As one of our final experiences on the trip, the tour company arranged for us to ride the Shanghai Transrapid train, otherwise known as the Shanghai Maglev (magnetic levitation train), to the airport. It is the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world.
Construction began on the $1.2 billion train in March 2001, and public service commenced Jan 2004, so it is fairly new. Made from German technology, the train can reach an impressive 350 km/h (217 mph) in 2 minutes, with a maximum speed in normal operation of 431 km/h (267 mph). It runs from Longyang Road station on the Shanghai Subway line to Pudong International Airport and takes only 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the journey. The cost is about $5 USD for a one-way ticket.
Our bus driver dropped us off at the train entrance & began his journey to meet us at the airport. Needless to say – we beat him. *LOL*
Here’s a pic of the inside as we were boarding…
And below is proof that we really did go as fast as they said we would!