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Municipality of Shanghai, China

Date of opening10 Apr 1995
Network length588 km (365.44 mi)
Stations364 (284*)
Lines14        Line history
Stations per line26.00
Avg. station distance1,680 m (1.04 mi)
Avg. line length42.00 km (26.10 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 16 Feb 2016
Maglev and Line 22 not included
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)6.24 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)10,600 (6,590)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.34 EUR (as of 2009); access/exit gates
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doorsNewer line 4 stations and refitted line 1 stations
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: jpg, © 2013

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

 2015 – Line 10 extension from New Jiangwan City to Gangchen Road. 10 km.
 2015 – Line 2 will extend eastward, from Xujingdong to Panlong Road. 2 km.
 2015 – Line 3 and Line 4, which currently share part of their route, will go their separate ways in a rerouting project. 2.6 km.
 2015 – Metro Line 11 will be extended from its Luoshan Road to Disneyland. 9.2 km.
 2015 – Metro Line 8 will go beyond its Shanghai Aerospace Museum stop to Huizhen Road. 6.6 km.
28 Dec 2013 – Line 16 from Luoshan Road (transfer to Line 11) to Lingang/Nanhui New City. New line, 45 km, 11 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Shanghai

The metro is new and clean but crowded. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, that crosses the river, provides a spectacular ride.

Photo: The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, view from the front of one of the automated cabins.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Though both are not real metros, ride the Maglev to the airport at 430 km/h and take an automated cabin through the Bund Tourist Tunnel to watch the colourful light show along the tunnel.

Metro Museums

metro museum Shanghai Metro Museum. China's first professional metro museum has 3000 square meters full of dioramas, interactive displays, simulators, and 5D cinemas all explaining the history of the Shanghai Metro. Since 2014.
Address: 779 Wuzhong Lu, email. At Ziteng Lu metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesday (for individuals), Wednesday and Friday (for groups). Booking required. Admission: free. Features: films, gift shop.

specialty museum Shanghai Maglev Museum. Dedicated to the history and technology of Maglev trains in the world, the museum has five themed sections: Birth of Maglev, Maglev Shanghai Line, Maglev Technology, Maglev Superiorities, Prospects for Maglev. Since 2007. Location: In the Longyang Road Maglev station at street level.
At Longyang Road metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): 9 am to 5 pm every day. Admission: 10 RMB.
Reference: (official website).

Metro City Hopping

Shanghai is part of the Tbilisi cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Shanghai    Shanghai Line 11 + Suzhou Line 1 (planned) (metro)    Suzhou      80 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Chinese family
Members: Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Western-style trains. Hong Kong acted as consultant for most Chinese metro cities.

Maglev or LIM Technology

Maglev: Maglev trains utilize the repelling force of magnets to float and stay guided:
  • Maglev (airport link), opening: 1 Jan 2004, 30.5 km, 2 stations, 7 minutes, 431 km/h, Transrapid,

Express Services

Line 16 has an express service that skips eight stops.

Circle Lines

Shared circle - Line 4 - 33.7 km - 26 stations - opened 2000 - completed 2007 - shared with line 3 .

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Doors-closing signal is a "beep-beep-beep...", continued until the doors are closed and accompanied by flashing lights above the doors. Pre-recorded announcements on the ride: "Next station is [name]." Before the train stops, you hear in Mandarin Chinese "Arrived at station [name]", followed in English:"We are now at [name]."

Line 4 train departing from Yangshupu Road station.

Duration: 0:35 

Maglev train departing from Longyang station, ready to rush to Pudong Airport within 7 minutes at 430 km/h.

Duration: 0:40 

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  Shanghai photo gallery.Wallpaper.

Handpicked Resources Official website

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Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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