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.
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:
- By Bus
- By train
- By taxi
(listed in order of recommend level)
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.
Credit: NASA. Used with permission
In case you want to see the runway of the airport more clearly, here are the image:
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)
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:
- Take airport bus route No. 5 to Shanghai Railway Station (marked on the map). Price: 18 RMB /
- 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.
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.
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
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 8:44 AM
Subject: PVG-> Nanjing question
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, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and they will arrange reliable taxi drivers for you and negotiate the best price for you.
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.