Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Guide (SHA)
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is Shanghai’s second busiest airport and the city’s main hub for domestic flights – although it does also operate a number of international routes. Our Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport guide provides information on terminal services, airport transportation and accommodation options nearby.
An extension to the city's Maglev system is proposed, which would provide a direct connection with Pudong airport about 55km (33 miles) away in about 15 minutes.
Tourist information is available by telephone (tel: (021) 2234 1147). All signs and intercom announcements are in English and Chinese.
Taking the westbound Yan’an Xilu Highway is the easiest route to reach the airport from central Shanghai. The Hongqiao exit is clearly signposted.
Rail:Metro lines 2 and 10 (tel: (021) 643 70000; www.shmetro.com) link the airport with central Shanghai. Line 2 also runs east to Shanghai Pudong Airport. The journey time to the city centre is about 35 minutes, and the fare is around ¥6.
Bus:Public buses run regularly to city destinations, including the city ticket office. Bus 941 runs to Shanghai Railway Station, bus 938 links to Pudong Yangjiadu, bus 806 operates to Zhong Shan Nan Yi, bus 807 runs to Shanghai West Railway Station, and Airport Bus 1 serves Shan Xi Lu. There is limited space on buses for luggage.
Shuttle:Most major hotels run shuttle buses to/from the airport.
Coach:Long-distance coach services run to Suzhou, Nan Jing and Hangzhou.
Taxi:Taxis are available outside the arrivals area; the driver should use the meter but, if it is not working, agree on the fare before leaving the airport. Travellers should make sure they join the correct taxi queue as there are separate queues depending on the distance of the journey. A taxi trip into the centre (journey time: around 25-40 minutes) includes a toll upon exiting the airport, which is added to the fare. It is best to have the destination required written in Chinese or indicated on a map. Average fares into the city start at between ¥70 and 100.
Bureaux de change, banks and ATMs can be found throughout Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
There are post offices in each terminal. International direct dial telephones are available in Arrivals, while public telephones take local coins and phone cards. Internet access is available within the terminals, and free Wi-Fi is available at several locations.
There are numerous restaurants, bars and coffee shops in both terminals, ranging from local eateries to international brands.
Duty-free shopping can be found just outside the airport entrance. Chinese specialities, such as silk clothing and scroll paintings, are available for purchase within the terminals, and there is also a range of international luxury boutiques to explore.
Luggage trolley hire is available at various points within the terminals. Uniformed porters can be hired to assist with baggage – travellers should note that tipping is not allowed. A left-luggage service is available for those wishing to secure their luggage. Enquiries into lost or found items should be made to the lost property office in the arrivals hall of Terminal 2 (tel: (021) 2238 1085).
Three small business centres at the airport offer copying, fax and internet services – one is located in Terminal 1 and two are in Terminal 2. For more extensive business facilities, the Shanghai International Airport Hotel (tel: (021) 6268 8866; www.siah.com) provides various meeting rooms, telephone, fax and photocopying facilities, as well as catering services. A selection of VIP lounges are located in the departures area.
Extensive long- and short-term parking is available in front of both terminal buildings.
Most visitors hire a car with a driver (often from their hotel) on a daily or weekly basis. Otherwise, Angel Car Rental and Avis offer self-drive cars and cars with drivers.
There are a number of hotels near Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, but the majority of accommodation – including many international chains – are located closer to the city centre. Many hotels offer shuttle connections, and assistance with hotel reservations is available within the terminals.