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

Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention. With your 2-day pass, enjoy a complimentary Huangpu River cruise and entry to 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

Select from three different routes depending on which attractions you wish to see and venture to a conveniently located hop-on, hop-off stop with your 48-hour pass. Use your 48-hour pass to discover the sights on the Temple Tour, the Pudong Tour and the Shanghai City Tour. Disembark at any of the 22 stops scattered around Shanghai and enhance your sightseeing experience with informative audio commentary. 

Cruise charming streets flanked with tall, leafy trees and marvel at the architectural amalgamation of quaint colonial buildings with modern mega structures. Absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; see the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden; and capture photographs of the distinctive Nanpu Bridge as you travel. 

Included in your hop-on, hop-off pass is entry to the Jin Mao Tower, an iconic skyscraper that boasts a vertiginous city vantage point; observe the magnificent metropolis from the 88th floor observation deck and capture fantastic photos. Additionally, enjoy a tranquil cruise on the Huangpu River to see Shanghai’s sights from an alternative perspective.  

Please see the Itinerary section below for detailed lists of stops on each bus route. 

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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 (on Nanjing West Road)
Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel (on Nanjing West Road)
Jade Buddha Temple
Shanghai Art Museum

Customer Reviews

Nadia M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very nicely selected route and included tickets for three very different tours. All were worth every penny and time. Highly recommend it.

Karmen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well worth the money, well organised.

Jennifer M USA

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.

Myra N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

Bruce B

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.

Bruce E

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.

Bodo K

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.

Philippa S

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.

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