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Article: Moving To Shanghai? Expat Guide To Public Transport

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Article: Moving To Shanghai? Expat Guide To Public Transport

Post Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:09 pm

Moving To Shanghai? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Shanghai, being a global financial center and the commercial hub of china, is a busy city with a large population. The city caters to the needs of its citizens, expats and tourists through a wide network of public transportation services. Since adjusting to the complex grid of buses, trains and taxis in a bustling metro can be quite intimidating; we bring you our expat guide to Shanghai’s public transport system.

Metro
The metro is one of the best ways to avoid the traffic congestion on the roads and get around the city. The Shanghai Metro is among the busiest metro systems in the world and consists of several lines that cover more than 400 km. It is easy to switch lines at interchanges, which are stations where various Metro lines meet.

At physical interchange stations, passengers can switch between lines without having to exit a fare zone. However, at some interchanges, called virtual interchanges, passengers are required to exit the fare zone and buy another ticket before joining another subway line. Regular travellers will benefit from the Shanghai Public Transportation Card, which provides discounts on fares and helps you avoid the hassle of standing in queues to buy tickets. These cards are called ‘jiao tong’ cards and are available at all metro stations and even at banks and convenient stores. The cards can also be used in buses and taxis, being a type of rechargeable cash card...

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