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Layover At Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport

| July 20, 2014

If you’re stuck on a Shanghai layover at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, you can find plenty to do to bide your time. Shanghai is China’s largest city, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Shanghai layover, click here for useful tips.

Shanghai Layover stopover

If you’re stuck in the airport during your Shanghai Pudong layover, there are dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping including duty free shops between gates 15 and 20 for international travelers. There are also medical clinics, banks, and airline lounges throughout the airport.

CLICK HERE for the complete Layover Guide to Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport (SHA)

For those on an overnight Shanghai layover, or looking to rest between flights, there is a three-star hourly hotel on the transfer level of the main terminal. You can reserve a room in advance by calling 021-68346480 (domestically) and 021-68346490 (Internationally). For a list of Shanghai hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you have a long layover, there’s tons to do in this city. Taxi cabs are really reasonable and a great way to get around in Shanghai. A 30 minute ride will usually cost no more than $5.00. However, if you have time to spend in Shanghai, it’s sun to take the Maglev train – the world’s first commercial high-speed train that travels up to 268 MPH! The Maglev train runs every 15-20 minutes ($10 roundtrip) and in less than 10 minutes, it can take you from the Pudong International Airport to Long Yang Road station.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things During A Shanghai Layover:

Shanghai Tours
There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Shanghai, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. There are bus and walking tours, cultural and historic tours, food tours, night tours and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Shanghai, or into the surrounding areas, click here.

The Bund
The Bund, also called Zhongshan Road, is a famous waterfront along the bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, and is famous which is famous for its grand buildings of various architectural styles. A taxi takes 45mins to 1hr to get to the Bund area, so please plan with plenty of time to get back to the airport (and take into account the, at times, long lines for immigration and security.) Check out the shopping street Nanjing Road (3.4 miles long) with some of the “best shopping in the world.”

Oriental Pearl Tower
The Oriental Pearl Tower is in Lujiazui, by the bank of Huangpu River. At 468 meters high, it’s the third highest TV Tower in the world. Ranked as one of the ten best views in Shanghai, you can visit the observation deck for around 50 RNB. The Tower also has a restaurant shopping, entertainment, and hotel.

Feng Xiang Market
Take a cab to the market, located 580 Nan Jing West Road. The Feng Xiang Market is a three story complex with many stalls, selling anything you can want including knock-off name brand products. Come prepared to negotiate – vendors will initially quote you roughly 5 times higher than what you can negotiate them down to. Also, be aware of people trying to get you to enter stalls. Many receive a commission to bring you into shops, that you will have to pay for.

Shanghai Acrobatic Show
If your layover is at night, check out this incredible Shanghai acrobatic show from renown acrobats. The package will also give you a tour of Shanghai city at night.

Have a suggestion for a Shanghai Pudong layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Melissa says:

    CAn anyone tell me the website for the hotel @ pudong airport? My daughter has a 17 hour layover at Pudong, but she does not have a Chinese visa. She is American if that matters…

    Thank you,


  2. Natalie says:


    I just tried to ring the above number for the hourly transit hotel, but had no answer, does anyone know if the hotel still operates? And if yes, is there a new number or website that I can book a room at?


  3. Patrice says:

    Same question as Natalie. Is the hourly transit hotel still operational and if there a current tel number. We will be traveling in Feb 2013

    Thank you!

  4. Sean says:

    It might be the Motel 168, I ended up there one time, I had a mandarin speaker with me so he did all the booking in and i was out first thing so did not breakfast. Room was clean enough although the round bed was very austin powers it’s joined to the Dazhong hotel. for the website try tripadvisor.co.uk

    best regards


  5. Lily says:

    I’m having a ~13 hour layover at this airport. I am a white, female, American teenager without a Chinese visa. Does anyone have information for the hotel at the airport or any recommendations for me at all? Do I need to go to the hotel or would I be better off drinking coffee all night and not sleeping in the airport? Is it safe there for an unaccompanied white girl?

    • max says:

      You do not need a Chinese visa to leave the airport by the way unless ur gonna be longer than 72 hours. This airport has lots to do but the hourly hotel is always a good option for a few of your hours

  6. Jean Finney says:

    How much does the hourly hotel COST? Thanks!

  7. jonny says:

    far out – finding information about the cost of this bloody hourly hotel is harder than getting blood from a stone!

  8. Xiao Ting says:

    If I only layover at this airport for 3hours, should I transit to another plane or wait inside the plane?

  9. Julie carmelo says:

    We have a 12 hrs layover in shanghai. My daughter is an american while me and my son are Filipinos (Philippines), we arr planning to visit the city while waiting for our next flight. Do we need a visa to exit shanghai? Do they an arrage tour for at least 7 hrs?