Shanghai Metro

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Shanghai Metro
Shanghai Metro Full Logo.svg
Owner Shanghai Shentong Metro Group
Locale Shanghai and Kunshan, Jiangsu
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 14[note 1]
Number of stations 337[note 2]
Daily ridership 7.75 million (2014 avg.)[1]
10.343 million (record)[2]
Annual ridership 2.828 billion (2014)[1]
Began operation May 28, 1993
Operator(s) Shanghai No.1-No.4 Metro Operation Company (4 Companies share similar names)
System length 548 km (340.5 mi)[3][note 1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification DC1500V overhead line; (Line 16) DC1500V third-rail
System map


Shanghai Metro
Simplified Chinese 上海轨道交通
Traditional Chinese 上海軌道交通
Literal meaning Shanghai Rail Transit
Commonly abbreviated as
Simplified Chinese 上海地铁
Traditional Chinese 上海地鐵
Literal meaning Shanghai Subway

The Shanghai Metro is a rapid transit system in Shanghai, China, operating urban and suburban rail transit services to 14 of its 17 municipal districts (except Fengxian, Jinshan and Chongming) and to Huaqiao Township, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. Opening in 1993 with full-scale construction extending back to 1986, Shanghai Metro is the third oldest rapid transit system in mainland China, after the Beijing Subway and the Tianjin Metro. It has seen substantial growth over the decades, especially during the years leading up to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and is still expanding. It is the largest component of the notional Shanghai metropolitan rail transit network, together with the Shanghai Maglev Train, the Zhangjiang Tram and the China Railway-operated commuter rail services to Jinshan and to Lingang New City in Pudong.

Currently, the Shanghai Metro system is the world's largest rapid transit system by route length[4][5][6][7][8] and second largest by number of stations[note 2], with 14 lines[note 1] and 337 stations totaling 548 kilometres (341 mi).[3][note 1] It also ranks second in the world by annual ridership after Beijing, with 2.5 billion rides delivered in 2013.[1] The newest daily ridership record was set at 10.343 million on September 25, 2015,[2] while over 8 million people use the system on an average weekday.[9]

On 16 October 2013, with the extension of Line 11 into Kunshan, Jiangsu province, Shanghai Metro became the first rapid transit system in China to provide cross-provincial service. Further plans to connect the Shanghai Metro with the metro systems of Suzhou and Wuxi are under active review.[10]

Lines and services[edit]

For the Maglev Train and the China Railway-operated service formerly denoted Line 22, see Shanghai Maglev Train and Jinshan Railway.

Lines and services are denoted numerically as well as by characteristic colors, which are used as a visual aid for better distinction on station signage and on the exterior of trains, in the form of a colored block or belt.

Unlike in other systems such as the New York City Subway, most tracks in the Shanghai Metro system are served by a single service; thus "Line X" usually refers both to the physical line and its service. The only exception is the segment shared by Line 3 and the loop Line 4, between Hongqiao Road and Baoshan Road, where both services use the same tracks and platforms. Otherwise, transfers between intersecting lines are possible through in-station connecting passageways.

Partial service patterns[edit]

Partial service patterns exist on Lines 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11, whereby some trains serve only a (usually busier) sub-segment of the entire physical line. In addition, Line 2 has a piecewise service pattern whereby the suburban segment between Guanglan Road and Pudong International Airport is served by a 4-car fleet separately. Passengers traveling across Guanglan Road on Line 2 must change trains across the platform at Guanglan Road.

Currently, all trains make all stops along its service route. Except for Line 16, express service is not physically possible. Line 16 is built with an express track. A rush-hour, peak-direction express service once existed on Line 16,[11] making two intermediate stops at Xinchang and Huinan. However, due to concerns for overall capacity, the express service was discontinued on January 30, 2014.[12]

All trains in the Shanghai Metro display and announce destinations in both Chinese and English to indicate direction as well as partial/full-length service patterns.

System map of the Shanghai Metro as of March 1, 2015, including the Shanghai Maglev Train
Line Terminals
Service patterns Opened Newest
01     Line 1 Fujin Road
Fujin Road <> Xinzhuang
Partial: Shanghai Railway Station <> Xinzhuang
1993 2007 36.4 28
02     Line 2
East Xujing
Pudong International Airport
East Xujing <> Guanglan Road
Partial: Songhong Road <> Guanglan Road
Suburban segment: Guanglan Road <> Pudong International Airport
1999 2010 63.8 30
03     Line 3 North Jiangyang Road
Shanghai South Railway Station
North Jiangyang Road <> Shanghai South Railway Station
Partial: South Changjiang Road <> Shanghai South Railway Station
2000 2006 40.3 29
04     Line 4
Yishan Road
Yishan Road
Loop line; certain trains terminate at Yishan Road 2005 2007 33.7 26
05     Line 5 Xinzhuang
Minhang Development Zone
Xinzhuang <> Minhang Development Zone 2003 17.2 11
06     Line 6 Gangcheng Road
Oriental Sports Center
Gangcheng Road <> Oriental Sports Center
Partial: Jufeng Road <> Gaoqing Road
2007 2011 32.3 28
07     Line 7 Meilan Lake
Huamu Road
Meilan Lake <> Huamu Road
Partial: Shanghai University <> Huamu Road
2009 2010 44.2 33
08     Line 8 Shiguang Road
Shendu Highway
Shiguang Road <> Shendu Highway
Partial: Middle Yanji Road <> Oriental Sports Center
2007 2011 37.4 30
09     Line 9 Songjiang South Railway Station
Middle Yanggao Road
Songjiang South Railway Station <> Middle Yanggao Road
Partial: Sheshan <> Middle Yanggao Road
2007 2012 52.1 26
10     Line 10 Xin-jiangwancheng
Hongqiao Railway Station (Minhang)
Hangzhong Road (Minhang)
Xinjiangwancheng <> Hongqiao Railway Station
Xinjiangwancheng <> Hangzhong Road
2010 2010 35.4 31
11     Line 11 Jiading North (Jiading)
Huaqiao (Kunshan, Jiangsu)
Luoshan Road
Huaqiao <> Sanlin
Jiading North <> Luoshan Road
2009 2013 72 34
12     Line 12 Qufu Road
Jinhai Road
Qufu Road <> Jinhai Road 2013 2014 19 16
13     Line 13 Changshou Road
Jinyun Road
Changshou Road <> Jinyun Road 2012 2014 12.2 10
16     Line 16 Longyang Road
Dishui Lake
Longyang Road <> Dishui Lake 2013 2014 59 13
Total 548
[3][note 1]
[note 2]


Transfer stations[edit]

There are two types of transfer stations: physical transfer stations and transit-card only ones. In a physical transfer station, passengers can transfer between subway lines without exiting a fare zone. In a transit-card only transfer station, however, passengers have to exit and re-enter fare zones as they transfer from one subway line to another. In order to receive a discounted fare, passengers must use a Shanghai public transport card (SPTC) instead of Single-Ride tickets.

Transit-card only transfer stations[edit]

A transit-card only transfer station is a station where two lines meet, but unlike a physical interchange, there is no direct pathway between them within the paid fare area. Passengers wishing to interchange must exit the paid fare area for the first line, walk a short distance on the street, and re-enter the paid fare area for the second line. Since June 1, 2008, passengers interchanging using a Shanghai public transport card have their trip regarded as one journey and the distance will be accumulated for fare calculation. Passengers must exit a station and re-enter another within 30 minutes using the same Shanghai public transport card. Those using single-ride tickets cannot use virtual transfers and must purchase a new ticket.

In some cases virtual interchanges have been replaced by physical interchanges after construction is completed. For example, Hongkou Football Stadium Station was previously a virtual interchange between Line 3 and Line 8, but is now a physical interchange. The remaining virtual interchanges are:

Stations of note[edit]

The busiest station in Shanghai Metro system is People's Square station (Lines 1, 2 and 8). As the interchange station for three lines, it is extremely crowded during peak hours. It remains busy during the rest of the day as it is located near major shopping and tourist destinations such as Nanjing Road (E.) Pedestrian Street as well as the Shanghai Museum, People's Park, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and Yan'an Park on People's Square. It has the second most number of exits (totalling 17) in the stations of the metro system.

Xujiahui (Lines 1, 9 and 11) is located in the major Xujiahui commercial center of Shanghai. Six large shopping malls and eight large office towers are each within a three-minute walk of one of the station's exits, numbering a total of 18 since the addition of the four in the Line 9 part of the station that opened in December 2009. This is the largest number of exits of all the stations on the system. This station is also widely used as a pedestrian tunnel across the wide roads.

Lujiazui (Line 2) is the major station in Pudong area. It is situated in the heart of Lujiazui financial district, the financial center of Shanghai. The city's iconic landmarks, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Centre are all within walking distance of the station. In contrast to Xujiahui and People's Square, Lujiazui is not particularly busy during off-peak hours or at weekends as it is located in financial district of Shanghai.

Shanghai Railway Station (Lines 1, 3 and 4) is a major transportation hub in Shanghai, containing the railway station, two subway lines and the stop for many city bus lines as well as interprovincial buses. These bus lines will soon be housed in a brand-new bus station. The line 1 platform is in the South square while platforms for line 3/4 are in the North square. These two platforms are technically separate stations, so interchange is only possible between lines 3/4. A transfer to the line 1 platform requires a SPTC or a new ticket.

Zhongshan Park Station (Lines 2, 3 and 4) is a heavily trafficked station due to the large shopping malls and hotel immediately above it.

Century Avenue Station (Lines 2, 4, 6 and 9) is the largest interchange station in the Shanghai Metro system.

Pudong International Airport (Line 2) – the eastern terminus of Line 2. It serves the airport of the same name in Shanghai. The station also provides a transfer with the Shanghai Maglev Train to Longyang Road.

Shibo Avenue (Line 13) – the station that served the main entrance of the Shanghai Expo. It has been closed since the end of the expo and will be reopened later.


Evolution of the Shanghai Metro
  • May 28, 1993 – Southern section of Line 1 (New Longhua/Shanghai South Railway Station – Xujiahui) enters operation[14][15] (4.4 km).
  • April 10, 1995 – Line 1 (Jinjiang Park – Shanghai Railway Station; including initial section, which opened 1993) enters operation [14][15] (16.1 km).
  • December 28, 1996 – Southern extension to Line 1 (Xinzhuang – Jinjiang Park) enters operation (4.5 km).[16][17]
  • Sept 20, 1999 – Line 2 (Zhongshan Park – Longyang Road) enters operation (16.3 km).[18][19][14]
  • December 26, 2000 – Two lines enter operation:
    • Eastern extension to Line 2 (Longyang Road – Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park) (2.8 km)[20][14]
    • Line 3 (Shanghai South Railway Station – Jiangwan) (24.6 km)[14][20]
  • November 25, 2003 – Line 5 (Xinzhuang – Minhang) enters operation (17.2 km).[21]
  • December 28, 2004 – Northern extension to Line 1 (Shanghai Railway Station – Gongfu Xincun) enters operation (12.4 km).[22]
  • December 31, 2005 – Line 4 enters operation, except section between Lancun Road and Damuqiao Road that was delayed due to construction accident.[23]
  • December 18, 2006 – Northern extension to Line 3 (Jiangwan – Jiangyang Road North) enters operation (15.7 km).[24][14]
  • December 30, 2006 – Western extension to Line 2 (Songhong Road – Zhongshan Park) enters operation (6.15 km).[14][24]
  • December 29, 2007 – Five lines or sections enter operation on the same day:[25]
    • Second northern extension to Line 1 (Gongfu Xincun – Fujin Road) (3.4 km)[26]
    • Delayed section of Line 4 (Lancun Road – Damuqiao Road), completing the loop.[26]
    • Line 6 (Gangcheng Road – Lingyan South Road) (31.1 km)[26]
    • Line 8 (Shiguang Road – Yaohua Road)[26]
    • Line 9 (Songjiang New City – Guilin Road)[26]
  • December 28, 2008 – Line 9 is extended from Guilin Road to Yishan Road, connecting with the rest of the metro network.[27]
  • July 5, 2009 – Southern extension to Line 8 (Yaohua Road – Shendu Highway) enters operation (14.4 km).[28]
  • December 5, 2009 – Line 7 (Shanghai University – Huamu Road) enters operation (34.4 km).[28][29]
  • December 31, 2009 – Two lines enter operation:
    • Downtown section of Line 9 (Yishan Road – Century Avenue)[28]
    • Line 11 (Jiangsu Road – Jiading North)[28]
  • February 24, 2010 – Short section of eastern extension of Line 2 (Longyang Road - Guanglan Road) enters operation. Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park station is rebuilt underground.[30]
  • March 16, 2010 – Second western extension to Line 2 (Xujing East – Songhong Road) enters operation, connecting Hongqiao Airport to the metro system.[14][30]
  • March 29, 2010 – Branch line of Line 11 (Jiading New City - Anting) enters operation.
  • April 8, 2010 – Eastern extension to Line 2 (Guanglan Road – Pudong Airport) enters operation, connecting the two airports.[30][31]
  • April 10, 2010 – Line 10 (New Jiangwan City – Hangzhong Road) enters operation.[30] Shanghai Metro becomes the longest metro system in the world after 15 years of breakneck growth.[32]
  • April 20, 2010 – Expo section of Line 13 (Madang Road – Shibo Avenue) enters temporary operation.[33][34]
  • July 1, 2010 – with the opening of Hongqiao Railway Station, its metro station of the same name on Line 2 enters operation.
  • November 2, 2010 – With the end of Shanghai Expo, Expo section of Line 13 suspends service, to be reopened when the rest of the line is completed.
  • November 30, 2010 – Section of Line 10 (Longxi Road – Hongqiao Railway Station) enters operation, connecting the two terminals of Hongqiao Airport.[30]
  • December 28, 2010 – The 10-km long northern extension to Line 7 (Shanghai University – Meilan Lake) enters operation.[30]
  • April 12, 2011 - Oriental Sports Center Station Opens[35][36]
  • April 26, 2011 - Line 11 Changji East Road Station opens.[35]
  • June 30, 2011 - Panguang Road and Liuhang Stations on Line 7 open.[35]
  • December 30, 2012 – The first phase of Line 13 (Jinyun Road – Jinshajiang Road) and southern extension of Line 9 (Songjiang South Railway Station – Songjiang Xincheng) enters operation.[37]
  • August 31, 2013 – The second phase of Line 11 (Jiangsu Road – Luoshan Road) enters operation.[38]
  • October 16, 2013 – The 6-km long branch extension of Line 11 (Anting – Huaqiao) enters operation. Shanghai Metro is extended into Jiangsu province.[39]
  • December 29, 2013 – The eastern section of Line 12 (Tiantong Road - Jinhai Road) and the southern section of Line 16 (Luoshan Road - Dishui Lake) both enter operation.[40]
  • May 10, 2014 - Line 12 Extension to Qufu Road Station.[41]
  • December 28, 2014 – Extensions to Line 13 (Jinshajiang Road - Changshou Road) and Line 16 (Luoshan Road - Longyang Road) open [3]

Ticket system[edit]

Jiaotong University Station
Dabaishu Station

Like many other metro systems in the world, Shanghai Metro uses a distance-based fare system. As of September 15, 2005, after Shanghai Municipal Government raised the price, fares range from 3 yuan for journeys under 6 km, to 10 yuan for journeys over 6 km.

As of December 25, 2005, Shanghai uses a "one-ticket network", which means that interchanging is possible between all interchange stations without the purchase of another ticket where available. In the event of riding beyond the value of one's ticket, the user may pay the difference at a Service Center near the main turnstiles.

Since June 1, 2008, users of the Shanghai public transport card can interchange at Shanghai Railway Station, and Hongkou Stadium without paying another base fare. (see section on virtual interchange stations above).


  • For most lines, the base fare is 3 yuan (US$0.45) for journeys under 6 km, then 1 yuan for each additional 10 km. As of December 2013, the highest fare is 15 yuan (Approximately US$2.50).
  • For journeys exclusively on Line 5 (Xinzhuang – Minhang Development Zone), the fare is 2 yuan for journeys under 6 km and all other journeys are 3 yuan (though the total length of this line is a bit longer than 16 km).
  • Users of the Shanghai public transport card get a 10% discount for the rest of the calendar month after paying 70 yuan. The discount is applied only for journeys after the payment; it is not retroactively applied to previous journeys.
  • Users of the Shanghai public transport card as part of the "Air-conditioned Bus Transfer Discount" get a 1 yuan discount when transferring to the metro within 90 minutes. (The 10% monthly discount may be applied after the transfer discount) This discount also applies for bus to Metro and bus to bus transfers and can accumulate over multiple transfers. For example, to get from Zhenbei Rd/Meichuan Rd to Xiuyan Rd/Hunan Rd would normally cost 8 yuan each way (947 bus to line 4 to 451 bus) but only costs 6 RMB with the card (947 bus discounted transfer to line 4, discounted transfer to 451 bus). Depending on the time spent at the destination the discount will be applied at the start of the return trip as well, making the cost of a round-trip 11 yuan instead of the 16 yuan that would normally be charged without the card.
  • Seniors over 70 years of age can take the metro for free (except during rush hours, 7–9am and 5–7pm on weekdays) by using their social security cards (also RFID-embedded) at a special turnstile at each metro station.

Single Journey ticket[edit]

Single-ride tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines, and at some stations, at a ticket window. Single-ride tickets are embedded with RFID contactless chips. When entering the system riders tap the ticket against a scanner above the turnstile, and on exit they insert the ticket into a slot where it is stored and recycled.

Transit card[edit]

In addition to a Single-Ride ticket, fare can be paid using a Shanghai public transport card. This RFID-embedded card can be purchased at selected banks, convenience stores and metro stations with a 20-yuan deposit. This card can be loaded at ticket booths, Service Centers at the metro stations as well as many small convenience stores and banks throughout the city. The Shanghai Public Transportation Card can also be used to pay for other forms of transportation, such as taxi or bus.

This transit card is similar to the Oyster card of the London Underground (and other London transport systems), Chicago card of the CTA and the Octopus card of Hong Kong's MTR.

One-day pass[edit]

A one-day pass was introduced for the Expo 2010 held in Shanghai. The fare for the calendar day was set at 18 yuan, for unlimited travel within the metro system. This is not available through vending machines, but has to be purchased at Service Centers at metro stations.[42]

Three-day pass[edit]

A three-day pass is available for Shanghai Metro. The fare for three days was set at 45 yuan, for unlimited travel within the metro system. This is not available through vending machines, but has to be purchased at Service Centers at metro stations.


Inside a Line 2 train.


Standard gauge is used throughout the network, allowing new train equipment to be transported over the Chinese rail network which uses the same gauge.


Many stations in the stations of Lines 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 have platform screen doors with sliding acrylic glass at the platform edge. The train stops with its doors lined-up with the sliding doors on the platform edge and open when the train doors open, and are closed at other times. These screens are also being retrofitted on existing lines, starting with Line 1 whose core stations had doors by the end of 2006. On the People's Square Station of Line 2, the platform has sliding safety doors that reach only halfway up from the ground called Automatic platform gates.

Rolling stock[edit]

Train sets used by the Metro system:

Most lines currently use 6 car sets, exceptions include:

  • Lines 5, 6, and a section of line 2 which use 4 car sets.
  • Some trains on line 8 use 7 car sets.
  • Line 1 and line 2 used 8 car sets.
  • Line 16 will use 3 car sets


Shanghai Metro lines 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are equipped with CBTC systems capable of headways as low as 90 seconds.[43]

Power supply[edit]

In contrast to many other metro systems in the world, the Shanghai Metro uses overhead wires for the power supply, except for Line 16 which uses third rail.

On Line 2, Siemens Transportation Systems equipped the line with an overhead contact line (cantilever material: galvanized steel) and 7 DC traction power supply substations.[44]

Passenger information systems[edit]

Plasma screens on the platforms show passengers when the next two trains are coming, along with advertisements and public service announcements. The subway cars contain LCD screens showing advertisements and on some lines, the next stop, while above-ground trains have LED screens showing the next stop. The LED screens are being phased in on Line 1 and are also included in lines 7 and 9, two underground lines. There are recorded messages stating the next stop in Mandarin, English and Shanghainese,[45][46] but the messages stating nearby attractions or shops for a given station (a form of paid advertising) are in Mandarin only.

Station signs are in Chinese and English. The Metro authority is testing a new systematic numbering system for stations on Line 10.[47]

Future expansion[edit]

The Shanghai Metro system is one of the fastest growing metro systems in the world. Four lines were under construction at the end of 2014, and nine other lines or sections will begin construction in 2015. By the end of 2020, the network will comprise 18 lines spanning 800 kilometres (497 mi).[48] In addition, there are long-term plans to connect the Shanghai Metro with the Suzhou Rail Transit and Wuxi Metro in neighbouring Jiangsu province.[10]

Planned opening date Route Name Terminals Length (km) Stations Status Notes
2015      Line 11 3rd Phase Luoshan Road Disneyland 9.4 3 Under construction [48]
     Line 12 1st Phase Western Section Qufu Road Qixin Road 21.4 19 Under construction [48]
     Line 13 1st and 2nd Phases Changqing Road Changshou Road 13 10 Under construction [48]
2017      Line 5 South Extension Dongchuan Road Nanqiao New City 17 8 Under construction [48]
     Line 8 3rd Phase Shendu Highway Huizhen Road 6.644 6 Under construction [48]
     Line 9 3rd Phase Eastern Section Yanggao Middle Road Caolu 13.8 9 Under construction [48]
     Line 17 Hongqiao Railway Station Shanghai Oriental Land 35.3 13 Under construction [48]
2018      Line 10 2nd Phase Xinjiangwancheng Huandong No.1 Avenue 10 6 Under construction [48]
     Line 13 3rd Phase Changqing Road Zhangjiang Road 22.5 11 Under construction [48]
2020      Line 14 Fengbang Guiqiao Road 38.5 31 Under construction [48]
     Line 15 Gucun Park Zizhu Science-Based Industry Park 42.3 30 Under construction [48]
 18  Changjiang South Road Hunan Highway 36.8 26 Under construction [48]


  • December 22, 2009—at about 5:50 am, an electrical fault in the tunnel between Shaanxi South Road Station and People's Square Station caused a few trains to stall. While the track was under repair, a low-speed collision occurred between two trains on Line 1, trapping scores of passengers underground for up to two hours and affecting millions of early commuters. Nobody was injured, but the front of the train was badly damaged. Service resumed at around 12:15 pm.[49][50]
  • July 5, 2010—at the Zhongshan Park Station a woman died after trying to crowd into a subway train as the doors were closing. With her wrist trapped in the doors, she was dragged into the railings when the train started moving.[51]
  • September 27, 2011—at 2:51 pm, two trains on Line 10 collided between Yuyuan Garden Station and Laoximen Station, injuring 284 people. Initial investigations found that train operators violated regulations while operating the trains manually after a loss of power on the line caused its signal system to fail. No deaths were reported.[53]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e This figure excludes Maglev line and Line 22, both often included in Shanghai Metro maps but not considered part of the system.
  2. ^ a b c 337 is the number of stations if interchanges on different lines are counted separately, with the exception of the 9 stations shared by Lines 3 and 4 on the same track. The stations on the Maglev line and Line 22 are not included.


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