Shanghai now has 14 metro lines and more than 366 stations, with an operating route length of over 617 kilometers. It is a good transport choice to get across the Huangpu River between Pudong and Puxi. It now connects to both railway stations in Shanghai and provides a link to the maglev which goes to Pudong International Airport.
Ticket system and fares
Similar to other metro systems in the world, Shanghai Metro adopts a distance-based fare system. Ticket fares range from 3 yuan for distances under 6 kilometers, then an additional 1 yuan for each 10 kilometers.
It is advisable to purchase tickets from a ticket vending machine which automatically calculates the fare according to the destination station specified. Here are some points you may find useful:
Users of the Shanghai public transport card (SPTC) can get a 10% discount after paying more than 70 yuan every month. The discount is only applied for journeys after the payment.
Senior citizens over 70 years old can take the metro for free (except during peak hours, 7–9 am and 5–7 pm on weekdays) by using their social security cards (also RFID-embedded) at a special gantry at each metro station.