Comparing with Taxies and Metro Lines, buses are much cheaper.
And there are some tips you should know when taking buses.
Tips on bus taking
・ Bus stops Shanghai's bus stops are
generally near intersections, and a stop is usually named
after the closest road intersecting the road the bus running
on. Usually, bus stop is indicated by a tall post with a plate
on the top, which looks like a flag. The plate’s one side
shows the bus No., and the other side displays all the stops
along the route, fares and the time when the first bus and the
last bus will arrive at the stop. They are all in Chinese.
Some bus stops have a shelter, which may make it easy to
・ Bus fare Most of the city's buses
charge a flat fee, no matter how far you go. Fares on plain
buses are 1 yuan and air-conditioned ones charge 2 yuan. Most
buses running on downtown streets are air-conditioned. The bus
fares are for one way. If you reach a terminal station and
want to ride back, you must buy a ticket or pay the charge
・ No conductor Many Shanghai buses have no
conductor, and money is often put into the box beside the
driver. You’d better take loose change with you, for the box
will not return change if you give it a big note and the
drivers are not allowed to handle cash.
・ Transport card Transport card holders
will receive a 0.5 yuan discount on their two-yuan fare if
they take a second trip on any of the routes involved in the
discount scheme within 90 minutes of boarding the first bus.
The discount scheme covers some 70 bus routes along Yan'an
Road, Beijing Road, Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road. A Public
Transportation Card cannot be swiped twice on the same bus or
Metro station. So prepare coins if you have a card but your
・ Language Language is the biggest barrier
for foreigners to ride a bus. The signs at bus stops are all
in Chinese and very few bus drivers and conductors speak
English. Some buses in the downtown have English announcements
in their onboard reminder system.
・ Pickpocket If you have to take a packed
bus, take care of your pockets and backpacks. It is wise to
take down the pack from your shoulder and carry it in your
hands, which can save space on the bus and keep it away from
・ Bus route Not all bus routes run
on the same streets back and forth. If you want to ride the
same bus back, make sure you know where the stop is for the
Major bus routes
The city has nearly 1,000 bus lines, but only a few passing
the downtown and connecting the city's shopping streets or
landmarks are useful to foreigners.
No. 20: These buses run from 5am to 11:15pm. Major
attractions along the route include the Bund, People's Square,
Nanjing Road W., Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park.
No. 925: These buses run from 6am to 9pm, linking
Hongqiao airport and People's Square. The major route is along
No. 925B: Pay attention to this line. It's different
from No. 925, though its major route is also along Yang'an
Road and it shares the same terminal station at People's
Square. Bus No. 925B runs from People's Square to Hanghua New
No. 926: These buses run from 6:30am to 10pm. Major
attractions along the route include the City God Temple,
Yuyuan Garden, Huaihai Road, Xujiahui and the Shanghai
No. 93: These buses run from 4:30am to 11pm. Major
attractions along the route include Jing'an Temple, Shanghai
Library and Xujiahui.
No. 15: These buses run from 5am to 11pm. Major
attractions along the route include the Shanghai Gymnasium,
Xujiahui, Huaihai Road and Jing'an Temple.
No. 936: This route links Pudong and Puxi and takes in
the Shanghai Zoo, People's Square, and the Waigaoqiao Free
Trade Zone. The buses run from 7am to 7pm.
For the complete database of Shanghai bus route, please click
the link below (Chinese only)