Taking a Taxi in Shanghai is pretty cheap compared with US, Japan or HongKong, though is a little expensive compared with other cities in China.

The Taxi fare rate changes with the distance increasing.
0~3 kilometers -- 14 RMB.
3~10 kilometers - 2.4 RMB/km. 10+ kilometers -- 3.6 RMB/km.
For example, a 5 kilometers ride costs 14 + 2.4 x 2 = 18.8 RMB. A 15 kilometers ride costs 14 + 2.4 x 7 + 3.6 x 5 = 48.8 RMB.
All the rates are 30% higher after 11pm.

What's good about Taxi in Shanghai is there is a huge amount of Taxies in Shanghai, more than 50,000! Assume 1/3 of them are running on the streets, there are usually about 15,000 taxis available. Taxies take a high percentage of the cars running on the streets. So it is usually quite easy to get a Taxi. When it is raining or in hot areas, such as city center in weekends, it could be hard to get a Taxi.
All the Taxies in Shanghai should be able to print a receipt that looks like the following picture. You have the rights not to pay for it if the driver can not provide a printed receipt.

There are several bigger Taxi companies in Shanghai. They have their unique colors for their Taxies. The color of the taxies from smaller taxi companies is usually red.
The biggest Taxi company in Shanghai is Da Zhong(大众), who also provides best service. The color is light blue.
Phone number to call a Da Zhong Taxi: 96822.
Phone number to complain a Da Zhong Taxi: 62580780.

Other big Taxi companies:

Qiang Sheng(强生), color: yellow.

Phone number to call a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62580000.
Phone number to complain a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62581234.

Ba Shi(巴士), color: green.
Phone number to call a Ba Shi Taxi: 96840.
Phone number to complain a Ba Shi Taxi: 64312788.

Jin Jiang(锦江), color: white.
Phone number to call a Jin Jiang Taxi: 62155555.
Phone number to complain a Jin Jiang Taxi: 64169292.

Hai Bo(海博), color: blue.

Phone number to call a Hai Bo Taxi: 96965.
Phone number to complain a Hai Bo Taxi: 62130011.


●An empty taxi is recognized by a green, lit-up sign saying 'kong che(空车)' (empty car) on the dashboard. It is generally easy to pick up a taxi, unless it is raining or mid rush-hour when it is practically impossible.

● As mentioned, you may find cabs scarce in rush hours and on rainy days. Taxi call centers will also become too busy to reach in these situations. Your best bet is probably to head for places taxis haunt, such as restaurants. Although taxis don't often park outside restaurants, many people go there by taxi. If you are quick enough, you can jump in as other passengers get out.

● Don't try to hail a cab at crossroads, as taxi drivers cannot stop their cars within 30 meters from an intersection to pick up passengers.

● Cabbies in Shanghai are also not allowed to take a tip. Most of them are amicable, but their English is limited. So it's best to get someone to write down your destination in Chinese.

● Remember to take the receipt. The slip will contain information on the taxi, including its plate number and the taxi company. In case you leave something in the car, the receipt will give you clues to find it.

● "Juzai" ( 拒载 ) is not a technical term, but the Chinese phrase only used in the taxi industry. It means cabbies refuse to drive passengers to the destination they want. In Shanghai, taxi drivers are not allowed to do so for any reason, once the passenger is in the car. Although "juzai" rarely happens nowadays, we think you'd better know something about this.

● In case you come across a "juzai" or some other unhappy experience with a taxi, you can complain to the local taxi authority by dialing 962000.

● All the city's taxis are compatible with the Public Transportation Card. If a driver refuses to accept the card, you have the right to decline payment.


By 30th June 2010, there has been 11 lines and 267 stations put into operation in Shanghai rail transit network, while the operation length of rail transit has reached 410km.( Excluding the Maglev Demonstration Line )

Line 1(Fujin Rd to XinZhuang), 37km in length, including 28 stations, is a major north-south directional metro line across Shanghai. Colour: red.

Line 2(East Xujing to Pudong International Airport),60km in length, including 31 stations, is a east-west directional metro line connecting two sides of HuangPu River, and crossing the downtown area. Colour: green.

Line 3(Shanghai South Railway Station to North JiangYang Rd),40km in length, including 29 stations, is a metro line( mostly elevated) crossing by the edge of the downtown. Colour: yellow.

Line 4, 34km in length, including 26 stations( 9 of which is in co-operation with line 3), is a circle metro line with co-operation line with line 3. Colour: purple.

Line 5( MinHang Development Zone to XinZhuang), 17km in length, including 11 stations. Colour: fuchsia.

Line 6(GangCheng Rd to South LingYan Rd), 31km in length, including 27 stations. Colour: magenta.

Line 7(HuaMu Rd to Shanghai University), 34.38km in length, 27 stations in operation, is another major north-south directional metro line in Shanghai rail transit network. Colour: light coral.

Line 8(ShiGuang Rd to Aerospace Museum), 37.5km in length, has 28 stations in operation. Colour: blue.

Line 9(SongJiang New Town to Middle Yanggao Rd), 46km in length, has 23 stations in operation. Colour: light blue.

Line 10(HangZhong Rd to New JiangWan Town), 29.6km in length, has 27 stations in operation. Colour: light purple.

Line 11(JiangSu Rd to North JiaDing), 43.6km in length, has 19 stations in operation. Colour: dark red.

Please check the website here fore more information: or

Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC)/ 上海公共交通卡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.

You can refund your transport card at the following Metro stations:

∎ Line 1: Hanzhong Road, Hengshan Road, Jinjiang Park, Gongkang Road Stops.

∎ Line 2: Jiangsu Road, Nanjing Dong Road(East Nanjing Rd), Century Park Stops.

∎ Line 3: Dongbaoxing Road, Caoxi Road, Zhenping Road Stops.

You can also refund your transport card at these places:

∎ No.218, Taixing Road. Open hour: 9:00-17:00, every day except holidays. 29

∎ 3rd Floor, No.389, Meiyuan Road. Open hour: 8:30-16:30, Monday to Friday.

∎ 2nd Floor, No.920, Nanjing Xi Road. Open hour: 9:00-17:00, every day except holidays.

∎ No.161, Luochuan Dong Road. Open hour: 9:30-16:00, every day except holidays.

∎ No.121, Xinbei Road, Minhang District. Open hour: 9:00-16:00, every day except holidays.


Public buses in Shanghai are often packed but they are the most convenient and a relatively cheap way to loop the city. There are more than 1,100 bus lines in Shanghai which run into each corner of the city.

Shanghai's public bus system is quite comprehensive. Buses preceded by the number"2" , "3", "9" are rush-hour, night service buses, double-decked/ tourism buses, respectively, and buses 1-199 run from 5 am to 11 pm.

Fares range from 2 Yuan to 4 Yuan depending on the length of routes or bus conditions.

※Shanghai Railway Station, People's Square, Xujiahui, and Zhongshan Park, are hubs of the public buses network.

Please check the website for mroe information:

※ Note: Public buses and Metro in China are often crowded and Shanghai is no exception. If you choose to take a bus or metro to travel around, please take especial attention to your belongings for pickpockets usually take advantage of the crowded condition to steal stuffs.


The city of Shanghai has several railway stations, which are Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station are the main ones. These three stations provide convenient transportation for tourists to many destinations throughout China.

Tickets for trains departing from Shanghai are sold nine days before the departure day. Directly purchase from ticket office or purchase from online official website would both be fine. For more additional information, please call Shanghai Railway Station Information Line at 021-63179090, 021-95105123 or the Ticket Booking Line at 021-8008207890 (toll free), 021-95105105.

  • Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station serves as the largest passenger railway station in the city. Everyday at least 80 pairs of trains run between Shanghai and other cities all over the country, including Beijing, Xi’an, Qingdao, Harbin, Chengdu, Kowloon etc. Additionally it has high speed trains to Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Changsha.

Shanghai Railway Station Enquiry: 021-63179090, 021-95105123

Add: 303 Molin Road, near Tianmu Xi Road, Zhabei District (闸北区秣陵路303号近天目西路)

  • Shanghai South Railway Station

Most of the trains from Shanghai South Railway Station go to cities of Zhejiang Province including Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Jinhua, Wenzhou and most of the cities in the Southern provinces of China, excluding the Shanghai-Hong Kong line.

Shanghai South Railway Station Enquiry: 021-51105110

Add: 289 Old Humin Road, Xuhui District(徐汇区老沪闵路289号)

  • Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

The high speed trains(动车D、高铁G) for Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hefei, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Jinhua, Nanchang, Changsha, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen are from this station.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Enquiry: 021-5124 5555Tip: You can take Metro Line 2 or Line 10 to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.


Shanghai has two commercial airports: Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport, the latter of which has the third highest traffic in China, following Beijing Capital International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport. Pudong International handles more international traffic than Beijing Capital. Hongqiao mainly serves domestic routes, with a few city-to-city flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Seoul 's city airport.

Airport Inquiry Number: +86 21 96990

How to reach SEIEE

By Subway

Take the Subway Line 1, transfer to Line 5 at Xinzhuang Station, and get off at the Dongchuan Road Station or Jianchuan Road Station. For more info, please see the Metro Map of Shanghai Subway at

By Bus

Min-Xin Line, Min-Hong Line, Min-Wu Line, Shang-Feng Line, Xu-Min Line, Song-Min Line, Nan-Min Line, Nan-Jia Line, Xin-He Line, Xin-Shao Line, Xin-Tuan Line, Xin-Nan Line, Lian-Zhuang Line, Bao-Qian Line, Hongqiao No.4, Minhang No.11, Minhang No.10, Minhang No.4, Jiangchuan No.5, Jiangchuan No.4, Jiangchuan No.3, Jiangchuan No.2, 958, 816, 180.

By Car

To South Gate No.2.

Coming from Humin Road

Turn left at the crossing with Dongchuan Road, and continue to the crossing with Yongping Road.

Coming from Lianhua Road

Turn right at the crossing with Dongchuan Road, and continue to the crossing with Yongping Road.

Coming from Highway S4

Exit at the Jianchuan Road Ramp, turn left and continue to the crossing with Lianhua Road, turn right and continue to the crossing with Dongchuan Road, and continue to the crossing with Yongping Road.

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