This option is much faster than taking Metro Line 2 directly from the airport, which can also be done if you have time to kill and only Rmb8 in your pocket.
A taxi from Pudong airport to Puxi (on the other side of the Huangpu river) costs Rmb200 for a 50-minute ride along crisp, four-lane highways.
As long as you don’t expect much in the way of in-flight entertainment and alcoholic beverages, these airlines offer decent safety records and competitive pricing. Send us your Feedback / Letter to the Editor Pudong Airport is located 30 kilometres from downtown Shanghai.
It has two modern terminals and, as of mid 2014, five runways (and two new ones due to ease some congestion).
A one-litre bottle of 12-year-old Chivas will set you back Rmb220, and a one litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, Rmb192. Keep walking to the sign-posted exits where the official taxis are waiting.
On a good day you can pass through Immigration and baggage and be on your way within 15 minutes of stepping off the plane.
The renminbi (“people’s money”) is a little stronger than the Hong Kong dollar (US$1 = Rmb6.89).
Hongqiao Airport is closer to the city centre and its new Terminal 2 is conveniently integrated into the vast Hongqiao Transport Hub.
Most China Eastern, Air France, KLM, Hainan Airlines, JAL and Korean Air flights depart from Terminal 1, with the rest leaving from Terminal 2.
The airport ranked fourth (behind Beijing in third) on Airport Council International’s (ACI) list of best airports in Asia-Pacific in 2013.
The Metro Line 2 (green) conjoins both Shanghai’s international airports via a two-hour subway ride.
A single fare to travel the full distance by metro line 2 costs Rmb8.
If you’re peckish, there’s a Burger King and Starbucks outside the arrival gate.