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  • Location:Shanghai, China
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See Shanghai’s highlights on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Nanpu Bridge, the Bund, Jing’an Temple, Xintiandi, the People’s Plaza and more. Your pass is valid on all three routes, and you can hop off at any of the 22 stops to explore attractions by foot with your provided map. Your 2-day pass includes a Huangpu River cruise and admission to the Jin Mao Tower observation deck.


  • See Shanghai’s highlights aboard an open-top, double-decker bus
  • Hop off at any of the 22 stops to explore by foot with your provided map
  • Visit top Shanghai attractions including Xintiandi, the Bund, Jade Buddah Temple, People’s Plaza and Yuyuan Garden
  • Enjoy onboard audio commentary available in 8 languages
  • Catch sweeping city views from the Jin Mao Tower observation deck
  • Relax on a scenic 1-hour Huangpu River cruise
  • Enjoy the flexibility to explore at your own pace with your 2-day pass

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Shanghai Skyline

Based on the attractions you want to see, choose from three different routes: the Shanghai City Tour (Red Route), Temple Tour (Green Route) and Pudong Tour (Blue Route). Your pass is valid for all three routes. Then, hop aboard the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 22 stops around Shanghai to begin your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. On board, enjoy informative audio commentary that brings Shanghai’s culture and ancient history to life.

Drive down beautiful tree-lined streets, past outstanding colonial style buildings and under soaring skyscrapers. With your provided map in hand, hop off the bus to explore by foot. Visit sites such as Jade Buddha Temple, People’s Square, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Nanpu Bridge, Jing’an Temple and Xintiandi.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a 1-hour cruise on the Huangpu River, letting you experience Shanghai from a different perspective. You can also visit Jin Mao Tower, one of Shanghai’s most iconic skyscrapers, and whiz up to the 88th-floor observation deck for incredible panoramic views of the city.

See the Itinerary below for a full list of stops on each route. Your pass is valid for unlimited hop-on hop-off transportation within a 48-hour period.

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Stops include:

Red Route (Shanghai City Tour):
People’s Square
Shanghai Art Museum
Nanjing Road
The Bund
New Cruise Terminal
Yuyuan Garden
Xin Tian Di

Blue Route (Pudong Tour):
The Bund
Oriental Pearl Tower
World Financial Center & Jin Mao Tower
Cool Docks
New Cruise Terminal

Green Route (Temple Tour):
Shanghai Museum
Huaihai Road
Jing’an Temple
Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel
Jade Buddha Temple
Shanghai Art Museum

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well worth the money, well organised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a great way to see Shanghai. It is really nice that the ticket is for 48 hours so that one can visit different places at a leisurely pace. The buses, in my experience, appeared regularly at each stop on the three different routes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very easy to use being in a wheelchair, all buses had ramps, staff extremely helpful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Well worth the money. We were able to cover the sites important to us for the day we were there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent...a great way to see this fascinating place!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

An overview of Shanghei is a must and I don't know of a better way to do that than with the Hop-On Hop-Off bus.....absolutely get off at the Pearl Tower and go inside and to the top! Few people are aware of the magnificent surprises - even a rotating restaurant and a space station at the very highest pearl Not to be missed.
Get the best ticket on the bus as this allows you to get a free boat ride on the river. Happy travels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Good way to see the City as wouldn't see a fraction of sightseeing on foot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great way to start exploring the city: I decided on the red and green route for day 1 and the blue route for day 2, which turned out to be a good combination. Commentary over headphones was useful and informative and all staff encountered were efficient and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Easy to convert voucher to the ticket and no problem on buses. I forgot to confirm in advance as requested but they did not even mention it. Good way to view city and to move around Shanghai. Chinglish commentary amusing and informative. Stops can be a long way from the designated target i.e. Yu Gardens but no great issues. River trip great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We booked a two day tour, but could only use 1.5 days of it unfortunately, due to travel plans. But what we saw was wonderful and the tour stops and locations were pretty well marked. We did miss getting off a couple of times as it didn't seem like the bus actually stopped and waited.

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