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 Comments

  1. the 75 RMB price is almost too good to be true. :)

  2. Dear Jian Shuo,

    thank you for this great and informative site! It will be of great help for my upcoming Shanghai-trip.

    Kind regards from Europe

    Florian von Hofen

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. There is still no official announcement about when MagLev will be operating. No yet.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. You’d better go there via Maglev since it is only 75 RMB.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. I bet there will be no official website on Maglev in the recently one year. :-D

  13. 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

  14. The official website is http://shanghaiairport.com, but maybe you will be disappointed.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Steve, you should not be able to take the ride back to PVG since it operates only in weekends.

  19. 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.

  20. Hi Steve,

    You are the first to share real experience on this website. Thanks very much!

  21. 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

  22. The last train is 5:45 PM, according to a recent traveler.

  23. So is it running all week yet? Update on price?

  24. It is running seven days a week. Price is still 75 RMB for single journey.

  25. Dennis Furbush

    May 8, 2004 at 9:47 pm

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

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