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Now Shanghai has the fastest maglev train in the world.
If you want to get to the airport with 7 mins, from the exit of Long Yang metro station, you should take the maglev train. The highest speed reaches 437km per hour. At least, it's a great experience.
It's an image that Shanghai wants to show the world that it is catching up with the world. However, the technology is designed by Germany which they have not tried in their own country.
Price: 50RMB for one way and 10RMB can be deducted as a discount if you have the airplane ticket of the day.
Next to Long Yang Station of No.2 metro.
Updated Jan 6, 2005
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.
Updated Jun 30, 2011
Phone: 021 2890 7100
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.
Updated Jul 10, 2011
Shanghai subway system is the best way to get around Shanghai.
The system covers the main places in Shanghai and it is a quick way to reach places you would need lots of time by taxi, with the advantage of paying much less than for a taxi ride.
Written Jul 4, 2004
I had only ever caught a subway twice in Bangkok, which I found quite easy to do. So, Tracy and I entered Nanjing East Station, apprehensive and not having a clue where to go or what to do! We simply just followed the crowds - and it worked! We bought individual tickets for each trip, I believe you can also buy a reloadable card, but we didnt see where or how to do that. Simply go to the ticket machines which are extremely easy to use. Select English, then select which line you want, we always used Line 2. Then select which station you want to go to and it will then come up with the fare. Most machines only accept coins, but there was one that also accepted notes. Fare to Pudong was 3rmb one way and fare to Xinyang Markets (Science & Technology Museum stop) was only 4rmb one way. All the stations we used were well sign-posted in English and very easy to use.
The subway was quick, air conditioned and we usually got a seat. There was a train coming to Nanjing East Station about every 2 minutes. Tracy and I laughed everytime the recorded message came on about which station we were approaching and it always said "Get ready to alight from the left-a side" We couldnt help but laugh every time we heard it, they didnt say the left side, they always said "the left-a side!!" I guess you had to be there ...
On a single journey, the ticket machine will spit out a little card, the size of a credit card. You will need to swipe this card to gain entry to the station and then when you are leaving your distination station, you just need to insert this card into a slot at the gate to get through, and you dont get it back. It then gets re-used I assume for the next persons journey.
Written Oct 5, 2009
I will write a seprate piece about getting around Shanghai via the Metro, but for a little more money, jump in a Shanghai Taxi (which are 99% VW Santana's) and close your eyes if you don't like aggressive driving (see my Warning or Danger for Shanghai Drivers).
The initial fare (which will get you 5-6km) is 10RMB (about $1.25). I have driven for one hour straight across (part of) the City and my fare was less than 100RMB ($12.00).
While the Metro is definitely easier on the wallet, jumping in a cab is definitely more convenient (and preferred by Mao).
It is the best way to get around town and darn near impossible to get one when it is raining.
Written Mar 3, 2004
Shanghai currently has two subway lines - Line 1 & Line 2. Line 1 (known as The Red Line) runs north and south in the old city (PuXi), while Line 2 (the Green Line) cuts West to East across PuXi, goes under the river and cuts across Pu Dong.
Shanghai has agressive plans for its underground and has 11 new lines planned for completion by 2025.
There is also a light rail line (above ground), which is known as Line 3, the "Pearl Line", or the "Blue Line".
The Metro is a very easy and cost-effective way to get around Shanghai. However, if you need to get to someplace far from a Metro stop, I suggest usting the Metro to get you close and then take a taxi the rest of the way.
One-way fares range from 2RMB to 4RMB, depending on how far you are travelling.
I personally avoid the Metro during rush hour as it is simply way too crowded for my liking.
Written Mar 3, 2004
It's the only train of this kind operating in the world. In was launched in Shanghai back in 2002 and it goes as fast as 431km/h. The train ride is only about 7 minutes long, but it's a magnificent experience. The only downfall is that the train doesn't take you to the downtown of Shanghai, so after taking the trainride, you still need to take a taxi or public transportation to reach the downtown area. Single trip costs RMB 50.
Written Jul 2, 2005
Maglev stands for MAGnetically LEVitated vehicle. According to someone who definitely knows something about technology, "Maglev is a combination of superconducting magnets and linear motor technology that realizes super high-speed running, safety, reliability, low environmental impact and minimum maintenance."
Written Jul 2, 2005
Shanghai is two hours away from Hangzhou, a popular tourist destination in its own right in nearby Zhejiang province. Travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is very easy by train or bus. There are frequent trains between the two cities. Most trains to Hangzhou depart from the ultra sleek Shanghai South train station, which is, incidentally, the largest circular glass building in the world (and arrive at Hangzhou Main train station). Journey time for the non-stop service is just over 2 hours, and a single ticket on soft seat should cost no more than RMB50. If you plan to travel during peak times, it is best to book ahead as trains are often full.
Updated Sep 30, 2006
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