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An overview of Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is the larger and newer of the two airports in Shanghai, and it predominantly handles international flights. Pudong Airport has two main passenger terminals, with an annual capacity of 60 million passengers, along with the ability to handle six million tons of freight. 


The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China. It is also the hub for privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, and an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPS and DHL.


For details on the arrival and departure flights, you may want to visit this website: http://en.shairport.com/ or call 96990.

New luggage regulations mean that passengers are now only allowed one piece of carry-on luggage. This regulation applies to all airports in China. For size and weight limit of luggage, please consult airlines.

Getting to and from Pudong Airport

Pudong Airport is about 30 km southeast downtown Shanghai – about an hour by car to People's Square. A cab from the city center to Pudong Airport should not cost more than 200 yuan, and it's convenient for those with no knowledge of Shanghai and lots of luggage. People driving or taking taxis to the airport are advised to take the A20 and follow the signs.

However there are other forms of public transportation available: Airport Shuttle Bus, the Maglev and the Shanghai Metro Line 2.

By Airport Shuttle Bus

There are eight airport bus lines that serve Pudong International Airport, providing rapid links to various destinations, including the popular parts of Shanghai such as People's Square, Jing'an Temple, Xujiahui, both railway stations, and Hongqiao International Airport

The buses are labelled "机场X线" (Airport Bus Line X) and typically operate on a 15to30 minute basis. Fares range from 2 to 22 yuan depending on distance travelled.

There are also long distance coaches (which go to neighbouring provinces and cities such as Suzhou and Hangzhou) and Hotel Shuttle Bus (which goes directly to the big hotels downtown).

By Maglev

Maglev is short for “magnetically levitating”. As the name suggests, maglev trains levitate above the tracks and are propelled forward by electromagnetic force. The levitation means trains can reach up to 500kilometer/hour and the ride is exceptionally smooth.


Having started service on 29 January, 2004 as the first commercial high-speed maglev railway in the world, Shanghai Maglev Train links Pudong International Airport with Longyang Road Metro Station, where transfer to Line 2 or Line 7 is possible. The 30-kilometer ride from Longyang Road Metro station to Pudong International Airport typically takes less than eight minutes, with the maximum speed reaching 431 km/h. Trains operate every 15 minutes; therefore passengers can expect to arrive in less than 25 minutes, waiting time included.

A standard single-ride ticket costs 50 yuan and is valid for the day. For round-trip tickets that are valid within 7 days, they cost 80 yuan. You do however get a 20percent discount with a valid same day air ticket. This means that the ticket will cost 40 yuan and you have to present the air-ticket of the same day to enjoy the discount.

On the other hand, VIP tickets cost 100 yuan (single-trip) or 160 yuan (round-trip within 7 days).

All cars are equipped with racks and space designated for luggage.             

Maglev Train Information

Operation Time


First   Train

Longyang Rd. Station


Airport Station


Last   Train

Longyang Rd. Station


Airport Station




15 mins.


20 mins.

Max   Speed











Due to its first-in-the-world status, the maglev has also become something of a tourist attraction, with many foreigners buying a return ticket just for the thrill of experiencing its high speeds, and getting off at the end to take pictures with the train.

By Shanghai Metro

airport_metro.jpgShanghai Metro Line 2 also provides service between Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road, Lujiazui Financial Zone, People's Square, and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai's primary domestic airport. Line 2 is part of the Shanghai Metro system; therefore unlike the Maglev, free in-system transfers to other lines are possible, with ticket prices varying from 3 yuan to 10 yuan.

Prices are substantially lower than the Maglev (6yuan from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road and Lujiazui, 7 yuan to People's Square, 8yuan to Hongqiao International Airport). However, trips take longer due to lower speed of trains. A casual ride to People's Square, the city center, typically takes just over one hour. It is wise to allow more than five hours for a safe flight transfer at Hongqiao International Airport using public transportation.

It should further be noted that Line 2 operates in two sections: trains from Pudong International Airport terminate at Guanglan Road, where passengers wishing to travel on change trains across the platform. In addition, not all trains go to Hongqiao International Airport.

Pudong Terminal 1

Terminal 1 was opened on October 1, 1999 along with a 4,000meter runway and a cargo hub. The exterior of the terminal is shaped like waves. It was built to handle and relieve the rising traffic at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The capacity of Terminal 1 is 20 million passengers and it currently has 204 check-in counters, 13 luggage conveying belts, covering an area of 280,000 square meters. Terminal 1 has received some controversy about the lack of shopping stalls and the pricing of the shops and restaurants.

Pudong Terminal 2

Terminal 2 was opened on 26 March, 2008. Terminal 2 has a similar design as Terminal 1 but it has more of a seagull silhouette, rather than a wave shape and is slightly larger than Terminal 1.

The new building has four floors. The third floor is reserved for international departures, the second floor for domestic departures and the ground floor for luggage claims. The fourth floor provides dining and shopping services, plus hourly-charged hotel rooms and gym facilities. Toilets, baby-care rooms and smoking areas are available on all floors of Terminal 2.

International transit passengers who don't need to claim luggage can go to any of the nine service desks to complete transfer procedures and then move to their departure areas after security checks.

Passengers with Special Needs

Passengers with special needs are well taken care of at Shanghai airports. In addition to elevators and ramps facilitating wheelchair users, the airport is also equipped with TDD telephones and handicapped toilets at several locations.

The 'Kind Help Passage’ is meant to ease the process of checking in and navigating around the airport for the elderly (above 70 years old), pregnant women and the disabled. They can help you with tickets, security checks, immigration, customs and boarding procedures at your request. However, they are unable to provide wheelchairs.

 If you require a wheelchair you should ask the airline with which you're flying if they can provide one.

For senior (70 years or older), pregnant and disabled passengers, Pudong Airport offers free pushcart services, and these passengers can prioritize in check-in, security check, boarding and so on. Please go to the information counter of the airport for such services. To request this service go to the information points on, floor 3 of Terminal 2.  


Click HERE to check the information on Hongqiao International Airport

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