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8 bucks and you’ll ride like you’re in the Indy 500
When you land in Shanghai you have a choice to make: do you take the Maglev to Longyang road station or not. This option compared to say, a taxi, may take you a bit of extra time, but I couldn’t imagine not doing it. The Shanghai Maglev was the 3rd Maglev ( Magnetic Levitation) put into operation in the world, behind Birmingham and Germany, and hits speeds over 260mph. They even have a speedometer so you know exactly how fast you’re going. So…what’s it like taking the Maglev?
Getting to the Maglev from PVG
It’s super simple, all enclosed, and there are plenty of signs to lead you where you need to go. From the time we exited immigration and customs to where we bought our tickets was roughly 10 minutes. You’ll go through security again prior to hopping on the Maglev.
The actual ride = 8 mins
Super smooth. Cheap. Totally worth it. There is something so surreal about going so fast that you’re passing cars on the highway like they’re going in reverse. You can find the timetables here, but they run about every 15 mins.
Going on into Shanghai
We were staying in Xintiandi at the Andaz and our taxi took about 45-50 mins. Make sure you have cash before you hop in as they don’t take credit card. Also…Uber isn’t a thing in China, although they have their own version called Didi, it’s not accessible to foreigners, or at least those without a viable way to pay.
If you’re staying in Pudong the taxi ride will be much shorter as Longyang is technically in the outskirts of Pudong.
You can also take the subway from Longyang road – it connects to lines 2, 7, and 16. We didn’t do this as we just wanted to get to the hotel and head out, but it’s a viable option and cheap. However, your cab should only be $10-15.