Huangpu River Cruise

To experience the best way to enjoy the scenery along Huangpu River, a cruise has to be the top choice. A Huangpu River cruise has now become a must-have activity when visiting Shanghai. When cruising at night, you can enjoy the most extraordinary sights. On board the ship, a choice of Chinese food, western cuisine and a buffet is available. You can enjoy a delicious meal while admiring the scenery. This way of travel not only appeals to visitors but also the local people who sometimes choose a river cruise for relaxation.
Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai
Night Piece on Huangpu River
Charming Night View

Two Cruise Routes

At present, travelers have a choice of two routes that sail along the river. There is the regular route and the route of the Shanghai Expo. The regular route is chosen by most travelers.

Huangpu River Cruise MapRegular Route: Shiliupu Wharf near the Bund – Yangpu Bridge – Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) – Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai International Convention Center – Nanpu Bridge – Oriental Pearl TowerWaibaidu Bridge – Monument to the People's Heroes – Observatory on the Bund – Shiliupu Wharf

Shanghai Expo Route: Qichangzhan Wharf near Binjiang Avenue – Shanghai Expo Area – Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) – Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai International Convention Center – Oriental Pearl Tower – Waibaidu Bridge – Monument to the People's Heroes – Observatory on the Bund – Qichangzhan Wharf


Regular Route: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 18:45, 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:15, 20:30, 20:45, 21:00, 21:15, 21:30

Shanghai Expo Route: The timetable is not fixed. Visitors need to check the times and book tickets in advance on the websites of different cruise companies.

Cost and Duration

Route Duration (min) Cost (CNY/person)
Regular Meal not included Meal included Meal not included Meal included
50 90 120 128-188
Shanghai Expo 90 128-188


Embarking Notes

1. Children under 1.3 m (4.3 ft) travel free
2. The Shanghai Expo route tickets are unavailable on site, so you need to book them in advance.
3. The timetable information is for reference only. Please check locally for confirmation.
4. Please arrive at the wharf at least 10 minutes prior to the ships’ departure time.

Scenery on Huangpu River
Wonderful River Scenery
Waibaidu Bridge, Shanghai
Waibaidu Bridge

Scenery along the River

Cruising on the regular route, you are able to view a majority of famous attractions in Shanghai, including the two outstanding bridges Yangpu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge, the old iron Waibaidu Bridge, the landmark Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower, the modern skyscraper SWFC, etc. The night view with all the illuminations is truly amazing.

In order to make the river cruise even more attractive and colorful, a special route is provided so that visitors can appreciate the Shanghai Expo site of 2010. In addition to the attractions along the regular route, this special route will enable you to have a glimpse of the remaining features of the grand event.


Cruise Ships

All the cruise ships on Huangpu River are of high quality, providing great conditions and good services. However, they do vary in design, size, passenger capacity, facilities and features. Most Huangpu River cruise ships have a bar, a sun deck, a restaurant and large screen TV. You can either stay in the ship to enjoy the entertainment facilities or go out on deck to savor the abundant views along the river.

Huangpu River Cruise Ship Huangpu River Cruise Ship

 Note: We are sorry that the booking service for this cruise is not available at present.

 Further Reading:
 Shanghai Nightlife
 Huangpu River Ferry

- Last modified on Mar. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Huangpu River Cruise
Asked by Mariah from USA | May. 21, 2019 04:51Reply
How far in advance should you purchase tickets of Huangpu River?
Hi! Do they sell out? How far in advance should one purchase tickets? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 21, 2019 23:22

Well, in general, there will have enough tickets. Don't worry. Just buy the tickets when you arriving there. Have fun!
Asked by MH from SINGAPORE | Mar. 17, 2019 01:10Reply
Online purchase Huangpu River Cruise Ticket
Where can I buy the tickets online. Would like to Shanghai Expo Route with meals.

Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey from USA | Mar. 17, 2019 19:51

Hi, since there are only Chinese websites for the Huangpu River cruise and you are suggested to buy the tickets after arrival.
Asked by Tim from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 14, 2019 14:59Reply
intend to purchase standard cruise tickets of Huangpu River from ticket office
Do they sell VIP tickets or are the VIP tickets bought on board the cruising vessel
Tim from Australia
Answers (1)
Answered by Amber from LITHUANIA | Mar. 14, 2019 18:39

Generally speaking, you can buy it in the ticket office.
Asked by sarita from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 05, 2019 02:21Reply
how much is the Huangpu River cruise?
How much is it per person?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 06, 2019 17:00

Hi, the fare is different due to different cruises. Generally, it takes about CNY120 per person.
Asked by Aimee Kathleen T Tann from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 01, 2018 06:25Reply
Where to buy ticket for Special Route Huangpu River Cruise?
It is stated in the article that this ticket is not available to purchase on-site. thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Mary from CANADA | Nov. 01, 2018 17:54

No. 80 Outer Road and Shiliu Pu Wharf located in No. 551,Second East Zhongshan Road are both available. Remember to purchase tickets at least 30minutes in advance.
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