What public transportation options are available in Shanghai?

Transport in Shanghai is incredibly efficient once you understand it.

Subway and Bus- Shanghai has 17 subway lines and one maglev train to run every day. It covers all the main sightseeing spots in Shanghai. If you stay in Shanghai for 1 to 3 days, we advise you to buy a “One – Day Pass” which cost  18 RMB or “Three – Day Pass” cost  45 RMB, it can be used without limitation during your stay.

For the bus we advise you to purchase a smart metro card to make your trips hassle free. It needs to pay 20RMB deposit and can be purchased from the ticket office at any subway station.

Taxi – Make sure always take the licensed taxis that you can usually spot by their green coloring. Ask for a ‘fapiao’ (an invoice) at the end of your journey as this will identify the taxi should you leave anything behind.

Train – Shanghai has three railway stations that can help you travel to other main cities in a matter of hours. It takes 0.5 to 1 hour to Hangzhou or Suzhou, 5 or 6 hours to Beijing.

Hongqiao Station: It is not only a transport hub for plane but also for the train. The station is accessible by subway line 2 or line 10.

Shanghai Station: There is no subway around, we suggest taking taxi or bus.

Shanghai South Station: The station is accessible by subway line 1 or line 3.

Plane – Shanghai has two international airports, one is Pudong International Airport which is located at east of Shanghai, the other  is Hongqiao International Airport which is located at westof Shanghai. It takes 2 or 3 hours to transfer from one to another.