The subway system in Shanghai has always bee pretty good, but since taxis are relatively inexpensive at 12RMB starting price, I tend to opt for the taxi if the destination is requiring more than one transfer on the subway. This month (December 2009), three additional subway lines or segments (Line 7, 2nd phase of Line 9, and Line 11) have opened and made taking the subway from the city center much more attractive. These new line currently operating from 9am to 4pm, and gradually expanding service to 5:30am to 11pm in the next three months.
New airport route: Visitors coming from Pudong Airport can now change from the maglev train to Line 7 and arrive directly at the ChangShu Rd station, which is closer to Quintet than Line 2′s JingAn Temple station. You’d have an easier time walking with your luggage.
Fabric market: we used to recommend that guests take a taxi to South Bund Fabric Market, but now you can also take Line 7 to transfer to Line 4 at DongAn Rd and get off at Nanpu Bridge station. The fabric market is within 5 minute walking distance from the station.
Expo site: go one station south on Line 7 from Changshu Rd Station and change to Line 9 at Zhaojiabang Rd Station. Then at the Madang Rd station, change to the soon to be open Line 13 directly to the Expo site.
Shanghai F1 Race Track: With the opening of Line 11 to Jiading, F1 race goers will be able to take the subway to the race track. Change from Line 2 Jiangsu Rd station to Line 11, and then continue on the west branch of Line 11 at Jiading Xincheng to reach the race track. The train’s top speed reaches 100KM/hour, the fastest in the Shanghai metro area.
As there will be more lines coming on-line in the next few months, keep an eye on the development by checking this very nicely done English subway map site here.