How much will it be to get transportation from the international airport? How would I schedule this in advance?
Taxi to this hotel should be around rmb 180 incl all toll, unless very serious traffic Going back to hotel from airport, better have hotel call you a taxi well in advance. This hotel has no driveway, so no idle taxi waiting around for airport passengers. And finding a taxi on street is not often easy. If u hv local mobile number, use uber or didi.
Unless u travel very light, taking subway is exhausting and dreadful if you have the luxury of time and energy to go for an experience. There might be a lift from subway level to the street level, i didnt remember where that is located; otherwise stairway.
If you arrive at Pudong airport where most international flights lands, the taxi from the airport taxi Q will bring you to Penta Hotel for RMB250-300, depending on the traffic. For public transport, you can take the Maglev train and change to underground at Longyang station for Zhongshan Park Station on Line 2. It's a 7 minute walk from the station to hotel. This is one of the reasons for choosing this hotel.
Getting there from either airport - Pudong or Hongqiao - is easy.
The Maglev from Pudong is fun (roughly 80-100RMB roundtrip) and from the Maglev terminal, Longyang Road, you're on line 2 of the metro all the way to Zhongshan Park. From there it is a short walk to the hotel. Total journey time, roughly 1hr15. During daytime it is probably more reliable than a taxi but remember that the last Maglev either way runs at about 2130. After that the metro line 2 goes all the way to or from Pudong, but stops fairly early (around 2200). If you think you'll miss the last Maglev from town, pick up a taxi somewhere like People's Square....becasue you'll be ripped off if you look for one at Longyang Road after hours!!
Coming from Hongqiao, it is the same line 2 but it is a bit quicker and of course you won't need to take the Maglev.
As for sorting out your groung transport in advance, there's no need.
Have fun in Shanghai!
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