Shanghai Airports to Shanghai City Center & Hangzhou Suzhou
The Two Main Airports in Shanghai
Currently, Shanghai has two airports, both are international airports serving thousands of airlines with domestic and international (regional) destinations, and they are Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). Hongqiao Airport is located closer to downtown and most attractions than Pudong Airport, but Pudong Airport offers special Maglev Train for transfer. To help you enjoy the most convenient and efficient way to get from the airport to downtown Shanghai and nearby destinations, like Hangzhou and Suzhou, here we list the exact airports’ addresses, all accessible transports and times needed, advantages and useful tips for you to compare and choose from. Start your Shanghai travel from with our guide below!
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1. Shanghai Pudong International Airport Transportation
Shanghai Pudong International Airport lies in the southeast suburb of Shanghai and operates most international flights to and leaving Shanghai. Another unique point is Pudong Airport has Maglev Train for travelers to experience.
Address: No.6000, Yingbin Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区迎宾大道6000号; about 45 km from downtown.
Transfer from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai City & Main Attractions
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to City Center (People’s Square)
After arrival, if you want to get to the Shanghai city center, you can take a taxi which may spend you 1 hour and around RMB 150 ~ 200.
If you like to try the Maglev Train, you need to get off at Longyang Road Station, the terminus of the Shanghai Maglev Train, and transfer to Metro Line 2, which totally costs you almost 50 minutes. Meanwhile, Shanghai Metro Line 2 can take you directly from the airport to People’s Square in the city center, with about 1 hour and 20 minutes’ ride.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Disneyland
With a distance of about 22 km, Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort) is the nearest tourists attractions of Shanghai Pudong International Airport. A private drive and a taxi takes about 30 minutes, while the simplest public transportation needs about 1 hour and 20 minutes by Shanghai Metro Line 2 and a city bus.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to The Bund
Located in downtown Shanghai, the Bund is about 42 km northwest of Shanghai Pudong International Airport. It takes around 40 ~ 50 minutes by private car/ taxi, 1 hour & 20 minutes by Metro Line 2 and almost 50 minutes by Maglev Train plus Metro Line 2.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Yu Garden is in Shanghai old town, about 42 km, 50 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. If you take the subway, you need at least one extra transfer for about 1.5 hours.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Tower/Oriental Pearl Tower/World Financial Center/Jinmao Tower
The Lujiazui skyscrapers, especially the 4 famous iconic towers are located very closer to each other. The driving distance to Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower and other surrounding towers is about 43 km for 50 minutes’ ride, while Metro Line 2 takes approximately 1 hour.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Tianzifang/Xintiandi
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Water Town is in the west outskirt of Shanghai, around 85 km away from Pudong Airport. You can get to Zhujiajiao by private drive, taxi (about 1.5 hours). Public transport is quite complicated and requires 2.5 hours long, so it is not recommended.
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Transfer from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Main Traffic Hubs
●Pudong Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is about 60 km west of Pudong Airport, which takes about 1 hour’s drive, 1.5 hours by Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1, or by Metro Line 2.
●Pudong Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station lies next to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, about 60 km, 1 hours’ drive from Pudong Airport. You can also take Shanghai Metro Line 2, Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1, both for 1.5 hours.
●Pudong Airport to Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station is situated in the downtown area, about 50 km, 1 hour’s drive from Pudong Airport. Airport Shuttle Bus Line 5 can bring you to the train station straightforward with a duration of 1.5 hours.
●Pudong Airport to Shanghai Railway Station
The distance is about 45 km. It takes about 50 minutes by driving; 1.5 hour by several transfers of city bus and metro.
●Pudong Airport to Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
Wusongkou Cruise Port is about 50 km from Pudong Airport, which takes about 1 hour by car and about 2.5 ~ 3 hours by public transport.
Transfer from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hangzhou & Suzhou
If you are planning a side trip to Hangzhou and Suzhou from Pudong Airport, private drive is the most convenient way, for you can save time on extra transports and get to your hotel and attraction you want to visit forthright. Transferring to railway station for taking high speed train to Suzhou and Hangzhou is also available but that takes a longer time.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou
Distance: about 200 km
By Private Drive: around 2.5 hours
By (High Speed Bullet) Train:
Option 1: nearly 2 ~ 2.5 hours. Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (1 ~ 1.5 hours) +High Speed Bullet Train to Hangzhou (about 1 hour)
Option 2: nearly 2.5 ~ 3.5 hours. Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Railway Station (1 ~ 1.5 hours) + High Speed Train to Hangzhou (about 1.5 hours)
By Bus: You can take a long-distance bus to Hangzhou from the Shanghai West Bus Passenger Station near Pudong Airport. The buses depart nearly every hour between 08:40 and 21:00, and take about 3 hours to reach Hangzhou.
●Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou
Distance: about 140 km
By Private Drive: around 2 hours
By Bus: Likewise, you can take a direct bus to Suzhou from the Shanghai West Bus Passenger Station near Pudong Airport. The ride is about 2.5 hours. The bus runs between 09:20 and 21:00 daily, nearly departs every hour.
By (High Speed Bullet) Train:
Option 1: about 1.5~2 hours. Transfer from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (1 ~ 1.5 hours) + take high speed bullet train to Suzhou (about 30 minutes)
Option 2: nearly 1.5 ~ 2 hours. Get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai Railway Station (1 ~ 1.5 hours) + take high speed bullet train to Suzhou (about 30 minutes)
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Shanghai Railway Station
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2. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Transportation
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) runs plenty of domestic flights and some international airlines. It lies next to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and much closer to the downtown area with developed ground transportation network.
Address: No.2550, Hongqiao Road, Changning District, Shanghai 上海市长宁区虹桥路2550号; about 20 km from the city center
Transfer from Hongqiao Airport to City Center & Major Attractions
●Hongqiao Airport to City Center (People’s Square): about 20 km, 40 minutes by private drive/taxi, 50 minutes by subway (Shanghai Metro Line 2)
●Hongqiao Airport to The Bund: about 20 km, 30 minutes by car, at least 50 minutes by subway (Shanghai Metro Line 2, or Line 10)
●Hongqiao Airport to Yu Garden: nearly 21 km, 30 ~40 minutes by drive; 50 minutes by Shanghai Metro Line 10
●Hongqiao Airport to Shanghai Disneyland: nearly 21 km, 30 ~40 minutes by drive; 50 minutes by Shanghai Metro Line 10
●Hongqiao Airport to Xintiandi/Tianzifang: around 20 km, 40 minutes by drive; more than 50 minutes by subway and city bus
●Hongqiao Airport to Shanghai Tower/Oriental Pearl Tower/World Financial Center/Jinmao Tower: around 22 km, 40 minutes by car; 40 ~ 50 minutes by subway (Shanghai Metro Line) plus a few minutes’ walking
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Transfer from Hongqiao Airport to Other Transportation Hubs
●To Shanghai Pudong Airport: about 60 km, 1 hour by car; 1.5 hours by Shanghai Metro Line 2
●To Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station: just 1 km distance, within 15 minutes’ walking; less than 10 minutes by Shanghai Metro Line 10
●To Shanghai Railway Station: around 20 km, 40 minutes’ drive; 1 hour by subway with extra transfers
●To Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal: about 22 km, 40 minutes by driving; 1 hour by subway transfers
●To Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal: about 40 km, 50 minutes by car; over 2 hours by public transport
Yu Garden in Downtown Shanghai
Iconic Skyscrapers in Lujiazui, Shanghai
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Transfer from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Hangzhou
Distance: about 170 km
By Private Drive: around 2.5 hours
By (High Speed Bullet) Train:
within 1.5 hours. Transfer to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (10 minutes) +take high speed bullet train to Hangzhou (about 1 hour) - （More Recommended than transferring at Shanghai Railway Station)
By Bus: Currently, there is no direct bus available. However, there are buses to Hangzhou departing at bus stations in downtown, near Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which is rather sophisticated and time-wasting.
Transfer from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou
Distance: nearly 85 km
By Private Drive: about 1 hour 20 minutes
By (High Speed Bullet) Train: about 40 minutes (transfer to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station within 10 minutes + take high speed bullet train to Suzhou for around 30 minutes)
How to Plan a Shanghai Tour
How to Get to Shanghai: You can fly to Shanghai directly from Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Los Angeles & many overseas countries (regions) and almost all major Chinese cities, like Beijing, Xian; or take high speed bullet train to Shanghai from domestic cities.
Best Time to Visit Shanghai: March to May (in spring) & September to November (in autumn), because these periods offer beautiful nature scenery and comfortable weather for outdoor sightseeing and activities.
Top Attractions to Visit in Shanghai: The Bund, Lujiazui Skyscrapers, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, French Concession, Shanghai Disney Resort…
Best known as an international popular tourist destination, Shanghai perfectly preserves mixed culture of the western and eastern. The duration and theme of your Shanghai tour can be flexibly arranged based on your time and interests. Usually, tourists spend 2 days on sightseeing the most famous landmarks, including the Bund, Yu Garden, skyscrapers like Shanghai Tower, World Financial Center, Former French Concession, Shanghai Museum, etc. With one extra day, you can enjoy family fun in Disneyland Park or visit Zhujiajiao Water Town in the suburb. Don't miss the Shanghai Maglev Train, wonderful nightlife and Shanghai Cuisine.
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Convenient transportation makes it quite efficient and popular to make day trips from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, and longer vacation in Huangshan Mountain, Nanjing, Mount Jiuhua and other places in surrounding areas. So you can visit West Lake and learn Chinese tea culture in Hangzhou, marvel at tasteful classical gardens and witness Chinese silk productive process. Splendid rocky mountains with exotic pine trees are highlights in Huangshan Mountain.
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Beijing Xian Shanghai are golden triangle cities often visited together for a week holiday. You can use 3 days to visit the Great Wall and major iconic spots like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and leave 2 days for fulfilling your Terracotta Warriors tour in Xian. With more time, you can extend the trip from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Yunnan, Silk Road, Tibet and more phenomenal destinations to enrich your China discovery. (more top China tours from Shanghai >>)
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