By Car

Since foreign visitors are not allowed to drive their own vehicles into or within China unless prearranged with a state-recognized travel agency on a specific itinerary (and accompanied by guide and driver), few visitors generally arrive this way.

By Train

From Hung Hom Station in Kowloon (Hong Kong), train T100 arrives at the Shanghai Railway Station (Shanghai Huoche Zhan) (tel. 021/6354-3193 or 021/6317-9090) on alternate days at 10am (departing from Hong Kong the day before at 3pm; see for schedules and fares). Many trains from China's major cities especially to the north and west also arrive here. You must produce your train ticket to attendants at the station exits in order to leave the terminal. The station is located in the northern part of town in Zhabei District. You can take the subway (lines 1, 3, 4) into town, or hail a taxi on the lower level of the terminal. There are no currency exchange facilities or ATMs here. Scheduled to open in 2011 is the Hongqiao Railway Station (Hongqiao Huoche Zhan) west of Hongqiao Airport, which will service nearby cities in Jiangsu Province like Suzhou, Wuxi, and Nanjing. If you arrive here, you can take a taxi or Metro Lines 2 or 7 into town. Many trains from Hangzhou and some cities in southern China like Xiamen and Kunming arrive at the Shanghai South Railway Station (Shanghai Nan Zhan) (tel. 021/6317-9090) in the southern part of town. The station is accessible via Metro Lines 1 and 3.

By Boat

International arrivals from Kobe and Osaka in Japan are at the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal (Guoji Keyun Zhongxin) at Dongdaming Lu 500 (tel. 021/6181-8000), not far north of the Bund. Domestic ships arriving from Dalian, the Yangzi River, and Putuo Shan now arrive at the Wusong Passenger Terminal (Shanghai Gang Wusong Keyun Zhongxin) (Songbao Lu 251; tel. 021/5657-5500), at the intersection of the Huangpu and Yangzi rivers. If you arrive here as an independent traveler, you will have to hail a taxi at the passenger terminal to reach your hotel, which is likely another 30 to 45 minutes away.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.