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. If you have time to join a Huangpu River night cruise, you can enjoy the most extraordinary night view. 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 Huangpu 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.

Huanghu River Cruise Price and Duration

Route Duration (min) Price (CNY/person)
Regular Meal Excluded Meal Included Meal Excluded Meal Excluded
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

Taking a Huangpu River Cruise along 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

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- Last updated on May. 24, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Huangpu River Cruise
Asked by Fariha nowshin from BANGLADESH | May. 24, 2023 03:26Reply
From where I can issue ticket?do I need to issue it on spot? Or pre booking required?
Answers (1)
Answered by athan | May. 24, 2023 20:10

As pre-booking website is all in Chinese, it is suggested to issue on spot.
Asked by Penelope from AUSTRALIA | May. 10, 2023 04:28Reply
What is the latest departure time this month? Do you just turn up at Shiliupu Wharf near the Bund?
Are there different cruise operators or just one?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | May. 10, 2023 19:22

1. The cruises are operated between 11:00-17:00 in the daytime and 18:00-21:30 at night. However, it is not recommended to take at 21:30 because the Oriental Pearl lights out at 22:00.

2. Yes, you just need to buy tickets at Shiluipu Wharf.

3. As I know, there is only one cruise operator but different types of cruises are optional.
Asked by Grace from USA | Mar. 16, 2023 20:08Reply
How long like how many hours is every single Huangpu River Cruise?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita | Mar. 16, 2023 20:18

It usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours.
Asked by Fathema Abbas from SINGAPORE | Nov. 15, 2019 18:36Reply
Is the Huangpu River cruise wheelchair friendly?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jayden from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 18, 2019 22:35

Yes, people in wheelchair can easily get on the cruise ship and start the curise. Don't worry.
Asked by Klara from SWEDEN | Oct. 28, 2019 03:50Reply
Change of timetable of Huangpu River Cruise?
Hey! I was there today and noticed that the time table differs from the one here. Maybe it is different for off season? Would be nice to mention on the site!
Answers (1)
Answered by Gustave from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 31, 2019 00:19

Yes, the timetable would be different for off season.
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