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Beat the traffic and enjoy your Expo visit

HAVE you started to plan your Expo visit? By ferry, wheel or Metro? Read our detailed traffic guide to make the best choice.

If you drive

No parking lots for private cars will be set up around the 7-square-kilometer controlled area containing the Expo site and its immediate vicinity. Only vehicles with Expo passes will be allowed into the area.

To ease the traffic around the Expo site, 31 new one-way routes will be added, which will make driving near the site a more frustrating experience.

The city will have five major P+R (park and ride) lots in Jiading District's Shanghai International Circuit, Hongqiao Transport Hub and Songjiang District, providing more than 10,000 spaces for private cars.

If you go by taxi

Some 4,000 high-end World Expo taxis will take visitors into and out of the Expo site, mainly through phone and online reservations.

The taxis will be able to offer service to people inside the Expo area where private cars are off-limits.

The site will be open to other taxis after 9pm each day to pick up late-staying visitors. If you go by ferry Four boarding areas, or "water gates," alongside the Huangpu River, will enable visitors to take vessels to the Expo site after passing security and ticket checks.

Three docks, in Pudong's Qichangzhan area, Puxi's Shiliupu area and on Qinhuangdao Road, will be reserved for group tours. The fourth, on Pudong's Dongchang Road, will be open to individual travelers. They can serve at most 18,000 visitors per day.

If you go by bus

Transport hubs (map on the right), including the city's two airports, two railway stations and the international circuit, will dispatch 16 direct bus lines to the site, to carry 15 percent of the visitor volume.

Another 10 percent of visitors are expected to take 20 regular bus routes, which will provide extra service for the Expo.

Authorities will also set up six shuttle bus routes, 105 runs a day, taking people in suburban areas to outlying stations of three subways: Lines 7, 8 and 9.

In neighboring cities in the Yangtze River Delta, direct bus routes will set off from 19 tourism bus centers. An estimated 3,800 tourism groups will arrive per day.

If you go by Metro

Five Metro lines will arrive near the Expo site, with the still-under-construction Line 13 taking passengers to three stations within the site, two on the Puxi side and one in Pudong.

Line 13 with three stations will run at six-minute intervals and about three-minute intervals during peak periods. Expo ticket holders can take the trains free after security checks at the Madang Road Station where it connects with Line 9 in Puxi. The six-carriage trains can carry 40,000 passengers per hour.

Lines 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are expected to carry 100,000 riders per hour to nine stations near the Expo site during peak times. The lines will run until midnight. Free shuttle buses will take visitors between nine close Metro stations (labeled in the map above) and the site.

The city's other six subways will run until at least 10:30pm.


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