Looking at a map of the metro system in Shanghai, with all of its 16 lines as of April 2015 (and counting), and still expanding on its existing 337 stations, can seem a bit like a badly rolled up yarn. Making any sense of it, let alone finding your destination can be a real pickle diddle. To help you figure it all out we've prepared this guide. If you can make it to the station before 10:30 pm you're guaranteed a fast ride back inside Shanghai's belly. Here are some stops of interest; please mind the gap.
Tickets: You can purchase single trip tickets from the machines inside the station, which can be operated in English. Alternatively, if you plan to get around the city mostly by metro, or if you're staying for a longer period, it may be worth getting one of the blue transit cards which have a streak of lightning across a background of blue. This card is super useful, and convenient as it can be used for the metro, taxis, buses and the ferry. See Shanghai Transport.
Starts at Xinzhuang and ends at Fujin Rd.
The first metro line built in 1993 coincidentally runs through the oldest parts of the city. Most of Shanghai's old city centre can be reached via the handy red line.
Starts at East Xujing and ends at Pudong International Airport.
Inner circular metro line. No start or end point.
Starts at Shendu Highway and ends at Shiguang Rd.
Starts at Meilan Lake and ends at Huamu Rd.
Starts at two points: a) Hangzhong Rd., b) Hongqiao Railway Stn., and ends at Xinjiangwancheng.
Xinzhuang - Waihuan Road - Lianhua Road - Jinjiang Park - Shanghai South Railway Station - Caobao Road - Shanghai Indoor Stadium - Xujiahui - Hengshan Road - Changshu Road - South Shaanxi Road - South Huangpi Road - People's Square - Xinzha Road - Hanzhong Road - Shanghai Railway Station - North Zhongshan Road - Yanchang Road - Shanghai Circus World - Wenshui Road - Penpu Xincun - Gongkang Road - Tonghe Xincun - Hulan Road - Gongfu Xincun - Bao'an Highway - West Youyi Road - Fujin Road
East Xujing - Pudong Intl Airport
East Xujing - Shanghai Railway Station - Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 - Songhong Road - Beixinjing - Weining Road - Loushanguan Road - Zhongshan Park - Jiangsu Road - Jing'an Temple - West Nanjing Road - People's Square - East Nanjing Road - Lujiazui - Dongchang Road - Century Avenue - Shanghai Science and Technology Museum - Century Park - Longyang Road - Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park - Jinke Road - Guanglan Road - Tangzhen - Middle Chuangxin Road - East Huaxia Road - Chuansha - Lingkong Road - Yuandong Avenue - Haitiansan Road - Pudong International Airport
Shanghai South Railway Station
- North Jiangyang Road
Shanghai South Railway Station - Shilong Road - Longcao Road - Caoxi Road - Yishan Road - Hongqiao Road - West Yan'an Road - Zhongshan Park - Jinshajiang Road - Caoyang Road - Zhenping Road - Zhongtan Road - Shanghai Railway Station - Baoshan Road - Dongbaoxing Road - Hongkou Football Stadium - Chifeng Road - Dabaishu - Jiangwan Town - West Yingao Road - South Changjiang Road - Songfa Road - Zhanghuabang - Songbin Road - Shuichan Road - Baoyang Road - Youyi Road - Tieli Road - North Jiangyang Road
(Circle Line): Yishan Road - Shanghai Railway Station - Century Avenue - Yishan Road
Yishan Road - Hongqiao Road - West Yan'an Road - Zhongshan Park - Jinshajiang Road - Caoyang Road - Zhenping Road - Zhongtan Road - Shanghai Railway Station - Baoshan Road - Hailun Road - Linping Road - Dalian Road - Yangshupu Road - Pudong Avenue - Century Avenue - Pudian Road - Lancun Road - Tangqiao - Nanpu Bridge - South Xizang Road - Luban Road - Damuqiao Road - Dong'an Road - Shanghai Stadium - Shanghai Indoor Stadium - Yishan Road
Xinzhuang - Minhang Development Zone
Xinzhuang - Chunshen Road - Yindu Road - Zhuanqiao - Beiqiao - Jianchuan Road - Dongchuan Road - Jinping Road - Huaning Road - Wenjing Road - Minhang Development Zone
Gangcheng Road - South Lingyan Road
Gangcheng Road - North Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone - Hangjin Road - South Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone - Zhouhai Road - Wuzhou Avenue - Dongjing Road - Jufeng Road - Wulian Road - Boxing Road - Jinqiao Road - Yunshan Road - Deping Road - Beiyangjing Road - Minsheng Road - Yuanshen Stadium - Century Avenue - Pudian Road - Lancun Road - Shanghai Children's Medical Center - Linyi Xincun - West Gaoke Road - Dongming Road - Gaoqing Road - West Huaxia Road - Shangnan Road - South Lingyan Road
Huamu Road - Shanghai University
Huamu Road - Longyang Road - Fanghua Road - Jinxiu Road - South Yanggao Road - West Gaoke Road - Yuntai Road - Yaohua Road - Changqing Road - Chuanchang Road - Dong'an Road - Zhaojiabang Road - Changshu Road - Jing'an Temple - Changping Road - Changshou Road - Zhenping Road - Langao Road - Xincun Road - Dahuasan Road - Xingzhi Road - Dachang Town - Changzhong Road - Shangda Road - Nanchen Road - Shanghai University
Shiguang Road - Aerospace Museum
Shiguang Road - Nenjiang Road - Xiangyin Road - Huangxing Park - Middle Yanji Road - Huangxing Road - Jiangpu Road - Anshan Xincun - Siping Road - Quyang Road - Hongkou Football Stadium - North Xizang Road - Zhongxing Road - Qufu Road - People's Square - Dashijie - Laoximen - Lujiabang Road - South Xizang Road - Yaohua Road - Chengshan Road - Yangsi - Linzhao Xincun - Luheng Road - Pujiang Town - Jiangyue Road - Lianhang Road - Aerospace Museum
Songjiang Xincheng -
Middle Yanggao Road
Songjiang Xincheng - Songjiang University Town - Dongjing - Sheshan - Sijing - Jiuting - Zhongchun Road - Qibao - Xingzhong Road - Hechuan Road - Caohejing Hi-Tech Park - Guilin Road - Yishan Road - Xujiahui - Zhaojiabang Road - Jiashan Road - Dapuqiao - Madang Road - Lujiabang Road - Xiaonanmen - Shangcheng Road - Century Avenue - Middle Yanggao Road
Hongqiao Railway Station / Hangzhong Road - Xinjiangwancheng
Hongqiao Railway Station - Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 - Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 - Shanghai Zoo -
Hangzhong Road - Ziteng Road - Longbai Xincun -
Longxi Road - Shuicheng Road - Yili Road - Songyuan Road - Hongqiao Road - Jiaotong University - Shanghai Library - South Shaanxi Road - Xintiandi - Laoximen - Yuyuan Garden - East Nanjing Road - Tiantong Road - North Sichuan Road - Hailun Road - Youdian Xincun - Siping Road - Tongji University - Guoquan Road - Wujiaochang - Jiangwan Stadium - Sanmen Road - East Yingao Road -Xinjiangwancheng
Jiangsu Road - Anting
Jiangsu Road - Longde Road - Caoyang Road - Fengqiao Road - Zhenru - Shanghai West Railway Station - Liziyuan - Qilianshan Road - Wuwei Road - Taopu Xincun - Nanxiang - Malu - Jiading Xincheng - Baiyin Road - West Jiading - North Jiading - Shanghai Circuit - Shanghai Automobile City - Anting
Madang Road - Expo Avenue
Madang Road - Lupu Bridge - Expo Avenue