This is one of the four railway stations in Shanghai. It has been renovated and the station looks new and modern. It is well connected to the Shanghai metro line 1, 3, and 4 (Shanghai Railway Station). I prefer this railway station than other railway stations in shanghai as being closer to the City. I took a taxi from the North Bund, and cost me Y25. The luggage storage service in Shanghai Railway station is expensive comparing to other Railway Station in China. I left my backpack and cost me Y20.
Easy to get train ticket to Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Suzhou. The overnight speed rails to Beijing leave here everyday.
In Chinese: 上海站， shang hai zhan
Shanghai Sightseeing Bus is a red color double-decked bus that stops at major tourist locations in Shanghai both Puxi and Pudong area. They come with a free audio guide in 8 different languages. The day pass will cost Y30 for unlimited ride and children under 1.4m ride for free accompany with an adult.
Puxi Route: April- Oct (9:00-21:30); Nov-March (9:00-19:00)
1) Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (People's Avenue)
2) Nanjing Road (west), opposite to the New World Department Store
3) Century Square
4) Nanjing Road (east), Exit 2 Henan Middle Road station
5) Garden Bridge on the Bund
6) Customs House on the Bund
7) Huangpu River Cruise Terminal on the Bund
8) Chenghuang Miao, or Yuyuan Garden
9) Shanghai Ancient City Wall
10) Former Provisional Government Site of the Republic of Korea
11) First National Congress of the Communist Party of China
12) Huaihai Middle Road
13) Shanghai Museum
1) Shanghai Museum
2) Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (People's Avenue)
3) The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
4) The Jin Mao Tower
You can buy ticket on board!!
I didn't use public transportation in Shanghai, and only used the bus in a couple of short trips, but found the traffic much more organized and fluent than expected.
Lots of people, of course, but not the mess seen in the films; some narrow streets, yes, but also many large avenues, where the traffic seems to flow in an intense but efficient sequence.
Incorrect idea, born from a quick observation? Maybe! But my general idea about Shanghai's traffic was very positive.
Shanghai has one of China's largest airports so flying in from Europe, even directly, should not be a problem. If you are prepared to change planes, you should be able to shave off 25% to 33% off the fare - and possibly get better service to boot. Best connections from Europe in terms of price are probably via Switzerland, Germany or Russia. For best quality/price I'd have to say 'Middle East'. Depending on the season and on whether there are any sales, we paid ca. GBP 2,100 for a return business class fare on Qatar Airways (regular fare without sales). During sales, economy flights from major European cities can work out at as little (considering the distance) as EUR 450-500.
Shanghai is also well-connected with major Chinese cities with scores of flights daily to Beijing, Xi'An, Chengdu as well as others. Importantly for us, there were also flights to Lhasa available. Major domestic airlines serving Shanghai are Air China, China Southeastern and China Southern. Of these, Air China had the most modern planes from what I could observe.
The airport - both international and domestic - is efficient (unless you're going to Lhasa) though probably somewhat lacking in facilities if you're used to the likes of Heathrow. Electronic check-in is possible for most destinations which allows to save a bit of time.
If you havn't guessed yet this pic is at the top of Nanjing Rd West and also from the same metro station on the #2 line. These buses are everywhere, so if your short on time jump aboard and take in some of Shanghai's amazing sights and attractions. Prices will very depending on what you want to do and see.
The CRH Bullet trains are conveniently located underneath the Hongqiao International Airport which is easily accessible on metro #2 line. They travel at 300 km an hour which does not take long to get to places such as Nanjing, stopping along the way at Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou and Zhenjiang. The seating is comfortable and you can purchase drinks and hot Chinese meals on board. One thing that we found unusual was the computer selected your seat number and not necessarily next to each other, but in the same carriage therefore a lot of seat swapping went on..lol. They also have started travelling to Beijing this year which is an alternative to flying and offer first class seating.
Shanghai has one of the fastest growing rapid transit systems in the World. Currently it has 13 lines servicing the entire city of Shanghai. It grows every year with new lines and station. It is fast and easy to get around Shanghai. All the stations come with signboards and announcements in English translation. It makes sense cause there are diverse populations from different countries living in Shanghai now. And the city often hosts important international events like the Shanghai Expo.
Below are some of the important stations and lines might be useful:
Shanghai Railway Station ( connect train to Hangzhou, Suzhou)
Shanghai South Railway Station ( connect line 3 as well)
Dashijie (Huaihai Road)
Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2
Hongqiao Raiway Station ( connect speed train to Suzhou)
Jing' An Temple ( Old Shanghai)
People's Square (Shanghai Museum, Shopping, Shanghai Exhibition Building)
Nanjing Road (East) (Shopping, The Bund Riverfront)
Lujiazui (The Bund Riverfront Pudong Side, Pearl Tower)
Line 8 & 7:
Yaohua Road (World Expo)
Yuntai Road (World Expo)
Xintiandi (Shopping, Old Town)
Laoximen (Shopping, Old Town)
Yuyuan Garden (Shopping, Old Town)
Above stations are important locations not to be missed..
ALERT: If you are using Shanghai Transit Card, you can only get refund at certain stations. Check the stations with them, if you wish to get refund before you leave to the airport. They don't do refund at Hongqiao Airport. Refund: Y20 each card.
In Chinese: 地铁 (di tie) - subway
If taking a taxi to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway, you must specify because there is another
station. The station is about 45 minutes from the Bund area. You must go through security/metal detector, so figure this in with timing. Boarding depends on what train car you are in. Entrance to the train are on opposite sides of the station. There are English announcements but departure boards are all
in Chinese, so you must know the train# and departure time. Your passport# will appear on your ticket not the name. This was done to discourage theft, since the ticket can't be used if the
passport# on the ticket does not match your passport. To avoid lines at the station, I ordered online and had them deliver to my hotel. Worked like charm.
We used the metro on 2 days during our 5 day visit to Shanghai. The station was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. No problem walking the street daytime, we took taxi during the evening.
The ticketing is similar to most large cities, electronic machines where you touch screen the destination and ticket is printed upon payment.
All stations are displayed in both Chinese and English. There are helpful English speaking metro employees who assist should you have a problem.
On our second day we experienced a problem when changing lines the electronic entrance rejected our ticket. An assistant checked our ticket and then opened a door for entry.
The metro trains we traveled on were all new looking and very clean.
The Maglev train operates from Pudong International Airport to the city's eastern fringe. The train operates on a system called magnetic elevation and can reach speeds up to 400km. On our trip to the airport it reached 300km per hour and gave us a very fast but smooth ride. Top speed is 431km, however if you travel prior to 8:30am and after 5:00pm the speed is limited to 300km.
One way ticket was 40 Yuan ($7) for customer with flight ticket, otherwise 50 Yuan. Taxi fare from our hotel to station 21Yuan.
The first couple of times we came to Shanghai, we never took the metro, but it was a major mistake we did. The Shanghai metro is ultra clean, ultra safe, and ultra cheap !!!! It takes you just about everywhere. We traveled light this times so making the connection from the Maglev bullet train to the metro was a breeze. There are maps everywhere and signs all have English translations underneath them. Also announcements are made in English. Once on the train, there is small logos where sites are around the cities are. Also just like everywhere in the world, trains are color schemes so it's easy to find them.
The fare is 3 RMB ... about .40 US cents !!!!! We changed lines a dozen times and never had to pay more than that !!!!
Other tip, beware of rush hour !!!! You'll get crushed with all the people trying to get on the train !!!!!
You get the Shanghai Public Transportation Card at the booths in metro stations. It is like a debit card where you can top up when it gets low. You do not get a discount for travel but if saves you the time of buying tickets every time you take the metro. It also saves time counting money for rfor taxis.
It is good for The Metro, Buses, ferries, and taxis.
The web site is only in Chinese. Maybe make a copy of my photo of the card to show the people at the booth if they do not understand what you want.
I just looked into VISA requirements again on the web and extracted the following...I reads that you don't need a VISA in transport, but you can't leave the grounds and if you do get a Transit Visa, it cost the same as a tourist fee, hence the 125 USD fee. If you never been to China, I would invest into it and see the sights and maybe you would want to return. (get a muti-entry visa) When you are in the city, it is cheap to get around and the boat ride down the river is less than 5 usd, I think it was a dollar and a half. There are many sites to see and to enjoy it for a day and return to China in the future would be good if you are into Asian culture.
Transit visas are for persons who are staying for a short period while in transit between two other countries. You must have residency in the destination country or have a valid visa for it. The fee appears to be the same as for a tourist visa, so check whether you might as well get a tourist visa instead.
Some airports do not have an international transfer area and you might have to collect your baggage and exit into the main area so you would expect to need a visa. However, in some instances the airport immigration officials will issue you with a 24 hour 'Stay Permit'. When you make bookings that look like you will not be checked straight through to your final destination you are advised to ask the airline or the agent, or contact a visa issuing consulate to check if a transit visa is required. See also Airline Regulations
Visa Free Transit
1. No visa is required for foreigners who hold air tickets to the final destination and have booked seats on international airlines flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours and do not leave the airport.
2. Visas are not required for passport holders of the following 30 countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport or seaports of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas and tickets to the final destination and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours (going out of the airport is allowed): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
1. Applicant's valid passport must have at least six months of remaining validity with at least one blank visa page in it.
cheers tommy x
I've recently discovered a secret for dirt cheap and easy travel between Pudong airport and central Shanghai - the shuttle buses. There are 8 lines in total, travelling between PVG and a number of locations in central Shanghai, including Jing'an (the one I took), Zhongshan Park, Hongkou, both train stations and Hongqiao airport. One-way fares cost between RMB16 to RMB30 (2009 prices). The shuttle buses are easy to find at the airport, in the transport centre between the two terminals. There are lots of leaflets in the airport with detailed information on price and times. The shuttle from Jing'an was pretty frequent: 2-3/hour. Journey time was similar to catching a taxi (i.e. about 1 hour).
Like many of Asia’s major cities, Shanghai has an extensive Metro system, connecting many parts of the city and offering extremely good value fares.
At the time of my visit in May 2008, the Shanghai Metro had 8 functioning lines, with more lines planned for the future.
During the course of my stay, I found Line 2 to be the most convenient for my travel needs and most of my Metro journeys were along various parts of this route.
Line 2 runs from Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in the east to Songhong Road in the west. Some of the key stops along this route are:
* Longyang Road (where the Metro meets with the Maglev train that runs to and from Pudong International Airport);
* Lujiazui (on the Pudong side of the river, a short walk from the Oriental Pearl Tower);
* Nanjing Road East (right in the middle of Shanghai’s busiest shopping and entertainment street and just a short walk from the Bund);
* People’s Square (here, Line 2 connects with Lines 1 and 8 at what is one of Shanghai’s busiest Metro interchanges);
* Nanjing Road West (the closest station to the hotel that I stayed at, and just a short walk from the large malls of Nanjing Road West and the bars and restaurants of the Jing’an area).
My first journey on the Metro was when I first arrived in the city. Having caught the Maglev train from Pudong Airport to Longyang Road, I connected to the Metro and made my way to the Nanjing Road West station near my hotel.
The Metro is very easy to use and I never had any problems buying tickets or finding my way to where I needed to be.
Tickets can be purchased from machines at all Metro stations. Some of the machines take both notes and coins, while others take only coins. There are often queues at the machines, especially at peak times, although the coin-only machines are generally less busy.
On the machines, there is a button for English instructions if you require them. You will then be presented with an interactive screen on which you just have to press the appropriate buttons to select the line number and then the station name of your intended destination. The fare will be automatically calculated.
Fares are very reasonable. I believe that all journeys under 6km are 3 Yuan (0.25 GBP), increasing by just 1 Yuan for each additional 10km. The most I ever paid for a journey was 4 Yuan (from Longyang Road to Nanjing Road West), while all my other journeys cost 3 Yuan (including journeys which involved a change from Line 2 to Line 1 at People’s Square).
Having put your money into the ticket machine you will receive the relevant change and a boarding card. You must swipe the boarding card at the turnstiles in order to gain access to the train platforms. At the end of your journey, insert your card into a slot in the turnstiles to exit the platform.
All stations are well signposted with directions in both Mandarin and English. There are large maps on the walls and alongside the platforms showing the current station and the other stations in each direction along that line. You really can’t go far wrong and the chances of you getting on the wrong train are minimal. I would advise printing a route map out and taking it to Shanghai with you, just to familiarise yourself with the various lines and the important interchanges. A quick Google Image search will give you a good selection of maps to choose from.
Trains are very frequent throughout the day. I never had to wait more than 5 minutes for the next train to come along and, on most occasions, a train arrived within a minute or two of me arriving on the platform. Despite the frequency of the trains, they get very busy, especially during peak times and at major stations. I only managed to find a seat on one occasion, while most of my other journeys involved me standing by the door, holding onto a rail with just a few inches of breathing space! All stops are announced in both Mandarin and English and there are digital displays inside the carriages showing the upcoming station name.