Shanghai Travel Essentials: Buses
Shanghai has a comprehensive system of predominately modern air-conditioned buses that cover most parts of the city.
There are over a 1000 bus routes in Shanghai with some of the main intersections at Shanghai Railway Station and People's Square in the downtown area.
Shanghai bus fares are cheap but the buses are often very crowded, especially at rush hour and English is at a minimum or non-existent at bus stops and on announcements in the buses.
A Shanghai Public Transportation Card can be used on the majority of Shanghai's bus routes, otherwise pay the conductor or place your fare in the slot at the entrance.
Shanghai buses run from around 4am to 10.30pm and many lines connect with Shanghai's metro system.
Shanghai bus stops are clearly marked and are mostly covered from the elements.
Information on Shanghai's bus routes in English can be found here
Shanghai has a modern fleet of mostly air-conditioned buses
Shanghai also has a number of tourist line buses which cover the main sights and start from Shanghai Stadium.
In addition there are several sightseeing buses, including double decker buses. Visitors can purchase a one-day ticket and get on and off the special buses.
A bus service also connects Pudong International Airport with Hongqiao International Airport. There are buses from Pudong to Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station, Zhongshan Park and other destinations.
Some buses in Shanghai have WiFi and the city is planning to introduce new green buses that will run on recycled cooking oil.
Shanghai buses cover most areas of this sprawling city
Long Distance Buses
From the main bus station near Shanghai Railway Station there are highway buses to many cities throughout China. As well as the main Shanghai Railway Station terminus there are a number of other major bus stations in Shanghai. Hengfeng Road bus station near Hanzhong Road metro station has buses to Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo and Wuhan plus many other destinations.
There are long distance highway buses to Kunshan, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Qingtian, Yiwu, Zhangjiagang (Jiangsu Province) and other destinations from Pudong Airport.