Here is the overview for this report: All in Business, All for $200 And 30,000 US AIR Miles
Quick Tip: Per a reader’s comment below: Be sure to show your plane ticket or boarding pass when buying the ticket – cuts the cost from CNY 50 to 40 one-way.
In each of my Hotel Reviews I start off with a Getting There snippet because I am tired of getting ripped off by taxi drivers right when my vacation is about to start. Landing in a new city there is nothing more frustrating than looking up how to get to a hotel and only finding information about the pool and the toilet but no directions on how to actually get there. This is true whether consulting the hotel’s website directly or by reading blog reviews.
If you’re arriving in Pudong International Airport, the best way to get to the city center is via the Maglev. At 430 kmh (267mph) a faster and more convenient way of jump starting your trip does not exist. The issue that many travelers face is arriving late in Shanghai and finding the Maglev closed. Not only did your waste you time walking all the way to the Maglev station but now you have to brave the endless taxi line.
As of writing this post, the Maglev operates from 7AM to 10:40PM but check here for further updates. The ride from the airport to Longyang Lu which is still in the middle of nowhere is a zippy 8 minutes and costs about $8. Mind you, the $8 ticket does not cover the cost of taking the metro or a taxi the rest of the way. Compare this to a taxi which takes an hour and will run no less than $30 depending on where you are going and the Maglev is still the best option.
My two gripes about the Maglev is that it does not run late enough and that it stops in Pudong when it should stop in Puxi, the location of the Bund, People’s Square, the French Concession, and other more lively neighborhoods of Shanghai.
Still for speed, novelty, and value, the Maglev literally can’t be beat.
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