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How to transfer from Shanghai Airport

Trip to the city from Shanghai-Pudong Airport:

Shanghai-Pudong International Airport is 30 km from the city centre. Below we indicate different modes of transportation, but we definitely recommend taking the magnetic train!

Magnetic Train (Maglev):
 

  • Description: the Maglev is a magnetic propulsion train that reaches speeds as high as 430 km/hr. It goes from the airport to Longyang Road Station in the centre of the city, in the direction of Pudong. Afterwards you'll need to take a taxi or the metro to the hotel.
  • Cost: 50CNY one way (40CNY if you show your boarding pass).
  • Duration of trip: 8 min.
  • Timetable: every 15-20 min between 6:45 and 21:40.
  • How to get there: the station is located between Terminals 1 and 2, right next to a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Follow the airport signs. When you get off the Maglev in Longyang Station, follow the signs to the metro (recommended) or to the taxi stand.


Taxi:
  • Description: logically a taxi is more convenient than the Maglev as it takes you directly to the hotel, but you run the risk of being ripped off by the driver (very common in Shanghai). Make sure that the taxi is official (go and stand in the official queue at the airport). Also make sure that the meter is visible and that the driver starts it when you get in. Ask for a receipt at the end of the trip.
  •  Cost: around 150-170CNY (if the meter exceeds 200, you can start to worry...).
  • Duration of trip: 45 min-1 hr.
  • How to get there: follow airport signs and stand in official queue.


Airport Shuttle Bus:
  • Description: the slowest yet cheapest alternative. Exiting the airport, you'll see some marker boards indicating the route each bus takes. Select the one that's best for your hotel (see routes).
  • Cost: 15-30CNY.
  • Duration of trip: 1hr - 1hr 30min.
  • Timetable: every 15min between 7:00 and 23:00.
  • How to get there: follow airport signs.

Trip to Shanghai-Pudong Airport:

The best option is taking the Maglev from Longyang Road Station (8min, 50CNY).

You can also take a taxi directly from your hotel to the airport (1h, 150-170CNY).

Remember you should arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight leaves! 

Trip to the city from Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport:

Shanghai-Hongqiao International Airport is 13 km from the city centre. Below we list the different ways of getting from one place to the other, though we recommend the metro above all others.

Metro:

  • Description: Metro Line 2 connects the airport with major points in the city centre.
  • Cost: 3-8CNY.
  • Duration of trip: 30min.
  • Hours: 6:00 to 23:00.
  • How to get there: the metro station is located in Terminal 2. If you arrive to Terminal 1, there is a free shuttle that departs every 15 minutes from the departure lounge (in front of Gate 6) and arrives at the arrivals hall in Terminal 2 (in front of Gate 1).

Taxi:
  • Description: logically a taxi is more convenient than the Maglev as it takes you directly to the hotel, but you run the risk of being ripped off by the driver (very common in Shanghai). Make sure that the taxi is official (go and stand in the official queue at the airport). Also make sure that the meter is visible and that the driver starts it when you get in. Ask for a receipt at the end of the trip.
  • Cost: around 60CNY.
  • Duration of trip: 20-30min.
  • How to get there: follow airport signs and stand in official queue.

Airport Shuttle Bus:
  • Description: with the metro, the bus doesn't make much sense. In any event, exiting the airport, you'll see some marker boards indicating the route each bus takes. Select the one that's best for your hotel (see routes).
  • Cost: 2-10CNY.
  • Duration of trip: 30min.
  • Timetable: every 15min between 6:00 and 23:00.
  • How to get there: follow the signs.

Trip to Shanghai - Hongqiao Airport:

Most likely your flight to Beijing will depart from Hongqiao Airport. Take the metro (30min / 3-8Y) or a taxi (20min / 45-60CNY) to the airport (for more details, see Day 1).