There are 10 shuttle lines connect Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport with central Shanghai.
The trip should take a maximum of 90 minutes, depending on the time of day and traffic, as well as your final destination.
Tickets cost between ¥15-30 (depending on your destination), and can be purchased in all three terminals (T1: first floor, inside Gate 7; T2: first floor, outside of Gate 11; and T3: first floor, outside Gate 7 or 9).
Operating hours are 6:30 AM–11:00 PM, with buses leaving every 30 minutes, or when full.
The lines 3 and 6 routes include Longyang Road Station, connecting with the Shanghai Metro (lines 2, 7 and 16). The lines operate between the hours of 5:30 AM–8:00 PM.
There's also a night bus that operates from 23:00 until 45 minutes after the last flight. The route includes Longyang Road Station.
You can check the details of each route from the Pudong Airport Shuttle website.
Due to heavy congestion in Shanghai, during peak hours the train or metro is a much better option than the shuttle buses.
The famous high-speed Maglev train will take you to Longyang Road Station in just over 7 minutes.
From Longyang Road Station you can then take the metro to People's Square in central Shanghai - change to metro line 2, and continue for 7 more stops, 20 minutes or so.
A one-way ticket costs ¥50.
The trains run every 15-30 minutes, from 7:02 AM–9:42 PM.
If your final destination is close to a metro stop on metro line 2, it may be simpler and cheaper to simply take the metro directly from the airport (though the journey time will be longer, since the Maglev train goes directly to Longyang Road Station).
To access the metro, take the escalator across from the taxis upon exiting the airport. Metro tickets cost between ¥2-7, depending on your final destination.
Pu Dong International Airport is located 46 km from Shanghai city.
Taxis are the only mode of transportation after 11:00 PM, and the trip to central Shanghai (People's Square) takes about an hour.
Depending on traffic, taxi fares from the airport to People's Square are upwards of ¥160, with an additional night supplement of around 35% between 11:00 PM–5:00 AM.
Taxis are located right outside of both Terminals 1 and 2, on the first floor.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
Taxi drivers rarely speak English, so be sure to carry your hotel's phone number and address written in Chinese.
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