Brief Introduction about Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is a really historic airport that could be dated back to 1907. For its long time service and healthy development, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport provides very high standard experience for passengers from about 91 domestic and 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 people from the named 51 countries can stay in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu within 144 hours without a visa.

Flights to Shanghai Hongqiao

International Flights

Hongqiao Airport as a major airport for serving most domestic flights also works for some frequent flights to and from certain international cities and regions like Seoul, Tokyo, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc.

Domestic Flights

Shanghai has a lot of domestic flights to and from many major cities and tourist destinations, which offers great convenience for you to transfer to other places to enjoy China’s splendors and to travel Shanghai and nearby regions. These cities are: Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Guilin, Kunming, Lijiang, Guiyang, Lhasa, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Luoyang, Jingdezhen, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Xishuangbanna, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Urumqi, Sanya, Haikou, Tianjing, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wuyishan, etc

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Flights at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Hongqiao Airport Terminals

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport now has two terminals, namely Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, serving for domestic and international flights. Check the detail airlines!

Flights to Shanghai Hongqiao

Airline Companies in Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Location & Transfer of Hongqiao Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is situated in Changning District, about 13 km west to the city center, which takes about 40 mins. Various kinds of transportation ways have connected the terminals in the airport with the downtown and other places in Shanghai. Check each way as below.

Airport Subways

Shanghai Metro Line 2 (East Xujing – Pudong Airport) passing Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 is a main way to transfer to the city center and Pudong New Area to enjoy Nanjing Road, the Bund and super high-rises in Lujiazui area. And also, it saves much time for people going to Pudong International Airport. The light green trains can be accessible beneath the Terminal 2.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Location - Shanghai Map Click to Enlarge the Location Map of Hongqiao Airport

Besides, Subway Line 10 (Hangzhong Road - Xinjiangwancheng) links Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1, 2 and Hongqiao Railway Station can take you to Xintiandi, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Nanjing Road and other hot places in Shanghai. You can take the lavender trains at the south side of Terminal 1 and the underground of Terminal 2.

>> Read more about Shanghai Metro Lines.

Airport Buses

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has many buses taking you to some famous attractions, like the Bund, Shanghai Zoo, People’s Square (Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center), Lujiazui (Skyscrapers like Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Jinmao Tower), and transportation destinations like Shanghai Railway Station, Pudong Airport, subway stations, etc.

Airport Taxis

Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Hongqiao Airport have taxis to serve passengers. You can take one at the arrival floor of Terminal 1 and south side of Gate 4 of arrival floor of Terminal 2 to any places in this large city. See the prices of taxis in Shanghai.

DistancePrices at Daytime
(5:00-23:00)
Prices during Night
(23:00-5:00)
0-3 kmRMB 14
(including RMB 1 for fuel surcharge)
RMB 14
3-10 kmRMB 2.4 / kmRMB 3.1 / km
Over 10 kmRMB 3.6 / kmRMB 4.7 / km

Note: the above prices are for your reference only, the detail prices are according to the specific case.

Airport Long-distance Coaches

Just about 1 km from Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 (about 12 mins’ driving), the Shanghai West Passenger Station is one of four major passenger depots in Shanghai. You can take a long-distance coach to enjoy the nice views and culture in other cities in China, such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Kunshan, Wuxi, Jiaxing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Dengfeng, etc.

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!

Tips

1. We China Discovery offer the warm services of airport pick-up and drop-off to make your trip smooth and relax and let you have more time and strength for the wonderful attractions and fun. 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.

2. Departure Procedure

Domestic Departures

  • Check-in: find check-in counter via flight information display system or terminal guide sign;
  • Security-check: Please prepare your boarding pass, valid certificate for security check;
  • Boarding: after security check, you can go to the corresponding lounge in accordance with the boarding gate indicated in your boarding pass.

International Departures

  • Check-in: find check-in counter via flight information display system or terminal guide sign;
  • Inspection & Quarantine
  • Customs
  • Immigration Inspection
  • Security Check: Please prepare your boarding pass, valid certificate for security check;
  • Boarding: after security check, you can go to the corresponding lounge in accordance with the boarding gate indicated in your boarding pass.

3. Check-in Time

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.

4. Arrival Procedure

Domestic Arrivals

Gate Arrival – Domestic Arrival Access – Luggage Claim – Arrival Hall

International Arrivals

Gate Arrival – International Arrival Access – Inspection & Quarantine –Immigration – Luggage Claim – Customs – Arrival Hall

5. Luggage Restriction

Domestic Flights

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.

International Flights

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.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Domestic Departure Click to See Diagram for T1 Departure - Area A
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Domestic Departure Click to See Diagram for T1 Departure - Area B
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Departure Process Click to See Diagram for T2 Departure
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Arrival in Shanghai Click to See Diagram for T1 Arrival - Area B

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!

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Questions & Discussions

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Hi! I have a flight connection in Shanghai, first of all i have to move from Pudong airport to Hongqiao, so ¿Whats the best option to get to Hongqiao airport for someone who doesnt speak chinese at all if I only have 5 hours?, my second question is ¿How do i know to which terminal i have to go? I saw the picture from above, but the airline that im flying with, is in both terminals (China eastern).
Thank you very much!
2018-12-21 01:43
Hello Jacqueline,

Thank you for the message! From Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Shanghai Hongqing International Airport, you can transfer by the convenient metro system very easily, since there are many signs and directions both in English and Chinese to guide you. You just need to take the extension section of Metro Line 2 (二号线; To Guanglan Road广兰路) from Pudong International Airport (浦东国际机场) to Guanglan Road Stop (广兰路), and then transfer to Metro Line 2 (To East Xujing徐泾东) from Guanglan Road to Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 Stop (虹桥2号航站楼). The whole transfer by metro needs about 1 hour and 40 minutes. And in fact, both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport serve for flights of China Eastern Air, so we suggest you confirm your flight number and destination to know the exact terminal to go to.

Wish you a wonderful day!

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