Shanghai Maglev Train

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Shanghai Maglev Train (Shanghai Maglev Demonstration Line) is the first commercial maglev line in the world. The line runs between Longyang Road Station on the Shanghai Subway Line 2, to Pudong International Airport, and the journey takes no more than 8 minutes to complete the distance of 30 km (19 miles). It can reach up to 431 km/hr (268 mph) during the journey. In 2003, it was enrolled by Guinness Records to be the fastest train in the world in commercial use.

Inside the train, it is very modern, clean and comfortable, much like that in an airplane. Trained attendants are present. There is enough sitting space, since there are only 2 or 3 seats in a row. Air-conditioning is available and passengers can adjust the temperature by themselves. There is an LCD screen indicating the current running speed of the train. Many passengers pay close attention and some even take a picture, when the number of “431” appears on the screen. Check Out Shanghai Essence Tour with Maglev Train Experience.

Operation Hour

The service operates every 15 - 20 minutes.

Starting Station

First Train

Last Train

Longyang Rd. Station



Pudong Int. Airport Station



How to get to Longyang Road Station

By subway: Take Subway Line 2, get off at Longyang Rd. Station, and use exit #3 or exit #4.

By bus: Airport Bus # 3 and #7; Bus # 983 and #976.

Ticket Purchase

Passengers can buy tickets on the day they want to take the train.

Longyang Rd. Station Ticket Center: 2nd floor of Longyang Rd. Station

Pudong Int. Airport Ticket Center: 2nd floor of Terminal 2 at Pudong Int. Airport.

Ticket Price




Single Trip

(standard class)
Valid for a single trip of the purchase day

50 Yuan

Round Trip

(standard class)
Valid for a round trip within 7 days since purchase day

80 Yuan

VIP Single Trip

(VIP Class)
Valid for a single trip of the purchase day

100 Yuan

VIP Round Trip

(VIP Class)
Valid for a round trip within 7 days since purchase day

160 Yuan


  • Passengers can buy a single trip ticket (standard class) at 40 Yuan, if they show their airplane tickets (or boarding pass) arriving or departing Pudong Int. Airport of the same day of taking the maglev train.
  • A child at or shorter than 120 cm (3.9 feet) can ride the train free of charge, only when accompanied by an adult. Children taller than 120 cm (3.9 feet) should buy full-price tickets.

How to board the train

Passengers should board the train at least 5 minutes before its departure, otherwise please wait for the next one.

  • After you have bought the tickets, please follow the sign, pass through the ticket entrance, and get to the platform on the 3rd floor by the escalator.
  • Wait behind the safety line.
  • Show your tickets to the attendants.
  • Once onboard, please quickly put your belongings in place and sit down.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the carriage.
  • On arrival, please get off the train and follow the attendants’ instructions.


  • Please keep your tickets for passing both the entrance and the exit gate. The tickets will be collected at your final exit.
  • Please keep your tickets clean and unfolded. Tickets become invalid once damaged, and you will be denied boarding.
  • Passengers should board the train at least 5 minutes before its departure, otherwise please wait for the next one.
  • When you get off the train, please make sure that you take all your belongings.

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Maglev Train

rajesh 2013-04-11
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hi,we are a fly.of 4(adults)travelling to shanghai in mid may.just wanted to know how much does a midsize sedan cost to hire for the full day(with driver ofcourse)for say about. 8-10-12 hours to travel within the city for sightseeing,shopping and dining out and enoying the night life.we would like to avoid using the public transport.

Hi Rajesh,  do you need an English speaking tour guide? Or just need van and driver, please?

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-04-12
agnes 2013-03-30
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and how about the cost per trip? usually train start at what time (say line 2)
Dear agnes, It depends where you would like to go, here is the official website of Shanghai subway. You could get more information from there. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-04-01
agnes 2013-03-30
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im planning to go Laushangguan road from Pudong intl airport by train, (maybe take Maglev Train as well), will you be able to advice how long the journey takes, included the queuing time for buy ticket? how frequent is the maglev train?thank you
Dear agnes, I regret that I am not sure where Laushangguan road is and I did not find its Chinese name. Could you please provide the details, so that I will check if it is suitable for you to take Maglev from Pudong airport to the place. There are not many people taking Maglev, it is easy to buy the ticket. It takes about 8 minutes from Pudong airport to Longyang road. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-04-01
Radha 2013-03-20
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HiFrom Pudong International Airport, I need to get to Intercontinental Hotel at No.777 Zhangyang Road, Pudong District. Please assist.
Dear Sir or Madam, It is about 36 km from the airport to the hotel, you could take line 2 subway from Pudong airport to Century Avenue station, where is about 500 meters from the hotel. You could take a taxi to get there. This is a cheap way. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-03-21
ee 2012-12-17
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hii am arriving pudong airport dec and wanted to go Peoples squareswhat''s best advise if we want to experience thetrain ride from airport

Hi Ee, you can take Metro Line 2 to get there directly from the airport.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-18
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