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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai has two airports one of them is the international airport in Pudong, 35 km from the city centre.

From the Pudong Airport, the most enthralling way to travel is on the Maglev to Longyang Road in Pudong (RMB 50 for Economy, runs from 7 am to 9 pm and leaves every 15-20 minutes.) There’s an underground station and a taxi rank at Longyang Road for onward travel.

Metro Line 2 is available when departing or arriving Pudong International Airport. Operating Time 6 am 10 pm and leaves every 8.5 minutes. Hotline: +86 21 6437 0000,

A taxi from Pudong Airport to the city centre takes up to an hour. Make sure you have your destination written in Chinese.

The airport has regular shuttle buses to many areas in the city and the major hotels have desks at the airport and will arrange transfer.

AddressShanghai Pudong International Airport
Phone+86 21 6834 7575
More InfoPrices updated May 2013

Hongqiao Airport

Another airport called Hongqiao Airport, which handles domestic flights, 15 km from downtown.

Both Metro and buses runs from this airport.

A taxi from Hongquiao Airport will take 30-45 minutes. Make sure you have your destination written in Chinese.

Hongqiao Airport has regular shuttle buses to many areas in the city the major hotels have desks at the airport and will arrange transfer.

AddressHongqiao Airport, Shanghai
Phone+86 21 6834 7575
More InfoPrices are updated May 2013

Metro network

One of the best ways to travel is by the rapidly expanding Metro network, which is reliable, good value and easy to negotiate (all directions are in English as well as Chinese).

You can buy your ticket at the ticket office at the Metro station or the automatic ticket selling machine.

Phone+86 21 643 70000


Buses are usually busy and the network can be complicated to negotiate for non-speakers of Chinese. The 911, which runs along Huaihai Road, can be useful.

Keep some loose change when travelling with the bus, coins need to be placed in the slot at the entrance.


A more courageous - and, arguably, interesting - way to tour Shanghai is by bicycle. Most hotels and hostels can rent you a pair of wheels.

There are some bike rentals like Bicycle Kingdom Tours and rentals. Also providing tours with a guide.

AddressShanghai Central Plaza, Shanghai
Phone+86 133 8140 0738


The traffic in Shanghai can be heavy, but taxis are easy to flag down. Be aware that most taxi drivers only speak Chinese and may not understand English. A great solution comes from a set-up called Guanxii: you text the English name of your destination to 885 074 and back it comes in Chinese characters. Just show your phone to your taxi driver.


The main post office is at 276 Sichuan Road North (between Tiantong Road and Beisuzhou Road, but there are branches all over town. The Shanghai Centre branch (1376 Nanjing Road West) and the branch at 212 Xinhua Road have staff who speak some English.

Address276 Sichuan Road North, Shanghai
Opening hours8 am-5 pm


Pharmacies are not hard to find in the city, just look for the green cross.

Parkway Community Pharmacy is an international standard professional pharmacy. They provide English speaking staff who are licensed pharmacists.

Address9-B101A, Green Garden 333 Bi Yun Road, Shanghai
Phone+86 21 3382 1382
Opening hoursMon-Fri 9 am -6.30 pm, Sat.9.30 am -6 pm, Sunday Closed


Country code: +86

Area code: (0)21


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