Saturday, July 14, 2018

Catch a train to Pudong

Note the final sentence below. Unlike in Australia, Canada and England, you don't get slogged an usurious fare when you catch a train to the airport. It is actually cheaper if you travel by train to catch a plane. That is a great incentive to get people to use the train rather clogging up roads.

The Shanghai Maglev was opened for public use in 2004. It runs between Pudong Airport and Longyang Road subway station (east of Shanghai). Maximum service speed is 431 km/h, however this speed is normally only reached between 09:00 – 10:45 and 15:00 – 16:45; at other times it runs at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. The line is a demonstration line, and does not really run anywhere particularly useful (unless you happen to live near Longyang Road subway station). There are no intermediate stops, and the 30km route roughly parallels part of the number 2 subway line. Services run every 15 to 20 minutes between 06:45 and 21:30 and the 7 to 9 minute journey costs ¥50 (about A$10), or ¥40 (about A$8) if you have an airline ticket for that day.

https://theraillife.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/a-tram-a-maglev-and-frustration/

18 comments:

  1. How lovely it would be to have public transportation here. This is unfortunate. Going anywhere requires a car, always.

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    1. Maribeth, it is similar here. Our cities sprawl out in a manner that is impossible to service by public transport. Only the inner to middle suburbs have decent public transport.

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  2. Sigh. A lesson we could (but won't) learn.

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    1. EC, speaking of public transport, The Canberra Times had a lot of info on the bus route changes. It is not just you who is outraged and/or inconvenienced greatly. On the face of it, it seems incredibly stupid.

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    2. It does. And they are still going ahead with the changes. Some primary school children will have to walk two kilometres to the nearest stop...

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  3. I've taken the Maglev. When it was built the Metro didn't go all the way to the airport. It's much more expensive than the metro which is basically a normal distance-based metro fare (maybe 4-7 rmb depending where you start) and of course you have also to take the metro to join up with the Maglev. From where I used to stay in SH, mostly easier to take an airport bus for about 15 RMB.

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    1. Marcellous, for tourists the small relative cost in this case is probably not an issue and the directness and ease of use of a fast airport train makes them great for tourists. The bus works for you with your better local knowledge.

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  4. The NSW Government knows better, of course, entering into a Private Consortium agreement that has our Airport train journeys at three times the price (or thereabouts) of the equivalent local commuter journey. And we are stuck with that agreement for thirty years.

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    1. Always in my mind Victor, as that is the one we use the most. At least it is fast and efficient and we oldies pay a bit less.

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    2. Do you pay less? Our Senior's day cap doesn't apply to these two stations and I've always assumed we pay the full adult fare; certainly I am debited well over the Senior's day cap when entering/exiting either station.

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    3. The senior's fare is lower. The senior's cap is more complicated. R paid a good bit the second last time when we were in Sydney because we were there for a weekend that made it over two weeks, but the last time, he was senior capped and perhaps I was too.

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    4. Interesting. I must pay more attention next time.

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  5. I am sighing with Elephant's Child and totally agree !

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    1. Lady J, at least now it seems to be here not a question of needing a train to the airport, but which was it will go. I expect it to be similar to Sydney's, expensive.

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  6. Our train service is lousy, they are often on strike and it's expensive ! As I have time I prefer to take a bus to Amsterdam (24€) return instead the train nearly 200 !!

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    1. That disturbs me Gattina. Our brief train journey in Brussels from Amsterdam was good and we bought our tickets early at a bargain price. I don't know who owns and runs Thalys but it was fine. Of course Eurostar to London from Brussels was good too, although I remember the train was rather shabby inside. For good, cheap and fast bus travel, much money has to be invested into roads. What a pity the money invested into roads was not spent on your public transport. Is the trip much longer on the bus? The price difference is dramatic.

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  7. Anonymous8:33 pm

    We in Perth can catch a bus to all the Perth airport terminals. The buses take about 35 minutes from CBD to the airport, they are part of the normal bus service and charge normal bus fares. My experience has been that they are clean, comfortable, not crowded, and the longest I've ever had to wait at the airport for a bus when coming home has been 20 minutes. And in a few years we will have an airport train!!!

    Cheers Marie

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    1. To catch the dedicated airport bus here to the airport here costs about $20. An outrageous amount of money given it can be caught in terrible freeway congestion to the airport. The theoretical trip time of 20 minutes from the city has gone. Your airport bus service is good, but as your city grows and the everything gets more congested, the bus will be stuck in traffic. I think your airport train will arrive sooner than a few years.

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