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How to Get Around in Shanghai

How to Get Around in Shanghai

Shanghai is an enormous city, with sometimes vast distances separating major sights. With an extensive and excellent public transportation network, bike-friendly streets, plentiful taxis, and a number of tour options, though, Shanghai is easy to navigate. Here are your options for getting around.


Public Transit

Shanghai’s public transit network includes buses, the metro, and the Maglev train. There are more than 1,000 bus routes and over a dozen metro lines, with plans to add more. The Maglev train connects Pudong Airport and Longyang Road, with onward connections by metro and bus.

 

Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tours

Get your bearings in Shanghai on a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. Open-top and double-decker buses stop at most popular attractions, such as the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Tours typically include audio guides in multiple languages and can be upgraded to include admission to certain attractions.

 

Biking Tours

Joining a biking tour is a great way to cover more ground than on foot, while still taking in the passing scenery in a leisurely manner. Many roads have dedicated bike lanes, and drivers tend to be fairly cautious around cyclists. Inexpensive daily bike rentals and bike-sharing programs give you flexibility to explore on your own.

 

Walking Tours

Shanghai’s tourist center, Puxi, is fairly compact, making it ideal to explore on foot. Walking tours are a great way to experience popular attractions at a more leisurely pace, with the added benefit of a guide to offer extra insights. The Bund, the Former French Concession, the Old Town area, and the area around People’s Square are all made for walking.

 

River Cruises and Ferries

A sightseeing cruise on the Huangpu River is a great way to take in city highlights, such as the colonial architecture of the Bund and the modern skyscrapers of Pudong, from a different perspective. Cruises last from 30 minutes to several hours and can be upgraded to include a meal. Those short on time can opt for a ferry crossing instead.

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Arrival Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hotel

Arrival Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hotel

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When your plane touches down at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), eliminate the stress of finding ticket booths and the expense of a private cab with an arrival transfer by Maglev train. Travel to your accommodation in Shaghai city on the super-speed Maglev train for an easy and efficient start to your sojourn. Greet a courteous representative at the airport, board the train then travel to your accommodation in a private vehicle on arrival at downtown Shanghai.
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$78.99
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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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From ancient carvings located behind laundries to the 300-year-old Secluded Library (not open to the public), learn what lies behind the modern glamour of one of China’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities on this private walking tour of Old Shanghai. With just your group and private guide, head to a number of off-the-beaten-track attractions and quirky historical sites that create a fuller understanding of Shanghai’s history and contemporary culture alike.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

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Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. See multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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  • 3 hours
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$138.00
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Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

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Experience the incandescent beauty of The Bund, Shanghai’s cosmopolitan cultural district, on an evening tour of the waterfront. Accompanied by an expert guide, see the city’s most significant landmarks under the atmospheric cover of darkness; board an evening cruise boat to watch the city sparkle from the shimmering Huangpu River, then stroll the area to admire the historical Peace Hotel. Hop into a trolley to enjoy spectacular views of Nanjing Road and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$84.27
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Round-trip Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Round-trip Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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Begin your Shangai stay the right way with a round-trip airport transfer by high-speed Maglev train. Avoid the expense of private taxis and the confusion of bus systems with this efficient and cost-effective service. Greet your courteous, English-speaking guide in the arrivals lounge and arrive in downtown Shanghai on a high-speed train. Then, travel by spacious private vehicle to your hotel. When your time in Shanghai concludes, enjoy the same professional service back to Pudong International Airport (PVG).
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  • 1 hour
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$148.99
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Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

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China’s biggest city might not seem like the place for a relaxing bike ride, but the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s atmospheric Old Town are ideal for a cycling tour. On this bike tour, explore the Former French Concession, pedal around Fuxing Park, and hop off to visit a Buddhist temple, stroll around a traditional wet market, and re-fuel with coffee and pastries.
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  • 4 hours
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$23.06
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Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

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Enjoy a romantic night out on the town during this exclusive combo package, which includes both a tasty restaurant dinner and a moonlit cruise along the Huangpu River. Spot landmarks both old and new from as you glide along Shangai’s glittering skyline. Upgrade to include an optional bar hopping add-on after the tour, which includes a complimentary bottle of beer or house wine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$139.00
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Private Shanghai Night Tour : Shanghai Tower Observation Deck and Amazing Lights

Private Shanghai Night Tour : Shanghai Tower Observation Deck and Amazing Lights

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Shanghai is known for its eclectic skyline; watch it light up in color on this private 3-hour walking tour of Shanghai at night. This tour includes entrance to the Shanghai Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Asia, for spectacular views of the city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$102.00
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Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

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Return to the opulent age of French colonial China on an intriguing 2-hour private walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession. Led by an expert historian guide, weave your way around significant sites on which the First Conference of the Communist Party took place and marvel at charming apartments and grand villas. Meander through narrow walkways and discover secretive spots that still retain some enigmatic French charm. Receive personalized attention from your guide, this is a private tour just for you and your party.
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  • 2 hours
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$123.08
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Half Day Foodie Test & Explore Shikumen in Shanghai Nongtang Bike Tour

Half Day Foodie Test & Explore Shikumen in Shanghai Nongtang Bike Tour

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This tour allows you to experience the Shikumen architecture of the Shanghai 'nontang' homes like the locals do: on a bicycle. Pedal around the traditional laneways with a guide, learning about the community's architecture, food, culture, and history. Use of all cycling equipment included.
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  • 4 hours
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$58.00
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Huangpu River Ferry and Shanghai Top Attractions Bike Tour with Local Lunch

Huangpu River Ferry and Shanghai Top Attractions Bike Tour with Local Lunch

Travel back in time to the colonial era on this small-group cycle tour of Shanghai’s historic concessions—which have adapted to meet the needs of the modern world. Explore fashionable shopping and dining zones like Tianzifang and Xintiandi, tour French-style Fuxing Park and a local wet market, visit People’s Square and the Shanghai Museum, and see how locals live in a slum area. Your day includes a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Shanghai Metro Tour

Shanghai Metro Tour

Private, informative,friendly and professional guide Traveling through subway will bring you a whole new travel experience Explore the local streets on a metro tour
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  • 8 hours
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$126.94
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Shanghai Small-Group Night Tour by Bike

Shanghai Small-Group Night Tour by Bike

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Shanghai, one of China’s most trendsetting cities, truly comes alive at night. Hop on a vintage bike for an adventure-filled evening tour of the cutting-edge metropolis, from a traditional Chinese medicine shop to the glittering lights of the waterfront Bund. Cycle like a local as you listen to stories from your guide, in a group capped at only eight riders.
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  • 4 hours
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$75.55
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