Public Transportation in Shanghai Without BS

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If you use public transportation in Shanghai frequently, consider getting a public transportation card. It is a stored-value card that can be used on the metro (subway), taxi, bus, ferry and light-rail. Available at all metro station ticket counters with a 30 RMB deposit, you may top off the card at the ticket counters or self-help ticket machines in the metro stations. (English instructions are available.)

By Subway

The subway system in Shanghai offers a very convenient option for getting around the city especially during the busy rush hour and when it’s raining. There are several lines in operation and several more scheduled to be completed by 2010 in time for the World Expo. You can view a detailed Shanghai subway map (updated as recently as February 2009) that includes all of the existing subway lines and estimated travel times between stops.

http://www.exploreshanghai.com/metro/ http://www.exploreshanghai.com/metro/pdf/map.pdf

By Taxi

There are 5 main taxi companies in Shanghai that are mainly identified by color.

1. Turquoise – DaZhong (96822)

  • DaZhong also offers metered truck taxi and moving services to transport larger items. The trucks come in various sizes and can hold volumes of up to 5 tons (basically the contents of a large house). The smaller truck sizes (0.6 and 0.9 ton) only include a driver (who will usually not lift a finger to help you). The larger truck sizes do, however, include labor in their base price. You can call them directly to get a quote (96811)
  • BEWARE – there are A LOT of truck companies out there that claim to be “Da Zhong” (since DaZhong is known to be a reputable company). However, these other companies have no affiliation with DaZhong. Oftentimes, they offer poor quality service and the trucks can be in disrepair.

2. Yellow – QiangSheng (62580000)

3. White – JinJiang (96961)

4. Light Green – BaShi (96840)

5. Bright Blue – HaiBo (96933)

  • HaiBo also offers moving services. Although, we haven’t heard much about their reputation.

Additional taxi companies include:

6. Dark Blue – LanSe LianMeng (“Blue Alliance”)

  • These are strictly monitored by the Blue Alliance for service quality.

7. Dark Red – We’re not sure what the company name is…

  • These taxis all have the letter ‘X’ in their license plates and are known as the “dodgy” taxis. Service quality is generally lower than the bigger companies. They are often in disrepair. Generally it is a good idea to avoid these taxis when you have the choice.

The bigger taxi companies provide phone booking services but charge a booking fee of 4 RMB. This can be a really helpful feature especially when you’re carrying around a number of heavy items. However, it is virtually impossible to get through to their hotlines when it’s raining. Advanced booking (up to a day) is also possible, however sometimes can be unreliable.

The flag down rate during the daytime is 14 RMB (for the first 3 km). Each additional km after the first 3 km is 2.4 RMB and then 3.6 RMB for each additional km beyond the first 10 km.

The flag down rate between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM is 18 RMB (for the first 3 km). Each additional km after the first 3 km is 3.1 RMB and then 4.1 RMB for each additional km beyond the first 10 km.

When the speed is less than 12km/hr, the meter is rated as one km for every 5 minutes wait.

The flag down rate for suburban taxis is 12 RMB. Each additional km after the first 3 km is 2.4 RMB. The suburbs have a different taxi system, charging also different rates. These taxis are not allowed within the outer ring of Shanghai.

Try to be as alert as possible when you take the taxi after midnight because your driver would have most likely worked for more than 18 hours already. A taxi is normally shared between two cabbies, and each driver takes a 24-hour shift beginning at about 6 or 7 am.

Shanghai is pretty strict with errant cabbies so most taxi drivers will not risk getting into trouble. However, if you’re being ripped off (e.g. the meter jumping unusually fast or being driven in rounds), do not hesitate to take a picture of the driver’s license plate (on the dashboard, in front of the passenger seat). This may scare the cabbie into giving up his act.

Even if you have no need for “fapiaos”, it is useful to take one from your taxi driver because it has all the relevant information for you to trace back to the driver, in case you leave something in his car (although the chances of retrieving something from their lost and found is almost zero).

By Bus

Unfortunately it’s hard to find resources (in English) that provide helpful information on Shanghai bus routes from Point A to B. The best English bus information that we’ve been able to find online is at http://msittig.wubi.org/bus/. This web page lists the routes for all bus services in Shanghai (referenced by bus number) and includes buses going to/from the two airports.

The Airport buses in Shanghai are a very cheap and convenient option if you don’t have too many bags to carry. You can catch a bus from Jing An Temple going directly to Pudong International Airport for just 19 RMB.

For information about Pudong International Airport Bus routes and schedules, go to the following link:
http://www.shanghaiairport.com/en/pd.jsp?categoryId=OUT_CON_B0100
(then click on the “[Airport Bus Line]” link in the left navigation)

For information about Hongqiao Airport Bus routes and schedules, go to the following link:
http://www.shanghaiairport.com/en/hq.jsp?categoryId=OUT_CON_B0235
(then click on the “[Airport Bus Line]” link in the left navigation)

If you can read and type Chinese, you’ll find the following website useful - http://www.ddmap.com/. This site gives you public transport options when you input your starting point and destination.

By Ferry

Cash-strapped after a big night out and has no money to go across the river? Or want to bring your bike to the other side? Use the Shanghai ferry! At only 50 cents for a 7-minute journey, the ferry is the cheapest way to travel between Puxi and Pudong. Travel time (including waiting time) is 10 minutes during peak hours and 20 minutes during off-peak hours. The ferries also run overnight, but after-hours frequency is low.

There are many Shanghai ferry terminals scattered along the HuangPu River, the most centralized ones are:

  • Puxi: Bund, below KFC | Pudong: DongChang Rd Ferry Terminal (Southeast of Tomson Riviera along FuCheng Rd)
  • Puxi: Fuxing E Rd (Bund) | Pudong: ZhangYang Rd (near PuMing Rd, ShiMao Riveria)

All of the information above was correct during the drafting of this guide. Love Box is not responsible for the accuracy of the resources mentioned above. Also, Love Box cannot guarantee the safety of the external links (i.e. they may not be virus-free). As a precaution, please make sure you are running a current Virus Protection program on your computer (especially being here in China!)

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Public Transportation in Shanghai Without BS - good "real" info for travelers all around the world who visit Shanghai and dont know the insight info, so valuable content....

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