Explore Shanghai's public transport system


Public transportation in Shanghai is known for being cheap and convenient, making it the preferred choice for many expats.


Shanghai Metro is one of the most popular ways of getting around and is known for its efficiency and extensive network. With multiple lines covering the city and surrounding areas, it provides convenient access to key attractions, business districts, residential areas and transportation hubs like airports and train stations.

How to ride Shanghai Metro


Shanghai's bus system is also comprehensive, with numerous routes crisscrossing the city. Buses are a cost-effective option for traveling shorter distances or reaching destinations not directly served by the metro. 

Taxies are readily available throughout the city. It's advisable to use licensed taxies and ensure that the meter is used for fare calculation. In Shanghai, taxi fares are calculated at a rate of 2.7 yuan per additional kilometer, while waiting time incurs charges equivalent to an additional 1.5 kilometers for every 4 minutes.


For a unique transportation experience, visitors can also take advantage of Shanghai's ferry services. The city is divided by the Huangpu River, and ferries provide a scenic way to cross between the Pudong and Puxi areas while enjoying panoramic views of the iconic skyline. 

Users of Shanghai's public transport can pay using various methods, including the Shanghai Public Transportation Card, which allows for easy and cashless pay for different modes of transport. Mobile payment options like WeChat Pay and Alipay are also widely accepted.

You can also rent shared bicycles, which is not only healthier but also reduces pollution and traffic congestion. 

A guide to using shared bicycles 

Sources: City News Service, Expat Guide: Work and Live in Shanghai