Built by the Germans, The Maglev train can reach a top speed in normal operation of 431 km/h! The Shanghai Trans-rapid project took 10 billion Yuan and 2.5 years to complete the 30.5 km track. The train runs from Longyang Road station to Pudong International Airport in 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
Operating times: 06:45 - 21:30
Highest Speed: 431 km/h (268 mph) (Normal Times) or 300 km/h (186 mph) (Extend Times)
Run time: 7 mins and 20 sec. in Normal Times, while 8 mins and 10 sec. in extend times
Normal Times is 8:30-17:00, Extend Time is 6:45 to 8:30 and 17:00-21:30
Interval: 15 mins
Prices: One way ticket price is 50 renminbi (RMB).
A round-trip ticket costs 80 RMB
One-way VIP ticket costs 100 RMB.
There are 2 main airports in Shanghai: Pudong International Airport (PVG) that service most international flights & Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) that does all domestic flights. If your onward flight from Shanghai is international (ie. Hong Kong), we could add the Maglev train experience on the last day's itinerary. However, if your onward flight is domestic, we will have to add the round-trip Maglev train experience during your stay in Shanghai.
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Some interesting facts
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 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 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, that transports people 30 km to the airport in just 7 minutes 20 seconds, achieving a top speed of 431 km/h, averaging 250 km/h. The train accelerates for three minutes, runs at full speed for one minute (during which time it passes the oncoming train at a combined speed of 860km/h), and then descellerates for three minutes before coming to a stop at the station. Talk about a thrill? Maglev isn't just about getting from point A to B...rather, it's a ride, a glorious glide, from the past to the future. At full speed it is virtually impossible for the human eye to focus on scenes in the foreground...you can only see what passes by in the background.