Shanghai

Book your family taxi with car seat in Shanghai

Child friendly cab in Shanghai

 

Shanghai, which began as a fishing hamlet, has evolved into one of the most modern cities in the world while keeping its traditional beauty. Known as the “Paris of the East,” the city combines traditional buildings with contemporary structures that characterize its scenery. 

It features fantastic food - from street sellers to high-end restaurants -  while its architecture aesthetically enjoys a mixture of historical, modern, renaissance, and neoclassical styles. It has modern skyscrapers, old temples, and other buildings with cultural significance. 

Shanghai offers various activities for people of all ages, making it an ideal travel destination for families.

Before you start experiencing the beauty and splendor of Shanghai, let us go through the fundamentals of traveling safely in the city with your family first, starting with finding family taxis with car seats in Shanghai and its respective airports.

Where to find family taxis with car seats in Shanghai

Shanghai has two international airports, namely Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). 

The Pudong International Airport is situated in the city's east, while Hongqiao International Airport is in the west. 

Both airports provide easy transit connectivity to Shanghai. In fact, except for the Maglev train that’s only available in PVG, there are three modes of transportation that you can use to explore the city. 

  • Airport Shuttle Bus. Transfers from PVG to the city center are handled by nine shuttle bus lines, while SHA offers seven. Ticket prices may range from $1 to $5.

  • Metro. These subway trains can be identified via colors, and riding them will only take you less than a dollar. From PVG, the metro that will take you to People’s Square - or the center of the city - is Metro Line 2 (green). From SHA, you can hop on Metro Line 2 (green) or Metro Line (10). 

  • Maglev. Shanghai’s magnetic levitation train, otherwise known as “Maglev,” is considered to be the fastest way to reach People’s Square. A one-way ticket for a normal seat costs $8, while a round-trip ticket costs $13. 

  • Taxi. Riding a taxi from PVA to the city center may cost approximately $23 to $28. But if you’re landing on SHA, it may cost you relatively cheaper, as the fare going to People’s Square is around $9-$12. 

In general, hailing a cab on the street is not difficult. However, the situation may change during rush hours, particularly at significant passenger distribution areas like airports, railway stations, and bus terminals. Car seats are also not a requirement for taxis in Shanghai.

But the good news is, you can always book a child-friendly taxi with booster seats for kids. If you’re after the safety and comfort of your family, you should ride taxis with car seats as this will make your travel a lot easier, particularly with kids, luggage, and other belongings. 

Book a child-friendly taxi with car seats from legal taxi companies like Taxi Bambino.

Best family destinations in Shanghai and how to get there

Even if Shanghai is predominantly a sophisticated corporate metropolis with a vibrant flair, there are plenty of activities to do with kids and families in the city.

For consistency, let's begin your journey to these destinations with People's Square as our point of origin.

 

Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland is mainland China's first-ever Disney theme park, combining Disney's magical splendor with the country's cultural touch. This is a 91-hectare property with different themed attractions that come with enchanting landscapes, structures, cartoon characters, and marvelous performances that you and your kids will surely enjoy. 

From People’s Square, you can get to Shanghai Disneyland via Metro or by riding a taxi. It will cost you approximately $15 to $18, with a travel time of 24 minutes. 

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum features participatory audiovisual presentations, a state-of-the-art scientific theater, a vast selection of animals, a display of the city's scientific breakthroughs, an interesting display on robotics, space exploration exhibits, and other great installations to learn from. 

You can take a taxi to get there. It will only take 9 minutes, with a fare of about $6 to $8.

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is the sole aquarium on the globe to offer two interesting things: a sector devoted to endangered Chinese marine species and the world's longest underwater tunnel. 

In essence, this establishment aims to strongly relay the value of marine preservation - discouraging any activity in the world that endangers animal species, like the preparation of the shark fin soup, which is treated as a delicacy in China.

Riding a taxi to get to the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium will cost you around $5 to $8, and you’ll arrive at your destination within 5 to 8 minutes only. 

 

The Yu Garden 

This is a 5-acre property with several koi ponds, walkways, exquisite rockeries, and pavilions. It is a traditional Chinese landscape made by a government officer as a present for his parents during the Ming Dynasty. 

It also has a bazaar where you can buy trinkets, chocolates, toys, garments, name chops, Chinese kitchenware, art brushes, and other fun items like souvenirs for your Shanghai trip.

To get to the Yu Garden from People’s Square, you can ride the Line 2 subway to East Nanjing Road Station, then transfer to Line 10 to go to Yuyuan Garden Station. Or you can just choose to hail a cab, arrive there within 3 minutes, and only pay $4 to $6. 

Oriental Pearl Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower is a tall skyscraper built in 1995. At the foot of this tower is the city’s Development Exhibition Hall Museum, where tourists can enjoy watching different exhibitions and proceed to dine at a rotating restaurant, ride an immersive virtual roller coaster, and take photos at a crystal observation platform.

To get to The Oriental Pearl Tower, you need to take the Metro Line 2 from People’s Square going to Lujiazui. But you can save yourself from all the hassle by riding a taxi with car seats, which will get you to the tower within 5 minutes for only $4 to $6.

The good news is, that these places are also near the Pudong International Airport and are incredibly accessible even if you landed at Hongqiao International Airport instead. Truly, there are a lot of places that you can visit in Shanghai with your family. Plan ahead and book a safe taxi with small children via Taxi Bambino.