Located along the Huangpu River, near downtown Shanghai, the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is conveniently located for cruise ship passengers to disembark and make the most of their shore time exploring the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, the largest city in China and one of its most popular cities to visit.
With so much to see in Shanghai, maximize your time by taking a tour, particularly a private tour that will allow you to customize your itinerary. Highlights include the modern skyscrapers of Pudong, the classical buildings along the Bund, the charming Old French Concession area, classic Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and trendy spots like Xin Tian Di and Tianzifang.
Those interested in food, shopping, art, culture, or history in particular can find tours tailored for such interests. Add activities like an acrobatic show or a Huangpu River cruise for a more comprehensive experience. Day trips outside of Shanghai are also available, and popular options include Suzhou and water towns such as Zhujiajiao.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cruise ship passengers who book a guided group tour may enjoy up to 15 days of visa-free travel; 144-hour and 24-hour visa-free programs may also be available, subject to certain requirements.
- Most shore excursions include port pickup and drop-off.
- There are several cruise terminals in and around Shanghai; be sure you know which terminal your ship arrives and departs from.
- Shore excursions to attractions outside of Shanghai, such as Suzhou or Zhujiajiao, can take upwards of 8 hours.
How to Get to Shanghai from Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
The Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is located north of the Bund in the Hongkou District in Puxi. It’s close to a number of popular Shanghai attractions, including the Bund, Nanjing Road, and the modern skyscrapers of Pudong. Taxis, buses, and trains are available for those traveling farther afield.
The official language is Mandarin Chinese. English is not widely spoken, so if you venture away from the port on your own, it’s best to have your destination and your cruise port written down for you in Chinese to show taxi drivers. The official currency is the Yuan (or RMB). ATMs are plentiful, and you can also exchange money at banks by showing your passport.