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.
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.
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.
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.
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.