Public Transportation in Shanghai
A high quality public transport infrastructure supports the basis of transportation in Shanghai and ensures people can travel quickly, safely and affordably all over the city. All together public transport is made up of metro lines, train lines, buses and ferry. A public transportation card enables you prepay on a card and then deduct it on all means of Shanghai.
Shanghai Metro is the largest urban rail transporation system in China. One could reach the metro station less than 1 kilometer from anywhere in urban area. The underground train and the light rail are very efficient and inexpensive. Fares are distance based from RMB 3 to RMB 10. These lines are currently in operation: Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 8, Line 9, Line 10, Line 11, Line 13.
City Bus System
Shanghai bus system is very convenient. The bus system have regular lines (including suburbs), the road route and tourist lines. The fare is RMB 2 in urban while from RMB 1 to 15 in suburban lines according to the meter.
City Tour Bus
Tour Bus has 3 routes: Red route (Puxi area), blue route (Pudong area) and green route (temple tour).
Taxis are plentiful in Shanghai. Meter is used for taxis. It is advisable to have your destination written in Chinese characters, as few taxi drivers speak English or can read Pinyin.
Driving car need a Chinese Driving License, which only available after a resident's permit. For casual tourists, it is a good choice to rent a car with an accopanying driver. The price is not so inexpensively as in the west contry. It is from RMB 400-500 per day, depending on hiring length.