Travel information

Most overseas people arrive at Pudong airport hence first directions from Pudong airport to conference/hotel and below more general information.

Directions Pudong airport to Conference venue and Everbright/Huaxia hotels

The simplest way is to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, cost around € 30, varies by the traffic condition; please pay according to the taxi meter. Use the English/Chinese translation sheet (see below) for directions to the taxi driver.

You can also take the high speed train from the airport into the city: Upon arrival follow signs to the Maglev terminal in the airport. Take from there the High Speed train to the Shanghai city. Travel time 8 minutes. Trains are approx. every half hour and cost approx. 50 Yuan or RMB (they are the same thing) one way. (10 RMB is approx. € 1.06 or US$ 1.46 (feb 10, 2010). Buy ticket at the ticket office at the entrance.

The Maglev terminal in Shanghai is at the Longyang Lu subway station.Upon arrival it is best to take a taxi from there to the hotel. You can tell your taxi driver to go to the Everbright hotel by pointing at your desired destination in the English/Chinese text in the following downloads:

  1. translation document [PDF]
  2. translation document [JPEG, if your system does not support Chinese characters]
The taxi trip may take anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour or more depending on traffic. Costs may range between 70 and 120 RMB, varies by the traffic condition, please pay according to the taxi meter.

The more adventurous may take the metro at the Longyang Lu subway station (Line 2).For Shanghai metro map: Click here and for a detailed map of your destination click here. Print it as they may be difficult to find locally. Take line nr 2 to to the Peoples Square and change there to line 1 to Caobao rd.

The hotel is about 500 meters west from the Caobao station along the Caobao rd. on the south side of the road at the mark A, the metro station is the small red circle at the right.

Get in

Shanghai has two main airports, with Pudong the main international gateway and Hongqiao serving most domestic flights.

Pudong is Shanghai's new international airport, located 40 km to the east of the city. Arrivals are on the first floor, departures on the third, and the airport has all the features you'd expect - but head up to the 3rd if the sole ATM in the arrivals hall is out of order. There are now two gigantic terminals (T1 and T2), so check which one you're going to. A free shuttle bus service connects the two. More a tourist attraction and prestige project than practical means of transport, the Transrapid Maglev train shuttles from the airport to the middle of Pudong in 7 minutes flat at a blazing speed of 431 km/hour. On the 2nd floor of the airport you can purchase Maglev tickets from the ticket counter. The wait for one train is typically no longer than 10 mins. Once you're at the end of the Maglev line, you can walk down the stairs and in about 1 minute arrive at the Longyang Lu subway station (Line 2).

Transrapid trains known locally as Shanghai MagLev Trains (SMT) at Longyang Station

Shanghai's older airport Hongqiao services domestic flights, the only exception being the city shuttle services to Tokyo-Haneda and Seoul-Gimpo. 12 km away from the city center, a taxi can manage the trip in 20 minutes on a good day but allow an extra 30 minutes for the taxi queue, especially when arriving after 7pm.

Click here for the airports plans.

Get round

If you intend to stay in Shanghai for a longer time, the Shanghai Jiaotong Card can come in handy. You can load the card with money and use it in buses, the metro and even taxis. You can get these cards at any metro/subway station, as well as some convenience stores like Alldays and KeDi Marts.

The fast-growing Shanghai Metro network now has 8 lines with another 4 under construction. The trains are fast, cheap, air conditioned and fairly user-friendly with most signs also in English. Fares range from ¥ 3 to ¥ 9 depending on distance. You can now transfer between lines freely with a single ticket.

Click here for more information about Shanghai Metro

There are several different companies offering sightseeing buses with various routes and packages covering the main sights such as the Shanghai Zoo, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and Baoyang Road Harbor. Most of the sightseeing buses leave from the Shanghai stadium's east bus.

The world expo in Shanghai (EXPO2010) will take place in Shanghai from May 1 to October 31, 2010.Some exhibits may already be open and visitable early.For more info and latest news go to expo website