Shanghai Pudong International Airport appears to be a very modern and clean airport at first sight.
It offers free paper cups and drinking water(warm and hot) for passengers. The easiest way to use the machine is to press the “Warm” or “Hot” button to get water and release the button when you finish.
The restrooms at the airport, however, can be quite dirty at night when they are not cleaned frequently by airport staff.
Cigarette butts on restroom floor:
Cigarette butt in restroom sink:
Cigarette boxes in restroom garbage bin:
Even the toilet seat has been abused with cigarettes.
If you don’t mind the toilet, you may dine at the airport.
Burger King opens 24 hours a day and they claim to offer free wi-fi.
Burger King’s neighbour is a pub which also offers meal and free wi-fi.
You can pick up a free city map at the airport – English version or Japanese version, no Chinese version.
The cheapest way to get out of the airport is to take the metro. A 1.5-hour trip to downtown Shanghai costs you around $1 only – what a bargain! The metro operates between 6am and 10pm.
If you are interested in fast trains, you may also take a Maglev train to Longyang Road Metro Station on metro line 2. Using magnetic levitation technology, the train does not touch the tracks and traverses 30.5 km in as quick as 7 minutes, while hitting a maximum speed of 431 km/h (267 mph).During non-peak hours, the train goes to 301 km/h. It currently operates from 7:02 AM to 9:42 PM daily and costs ¥50 one way (¥40 if you have a flight ticket) or ¥80 for a round-trip ticket (good for up to seven days from date of purchase).
There are buses shuttle passengers to Pudong, downtown Shanghai and Shanghai Hongqiao International airport as late as 45 minutes after the last flight of the day touches down.