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HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?

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HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?

Hi Ellyse and to everyone else. Our flight from Zhoushan will arrive at Hongqiao Airport at 0920. We plan to take a connecting international flight in Pudong Airport at 1230. We hear there's a shuttle every 30 minutes departing Hongqiao, going directly to Pudong, taking only 1 hour. Do we have enough time to make it to our flight in Pudong?

In theory, we could make it.

We could leave hongqiao by 10am, arrive in pudong at 11 am, and still with time to spare for our 1230 flight to Hong Kong.

IN THEORY, of course. Is this plausible?

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?

Hi, TravelFreak168,

Right. Theory is theory, you can try to catch the shuttle bus by your original plan , here we suggest you effective cost and fastest solution as back up also, if you don't catch shuttle bus on time, you can go as below:

1- Take a taxi immediately from Hongqiao airport to Longyan road station to transfer magleve train.

2- Show your same day airticket, you can get discount and buy maglev ticket with RMB40( It only take 8 mins from longyan road to pudong airport).

So you can arrive pudong airport round 11:30AM if you choose this solution and depart hongqiao by 10am.


Yours sincerely,

Susan Zheng

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2. Re: HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?


That would be one heck of a heart stopping adventure if we did that. We might opt for a less exciting option, which is Arrive in Shanghai the night before, arriving at 2340, and leaving for HK at 0750 the next day. =)

1.) Should we just stay in an area near the Pudong Airport then, after arriving at Hongqiao Airport? (Motel 168, Pudong?)

2.) We should probably arrive at Pudong at 6am(?)

3.) Are there any places where we can get a quick bite at midnight??

Again, many thanks.

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3. Re: HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?

Unfortunately there is no way to take a taxi immediately from Hongqiao Airport during daylight. The queue during the day is usually a minimum of 25 minutes. So arriving the night before, you avoid that bad alternative. Now, you do not need to be near Pudong Airport for lodging.

So at midnight, you should not have to wait long for a taxi to your hotel. Sleep virtually in any district which has a concentration of hotels. You can check the reviews here first and then elong.net and ctrip.com for the best prices. The Pudong district (near downtown and still far from the airport), is on the way to the Pudong Airport, and might have some good rooms. Take the taxi the next morning to Longyang Rd Maglev Station and show your ticket receipt for the 40 yuan fare (discount from 50-yuan) for each of you.

You should be at Pudong Airport ideally two hours before flight time. You must wait in line at the ticket counter, of course, and then there are some one-hour cutoffs for internationally checked luggage. Ninety minutes is your absolute minimum.

If you are very ambitious, stay near Old City, like in the new Renaissance, and visit the YuYuan Gardens at 8:30 a.m. Then leave the hotel at 10 a.m. for Longyang Road. Or stay along the Bund and wake up early to walk with the natives along the Huangpu seawall.

BTW, some taxi drivers will try to convince you they can get you to Pudong Airport as quickly as the Maglev, considering you might have to wait 15 minutes for the next train. They can do it, as I learned in one nail-biting episode, but they are going over 130 km/hr. Just reject that option and take the Maglev. :-)

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4. Re: HELP! Hongqiao to Pudong Airport in 3 hours?

Hi SoBeSparky!

Thanks so much for taking time to reply.

I didn't realize that Pudong Airport is a good 50 kms from downtown!

Anyhow, sadly, we wouldn't have any time for the Maglev anyways, nor the Yu Yuan Gardens, etc. because our flight leaves at roundabout 0800 in the morning.

The maglev, i understand, starts operations at 0700.

We should probably wake up at 0500 and put a move towards the airport to arrive at 0600.

That's coming from a flight from Hongqiao late the previous night!

Again, we SHOULD probably sleep whatever time we have for sleep near the Pudong Airport. (Should be around 4 hours max) (!)

Maybe a trip to downtown Xintiandi first from Hongqiao to try that Shiao Long Pao place my sister is raving about. What time does the restos in Xintiandi close?

Thanks again!!

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from my experience, from such a tight schedule, this is the best thing :

1) It will take you 20-25 mins to clear the airport arrivals inside after the plane has landed.

2) Immediately catch a taxi once you get out. The queues might be long but they are fast moving and very organized. I would not risk taking a bus because it could take 1 hour to 1.5 hour since theres quite some bit of traffic.

3) Take the taxi to Maglev Station, it may take 30-40 mins to get to the station which is on the periphery of Shanghai proper.

4) The Maglev train will take you 40-50kms to Pudong Airport in 8 mins.

5) You should reach Pudong Airport within the Check-In time (I hope you know that International Check-in usually closes 45-60 min before flight boarding.


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