5 Best Shanghai Subway Map App For iPhone

Shanghai is an excellent place to visit if you’re looking to expand your cultural tastes. Not only that, but it’s also a massive place of business, not only where many business owners reside, but where residents also commute into for work. As with any metro area, Shanghai’s streets are extremely busy, making it difficult to navigate around by car. That’s why many are choosing to navigate through the metropolitan area by Shanghai’s rapid transit system. Hop on a subway or train, and you can be at your destination very quickly.

If you’re new to the area, such as visiting as a tourist, getting information on Shanghai’s subway system — such as nearby stations — can prove to be difficult. Luckily, an app can quickly put you in touch with need to know information. That said, here are some of our top picks for seeing and locating Shanghai’s subway stations.

Smart Shanghai

This app is not like the other subway apps in that there are no up to date maps and line info, but it’s still an essential worth having on your phone for when you visit the city. It has a full directory of restaurants, shops and services available to you in the city, over 11,000 of them actually. It works well offline and just updates whenever it detects a WiFi connection, so it won’t destroy your data either. You can punch in physical addresses to find subway information as well. Finally, Smart Shanghai allows you to easily book tickets to shows and concerts or reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice.

Download it now: iTunes

Metro Shanghai Subway

If you’re looking for a simple and easy to use app for your adventure across Shanghai, Metro Shanghai Subway will be right in your wheelhouse. You can add entry and exit stations from all across Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, and even Hong Kong. Pulling in real time data, this app can give you estimated arrival times. By default, it shows you the fastest; however, you can choose for it to find you a route with less rail transfers as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Explore Shanghai

Recommended by even CNN, Explore Shanghai is the Subway Map app and transit applications that you need on your smartphone before you set out on your journey. This app can actually work offline, which is one of its highlights.This is something any traveler knows to be useful, particularly with the price of International charges and all. The accurate map shows every station on the line and includes future stations and their openings.  There are also timetable changes. The app integrates Google Maps into each metro exit so that you can get started knowing where you are as soon as you exit the station. In addition, there is an included and easy to use route planner that helps you plan your trip across Shanghai. It even includes times and prices of the lines you intend to use. Easily adjust the language to English or Chinese.

Download it now: iTunes

Citymapper

Acting as a beautiful and easy to use Subway Map app, as well as a transit navigation tool, Citymapper is a must have for any person who regularly ventures out of their hometown. Citymapper is the tool that will help you navigate the hectic rapid transit system that is Shanghai’s metro area. Citymapper comes with plenty of international support — offering transit information for most major EU, South American, and United States major cities as well.

Citymapper has all the usual transit features like bus, subway and train routes and real time departure and arrival times as well. With Citymapper, in supported cities, you can see real time data for service outages and notifications.

Download it now: iTunes

Transit

Don’t needlessly fill up all of your storage space with Subway Map apps for every city that you visit. With Transit, you can just adjust your Transit location, and it’ll show you all of the necessary transit and subway information for that new city, whether you’re in Shanghai, New York City, or Los Angeles. Transit’s highlight really is its versatility — Transit supports many more cities across the world, such as in the Asian regions. Transit will put subway and bus arrival times at planned routes right at your fingertips. Transit, in supported cities, has Subway Maps and transit system maps that you can download for offline viewing as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent Subway Map apps for iPhone, Many of these not only provide you with offline subway maps that you can download and navigate through, but also general transit abilities, such as seeing estimated arrival times, service delays, traffic reports, and so much more. Any one of these will help you through your journey in Shanghai; however, Transit and Citymapper are easily some of the best available today.

Do you have a favorite transit application for iPhone? Let us know what it is in the comments section below!