Shanghai Pudong International Airport is Shanghai's primary airport for international flights. It's the ninth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest airport in China. Over 70 million travelers pass through its gates each year. Built like a giant "H," it currently has two terminals (each one being a leg of the "H"), and a satellite concourse. While an international travel hub, Pudong Airport has a reputation of having complex security procedures, especially during the transfer process. It is also famous for exorbitantly-priced, low-quality food options.
The other airport in Shanghai is Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. While international flights are routed through here, most likely your flight will go to Pudong Airport, if coming from abroad.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information
- Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is located in Pudong District, 19 miles (30 kilometers) east of the city center and 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Hongqiao Airport.
- Phone Number: +(86) 68347575 / +(86) 21 96990
- Website: https://www.shanghai-airport.com/
- Flight Tracker: https://flightaware.com/live/airport/ZSPD
Know Before You Go
- Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) make up the two different sides of the airport. They are linked together by a 600-meter hallway. You can go between them via bus, moving sidewalk, or walking. Both terminals have arrival and departure halls. Air China and Star Alliance members are the main airlines operating out of T2. The airport has 104 airlines servicing it.
- If you are transferring and don’t need to go through immigration, follow the “international transfers” signs in T1. Follow them to the doorway left of the immigration lines to a separate room for transit passengers.
- Alternatively, if you want to explore Shanghai using the 24-hour or 144-hour visa-free option (or if you have to do self-transfer), you will have to go through immigration. Go to the self-service machines, and scan your passport and boarding pass or go to the single-manned desk on the left. Take the elevator to the third floor, and go through security to get back airside or continue into the city.
Public Transportation and Taxis
There are several ways to get between the airport and the city during the daytime. Late-night options are more limited, but shuttle buses and taxis run 24/7. Uber is complicated to use as a foreign tourist. The Didi app will be a better option or get a taxi at one of the terminals' taxi stands.
- Maglev train: The maglev train is the fastest commuter train in the world. The trip between Pudong Airport and Longyang Road station takes 8 minutes. From Longyang Road station, you can hop on the metro (lines 2, 7, or 16) and take it to the city center. From Pudong Airport, the train runs from 7:02 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. with two additional trains at 10:15 p.m. and 10:40. From Longyang Road station, it runs from 6:45 a.m. until 9:40 p.m. The frequency is 15 to 20 minutes, and the price is 50 yuan ($7) for a single journey ticket or 80 yuan ($11.50) for a round-trip.
- Subway: Metro line 2 goes to Pudong Airport. It begins at East Xujing station and has stops at People’s Square, East Nanjing Road, Jiang’an Temple, and many other points. From Pudong Airport to East Nanjing Road takes one hour. The metro from Pudong Airport runs from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Ticket prices vary depending on your destination, but range from 3 to 9 yuan (40 cents to $1.30).
- Taxi: Taxis can be taken at any time from the airport and take about 40 minutes to get to downtown Shanghai. You can hail a cab from outside of the arrival halls of both terminals. Have the name of your destination written down in Chinese, as well as its phone number. The rate to People’s Square is 180 yuan ($26) during the day and 230 yuan ($33) during the night. There are day fares and night fares. Day fares start at 14 yuan ($2), and night fares start at 18 yuan ($2.60).
- Airport shuttle: There are nine shuttle bus lines to downtown Shanghai. Depending on your destination, the trip takes 30 to 90 minutes. All the buses pick up and drop off from both terminals. Depending on the bus, lines run from 6:30 a.m. to 11:05 p.m. and cost from 2 to 30 yuan ($.30 to $4.30). A night line runs from 11 p.m. until 45 minutes after the last flight and costs 16 to 30 yuan ($2.30 to $4.30).
If you are coming to Pudong Airport, there are four main roads to get there. Keep in mind rush hour is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and plan accordingly.
From the north (city center):
Take the S1 Yingbin Expressway (迎宾高速公路) from the city center to the airport. The S1 is the central expressway from the city center to the Pudong Airport and takes about 45 minutes to reach driving from People’s Square. Another option is the newer Huaxia Elevated Road (华夏高架路), which takes about 45 minutes from the city center with little or no traffic. During rush hour, allow for at least an hour to 80 minutes to reach the airport via either road.
From the southwest (Jiaxing and Huzhou):
Take the Shanghai–Jiaxing–Huzhou Expressway, also known as the Shenjiahu Expressway (申嘉湖高速公路) to the airport. In Zhejiang Province (where Jiaxing and Huzhou are), it is S12 but morphs into S32 in Shanghai. From Huzhou, the drive takes two and a half hours and from Jiaxing, about one hour and 45 minutes. Depending on which way you connect to the S32, you might have to pay a toll.
From the south (Hangzhou Bay):
You’ll connect to the G1501 Shanghai Ring Expressway (上海绕城高速公路) and drive about an hour. Along this route, there are tolls and all vehicles must stop and pay.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Parking
There are three parking lots at the airport: the T1, T2, and P4 lots. T1 is connected to Terminal 1, and T2 and P4 are connected to Terminal 2. The first 20 minutes in all the lots are free. The T1 and T2 lots charge 10 yuan for the first two hours, and 5 yuan and per hour after that, with a maximum of 60 yuan per 24 hours. The two-day maximum is 80 yuan. After two days, the maximum charge is 110 yuan. For P4, the rate is 5 yuan per hour, with a maximum of 40 yuan per day. These fees are all for small cars. Larger cars are charged double.
Where to Eat and Drink
Food in Shanghai and food in Pudong Airport are worlds apart. The quality of the food at the airport is grossly underwhelming, given the hotbed of foodie options just outside its walls. Plus, it’s pricey. Options are slim other than U.S. fast-food chains and coffee giants, like Starbucks and Costa. Here are our recommendations, but proceed with caution.
- T1, Yu Ren Wan: a halal restaurant with noodles and juices
- T1, Tai Hing: serves a selection of Hong Kong-style food, specializing in BBQ dishes
- T1, HEYTEA: a popular tea chain serving foamed tea, green tea, black tea, fruit teas, and desserts
- T1, Subway: this might be your best option for a somewhat healthy meal
- T2, Ajisen Ramen: a well-known Japanese restaurant serving noodle soups
- T2, Yonghe King: a Taiwanese-style restaurant offering rice and noodles dishes with braised pork, chicken, or beef
- T2, Burger King: not glamorous, but you know what you’re getting
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
There is free Wi-Fi in the airport, which can be accessed by providing a Chinese phone number once you connect to the SPIA-guest network. If you don’t have a Chinese phone number, you can get an access code from a machine after scanning your passport. You can also purchase Boingo Wi-Fi.
Find power outlets and USB sockets in the waiting areas of terminals T1 and T2.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Tips & Facts
- Economy class customers can pay to use the lounges. There you can shower, drink unlimited tea, and use their Wi-Fi.
- Sample trendy cheese tea at HEYTEA in T1.
- Get a massage, manicure, or pedicure at Yongqi Spa in T2.
- Take passport or leisure photos at the photo booth found in T2’s departures hall.
- Post offices can be found in T1 and T2, next to the departure halls.