PVG: Maglev Started Carry Passengers

Breaking news! Maglev will begin real transportation from tomorrow. It is still the trail operation, but the difference is, from tomorrow, the train will open its door to drop passengers for the first time at Pudong Airport. Before, the Maglev is purely operating for tourist. Passengers has to get on board the train and leave the train at the same station. It will directly return from Pudong Airport back to Long Yang Road after it arrives.

From tomorrow, it will drop passengers at Pudong Airport. This trail operation only opens for six days, namely, Oct 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26. The price is 75 RMB and the interval is 20 minutes, starting from 9:20 to 17:20.

Updated Oct 20, 2003

Oh. I forgot to let you know that MagLev begin to PICKUP passengers at Pudong Airport and Drop them off at Luoyang Road. So you can directly go to the Maglev station after you get off your flight. According to Shanghai Morning Post, 90% of the passengers getting on board the Maglev are foreigners. It seems the news goes faster to the ears of the foreigners than to local people.

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26 thoughts on “PVG: Maglev Started Carry Passengers

  1. Jayel

    OK… does anyone know how much is a taxi from e.g. HongQiao, XuHui or GuBei to this Long Yang Road? I’m trying to figure whether taxi + train would now be cheaper for me, compared to using just taxi.

  2. Ed

    Thanks for all the great information and lots of pictures. I sure wish all the airports would look at your site and do as good a job!

    I’ll be passing through Shanghai later this month on my way to Wuhan (and yes, I found the Bus #1 information to change airports — thank you) and then back through on my way home (to Phoenix Arizona, USA) a couple of weeks later.

    Have you heard what date the Maglev might be open for normal use in October? That would be fun to ride but I guess I’m also nervous about moving that fast so close to the [hard] ground!

    Thanks again for all the hard work to help your international friends.

    (And my congratulations to all of China on a successful trip to and from

    space!)

    Posted by Jian Shuo Wang

  3. Steve Savitt

    We are pleased to see the “breaking news” about the maglev dated Friday October 10. But it leaves one big question unanswered for us, since we will be arriving in Shanghai on one of the dates you mention. Will the maglev PICK UP passengers at Pudong airport, or will it only DROP them?

  4. Jian Shuo Wang

    Oh. I forgot to let you know that MagLev begin to PICKUP passengers at Pudong Airport and Drop them off at Luoyang Road. So you can directly go to the Maglev station after you get off your flight.

  5. Rajen Pandya

    Is it suggested to go Yang Gao Nan Lu via Transrapid (getting down at Luoyang Road) instead of going by Taxi?

    Is the train very expensive? Do they allow luggage?

    Br

  6. Steve Savitt

    Thanks very much for the updating and for the good news. I guess we’ll be able to use the maglev train after all, as long as we can find it.

    Is the way to the maglev train from the arrivals area clearly marked? Are there signs in English as well as other languages.

    I wonder how it’s done in Chinese, by the way, since there isn’t a character for maglev.

    Steve Savitt

  7. Steve Savitt

    Dear Wangjianshou,

    Thank you for posting the helpful information regarding the location of the maglev. You seem to have done this useful service well ahead of any official at the airport or the rapid transport authority, and you are to be congratulated.

    I imagine that when we arrive at the airport, we’ll first try to find the airport desk of our hotel, since we have to get from the end of the maglev downtown to our hotel (in an exhausted state, no doubt). We’ll have your directions written down, just in case our man at the airport isn’t at the airport or can’t point us in the right direction.

    Thanks again,

    Steve Savitt

  8. shao zaiming

    Hi, Jian Shuo,

    I am a university student here in S’pore, and I will take a flight back to China this Nov..Thanks for ur useful info. about the pudong int’l airport and the maglev. Btw, do u know the URL of the official sites of PUDONG int’l airport? since I wanna check about the flights.

    Rgds,

    shao zaiming

  9. shao zaiming

    Actually, I used the search engine of Yahoo!China to find it just now. After some time of browsing, I failed to find the info. I wanted. Anyway, thx.

  10. Steve Savitt

    We were lucky enough to catch the maglev when we arrived in Shanghai on the 25th. It took just a few seconds from start to finish of the trip! It was quite smooth too.

    But we are leaving on Monday, 3 November. We wonder whether the maglev is still operating on Saturdays and Sundays only or whether, by some miracle, we will be able to ride it back out to the airport on Monday.

    Thanks again for keeping such an up-to-date site.

  11. Steve Savitt

    We were lucky enough to catch the maglev when we arrived in Shanghai on the 25th. It took just a few seconds from start to finish of the trip! It was quite smooth too.

    But we are leaving on Monday, 3 November. We wonder whether the maglev is still operating on Saturdays and Sundays only or whether, by some miracle, we will be able to ride it back out to the airport on Monday.

    Thanks again for keeping such an up-to-date site.

  12. Steve Savitt

    Now that I’m back to my home computer, I’d like to add a couple of details to my message above.

    As I said, we were lucky enough to catch the maglev on the 25th. We got through customs, etc. at 5pm, and the person at our hotel desk said that the maglev was no longer running that day. Well, we walked over anyway just to have a look, and , lo and behold, there were yet two more trains scheduled to depart. I think the last train is actually about 5:45.

    We were given two price options, economy (at 75 yuan apiece) or 150 for VIP. I can’t see why anyone would would want the latter option, but if you’ve money to burn…

    At the plebian rate, our car was clean, comfortable, and nearly empty. It started out on time, was smooth as… silk, and quickly reached over 430 km/hour. Then it started to slow down. Uh-oh, I thought, trouble of some sort. But when it finally came to a dead stop it was in the Shanghai (Longyang?) metro station! Just a few seconds over seven minutes for the trip.

    I wish we could have taken it back out to the the airport.

    We all owe thanks to mr Wang for posting such full and accurate information. I hope others of you get to make this trip.

  13. Simon

    Mr. Wang,

    I will be arriving PVG on Nov 15 returning on Nov 23. Based on the above posts it seems to me that Maglev runs on Saturday and Sunday only.

    Can you advise the hours of operation to and from PVG, last train etc…

    Thanks

  14. Dennis Furbush

    Is a map available to show where the terminal for maglev is on LUOYANG RD? Many thx.

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