Transport in Shanghai 


MetroInside metro line 7 in Shanghai


Shanghai has one of the largest metro systems in the world with 14 lines and more than 450km of network. The metro is particularly clean, modern and safe.

Metro map

Explore Shanghai offers the best interactive map allowing you to plan your route, duration and prices. A free application is also available. It includes a GPS feature that gives you the closest stations around your location as well as street maps of each station showing exits and surrounding streets.


A ticket will cost 3 RMB for the first six kilometers and 1 RMB every 10 km with a maximum price of 10 RMB. Free for children under 1,20m accompanied by an adult. 

You can also find daily pass for 18 RMB at the central counter referred as “Service Center”.



The metro does not work 24h /24. You will have to be careful if you want to take the subway in the early morning or evening. On average the first metro starts around 5am and the last one around 11pm. This varies for each line and each station, so take the time to check the schedule on the official website.


Buy a ticket/card

Shanghai transportation card blueYou can buy a ticket either at the Service Center or at one of the many vending machines available in the station. The service is available in English but in case, here is a guide explaining how to use the vending machine.

The second option is to buy a card at the Service Center. Shanghai has a common card for all public transports including taxis. The Shanghai Public Transportation Card (Jiaotong Ka 交通卡) requires a deposit of 20 RMB and allows you to top up at the counter or even in some convenient stores such as Lawson or Alldays.


Shanghai metro information phone line: 64 370 000





Standard Wolkwagen Santana taxi in ShanghaiTaxis are part of the public transport system and can be found pretty much anywhere and anytime in Shanghai.

If you don’t know how to pronounce mandarin, you should write the address in characters as most drivers don’t speak English and don’t read pinyin (romanisation of Chinese characters). However, we recommend to learn the basics- pronunciation and survival expressions - as it may avoid you troubles and time wasted.

Fake taxis are becoming rarer but we still recommend to be careful, especially near airports, railway stations or the Maglev (the super fast train that connects Pudong airport to Longyang Station in Pudong District. Always make sure the driver starts the meter at the beginning of the fare.

For any problem or loss, you can contact Shanghai taxi authorities at this number: 962000 and give them the driver ID that you will find at the front of the taxi.



The day rate (5am - 11pm) starts at 14 RMB with an additional fare of 2,4 RMB/km after the first 3km. The night rate starts at 18 RMB with an additional fare of 3.1 RMB/km.


Book a taxi

There are 2 options to book a taxi in China: use Didi Chuxing taxi app or directly call the taxi companies.


Didi Chuxing 滴滴出行

Didi Chuxing is a taxi app that functions similarly to Uber. It's in Chinese so you will need some basics in mandarin (or a local to show you at first) if you want to use it. Here is a step-by-step guide to use Didi Chuxing.

Note that Uber is also quite popular in China and usually offers lower rates than standard cabs.


Taxi companies phone numbers

Dazhong (English service): 968222

Haibo: 96933

Qiangsheng: 62580000




Shanghai has one of the world’s largest bus systems with over 1000 lines.

Although stops in the bus are translated in English (written and oral), information at the bus stops are all in Chinese which makes it more difficult to access for foreigners.



The price is 2 RMB for adults and 1 RMB for children.



Maglev high speed train leaving Pudong International Airport in ShanghaiMaglev


The Maglev is the world’s first commercial high-speed magnetic levitation train. It connects Pudong airport to Longyang metro station (Line 2, 7, 16 in Pudong District) in 7 minutes, with an average speed of 300km/hour. It can occasionally reach its top speed of 431km/hour.




Electric bikes and scooters have to be registered and plated at one of the traffic police stations you can see in this list (in Chinese). Standard scooters and motobikes requires a driving license.

Beware of bike/scooter thefts, they are very frequent in Shanghai. Only use U locks and try not to park your bike/scooter outside for too long if you need to.