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The Hongqiao to Pudong airport express metro is opening in 2024

The line will shorten the travel time between the two airports to under 40 minutes

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Ever head off uncharacteristically early for a flight you thought was at Hongqiao airport only to arrive and realise it’s actually in Pudong? It happens. But come 2024, there’s going to be a new fix to that unfortunate mistake. According to Shanghai Fabu, the express metro line linking Hongqiao and Pudong airports will be ready in three years.

Rather than forking out 200RMB for a cab or sitting on the metro for nearly two hours, the new line will shorten the travel time between the two airports to under 40 minutes with speeds reaching up to 160kmph, doubling what the regular metro is capable of.

The new 68.66km metro line that started construction in 2019 will have nine stops on its route, starting from Hongqiao Railway Station and heading through Qibao, Huajing, Sanlin Nan, Zhangjiang High Technology Park, Pudong International Airport and the new Shanghai East Railway Station (which will also open in 2024).

Along with making inner-city travel more convenient, the completion of the airport express line will connect Pudong to national train systems such as the Shanghai-Nanjing and the Shanghai-Hangzhou railways.

This is all of course still three years away, so while we wait, just remember to double check those tickets.

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