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Brief Introduction about Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is praised as the 3rd major airport in China, after Beijing Capital International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport. Completed in 1999 with now existing 4 take-off runways, it serves as the key aviation hub for people who transfer or visit Shanghai and the whole China.

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 Pudong Airport

International Flights

Shanghai Pudong Airport as a top major international airport has opened a lot of airlines covering over 90 international cities (regions), so people from the following including destinations can take the flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport very conveniently:

Asia: Bali, Delhi, Dacca, Kuala Lumpur, Mandalay, Colombo, Phuket Island, Siem Reap, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Nogoya, Niigata, Okayama, Nagasaki, Okinawa, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Toyama, Sendai, Seoul, Busan, Cheongju, Daegu, Gwangju, Cheju, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiengmai, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Bombay, New Delhi, Dubai, Helsinki, Djakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Doha, Istanbul;

Oceania: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland;

Europe: Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Prague, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Moscow, Copenhagen, Vienna;

Flights to Shanghai China Eastern at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

America: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Vancouver, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Toronto, Montreal, Saipan;

Africa: Addis Ababa

Other regions: Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, Kaohsiung.

Furthermore, there are many flights serving as the connection of Shanghai and other hot destinations such as, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Rome, Hawaii, Moscow, Zurich, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc.

Also, people from other popular cities (regions) can take the flights that run once to several times a week to Shanghai, and these places includes Prague, Madrid, Boston, Bombay, etc.

Domestic Flights

Shanghai Pudong Airport has flights covering more than 60 domestic cities, including Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Guiyang, Kunming, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Changsha, Nanjing, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Lijiang, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Urumqi, Sanya, Harbin, Yibin, Hohhot, Luzhou, Baoshan, Beihai, Changchun, Dalian, Chifeng, Diqing, Fuzhou, Haikou, Handan, Hefei, Huaian, Huangyan, Jinan, Lianyungang, Lincang, Longyan, Luxi, Mianyang, Jinzhou, Nanchang, Nanning, Jieyang, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Simao, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Wuyishan, Xining, Xuzhou, Yantai, Yinchuan, Zhaotong, Zhuhai, Weihai, Tsitsihar, etc.

Pudong Airport Terminals

There are now Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Check the detail airlines at each one.

Terminal 1

Pudong Airport Terminal 1 - Airlines

Airlines at Pudong Airport Terminal 1

Terminal 2

Pudong International Airport Terminal 2 - Airlines

Airlines at Pudong Airport Terminal 2

Pudong Airport Location & Transfer

Shanghai Pudong Airport is located at the harbor belt in Shanghai Pudong New Area and is about 30 km to Shanghai Downtown, which takes about 55 min to drive there. Various transportation ways will take you to where you want in the city and nearby cities very conveniently, like the subways, maglev trains, buses, taxis, long-distance coaches, etc. see them below for the details.

Airport Subways

Shanghai Metro Line 2 (East Xujing to Pudong International Airport) has an eastern extension section from Guanglan Road to the Terminal 2 of Pudong International Airport, so you can take the light green train first to Guanglan Road and transfer in the same station to the east-west Metro Line 2 crossing the city center.

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

Taking this convenient Subway Line 2, you could easily get to Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, Jinmao Tower (Lujiazui Station), Nanjing Road (East Nanjing Road Station and West Nanjing Road), Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (People’s Square Station), Hongqiao International Airport (Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 Station) and Hongqiao Railway Station (the same name station), and other destinations.

Since Shanghai now has 14 metro lines, you can go to most places by transferring between these colorful routes and enjoy abundant attractions.

How to Get to Shanghai Disney Resort by Subway?

People who want to have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort can take the Metro Line 2 to Longyang Road Station and transfer to Metro line 16 that heads for Dishui Lake, then get off at Luoshan Road and transfer to Metro Line 11 to walk out from the Exit 1 at Disney Resort Station.

>> Read more about Shanghai Metro Lines.

Airport Maglev Trains

The Maglev Train running between Pudong Airport and Longyang Road where you can take other fine vehicles to go your ideal destinations is a fantastic way for you to experience the modern technique of Shanghai and the cool highest speed of 430 km/h. Usually operating from 6:45 to 21:40, this maglev train can take you from Pudong Airport to the prosperous Pudong New Area for only 8 min.

Single trip: RMB 50 / person for Economy, RMB 100 / person for VIP;

Round trip: RMB 80 / person for Economy, RMB 160 / person for VIP;

Economic card of Air Tickets: RMB 40 / person (Enjoy a discounted single journey based on the intraday air ticket).

There are also Metro Lines 2, 7, and 16 near the Maglev Train Station at Longyang Road, so if you are going to other places in the downtown or Disney Resort, the transfer will make your trip easy.

>> Read more about Shanghai Maglev Train.

Airport Buses

There are many airport buses in both Terminal 1 and 2 in Pudong International Airport, and we here selected some lines you may take as following.

Airport Bus LineStarting Station & HoursMain StopsEnding Station & HoursIntervals (mins)
Line 1T1: 7:00-23:00
T2: 7:05-23:05
Hongqiao International Airport T2, Hongqiao Railway StationHongqiao Traffic Hub East Center
Line 5T1: 6:30-23:00
T2: 6:35-23:05
Longyang Road Metro StationShanghai Railway Station
Late Night BusT1 : every day from 23:00 to 45 mins after flights finish
T2 : every day from 23:05 to 45 mins after flights finish
Pudong Airport T1-T2 Stop, Longyang Metro Station, Century Avenue Metro Station, Hongqiao Traffic Hub East CenterHongqiao Traffic Hub East CenterLess than 45
Hotel Shuttle LineT1: 6:05-1:05
T2: 6:00-1:00
People’s Square, Hongqiao, Lujiazui, Xujiahui Area\Less than 30
Disney Special LineT2: 11:00\Disney West Hub Station (back to Pudong Airport from Disney Resort at 18:00)\

Airport Taxis

Shanghai Pudong International Airport has taxis for you to transfer to where you want in Shanghai, which is more convenient and of course more costly than other ways. Let’s see the prices according to the distance.

DistancePrices at Daytime
Prices during Night
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

There are some reference prices for going to hot places in Shanghai by taxi from Pudong Airport:

Lujiazui: where you will admire the skyscrapers spending about RMB 165 at day time and about RMB 210 at night,

The Bund: about RMB 185 (day); about RMB 240 (night);

People’s Square (Shanghai Museum & Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center): about RMB 180 (day); about RMB 230 (night);

Yu Garden: about RMB 175 (day); about RMB 220 (night);

Shanghai Disney Resort: about RMB 90 (day); about RMB 110 (night);

Shanghai Railway Station: about RMB 185 (day); about RMB 240 (night);

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

Airport Long-distance Coaches

If you are going to transfer to other nearby cities like Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing (to see Wuzhen and Xitang water towns), Kunshan (to enjoy Zhouzhuang Water Town), Wuxi, etc., you can take the airport long-distance coach in Shanghai Pudong Airport. Check the destinations, departing time and hours we selected for you at below.

DestinationDeparting TimeEstimated Hours
HangzhouAbout every 1 hour (8:40-21:00)3 hours
SuzhouAbout every 35 mins to 55 mins (9:05-21:00)3 hours
WuxiAbout every 35 mins to 1 hour (9:20-20:40)3 hours
JiaxingAbout every 1.5 hours (10:20-19:30)2 hours
KunshanAbout every 1-1.5 hours (9:00-20:50)2 hours

Note: the above information about Shanghai Pudong International Airport transportation is only for your reference. If you have any questions about the transportation in Pudong Airport, please contact our Travel Consultant!


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.
Pudong Airport Terminal - Terminal 1 Departure Click to Enlarge the Terminal 1 Departure Process Diagram
Pudong Airport Terminal - Terminal 2 Departure Click to Enlarge the Terminal 2 Departure Process Diagram

3. Check-in Time

The check-in time of flight is usually closed 45 minutes before the departure time, and 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.

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

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Entry from New Zealand
Why am I having insurmountable trouble with my 144 hour application?
2019-11-05 00:11
Hello Jack,
Did you mean you have difficulty in finishing the online application of Shanghai 144 Hour Visa Free Transit? If yes, don’t worry, you can directly apply at Pudong Airport on site after arrival. If not for this problem, please let us know, so we can give more advice!
Have a good day!
Best Regards,
change donations
are there coin change donation facilities in PVG#2?
2017-08-10 13:38
Dear Schoch,

Thanks for your message. I am sorry to tell you there are no coin change donation facilities in PVG. But you can try to change coins at the convenience stores in the airport.

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[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >