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Shanghai - Airport Guide

Shanghai’s busy, ultra-modern airport, Shanghai Pudong (PVG), is served by an impressive and efficient range of transportation options shuttling the 20 miles between airport and city centre. The airport’s signage is always in Chinese and English. So, after a little hesitation (the airport’s busy terminals and over 70 gates can overwhelm at first) you should soon find your way around. Most international airlines, including BA, arrive at the recently opened Terminal 2 building.

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Shanghai at night

Shuttle Bus

There are 10 airport bus lines operating the route from Pudong International Airport to the city centre of Shanghai, including eight airport lines (Airport Line 1 - 8). Fares are between RMB 15-30 one way, depending on the area you’re travelling to. Most services run from around 7am to 9-9.30pm, and their routes are clearly marked. There is an Airport Night Line that runs from 11pm until 45 minutes after the last flight has arrived.

Note: Make sure you’re in the correct terminal. Not all buses leave from both T1 and T2. Free buses shuttle between T1 and T2. Alternatively you can walk along the three long corridors between them.



The magnetic levitation (Maglev) train is a monorail line that whisks visitors into the city from the airport’s arrivals lounge, and back again. The bullet-shaped, ultra-futuristic trains speed into Longyang Road in only eight minutes. Longyang road is the heart of the new commercial city, home to the exhibition centre and many of the city’s international hotels. It’s possible to transfer from here to the city’s subway Line 2 or one of the many buses which can take you to other areas of the city. Trains run every 15 minutes or so from 7am to around 9.30pm. Tickets cost around RMB 50 one way. Buy tickets at the SMT Ticket Center, 2F, Shanghai Airport Station, east of the terminal of Pudong International Airport.

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Shanghai at night


Shanghai’s busy subway now extends to the airport. You’ll be on Line 2, which connects the airport with Pudong and Puxi. You’ll need to change trains at Guanglan Road Station (between Longyang Road Station and Pudong Airport) to dive further into the city. A ticket costs RMB 9 for the whole trip, and takes about half an hour.


Taxis line up outside the Baggage Reclaim hall, and are relatively plentiful. The journey costs approximately CNY 150 from Pudong International Airport to People's Square, the centre of Shanghai, and it takes about 50 minutes.