2020 Chinese Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

From the fastest airport to city connection in the world to an efficient metro system and thousands of taxis, getting around in Shanghai couldn’t be easier. The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix will be held at Shanghai International Circuit on 16-19 April.

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Which airport?

Shanghai has two airports, though most international and long-haul flights land at the larger Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), which is the third busiest in China. Located 30km southeast of the city centre, PVG has multiple daily direct flights from global hubs in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The smaller Shanghai Hongqiao International (SHA) is just 10km west of the city centre, but serves mainly Chinese domestic flights, plus some regional connections to Japan and Korea.

How to get to Shanghai International Circuit?

Shanghai International Circuit is located in the Jiading district, some 35km northeast of the city centre. Although there are some nice hotels in Jiading, you’ll have a much better weekend staying downtown, especially within walking distance of The Bund.

  • Metro: the most convenient and cheapest way to get to the circuit from the city centre is to take the Metro. Shanghai International Circuit has a dedicated metro stop on Line 11, around 60 minutes ride from the city centre. Be aware that Line 11 branches out at the end; you need to be on a train headed to Huaqiao, NOT North Jiading. After you get off the metro, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the circuit entrance.
  • Taxi, Ride Sharing, Private Car: driving from the city centre to Shanghai International Circuit should take around 45 minutes, but traffic congestion on race weekend can cause significant delays. Expect to pay CN¥200-300 ($30-40 USD) each way for city to circuit trips on race weekend. Organise your return trip from the circuit in advance to avoid delays.
  • Booked your hotel with F1 Experiences? Daily coach transfers to and from the circuit are included with your package!

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How to get around in Shanghai?

  • Airport to city: experience the fastest commercial train in the world! The Shanghai Maglev connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Metro Station at speeds in excess of 400km/h! Single trips cost CN¥50 ($7 USD) and a round trip valid for 7 days is CN¥80 ($11.50 USD).
  • Metro: did you know that the Shanghai Metro is the world's largest rapid transit system by route length? Trains are regular, tickets are cheap and you are never too far from a stop in most central areas of the city. Download the Shanghai Metro map and learn more here.
  • Taxis, private cars: taxis are plentiful and the regulated fares are cheap. If you use licensed taxis and make sure the driver uses the meter, you won’t have any issues getting around in Shanghai. Alternatively, you can ask your hotel to organise a private car. Uber’s business in China was taken over by home grown ride sharing rival Didi. The Didi app now has an English version and accepts international credit cards.

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