Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is a really historic airport that could be dated back to 1921. For its long time service and healthy development, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport provides very high standard experience for passengers from more than 200 domestic and over 150 international cities and regions. Also, in 2015, it is regarded as the 31st of all the top 100 world airports by the international organization - Skytrax.
From January 30, 2016, the 144-hour visa-free transit policy began to be implemented so that air travelers from the specific 51 countries with valid documents can enter Shanghai from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and visit Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing and other cities in Zhejiang and Jiangsu within 144 hours without a visa.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport as Shanghai’s major airport serving most domestic flights also works for some flights to and from international cities and regions in Asia like Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, etc.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport also operates massive flights between Shanghai and over 200 cities in China, which offers great convenience for you to enjoy a time-efficient transfer with huge comfort for discovering China’s diverse splendors.
Major air-connected Chinese cities with Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport include: Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, Guilin, Kunming, Lijiang, Guiyang, Lhasa, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Luoyang, Jingdezhen, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Xishuangbanna, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Urumqi, Sanya, Haikou, Tianjin, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wuyishan, etc.Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Flights Map
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport now has two terminals, namely Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Terminal 1 is mainly used for domestic flights of Spring Airlines, and international (regional) flights of other airline companies.
Terminal 2 copes with all other domestic flights except that of the Spring Airlines. Whether you fly for arrival or departure, better check the right terminal to go!
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is situated in Changning District, about 20 km west to the city center, which takes about 30 minutes’ drive. Passenger can get to the airport from downtown and other attractions in Shanghai by various kinds of transportation ways.Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Location Map
If it’s the first time you visit Shanghai or you want to enjoy a worry-free transfer without communication concerns, private transfer service offered by us is your best option. We will pick you up, directly send you to your hotel in downtown or places you want to visit in Shanghai, or drop you off by a clean, comfortable, licensed non-smoking private vehicle.
We will hold the pick-up card so that you can see us easily when you come out in the arrival hall. And for your departure, we will take you in advance to the airport departure area after your trip ends. All kinds of services are provided to make your trip smooth and relax and let you have more time and strength for the wonderful attractions and fun, while public traffic with many luggage maybe time-wasting and inconvenient for you.
Both Shanghai Metro Line 2 and Line 10 get to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. If you are in or near Hongqiao Railway Station, Zhongshan Park, Jing’an Temple, West Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Lujiazui, Pudong International Airport, Longyang Road, etc, you can take Shanghai Metro Line 2 between about 06:00 am and 11:00 pm. If you are in East Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Xintiandi, Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, you can take Shanghai Metro Line 10 to the airport.
There are free shuttle bus running between T1 and T2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Also, you can take airport shuttle bus to the city center area.
Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Hongqiao Airport have taxis to serve passengers. You can take taxi at the arrival floor of Terminal 1 and south side of Gate 4 of arrival floor of Terminal 2 to any places in Shanghai. Taxi are metered and it charges higher at night than during the day.
There are many city bus lines commuting between Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and downtown Shanghai and other transport hubs. For example, you can take city bus to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Railway Station, Lujiazui and so forth.
Just about 1 km from Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai West Bus Passenger Station runs long-distance coaches to surrounding cities, such as Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou... in Jiangsu Province, and Hangzhou, Mount Putuo, Ningbo, Yiwu and Wenzhou and other cities in Zhejiang Province.
Note: The above information about Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport transportation is only for your reference. If you have any questions about the transportation in Hongqiao Airport, please contact our Travel Consultant!
Gate Arrival – Domestic Arrival Access – Luggage Claim – Arrival Hall
Gate Arrival – International Arrival Access – Inspection & Quarantine –Immigration – Luggage Claim – Customs – Arrival Hall
The check-in time of domestic flight is usually closed 45 minutes before the departure time, and 30-40 minutes for most international flights. It is recommended to arrive at the airport in advance for about 2 hours.
Note: To board on the flight smoothly, it is suggested make sure about the airline and terminal of your flight while booking and reach the airport in advance to get your flight ticket and check in.
First Class passengers can have 2 pieces of carry-on luggage, and Business Class and Economy Class passengers with only 1 piece. Every piece of luggage shall be no more than 20*40*55 cm and the total weight shall be under 5 kg.
Usually, every piece of carry-on luggage shall be no more than 20*40*55 cm and the total weight shall be under 7 kg.
Different airlines have slight differences in the regulation of baggage allowance, and there are also difference between the domestic flight and international flight. For more details, you can check the Baggage Allowance for Entry & Exit China and What to Pack for China Travel!
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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