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Shanghai's Maglev train is something of a tourist attraction as well as a commercial transport link between the metro and Pudong Airport.
'Maglev' stands for magnetically levitating and as the name suggests a maglev train levitates above the track and is propelled forward by the force of powerful magnets. The levitation is around 10 millimeters and because of the reduction in friction that this produces the train can travel up to 500km per hour.
The technology was first developed in the 1960's by British scientists. A decade later research continued in Japan and Germany resulting in mature technologies in the 1990's. Now the world's best known maglev train in commercial use is that of Shanghai. As a joint project with German company Transrapid, the train cost around $1.2 billion, transports people 30 km (18.6 miles) to the airport in just 7 minutes 20 seconds, achieving a top velocity of 431 km/h (268 mph), averaging 250 km/h (150 mph).
Many passengers now go to experience the maglev and the thrill of speed. In normal operation however the Shanghai Maglev does not reach it's full speed, instead staying around 300 - 400km. Still you will see many buying a return ticket just for the novelty of the ride and getting off at the end to take pictures with the train.
Longyang Road Station : First train: 6:45 Last train: 21:30
Pudong Airport Station: First train: 7:02 Last train: 21:32
Single journey around 20 minutes
Single ordinary: 50 yuan
same day return: 80 yuan
VIP single: 100 yuan
VIP same day return: 160 yuan
Discounted* Single: 40 yuan
(with air ticket for travel on the same day)
Packs of 10 - 30 trips available for use within year with 20% to 40% discount
No discounts for booking ahead