The Maglev train connects Longyang Lu metro station (Line 2) in the west of Shanghai with Pudong Airport. It's the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world and is a good way to get to the airport without any risk of traffic jams, but the ride itself can be an experience for train enthusiasts. The train is built to run at a maximum speed of 430km/h - faster than the top speed of any Formula 1 car - and this makes it the fastest commercial train in the world. But due to low business, they only run at maximum speed during peak hours (at the time of writing, this means 9am-10.45am / 15-15.45pm). Single trip tickets are 50rmb or 40rmb when you have a same-day boarding card. Operation times are 6.45am - 9.40pm, and trains leave every 15-20 minutes depending on the time of the day. At maximum speed, the trip only takes 8 minutes. At lower speeds, it takes closer to 12. When you get off at Longyang Lu station, be aware that most taxis there are unlicensed, ripping off customers with higher fares. As a rule of thumb, stay away from the dark red-colored taxis (check the taxi section for more information).
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