How to Get from Shanghai Cruise Port (Terminals) to Shanghai City
Situated on the south estuary of the Yangtze River and China’s east coast with unique city landscape and mixed culture, Shanghai is also favored by many cruise travelers, including the international cruise and Yangtze River Cruise tourists. When the cruise ships dock in Shanghai, you may make an excursion and have a special city adventure. Under the policies of the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit and 15-Day Visa Free for International Cruise Tour Groups, International cruise tourists even can take advantage of visa-free privileges to have a short Shanghai layover tour without any complicated visa procedures and fees. How to get to Shanghai city from the cruise port? What’s the best transport to central Shanghai? Any recommended Shanghai city tour from cruise port? China Discovery here shows the most useful Shanghai cruise ports transportation guide and offers you the most popular itineraries for your shore excursion in Shanghai.
How Far is Shanghai from the Cruise Ports
Shanghai has two cruise ports (terminals) mostly-used. One is Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal (上海港国际客运中心) in downtown area close to the Bund, about 3 km from Shanghai city center (People’s Square), and the other one is Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal (上海吴淞口国际邮轮港码头) in the north coast of the city, nearly 23 km from city center area. There are public transports connecting the cruise ports with city center and other areas of Shanghai. Clearly, transferring from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal to city center is quite time-consuming by public transit. Besides, the public traffic also takes a lot of time to visit different tourist attractions, quite inefficient, especially when your excursion time is short. Therefore, tourist more prefer a private cruise transfer to downtown.
Transfer from Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal to Shanghai
Shanghai Port Cruise Terminal Address: No.500, Dongdaming Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 上海市虹口区东大名路500号
Opened in 2008, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is located on the west bank of Huangpu River (Huangpu River Cruise) and north of the Bund, and faces Oriental Pearl Tower - Shanghai’s symbolic building across the river. With a 880-meter-long riverline and a total area of 20,000 square meters, the terminal can receive three large international luxury cruises (70,000-ton ships) berthing at one time and its annual reception capacity is about one billion passengers.
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal to Major Attractions
To the Bund (the nearest attraction): about 2 km, less than 10 minutes by driving; about 20 minutes by bus, 40 minutes by walking;
To Yu Garden: almost 3 km, within 15 minutes by driving; nearly 40 minutes by bus;
To Tianzifang (Former French Concession): nearly 8 km, 20 minutes by car; at least 40 minutes by bus/metro;
To Shanghai Museum: about 4 km, 15 minutes by car; around 40 minutes by bus/metro;
To World Financial Center: about 4 km, 10 minutes by driving; nearly 40 minutes by bus;
To Shanghai Disney Resort: about 30 km, 40 minutes by driving; 1.5 ~ 3 hours by bus or by metro;
To Zhujiajiao Water Town: about 50 km, 1 hour by driving; 2~ 2.5 hours by public transit (bus+metro)
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal to Shanghai’s Airports & Railway Stations
●To Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) & Hongqiao Railway Station: about 22 km, 30 minutes by driving; at least 1 hour by metro;
(Tips: Hongqiao Railway Station is just next to Hongqiao Airport within 1 km distance.)
●To Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): about 43 km, 50 minutes by driving; around 1.5 hours by public transit (bus+metro);
●To Shanghai Railway Station: around 5 km, 20 minutes by driving; 40 minutes ~ 1 hour by metro/bus;
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Transfer from Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
Wusongkou Cruise Terminal Address: No.1, Baoyang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai 上海市宝山区宝杨路1号；the north of downtown Shanghai
Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal is the largest and best-built seaport in Shanghai and the busiest international cruise home port in Asian-Pacific region and the 4th in the world. Most international cruises, like Costa Serena, Norwegian Joy,Quantum of the Seas will berth in Wusongkou Terminal.
Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal to Major Attractions
●To City Center (People’s Square)/The Bund: about 23 km, 40 minutes by driving; 2 ~ 2.5 hours by bus/metro;
●To Yu Garden: almost 24 km, 40 minutes by driving; nearly 2 hours by bus or metro transfers;
●To Tianzifang (Former French Concession): nearly 28 km, 40 minutes by car; 2 ~ 2.5 hours by metro plus bus;
●To Shanghai Museum: about 24 km, 40 minutes by car; 2 ~ 2.5 hours by bus/metro;
●To World Financial Center: about 24 km, 50 minutes by driving; 2 ~ 2.5 hours by metro plus bus;
●To Shanghai Disney Resort: about 45 km, 50 minutes by driving; over 2.5 hours by several metro transfers;
●To Zhujiajiao Water Town: about 70 km, 1.5 hours by driving; at least 3 hours by several public transits;
Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal to Shanghai’s Airports & Railway Stations
●To Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) & Hongqiao Railway Station: about 40 km, 1 hour’s drive; around 2 hours by metro plus bus;
●To Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): about 50 km, 1 hour by driving; 2.5 ~ 3 hours by multiple public vehicles;
●To Shanghai Railway Station: around 24 km, 40 minutes by driving; 1.5 ~ 2 hours by bus with metro.
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How to Plan Your Shanghai Excursions from Cruise Port
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How to Make the Most of Different Days in Shanghai?
Your Shanghai tour itinerary totally depends on your own schedule and personal interests. If you’re time-tight traveler with only half a day, or just a few hours' layover, the number of sightseeing spots is quite limited, usually 1 ~ 2 attractions in downtown. The Bund is the best recommendation.
If you have a full day, you can arrange a Shanghai city day tour covering about 4 major attractions in central Shanghai, such as stroll along the Bund, explore Chinese classical architecture and local bazaar in Yu Garden, visit the cultural treasury - Shanghai Museum and ascend up one iconic skyscraper, e.g. Shanghai World Financial Center. Above sites are the best city showcases you can’t miss. Or, you can spend the whole day making a special-themed visit of your favorite spot and an attraction in suburb of Shanghai, such as Shanghai Disney Resort, Zhujiajiao Water Town.
If you get two days, then you can visit more attractions, try more local featured activities and travel in a more leisurely way, such as a walking tour in Former French Concession, a visit of Xintiandi or Tianzifang where exhibits modern urban vibe among traditional residential buildings, a relaxing Huangpu River Cruise, etc.
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With three days and more, it’s highly suggested extending your Shanghai city tour with a side trip to Hangzhou, Suzhou. In Suzhou, you can use 1 day to visit a poetic and elegant Chinese classical garden, a peaceful water town with authentic settlements and lifestyle and learn Chinese silk culture. And you can also leave 2 days visiting more exquisite gardens and cultural sites in Suzhou. Similarly, you can make a day trip with beautiful Wold Heritage - West Lake and Chinese tea culture learning in Hangzhou, or take 2 and more days to discover more attractions.
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If time allows or you are interested in, you can take an in-depth Jiangnan culture exploration to Nanjing, Ningbo, Shaoxing, Wuxi and other cities in Yangzte River Delta. For those who hold a regular Chinese Visa, it’s super popular and convenient to travel Shanghai with Huangshan Mountain, Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Yunnan (Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La...), Tibet, Dunhuang, etc, to unveil various natural landscape and human wonders in China.
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