Shanghai Cruise Ports - Location, Transport, and Shore Excursions
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Shanghai Cruise Ports - Location, Transport, and Shore Excursions

By CindyUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

Shanghai Cruise Port is an important port of call on all Asia Pacific cruises. Shanghai Cruise Port has three international cruise terminals: Wusongkou Cruise International Terminal, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, and Waigaoqiao International Cruise Terminal.

You will get the following information on this page:

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Cruise Port Terminals Transfer Service

There is no direct public transport between the cruise port terminals and downtown Shanghai and other cities. The most recommended option is to book a transfer service with us. We are confident our service beats taxis for cost, comfort, and convenience. If you need any help, please feel free to contact us.

Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal

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Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal (or Wusongkou Cruise Port) is the best-built port in Shanghai. It is located in Paotaiwan Bay, where the Yangtze River meets the Huangpu River and flows into the sea. It is the Yangtze River Delta shipping junction.

The natural water depth advantage and top municipal and service infrstructure make Wusongkou the  best cruise terminal. The cruise terminal has a constant depth of 9 to 13 meters in its forepart, 1 to 2 kilometers from the Yangtze main channel. The frontage of the terminal is 1,500 meters in length and 30–40 meters in width.

Its enables 3 big cruise ships of 100,000–150,000 tons to berth at the same time. The total area of its harbor district is more than 160 hectares, of which the core zone takes 49 hectares.

Wusongkou Cruise Port Transportation

Wusongkou Cruise Port is about 25 km from Shanghai center city.

There is no direct public transportation between the port and Shanghai city center. You can go to the port by subway or taxi. By subway, you may need to change lines, and walk some way. The most convenient way is to book a transfer service or take a taxi.

Wusongkou Cruise Port Taxi Summary

To/From Distance Journey Time Approximate Fares
Shanghai city center 25 km (15 mi) 50 min 85 yuan
Shanghai Railway Station 24 km (15 mi) 45 min 80 yuan
Shanghai South Railway Station 36 km (22mi) 1 min 135 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 47 km (29 mi) 1 h 165 yuan
Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station 22 km (14 mi) 40 min 75 yuan
Shanghai Pudong International Airport 51 km (32 mi) 1 h 180 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 38 km (24 mi) 50 min 130 yuan

From Wusongkou Cruise Port to Other Cities

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There is no direct transportation between the port and other cities like Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Nanjing. The best way to go from the port to these places is to book a private transfer service in advance. Contact us and let us help you get where you want to go.

Our 5-day private tour offers you a chance to see Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou without hassles. 

If you prefer to go to other cities on your own, we would like to give you some suggestions as follows.

Suzhou is about 117 km from Wusongkou Cruise Port. The most convenient way to go to Suzhou is to take a taxi from the port. It takes about 2½ hours. You can also take a taxi or subway as above to Shanghai Railway Station, and a bullet train to Suzhou.  

Hangzhou is about 205 kilometers from Wusongkou Cruise Port, 3 hours' drive. The best way to go to Hangzhou is to get to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station as above. It takes about 70 minutes. The ticket price is 78–124 yuan.

Nanjing is about 300 kilometers from Wusongkou Cruise Port. It takes about four hours by taxi. We recommend getting to Shanghai Railway Station as above, and taking a bullet train to Nanjing. The trip takes about one hour and 40 minutes.

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Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is the largest cruise port terminal in Shanghai. It is located on the Huangpu River, near the downtown area, with a water front of 880m, covering 41 hectares. 

It can berth three large passenger liners of 70,000 tons–80,000 tons at the same time, with an annual passenger throughput of 1 million .

Shanghai Port Taxi Summary

To/From Distance Journey Time Approximate Fares
Shanghai city center 5 km (3 mi) 15 min 20 yuan
Shanghai Railway Station 6 km (4 mi) 20 min 25 yuan
Shanghai South Railway Station 18 km (11 mi) 30 min 60 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 24 km (15 mi) 40 min 80 yuan
Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station 7 km (4 mi) 25 min 30 yuan
Shanghai Pudong International Airport 56 km (35 mi) 1 h 5 min 200 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 19 km (12 mi) 35 min 70 yuan

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port Cruise Terminal

Shanghai Cruise Port

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port Cruise Terminal, the third port cruise terminal in Shanghai, is located at Waigaoqiao in Pudong New Area, about 6 kilometers from Wusongkou Port, 30 kilometers from downtown Shanghai. The water in this port is about 12.5 meters deep, which can berth the world's largest cruise ship. The length of the port is about 990 m.

It can berth four large cruise ships at the same time. When ships larger than 87,000 tons can not get to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, because of the low bridge over the Huangpu River, they berth at Waigaoqiao Port or Wusongkou Port.

Waigaoqiao Port Taxi Summary

To/From Distance Journey Time Approximate Fares
Shanghai city center 26 km (16 mi) 50 min 95 yuan
Shanghai Railway Station 24 km (15 mi) 55 min 80 yuan
Shanghai South Railway Station 40 km (11 mi) 1 h 140 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 45 km (28 mi) 50 min 160 yuan
Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station 24 km (15 mi) 40 min 85 yuan
Shanghai Pudong International Airport 36 km (22 mi) 35 min 125 yuan
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 40 km (25 mi) 50 min 140 yuan

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Things to Know about Planning Your Shanghai Trip

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Getting a Visa… or No Need to Get a Visa?

From Jan. 30, 2016, 144-hour visa-free transit policy was implemented to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 144 hours when making a transfer via Shanghai ports.

If you meet the relevant qualifying criteria of the policy, you won't need to obtain a visa in advance.

Since October 1st, 2016, Shanghai has adopted a 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tourist groups entering China by cruise.

During the visa exemption period, passengers travelling with the ship are not only allowed to visit Shanghai, but also to travel to other Chinese coastal cities (including Beijing and Tianjin) and provinces (including Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan). Click to see the detailed information.

Travel Individually or Travel with a Travel Company?

Public transportation in Shanghai is well developed. But it is not easy for a foreigner to figure out the complex transport network.

If you want no hassles, we recommend you travel with a professional travel company like us, who will take care of getting you where you want to go. Then you can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing tour. We are here to help.

How Many Days to Stay in Shanghai?

If your time is limited, you can spend one day to visit the most famous sites in Shanghai city, including the Bund, Yu Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum. In the evening, it is enjoyable to take a relaxing cruise on the Huangpu River.

If your time permits, you can take a 2–3 day extension tour to Suzhou or Hangzhou. You will be amazed by classical Chinese gardens, and tranquil water towns.

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