Transport network companies like Uber are available in Shanghai? Is there any synchronization with the public transportation in Shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Edward | Aug. 27, 2023 23:42

Yes, of course, Didi, Caocao and more companies offer the service. I'm used to use Gaode Map, where I can hail those cars at the same time.
Asked by Abdullah from BANGLADESH | Aug. 14, 2023 22:56Reply
What bike sharing companies are currently operating in Shanghai?
I have heard companies like Mobike, Ofo have gone out of business.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse | Aug. 15, 2023 01:00

At present, some famous brands like Meituan, DiDi and Hellobike are popular.
Asked by Abdullah from BANGLADESH | Aug. 09, 2023 22:52Reply
What are the last mile transport options in Shanghai? Are bike sharing services available?
Let's say my metro stop is 2 km from my hotel or destination. What are my options at covering that distance: walk, bike sharing service, bus or what else? Are the fares of bike sharing service/ bus integrated with metro fares in that case?
Answers (1)
Answered by David | Aug. 10, 2023 00:52

Yes, bike serving service is generally available. No, they are not integrated with metro fares, you need to pay extra, generally CNY 1.5 - 2 for the first 15 minutes and CNY 1 for every 15 minutes after that.
Asked by Abdullah from BANGLADESH | Aug. 08, 2023 21:08Reply
From metro stop to my hotel, is there any transport options available or I have to simply walk?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex | Aug. 09, 2023 01:28

I'm not clear you will go from which metro station to which hotel. But if it's in the downtown area, there should be city buses passing by. You can travel by bus or simply walk if the distance is not far.
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