© Shanghai Private Guide 2013 Explore Shanghai with the team at Shanghai Private Guide. We will show you the real China!!! Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC), (jiao1tong1ka3), is convenient and popular in Shanghai. The 8.5cm by 5.5cm card is widely used for payment on local buses, taxis, Metro lines and docks, etc. It helps you to skip long queues at the Metro ticket booths and you don't need to ask the ticket fare from ticket conductors, whose English are not always perfect. The price will be automatically deducted from your card based on your trip in the Metro, so you won't lose any money if you suddenly shortened your trip. All taxis must accept payment from these cards, otherwise the rider can refuse to pay. You can purchase it at metro stations, banks and convenient stores. On initial purchase, according to the new transport regulations, the buyer shall pay 20 yuan (US$2.62) as deposit, which used to be 30 yuan. For example, if you pay 100 yuan to get a transport card, you will have only 80 yuan credit in the card. The deposit is refundable as long as there are less than 10 yuan credit in the card.

Shanghai Public Transportation Card

Shanghai Private Guide Pudong airport is the newer and bigger of two airports in Shanghai, and it predominantly handles  international flights. Many may tell you that it only handles international flights whiles Hongqiao Airport  handles domestic, but the reality is Pudong often handles some domestic flights too. The best way to check which flights are landing/taking off from where is to check this website:  http://www.shanghaiairport.com/en/schedules.jsp. or call 96990.  N.B. New luggage regulations mean that passengers are now only allowed one piece of carry-on luggage.  This regulation applies to all airports in China. 

Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Over the recent years, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has developed into an international airport and transportation hub. It now has both international and domestic flights daily to Japan, South Korea, China’s Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, as well as many of the other cities in China.

Importance of Railways in Shanghai

Apart from planes, another major transportation in and out of Shanghai is by rail. Taking trains to nearby cities such as Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou is a popular, fast and convenient way.Shanghai now have 4 different train stationtion-- Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station,Shanghai South Railway Station. Shanghai West Railway Station The duration of travelling by train might be much longer than taking flights. But, if you got the time to spare, the prices are usually cheaper and there is also no luggage limit.

Shanghai Buses

Public buses and trolley buses (generally referred to as buses below) may not be the most convenient transport method for foreigners trying to navigate their way around Shanghai. Having some knowledge about the bus service on offer however, will give you an extra transport option when you find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere one day, unable to find a taxi on a rainy day or where the nearest Metro station is located. Shanghai buses can be extremely crowded during rush hours and some of them are not especially clean. But buses running through busy shopping streets or those connecting major attractions are in an excellent condition and during off-peak hours it is a pleasure to use them. Plus, the bigger windows of a bus will give you a better view of the city than taxis or subways can ever do.

Transportation in Shanghai

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