Shanghai Maglev Train


Shanghai Maglev Train is the only commercial operation of speed maglev train, with a top speed of 430 km/h, which is next to the speed of plane.

Pudong Airport
Longyang Rd.Metro Station
Operating Hours
浦东机场-龙阳路7:02-21:42 Pudong Airport–LongYang Road 7:02-21:42
龙阳路-浦东机场6:45-21:40 LongYang Road–Pudong Airport 6:12-21:40
17:00 前15分钟 15mins before 17PM
17:00 后20分钟 20mins before 17PM
Single Trip:50 for Economy,100 for vip / Round Trip:80 for Economy,160 for Vip


With a length of 40 kilometers, Shanghai Maglev Train is west to Longyang Road Station of Shanghai Metro Line 2, east to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The whole single track spends only 7 minutes and 20 seconds. It will eventually extend to Hangzhou and directly serve for Shanghai World Expo.

By the application of the principle of “Like charges repel each other, unlike charges attract,” its magnets is capable of opposing gravity. So that it can ride in the air with the body falling out of orbit completely and suspending at the place 1 cm to the orbit.

Shanghai Maglev Train has a designed speed of 430 km/h, and achieves about 380 km/h practically, with a radius up to 8000m at the turning, which is almost a straight line viewed by the unaided eye. Passengers will not feel unpleasant. The most advanced protection units in the world are equipped within 50 m distance of both sides of the railway. The train is also equipped with decelerating glass, so that passengers can better admire the view outside the window. The glass has deformed curvature at which it touches the body, and just because the curvature distorts the sight out of the window, which in turn effects passengers in the way visually and is effective achieves the effect of deceleration. What’s more, there are fading spotty black decorative strips.


Ticket·Opening Hours

Ticket Price: single standard ticket is RMB 50, double standard ticket is RMB 80; single VIP ticket is RMB 100, double VIP ticket is RMB 160. Airline visitors save 20% by their own intraday tickets, disabled soldiers, Retired veteran cadres and the disabled can get 20% discount by valid certificates. Children fewer than 1.2 meters are free accompanied by their parents. Pay RMB 5 to visit Maglev Technology Showroom on the ground floor of the Maglev Line’s Longyang Road Station by intraday ticket. Single ticket is PMB 40 if it is paid from the Shanghai Public Transport Card.

Departure Time: From Longyang Road station to Pudong Airport station, the first train is 6:45, and the last train is 21:40 with 15-minute intervals at 6:45-17:00, 20-minute intervals at 17:00-21:00, and 40-minute intervals at 21:00-21:40. From Pudong Airport station to Longyang Road station, the first train is 7:02, and the last train is 21:42.

Transport: The Maglev Line’s Longyang Road Station lies at No. 2100, Longyang Road (nearby Baiyang Road, No. 3 and 4 exit of Longyang Road Station of Metro Line 2, Bus 983, Bus 976, Bridge Line 5, Bridge Line 6, Shenjiang Line.) The Maglev Line’s Airport station lies at east of shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal (directly connected to the corridor of 300 m.)

Tel: 021-28907777.

Rebecca contributes to the story.

The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid (simplified Chinese: 上海磁浮示范运营线; traditional Chinese: 上海磁浮示範運營線; pinyin: Shànghǎi Cífú Shìfàn Yùnyíng Xiàn; literally “Shanghai Magnetic Levitation Demonstration Operation Line”) is a magnetic levitation train (maglev) line near Shanghai, China. It is notable for being the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world—during a test run on November 12, 2003, a Maglev vehicle achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). The journey was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport quickly to the outskirts of central Shanghai where passengers could interchange for their final destinations in the city centre. Construction of the line began in March 2001 and public service commenced on January 1, 2004.

The train set and tracks were manufactured using the German-originated Transrapid technology. Two commercial maglev systems had predated the Shanghai system—the Birmingham Maglev in the United Kingdom and the Berlin M-Bahn—both were low-speed operations and had closed before the opening of the Shanghai Maglev Train.

The line is often considered being part of the Shanghai Metro network.

Maglev, or magnetic levitation, is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion. This method has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems. The power needed for levitation is usually not a particularly large percentage of the overall consumption; most of the power used is needed to overcome air drag, as with any other high speed train.

The highest recorded speed of a Maglev train is 581 kilometres per hour (361 mph), achieved in Japan in 2003, 6 kilometres per hour (3.7 mph) faster than the conventional TGV speed record.

The first commercial Maglev “people-mover” was officially opened in 1984 in Birmingham, England. It operated on an elevated 600-metre (2,000 ft) section of monorail track between Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International railway station, running at speeds up to 42 km/h (26 mph); the system was eventually closed in 1995 due to reliability and design problems.

Perhaps the most well known implementation of high-speed maglev technology currently operating commercially is the IOS (initial operating segment) demonstration line of the German-built Transrapid train in Shanghai, China that transports people 30 km (18.6 miles) to the airport in just 7 minutes 20 seconds, achieving a top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph), averaging 250 km/h (160 mph).

Magnetic levitation, maglev, or magnetic suspension is a method by which an object is suspended with no support other than magnetic fields. Magnetic pressure is used to counteract the effects of the gravitational and any other accelerations.

Earnshaw’s theorem proves that using only static ferromagnetism it is impossible to stably levitate against gravity, but servomechanisms, the use of diamagnetic materials, superconduction, or systems involving eddy currents permit this to occur.

In some cases the lifting force is provided by magnetic levitation, but there is a mechanical support bearing little load that provides stability. This is termed pseudo-levitation.

Magnetic levitation is used for maglev trains, magnetic bearings and for product display purposes.

Transrapid is a German high-speed monorail train using magnetic levitation. Based on a patent from 1934, planning of the Transrapid system started in 1969. The test facility for the system in Emsland, Germany was completed in 1987. In 1991 the technical readiness for application was approved by the Deutsche Bundesbahn in cooperation with renowned universities.[citation needed]

Its current application-ready version, the Transrapid 09, has been designed for 500 km/h cruising speed and allows acceleration and deceleration of approx. 1 m/s2.

In 2004, the first commercial implementation was completed. The Shanghai Maglev Train connects the rapid transit network 30.5 km (19.0 mi) to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The Transrapid system has not yet been deployed on a long-distance intercity line.

The system is developed and marketed by Transrapid International, a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp. Critical voices, such as Rod Eddington [1] refer to recent developments of railway and other competing technologies and draw parallels between Transrapid and previous high technology hypes without broad market impact outside niche applications.

Transrapid’s technology is more expensive per mile to construct than conventional train systems, but uses less energy once installed, and has much lower maintenance costs.

6 thoughts on “Shanghai Maglev Train

  1. brooks

    Dear Chan,

    You may take a taxi from XIaoshan Airport to Hangzhou Chengzhan Railway Station. ( 杭州城站火车站)

    If you have any question, please feel free to let us know!



    By Airport Shuttle Bus
    The shuttle buses of Hangzhou Airport usually take an hour to the city center and less than to Xiaoshan District. The waiting hall for the shuttle bus in airport terminal is in the north side of Exit 5, Arrival Hall, on the first floor of the terminal building. Generally, arriving at the airport 2 hours before flight departure is suggested.

    Hangzhou Airport — Hangzhou City & Xiaoshan District



    Operating Time

    Ticket Fare

    Airport→Wulinmen CAAC Ticket Office, Hangzhou City

    Hangzhou Railway Station, Merchant Marco Hotel

    07:30~09:30 every 30 minutes;
    09:30~17:00 every 15 minutes;
    17:00~the next 07:30 every 30 minutes


    Wulinmen CAAC Ticket Office, Hangzhou City→Airport

    Zhongshan Hotel, Hangzhou Railway Station

    05:30~09:00 every 30 minutes;
    09:00~17:00 every 15 minutes; 
    17:00~22:00 every 30 minutes


    Airport→Xiaoshan District

    Government Hall of Xiaoshan District; Blossom Hotel; Xiaoshan Long-distance Bus Station

    08:20, 08:40, 09:10, 09:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:20, 12:10, 13:00, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00, 17:40, 19:00, 20:00


    Xiaoshan District→Airport

    Xiaoshan Long-distance Bus Station; Blossom Hotel; Government Hall of Xiaoshan District

    06:40, 08:00, 09:10, 09:40, 10:30, 11:10, 11:50, 12:30, 13:05, 13:30, 14:20, 14:50, 15:20, 16:00, 16:40, 17:00, 18:00, 18:50


    If you would like book the tickets with us, please visit:

    Choose the Train Number you want at first; then press ” book”; After
    you make a payment online, we will buy the tickets you book online and
    deliver to you when you are in hangzhou ( Please Note: WE WILL DELIVER

    If you have any question regarding our service, please feel free to let us know!



  2. alice

    how long is the train from Shanghai to Hangzhou?

    Can I buy the ticket on the day of departure?

    Or can I book online and pay anytime before my train scheduled.

    What are the time schedules for the train from Shanghai to Hangzhou?

    Does the train stop in Hangzhou city center?

    thank you. I wait for your reply.


  3. brooks

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    You need book the train tickets online via

    We will deliver the ticket to your hotel or apartment in Shanghai.

    The train will arrive Hangzhou Station nearby downtown area!


  4. aayush


    I am arriving in shangai on 23rd December in the morning, but I have a flight to Shenyang from Pu Dong itself after about 3 hours. I just wanted to know if passengers are allowed to travel by Maglev and if they can get out of the airport area and come back to check in for their next flight.


  5. richard ng

    I want to travel by maglev from beijing to shanghai return in september, what is the cost and time of travel? I will be staying at Intercontinental hotel, beijing. Please advise, Thank you

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