Crossing The Huangpu River

That’s right! It is possible to get from Puxi to Pudong, or from Pudong to Puxi on your bicycle. There are a few options you can take so I’m going to outline all the details for each method, along with the pros and cons of each.

Option 1: Take the Subway

Yes, it is legal to take your bike onto the subway. As long as you hoist it up off the ground then it is considered a piece of luggage, so you should have no problems from any of the subway patrol. The good thing about taking the subway is that it is extremely fast, affordable, and convenient for most people. The bad thing about taking the subway is that you will have to deal with some pretty intense hate headed in your direction from everyone around you on the subway. From time to time you may get the occasional officer that tells you bikes aren’t allowed, but trust me : I looked up the law at the local Police Station, and you should be fine. You also don’t really have much diversity on where you can take the subway to. Stops are limited when crossing the Huangpu River. Here is a list of subway lines that will take you across the river, and where you can catch them. Remember, the subway opens around 6am and closes anywhere from 10:30pm to 11:00pm.


Line 4 –  Yangshupu Lu –  Pudong Avenue

Line 2 –  Nanjing Lu – Lujiazui

Line 8 – Xizang Lu – Yaohua Lu

Option 2: Take the Ferry

Yes, there are a number of ferries that you can take from Puxi to Puding and back. No, I’m not talking about those tourist ferries, I’m talking about Huangpu River Ferry. This is a ferry that any pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist can get onto. The good thing about taking the River Ferry is that it is super affordable (1 kuai, 30 mao in most places), you get to experience the open waters of the Huangpu River, and there are a ton of great locations that you can catch the River Ferry from. The bad thing about taking the River Ferry is that sometimes you might have to wait for the Ferry to return to wherever you are waiting. At times this can last up to 30 minutes, so be prepared. Here is a list of locations that you can catch the Huangpu River Ferry, and the times that they are open. I should note that the Dongdong Line, Taigong Line, and Jinding Line offer 24-hour service.

Ferry Line Puxi Address Operating Time Pudong Address Operating Time
Tangmi Line Songjiang Mishidu 5:30 – 20:00 Songjiang Tangkou 5:45 – 20:05
Ximin Line 290, Jiangpu Rd. 4:00 – 24:00 2, Huhang Rd. 4:10 – 24:05
Duwu Line 1, Jianchuan Rd. 5:00 – 19:00 Duhang Ferry 5:08 – 19:08
Chengche Line 11, Chengjiang Rd. 5:00 – 19:00 Tangkou Ferry 5:05 – 19:05
Sangang Line 1900, Longwu Rd. 5:00 – 23:00 Sanlin Ferry 5:07 – 22:45
Nannan Line 200, Nanjiang Rd. 5:20 – 1:00 2, Nanmatou Rd. 5:00 – 24:40
Nanlu Line 1, Lujiabang Rd. 4:30 – 23:50 2, Nanmatou Rd. 4:45 – 23:40
Tangdong Line 735, Waima Rd. 5:30 – 22:30 1, Tangqiao Rd. 5:40 – 22:20
Yangfu Line 1, Fuxing Rd. 6:00 – 19:00 1, Zhangyang Rd. 6:10 – 18:50
Dongdong Line 1, Dongmen Rd. 0:00 – 24:00 1, Dongchang Rd. 0:00 – 24:00
Dongjin Line 127, East Jinling Rd. 6:00 – 22:00 1, Dongchang Rd. 6:12 – 22:00
Taigong Line 50, Gongping Rd. 0:00 – 24:00 Taitong Rd. Ferry 0:00 – 24:00
Qianqin Line 1, Qinhuangdao Rd. 5:40 – 22:40 1, Qiancang Rd. 5:50 – 22:30
Mindan Line 65, Dandong Rd. 5:00 – 22:00 Minsheng Rd. Ferry 5:10 – 21:50
Xiening Line 1, South Ningguo Rd. 4:00 – 24:00 Xiepu Rd. Ferry 4:10 – 23:50
Jinding Line 4, Gongqing Rd. 0:00 – 24:00 1, Jinqiao Rd. 0:00 – 24:00
Dongnen Line 1, Nenjiang Rd. 5:30 – 21:20 604, Dongtang Rd. 5:40 – 21:30
Caolin Line 1, Linjiang Rd. 6:00 – 20:30 Caozhen Ferry 5:50 – 20:35
Sansong Line 114, Songpu Rd. 6:00 – 21:00 Sanchagang Ferry 5:50 – 21:05


Option 3: Sightseeing Ferry

Yes, you can take your bike along with you for a sightseeing tour. The Sightseeing Ferryboats of Shanghai will give you the chance to explore a bigger portion of the Huangpu River in one ride, versus the Huangpu River Ferry which is a direct route. The River Sightseeing Line operates from 9:00am to 9:00pm and sails between Nanpu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge. The Water Bus Line stops at the Bund, East Jinling Road Ferry Station, and Dongjiadu Ferry Station on the West bank of Huangpu River. It also stops at Lujiazui, Dongchang Road Ferry Station, and Nanmatou Ferry Station on the East bank of the river. The line includes most of the famous attractions along the Huangpu River, and costs 12 RMB for the whole journey or 2 RMB for each stop.