Shanghai: Car Rental

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Local Travel Info in Shanghai

Internal Flights and Major International Airports in Shanghai

Almost all international air traffic in Shanghai is serviced by Pudong International Airport (PVG), a new facility with two large terminals, located 40 km to the east of the city. Shanghai’s other airport is Hong-qiao Airport (SHA), which is a mainly domestic airport besides its regular city shuttle services to Tokyo-Haneda and Seoul-Gimpo. Hongqiao is located only 12 km from the city center.

Getting to and from the Airport in Shanghai

Airport buses run from several points in Shanghai to Pudong Airport and cost only 1.65-2.40€, but stop running at 11pm and take about 1.5 hours to get there. The fastest way is via the Transrapid Maglev train, a super fast (431 km/hour) magnetic levitation train that takes only 7 minutes to reach Longyang Lu Metro station, leaves every 10 minutes and costs 4-5€. Pudong is also easily accessible via a one hour taxi ride from the center of Shanghai for around 16€. Honqiao airport is reachable by bus from Jing'an Temple for only 0.05€ every 10-30 minutes. Taxis journeys maybe faster, but queues can easily add up to 30 minutes.

Renting Cars in Shanghai

It is possible to rent a car in Shanghai and there are international car rental companies such as Hertz and reputable local firms like Angel. However, as a tourist it is not advisable to drive in Shanghai, but rather to hire a car and driver if you’d like a private car. Traffic signs, congestion, license requirements and the general difficulty of driving in Shanghai make renting and driving your own car there a bad option for tour-ists.

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Drivers License Requirements in Shanghai

Driving in Shanghai requires a Chinese driving license. It is not legal to drive in Shanghai or anywhere in mainland China on an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). Getting a Chinese driving license is not worth the bureaucracy and tests involved if you are just in Shanghai for a holiday.

Shanghai by Bus

Shanghai has around 1,100 bus lines traversing the city, connecting this vast city’s many areas, stations and suburbs. Bus lines are identifiable by numbers or sometimes Chinese characters. Drivers will not usu-ally speak any English and therefore bus travel in Shanghai can be confusing outside of the tourist lines. Lines include Downtown Regular Lines: 1 (01) - 200, Rush Hour Lines: 201 - 299, Night Lines: 301 - 39, Cross-River Lines : 401 - 499 Bridge Line X, Tunnel Line X, Special Lines: 504 - 599, 801 - 899, 901 - 999, Pudong New District Special Lines: 601 - 699, Outskirts Regular Lines: 701 - 799 and Suburban Lines. Buses are both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned. Fares vary, but are very affordable, starting at 0.11€. There are also 10 special tourist lines starting from Shanghai Stadium, which visit all major tourist desti-nations in the city center and cost between 0.22€ and 1.32€. Rechargeable Shanghai Public Transportation Cards can be bought at convenience stores and Metro stations and can also be used on the metro, ferries, taxis, tourist centers and the Airport Maglev.

Shanghai by Metro

Shanghai Metro (or Shanghai Rail Transit) has 8 lines with another 4 under construction. Trains are com-fortable, air-conditioned and state of the art, with many signs in English. Fares are very affordable, rang-ing from 0.33€-1€ depending on distance travelled. Tickets can be purchased at coin and bill operated machines. During rush hour, expect trains and stations to be very crowded and hectic. Rechargeable Shanghai Public Transportation Cards can be bought at convenience stores and Metro stations and can also be used on buses, ferries, taxis, tourist centers and the Airport Maglev.

Shanghai by Taxi

Taxis in Shanghai are generally metered and very affordable when compared to Europe or more expensive Asian countries. Prices are about 1.20€ for the first 3km, and then 0.23 - 0.35€ per km thereafter. The largest and most well regarded taxi companies are Dazhong who drive turquoise taxis and Qiangsheng, who use gold taxis. Bright red taxis in Shanghai are driven by union members and are also generally good. Dark green cabs serve suburban Shanghai and are a bit cheaper. Dark red/maroon taxis are less reliable in terms of service and trustworthiness, as are independent taxis, recognizable by license plates containing the letter X.

Shanghai by Rail / Trains in Shanghai

Shanghai Railway Station is the oldest and largest train station in Shanghai and is also served by Metro Lines 1, 3 and 4. Shanghai South Railway Station is a brand new facility serviced by Metro Lines 1 and 3, and set to serve all routes to the south. Shanghai Railway Station has an English counter, but it is still ad-visable to book ahead at one of the many convenient travel service agencies throught the city. Beijing and Hong Kong are both easily accessible by rail from Shanghai, as are Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, and Qing-dao. Rail travel is affordable and options from Shanghai include comfortable softsleepers as well as fast (200 km/hr) CRH trains.

Water Transport in Shanghai

Shanghai water transport consists of boats and ferries and is a nice way to see the city. There are more than 20 ferry lines between the Bund and Pudong Business District. The most important route is on the Chang Jiang (Yangtze) River between Shanghai and Chung Qing. There are also about 19 Huangpu River Ferry lines and several island ferries for reaching the Changxing and Hengsha Islands of Baoshan District and Chongming Island. Shanghai Public Transportation cards are accepted and fares are roughly as follows: 0.06€ on standard lines and 0.25€ on air conditioned boats. Cards can be bought at convenience stores and Metro stations and can also be used on buses, metro, taxis, tourist centers and the Airport Maglev.