Experience the world’s fastest commercial train: Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT). The train uses magnetic levitation to “float” along the tracks and can make the 19-mile (30 kilometer) journey between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road Station in Shanghai in just over seven minutes, reaching speeds of up to 268 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour).
The world’s third commercial magnetic levitation line, Shanghai Maglev train opened in 2003. Visitors can purchase single, round-trip, or VIP tickets, with same-day air passengers qualifying for discounts. For convenience, book a package with round-trip transfer from Longyang Road Station to your hotel. Some sightseeing tours include a Maglev train ride and stops at attractions such as Bund, Xintiandi, or Oriental Pearl Tower. Or, book a private tour that includes a ride on the Maglev.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Different trains travel at different speeds; consult the schedule for timing.
- Passengers should check in at least five minutes before scheduled departure.
- Train doors close one minute before the scheduled departure.
- Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted on the train.
- Maglev trains are wheelchair accessible; request staff assistance at either Pudong Airport or Longyang Road Station to access elevators and a ramp if necessary.
How to Get There
Flights from all over the world land at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Catch the Maglev train from the airport directly. From Shanghai, the train runs from Longyang Station, which can be reached by metro Lines 2 and 7. A number of buses also stop at Longyang Road Station.
When to Get There
From Longyang Road Station, the first train departs at 6:45am and the last train departs at 9:40pm. From Pudong Airport, the first train departs at 7am while the last train departs at 9:40pm. Trains run at 15 to 20 minute intervals, depending on the time of day.
The Shanghai Maglev Transportation Science and Technology Museum is located at the bottom of Longyang Road Station. It features exhibits on the history, technology, and advantages of the train and technology behind it. With a Maglev train ticket, admission is free.