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PVG: From PVG to Ningbo

We get in to PVG at 3:25 pm and need to get to Ningbo. Can we take the bus directly from Pudong Airport to Ningbo? I have seen answers on the blog that say yes and others that say go to town and get bus or train. The train schedule does not look good if I am reading it right. (No train until 19:15) If there is a direct bus, does one leave around 4:30 or 5:00pm?

Is a bus from PVG to the bus station in Shanghai to get a bus to Ningbo a better idea, i.e. faster or cheaper?

There is direct bus from Pudong Airport to Ningbo. You have transit to train or long distance bus.

The best way is like this:

Pudong Airport to Ning Bo via Shanghai Railway Station

1. Take Airport Bus #5 to Shanghai Railway Station.

2. Buy train ticket from Shanghai to Ningbo.

Here is the train schedule:

Train #

Shanghai ->

Ningbo

Duration

Distance (km)

N537/N540   0517

1050<

5:50

372

T741 >0630

1000<

4:00

372

5081   0848

1419<

6:19

372

T739   1104

1508<

4:08

372

T745 >1440

1831<

4:31

372

N507 >2218

0321<

5:21

372

There are also lots of bus at the Train station to Ningbo.

Hope this helps.

PVG: From Pudong Airport to Changshu

Here is the letter:

Dear Mr Wang,

Hi, I am name removed from Singapore. I am deeply impressed how resourceful and helpful your blog/website are.

Kindly allow me to consult you regarding one matter. I will be visiting Changshu next month & will carry with me a big luggage bag. I understand there are 3 ways to travel from PVG to Changshu:

(1) From PVG, take direct bus to Suzhou. From Suzhou, take a taxi to hotel in Changshu. Total travel time: ab. 160 min. Total cost: ab. RMB 175.

(2) From PVG, take taxi to Shanghai shuttle bus station, then take a bus to Changshu shuttle bus station, then take taxi to hotel. Total travel time: ab. 190 min. Total cost: ab. RMB142.

(3) From PVG, take bus to SHG (Hong Qiao Int’l Airport). At SHG, take bus to Changshu, then take taxi to hotel. Total travel time: ab. 190 min? Cost: ab. RMB 97?

Pls advise which is the best route (1), (2) or (3) for me to take considering the fact that I am carrying a big luggage with me.

Ease and convenience are more important than costs factors.

Kindly advise the details (where to buy bus ticket, where to take the bus/taxi etc) of the recommended route.

Thanking you in anticipation.

I will answer the question after dinner. :-D

2 hours passed

I am back from dinner and have the energy to help on this question.

Disclaimer: I didn’t personally try this route, the information I provided is based on the information I got from Internet or from my observation. It may contain mistakes.

I would recommend option 1), if cost is not a priority. Reasons:

To reduce the burden of carrying big luggage with you, I suggest you to get to a Suzhou as soon as possible, instead of hanging around in the city of Shanghai. The long-distance bus is just outside the international arrival hall. You can use the small cart to move your luggage to the station (I am not sure if you need to lift it for some stairs, or you can get there from the level 2 of the airport.

At Suzhou, many taxis should line up and I believe the person who pick you is lucky, since the 38 km distance is a good business for them. He can help you to get the luggage to taxi and out at the hotel in Changshu.

Option 2 is a little bit troublesome, since the PVG to the nearest shuttle station may be as far as Changshu to Suzhou, no to mention the burdern to get off taxi, onto bus, and off bus and on to taxi again… Also, it may not easy for you to find out bus station – bus station is not as easy to find in Shanghai as airport or train stations (as in any city)

Option 3 is the worst. Considering the time you spend in Shanghai – from one airport to the other airport, that takes about one hour. This distance is far longer than the Changshu-Suzhou distance. It won’t save you money or time.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

PVG: Shanghai to Yangzhou

The question:

Hi-

I found your site from a google search. I want to find out how to get to Yang-Zhou from PVG airport. I have a meditation retreat at Yang-Zhou Gao-Min monastery. I know there is a bus between Yang-Zhou and Shanghai but don’t know where the bus stops are. Can you give me some suggestion on how to search the bus route? Thank you.

DY

This is a question that rarely has answers on the Internet. I searched the question in Google and didn’t find any practical reesult.

Location of Yangzhou

The reason of lack of resources on Internet is, it is not on the major railway lines. Look at the map below:

map-shanghai.to.yangzhou.PNG

Map in courtesy of Google and mapabc

The rail only passes Zhenzhang (the city in blue circle). Yangzhou is at the other side of the Yangtze river. So it is a city almost forgot from the major transportation system.

By Train

Only in the recent years, there is direct train from Shanghai (the green circle). The first train from Shanghai Railway Station to Yangzhou is T756 that leaves Shanghai Railway Station at 12:16 at noon.

By Train + Bus

The better solution is to take train to Zhenjiang (the blue circle). Zhenjiang is at the major railway line – the Beijing-Shanghai route, so there are almost one train leaving Shanghai to Zhenjiang every half an hour. For example, T702 leaves Shanghai at 7:55 AM and arrives at Zhengjiang at 10:37. Then you can take bus from Zhenjiang to Yangzhou. Before 11:30, you can arrive at Yangzhou.

By Bus Only

I believe at the PVG, there are long distance buses that directly send you to Yangzhou. Exit at the International Terminal and you will see the sign. For more information, refer to this article: PVG: From Pudong Airport to Hangzhou.

Taxi?

Taxi is of cause one option. It is expensive, but it is still an option. I have no idea about how much it costs – should be about 100 USD – 200 USD? It is scary number, but a trip from SFO to San Jose may take this much, right? :-)

So good luck.

Disclaimer: I didn’t personally verify the information. Please do check before you go. Please comment if some information listed here is out of date or inaccurate. Thanks.

PVG: Bus to Suzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou

Here are the latest long distance bus information from Pudong Airport to nearby cities.

Direct bus

The following bus lines connects the Pudong Airport and the city directly with no stops in the middle.

Hangzhou 杭州 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930

Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310

Via Hong Qiao Airport

The following buses will go to Hong Qiao Airport to pick up passengers there and they leave for the destination.

Kun Shan 昆山 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930

Suzhou 苏州 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850

Wuxi 无锡 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820

Zhangjiagang 张家港 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740

Nanjing 南京 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840

Note: All the record are in the following format: Desitination, Chinese name, Price, Departure Time

I have updated the following pages to reflect the changes.

How Far are These Cities?

Nothing is better than a real satalite photo to tell the relative locations between the cities and the time it may take to go to the cities. You can find the location of the city on the photo below. I added the point, which means it may not be as accurate as a map.

map-pudong.airport-on.map.of.east.china.jpg

Image in courtesy of NASA

Update Hong Qiao Airport Buses September 23, 2004

For pictures and bus information at Hong Qiao Airport, visit my Hong Qiao Airport Long Distance Bus page.

Ticket price of long distance bus at Hong Qiao Airport

PVG: Transition to Hong Qiao (SHA)

Only 3 hour’s transition time from Pudong Airport to Hong Qiao airport? Is it enough? Let’s calculate.

Custom Gate

It takes 10 – 30 minutes to pass the custom. Depending on your position in the long line waiting at custom. So 40 minutes should be a safe bet.

Airport bus

The airport bus line #1 connecting Pudong and Hong Qiao airport operates at interval of 20 minutes (15 minutes in rush hours). So plan for 20 munites for waiting the bus.

Bus

The bus should arrive in Hong Qiao in about 1 hour. This is relatively precious estimation because there is no single red light during the road and the bus runs on the Expressway. There should be no traffic jam.

Hong Qiao Airport

Leave at least 20 minutes for you to find the ticket counter, buy the airport construction fee. Also, all domestic flights at Hong Qiao Airport require you to arrive 30 minutes before the departure of the flight. That is 50 minutes.

So, to be safe, you need to leave 45 (custom) + 20 (bus waiting time) + 60 (bus time) + 20 (Hongqiao Transition) + 30 (before departure) = 175 mins (3 hours) between the two flights.

What if I only have 2 hours?

If your flight arrival time in Pudong Airport is only 2 hours ahead of the flight departure time in Hong qiao Airport, chances are, you will miss your flight. However, if everthing goes very smooth, it is not a mission impossible. For example, if you rush out of your plane as the first passenger and use only 5 minutes to arrive the custom gate and pass it, and catch the air port bus in the next 10 minutes (which is possible). 1 hour later, you are already at Hong Qiao airport and you use 5 minutes to get off board the bus and find your counter – you can make it in 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is possible, if you are lucky enough.

PVG: Buses to Hangzhou, Suzhou…

There is a bus stop at Shanghai Pudong Airport (where all international flights to Shanghai land) serving shuttles to nearby cities. Here is the schedule:

To Price Schedule
Hangzhou 100 RMB 10:30 12:00 13:30 15:30 17:30 19:00
Suzhou 76 RMB 10:50 11:0 12:50 13:50 14:50 15:20 16:10 16:50 17:50 18:50
Nanjing 122 RMB 11:20 13:20 15:10 16:40 18:40
Wuxi 110 RMB 11:20 12:20 13:20 14:20 15:20 16:20 17:20 18:20
Kunshan 76 RMB 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30

Update May 11, 2006

Sean shared direction to the site also. Thanks Sean.

Little more direction for those of you that want to take the inter-city buses.

International arrival level is on the ground floor. After picking up your luggage and gone thru the custom check, take the exit, then go all the way to the right. Take the escalator or elevator to level 2 around there, take the over pass #5 or #6 towards the parking lot. (They are side by side) 1/3 way there you will see elevator that will take you to the parking lot below, one level down (top level of the parking structure) you will see a room next to the gated exit (next to the bathroom), that is where they sell the bus tickets.

PVG: From Pudong Airport to Hangzhou

Dear Jian shuo

My husband and I will be visiting China next month together with a group tour. We are planning to stay back in China for another 10 days visiting Hangzhou and Shanghai. Our first stop is from Shanghai to Hangzhou, besides taking the train and plane, are there other transportation like tour buses?.

We want to go to Wuangshan (Yellow mountain), if we want to go on our own, how should we go?

In Hangzhou, we both love food. Where should we go for seafood?

I hope you can help us. Thank you

Veronica

Credit: Veronica. Note: I will publish your email on information inquiry like this with my answers to help more people. Tell me if you don’t want to publish your email if you write to me at jianshuo AT hotmail DOT com

Currently, the most convinient transportation from PVG to Hangzhou is, I believe, by bus.

Bus

New routes from Shanghai Pudong Airport to nearby cities just put into operation. This is the schedule:

Updated September 22, 2004

    From: Pudong Airport

    To: Hangzhou

    Departs at

    10:30

    12:00

    13:30

    15:30

    17:30

    19:30

    Price: 100 RMB

    Time: About 2 and half hours

    Bus stop location: The Bus Center at the opposite side of Gate 19 of Arrival Hall

The above information is verfied to be accurate as of September 22, 2004. End of Update.

If you are interested in buses from PVG directly to Nanjing or Suzhou, see the appendix at the end of this article.

Train

I don’t suggest you to go by train since it is quite confusing for first time visitors to go from PVG to the South Shanghai Railway Station. There is no direct bus route and the South Shanghai Railway Station is under construction now and therefore is confusing even for local people.

Appendix: Direct Bus from PVG to Nanjing and Suzhou

    From: Pudong Airport

    To: Suzhou

    Departs at

    10:50

    11:50

    12:50

    13:50

    14:50

    15:50

    16:50

    17:50

    Price: 82 RMB

    Time: About 3 hours

    Bus stop location: The Bus Center at the opposite side of Gate 19 of Arrival Hall

    Note: It will stop at the Hong Qiao Airport to pick up more passengers before they continue the journey to Suzhou

    From: Pudong Airport

    To: Nanjing

    Departs at

    12:40

    14:40

    16:10

    18:00

    Price: 122 RMB

    Time: About 5 hours

    Bus stop location: The Bus Center at the opposite side of Gate 19 of Arrival Hall

    Note: It will stop at the Hong Qiao Airport to pick up more passengers before they continue the journey to Nanjing

Thanks for Mr. Zhao at Pudong Airport Nearby Area Bus Services at Tel +86-21-68346671 to provide the information.

Updated Latest Bus Information September 22, 2004

Here is the updated information of the bus to nearby cities.

Hangzhou 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930

Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310

Kun Shan 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930

Suzhou 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850

Wuxi 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820

Zhangjiagang 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740

Nanjing 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840

If there is any conflict between this table to other time table, this one should be more accurate since I recorded the time table from the poster of the ticket office at Pudong Airport for my visitors.

Updated Latest Bus Information Feburary 12, 2008

This is the latest update about the Pudong Airport to Hangzhou Bus.

Q: Where to find this bus?

A: It is just inside the Shanghai Pudong Airport. It is outside the gate 18 at the International arrival hall. Go directly forward after you exit the gate, and you will see directions. The station itself is pretty hard to find, since you cannot direct see it. It is on the top of the garage. Ask if you need help.

Q: What is the price?

Price: 100 RMB per person.

Q: Where does the bus go?

A: It stops at the Huanglong Stadium in Hangzhou.

Q: What is the departure time?

A: Departure time: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30

Q: What is the traval time?

A: 3 hours.

PVG: From Pudong Airport to Nanjing

It is hard to find the answer to this question on the Internet:

How can I go to Nanjing from Shanghai Pudong Airport?

I definitely know the problem people meet. This can be seen from my website log. A lot of people are searching hard for terms like Pudong Airport to Nanjing train. :-)

I hope this page will help you if you are among the many to seek for the result.

Locations of Pudong Airport and Nanjing

Before I offer the route, I suggest you to take a look at my hard work – the map of East China. Thanks for NASA‘s Visiable Earth project, I created the map below using the satellite image of the eastern China cities AND the Pudong Airport.

map-pudong.airport-on.map.of.east.china.jpg

On the map, the dark spots are cities. The right most largest brown sport is your Shanghai. From Shanghai and moving westward, you will pass Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou and at last, arrive in Nanjing. This map will give you clear concept about how far Shanghai and Najing is and the relative locations for the two cities.

Pudong Airport is far from the downtown Shanghai. I marked it with a red dot on the map. Yes. There are still 40 km from PVG (Shanghai Pudong Airport) to downtown Shanghai.

How many options do I have to go to Nanjing?

Well. Based on my current information, there is no direct bus or train connecting the airport and the city of Nanjing. Here are your options:

  1. By Bus
  2. By train
  3. By taxi

(listed in order of recommend level)

By bus

As I said, there is no direct bus to Nanjing, but there are at Hong Qiao Airport. Well, we meet the new name – Hong Qiao Airport. Where is it?

Again, I mark it on another satellite image of Shanghai since I trust what the land really looks like more than maps. It is a pitty that the image scope is small and I cannot mark Pudong Airport directly on the map. Fortunately, you can get some idea by referencing the two satellite maps with each other.

map-hongqiao.airport-satellite.JPG

Credit: NASA. Used with permission

In case you want to see the runway of the airport more clearly, here are the image:

shanghai-hongqiao.airport-satellite.jpg

Credit: GlobalSecurity.org

There are 50 km between the two airport. You can take the Airport Bus Route #1 to get there.

Price: 22 RMB / 2.65 USD

I have a special page for the buses. It is clean and comfort. See picture below. Bus interval is 15 minutes.

After you arrive in Hongqiao Airport, you can take the bus to Nanjing at the same bus stop of Airport Bus Route No.1.

Price from HongQiao to Nanjing: 20 USD (Actual price should be cheaper since the source I got included $8 for handling fee)

By train

If you are first time visitor, don’t try to go there by train since the railway station is very confusing. If you do want to take this route, here are some suggestions:

  1. Take airport bus route No. 5 to Shanghai Railway Station (marked on the map). Price: 18 RMB /

    2.16 USD

  2. Buy train tickets there. There are many trains to Nanjing eveyday – with average interval of less than one hour. I suggest you to take T712 (SH14:10->NJ17:20). See my previous experience.

By taxi

If you do want a comfortable trip, AND you don’t care too much about money, hire a taxi and ask the driver to take you directly to Nanjing. Most drivers will be more than happy to do that if it is not too late. Let me check the average price and be back with you.

Questions?

Use the comment system below if you have any question regarding the trip. Not surprisingly, I will not garentee an answer. :-)

This is part of the series article on Pudong Airport to help visitors to the airport. After SARS, the traffic in Pudong airport dramatically increased, so does page views of my Pudong Airport website and query emails I got. If anyone interested in volunteering to gather more information or help to answer emails, please send email to me. Please be advised that I reserve the right to publish your email with your name if you don’t instruct me not to do it in the mail.

Q: Arriving late to PVG

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Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 8:44 AM

Subject: PVG-> Nanjing question

Hello, Jianshuo,

I appreciate your website a lot. It provides lots of info. for visitors to Shanghai. Although I am not a first time visitor to Shanghai, I have not been there for a while and don’t keep up with the changes. Could you help me with the following question?

I will arrive in Shanghai PVG at about 5:50pm. It may be about 7pm by the time I claim my luggage and check out the customs. I wonder if there is still ‘route 1’ bus (via Hongqiao Airport) available to Nanjing by then? When is the last bus from Hongqiao Airport to Nanjing? How long does it take? If I decide to take a taxi, how much should I expect to pay?

Thanks and have a good weekend.

daisy

Daisy, you are right that after you claim your luggage and check out the customs, it should be 7:00 PM at least. (Maybe you are aware of that you check out the customer BEFORE you claim the luggage.)

According to Pu Dong Airport Bus Services (+86-21-68346612) via Pudong Airport Service Hotline +86-21-68341000, via Yellow Page Service +86-21-114), the scheduled last bus leaving Pudong Airport is 11:00 PM and the interval is about 30 minutes at night. They provide serivce that as long as there are still flights operating at the airport (due to delay), the airport bus will be available. It stops until that passengers from the last flight arrive.

I just got the latest information that buses from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Nanjing started operation recently. You can find the bus at Gate 19 of the Arrival Level. There are 6 schedule every day.

From: Pudong Airport To Nanjing

Departs at

12:40

14:40

16:10

18:00

Price: 122 RMB

Time: About 5 hours

Bus stop location: The Bus Center at the opposite side of Gate 19 of Arrival Hall

Note: It will stop at the Hong Qiao Airport to pick up more passengers before they continue the journey to Nanjing

The bus from Shanghai to Nanjing at Hong Qiao Airport will stop operation after 7:00 PM. So it is impossible for you to catch it considering the 1 hour transportation from PVG (Pudong Airport) to SHA (Hong Qiao Airport).

If you take taxi, it is about 1300 RMB (150 USD). You can call a taxi at PVG. I am sure the taxi will be extremely happy to send you there since this will be a very big business for him/her. However, some one may ask you to pay the money back from Nanjing to Shanghai (almost the same money) since they need to come back with an empty car. You may need to negotiate on this. I know you can also send an email to services@okiedokey.com and they will arrange reliable taxi drivers for you and negotiate the best price for you.

Regards

Jian Shuo Wang

Updated Latest Bus Information September 22, 2004

Here is the updated information of the bus to nearby cities.

Hangzhou 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930

Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310

Kun Shan (via Hong Qiao Airport) 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930

Suzhou (via Hong Qiao Airport) 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850

Wuxi (via Hong Qiao Airport) 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820

Zhangjiagang (via Hong Qiao Airport) 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740

Nanjing (via Hong Qiao Airport) 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840

If there is any conflict between this table to other time table, this one should be more accurate since I recorded the time table from the poster of the ticket office at Pudong Airport for my visitors.

Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou

A lot of people are asking me about how to go to Suzhou from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. My previous answer was “Go to Shanghai Railway Station and go by train”.

It is not a perfect solution, since the railway station is always the worst and confusing place in China. By worst, I mean it is crowded with all kinds of people – dirty passengers from various areas mixed with thiefs and bad guys. It is confusing because it is always hard to find the ticket counter and even harder to locate the gate to get aboard of train. This is almost mission impossible for a foreigner.

Today, I realized there is an alternative way. Obviously, this is a pleasant way.

Hong Qiao Airport as transition station

You can take Airport bus No. 1 to Hong Qiao Airport. See more in this blog entry.

Go to Suzhou by bus

Almost on the same stop is the stop for Suzhou. There are one bus leaving for Suzhou every hour from 10:00 to 20:00 (10:00, 11:00, 12:00, …, 20:00)

It SHOULD be a nice trip

Since the buses will take the route via the Shanghai-Nanjing Highway, it should be very fast (about 1 hour) to get to Suzhou.

Resources

p.s. I returned from Luoyang to Shanghai today via MU5382

Update: There is direct bus to Suzhou and Pudong Airport June 12, 2004

See this post for more information: PVG: Buses to Hangzhou, Suzhou.

Updated Latest Bus Information September 22, 2004

Here is the updated information of the bus to nearby cities.

Hangzhou 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930

Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310

Kun Shan (via Hong Qiao Airport) 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930

Suzhou (via Hong Qiao Airport) 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850

Wuxi (via Hong Qiao Airport) 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820

Zhangjiagang (via Hong Qiao Airport) 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740

Nanjing (via Hong Qiao Airport) 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840

If there is any conflict between this table to other time table, this one should be more accurate since I recorded the time table from the poster of the ticket office at Pudong Airport for my visitors.

From Pu Dong Airport to People’s Park

Today, I got a question from my reader:

Are there any reasonably priced shuttle services to get me from Shanghai Pudong airport to my hotel near Peoples Park?

It must be a very frequently asked question. Unfortunately, it is not easy to get an answer — I checked on the web but couldn’t find any useful resource before I gave up after five minutes.

Here is my suggestion:

The most convienit and cheap way to get from Pu Dong Airport to anywhere in the dowtown is to go by the Airport Bus. There are five lines connecting Pu Dong and downtown Shanghai.

# From To Price (RMB) /Estm. USD

1

Pu Dong Airport

Hong Qiao Airport

22 RMB / 2.65 USD

2

Pu Dong Airport

Shanghai Exihition Center (Near Ritz Carlton or People’s Square)

19 RMB

/ 2.28 USD

3

Pu Dong Airport

Zun Yi Road

20 RMB / 2.40 USD

4

Pu Dong Airport

East Jiang Wan Rd.

18 RMB

/ 2.16 USD

5

Pu Dong Airport

Shanghai Railway Station

18 RMB /

2.16 USD

Source: etang.com

The service time is 6:00~19:00 for downtown or 8:00~21:00 for Pu Dong Airport. For more information, you can call +86-21-38484500.

Hope this is useful for you if you travel to Shanghai.

See also:

Updated: Questions and Answers

Felicia from Singapore asked

What is operation hours & days that the bus from Pudong Airport to Shanghai Exhibition Center (Route #2) and vice versa operate?

A: It operates seven days a week. The first bus will leave Shanghai Exhition Center at 6:00 AM and returns at 8:00 AM from Pudong Airport. The last bus will leave Shanghai Exhibition center at 19:00 and returns from Pudong at 21:00

Is there fix timing for the buses daily eg departure every hour or half hour?

There is no fixed schedule for the bus. There is a fixed interval of 15 to 20 minutes. For busy hours, it is scheduled with 15 minutes interval and the interval is 20 minutes normally. There is no definition of busy hours or normal hours. Mabe it depends on the mood of the operator. :-)

How do I go about getting bus tickets from Shanghai Exhibition Center to Pudong Airport?

You can buy tickets after get onboard the bus. You don’t need a ticket to get onboard.

However, it is a little bit wired to find the bus stop. It is at the gate of Shanghai Exhibition Center on Nanjing Xi Rd. (or someone call it Nanjing Rd. West), opposite to Shanghai Center (Shanghai Center is also know for the Portman Riz-Carton Hotel inside). Please check your hotel receiption for detailed walking direction – there is no bus stop there though.