For those flying into Shanghai, it’s a good idea to know your options of getting to the City Center/Downtown. Before we start explaining your different method of transportation, you should know that Shanghai Pudong International Airport is roughly 18.6 mi or 30 km in distance from downtown and roughly 24.9 mi or 40 km from Hongqiao International Airport, the domestic airport.
Shanghai Pudong Airport is probably the most famous airport in all of China with 2 different terminals. At this moment in time, flights from over 73 international cities and 62 domestic cities go in and out of Pudong Airport. With such a large airport accommodating so many passengers, the transportation to Shanghai is fairly easy. Below we’ll provide 4 different ways that you can get to downtown Shanghai from Pudong Airport.
Option 1 By Taxi
The most effective way is to use a Taxi to get to your location in the city center. After you’ve collected your baggage, look for the Taxi signs and follow them to the main taxi center.
Be careful to avoid locals that speak great English trying to convince you that they can offer you a discount or save you time by going with them. These people are not part of the official taxi stand and will end up demanding 2-3 times more than the actual fair when you arrive at your destination. It’s best to avoid/ignore them and just head to the official taxi station located outside of the terminal.
Option 2 By Maglev Train
Another method to getting from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Downtown/City Center is by using the Maglev Train. It’s a magnetic-levitation train and is the fastest high speed commercial train in the entire world. The cost to build this was over $1.2 billion.
For those from Europe, United States, Canada, Australia or South America, this is something you probably have never experienced with the train reaching top speeds of 268 mph.
It’s important to note that the Maglev train only has one stop and that is Longyang Rd. Metro Station. For those going downtown, you’ll need to transfer to Metro Line 2 and exit at the People’s Square stop to arrive at the City Center. Below is some more information about the Maglev train including prices and hours of operation:
Hours of operation
Pudong Airport-Longyang Road 7:02a.m. – 9:42p.m.
Longyang Road-Pudong Airport 6:45a.m. – 9:40p.m.
Time between every train: 15mins before 7:02p.m.; 20mins after 7:02p.m.
Single Trip Price: 50 RMB for Economy, 100 RMB for VIP
Round Trip Price: 80 RMB for Economy, 160 RMB for VIP
Option 3 By Airport Shuttle Bus
A third option would be to use the Airport Shuttle Bus to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to City Center. Several different airport shuttle buses from Line No.1 to No. 8 can take you to downtown Shanghai. It’s important to know the exact location that you need to get off at as it’ll make your journey much easier. If you need help with bus times or where you need to get off at. You can speak with the staff in the airport and they’ll be more than happy to help.
Option 4 By Subway
The final option to getting from Pudong Airport to downtown is by using the Subway. When leaving or arriving Pudong International Airport you can use Metro Line 2.
On this Metro Line 2, the stop called Guanglan Road is where you need to get off to transfer onwards to downtown Shanghai. You also might find this site useful, check it out here.
Pudong International Airport-Guanglan Road (Round Trip)
Hours of operation: 6:00 a.m. – 22:00 p.m.
Time between every train: 8.5 minutes
One great thing about both Pudong and Hongqiao Airports is that it allows citizens from 53 counties to leave the airport without a need for a visa, if the period is less than 144 hours. It’s important to note that you’ll need to show your connecting flight ticket and a valid passport.
The countries that are allowed for leaving the airport without a visa are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Brunei, Germany, Iceland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, NewZealand, Monaco, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, Republic of Montenegro, Switzerland, Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Cyprus.
Airline Flying From Terminal 1 (T1)
Air France (AF), AirAsia ZEST Airway (Z2), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), Delta Airlines (DL), Gulf Air (GF),Japan Airlines (JL), Jin Air (LJ), Korean Air (KE), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qantas (QF), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Sri Lankan Airlines (UL)
Airline Flying From Terminal 2 (T2)
Aero Mexico (AM), Air Asia (D7), Air Canada (AC), Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Air Macau (NX), Air New Zealand (NZ), American Airlines (AA), Asiana Airlines (OZ), British Airways (BA), Cambodia Angkor Air (K6), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Chengdu Airlines (EU), Chongqing Airlines (OQ), Dragon Air (KA), Emirates Airlines (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), Eva Air (BR), Mahan Air (W5), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qatar Airways (QR), Finnair (AY), Lufthansa Airlines (LH), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Scandinavian Airlines (SK), South East Asian Airlines(DG), Easter Jet (ZE), Shandong Airlines (SC), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Swiss Airlines (LX), TransAsia Airways (GE), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), Thai Airways (TG), Tianjin Airlines (GS), Turkish Airlines (TK), United Airlines (UA), Garuda-Indonesia Airline (GA), Mega Maldives Airline (LV), Virgin Atlantic (VS), All Nippon Airways (NH), Russian Airlines (SU), Hainan Airlines (HU),