Arriving in Shanghai: From Pudong International Airport to the City

Welcome to Shanghai Pudong International Airport! You’ve touched down in one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolises in the world that has so much to offer to everyone who visits. In order to start exploring this city, you need to get downtown. Below, we’ve broken down a few transportation options to get you to the city centre. 


Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: 3-7 CNY 

Metro line 2 services Pudong International Airport. A train departs every 8-10 minutes between 6am-10pm. The metro is located at terminal 2. A trip from the airport to the centrally located People’s Square is estimated to take about 60 minutes. While this is the most time consuming option, it is also the cheapest option. A one way trip to People’s Square using the metro would cost around 7 CNY. This metro line also connects to the Hongqiao international airport which is the other major airport in Shanghai. 

Maglev Train

Duration: 8 minutes

Cost: 50 or 80 CNY

Traveling is all about new experiences, and it’s never too early to start your adventure. A fascinating yet convenient way to get to downtown Shanghai from the airport is using the Maglev train. A first of its kind in the world, this is a commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation train connecting Pudong airport to the Longyang metro station in downtown Shanghai in the speedy duration of 8 minutes. This service runs from 7am-11:40pm everyday with a train departing every 15 minutes. The fare varies: a normal one way trip ticket costs CNY 50, a round trip ticket will cost CNY 80. VIP tickets (larger seats, slightly fancier) will cost you CNY 100 for a one-way trip, and CNY 160 for a round-trip. There are booths at the Pudong airport where you can purchase the Maglev tickets. If you present a copy of your plane ticket from the same day of travel, the operator will give you a 20% discount on your Maglev ticket. From the Longyang train station you can connect to metro line 2 and 7, both of which can take you to central Shanghai. 


Duration: 40 minutes

Cost: 180 or 230 CNY

Taxis are available from both terminals of the airport located outside of the arrivals hall. The companies offering taxi service from Pudong Airport are: Qiang Zheng (yellow cabs), Da Zhong (light blue cabs), Jinjang, Haibo (blue cabs) and Friendship. The benefit with taxis is that they can take you practically anywhere downtown, but the most popular spots for taxi drop-offs tend to be Thumb Plaza, People’s Square, Jing’an Temple, and Xiujiahui. Regardless of where you intend to go, if Mandarin is a language that you are unfamiliar with it is a good idea to write down the address of your destination in Mandarin on a piece of paper as a majority of the taxi drivers do not speak English or may not understand you. Depending on the time of day you’re hailing your taxi, there are different rates: between 5am - 11pm, you can expect taxi fare to a central location downtown to be around 180 CNY, between 11pm-5am you can expect to pay 230 CNY to go to the same location.