Shanghai Public Transportation Card
Updated：2008-06-04 14:24 | Source：
Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC), or 一卡通 (yi1ka3tong1)/交通卡 (jiao1tong1ka3), is convenient and popular in Shanghai. The 8.5cm by 5.5cm card is widely used for payment on local buses, taxis, Metro lines and docks, etc.
It helps you to skip long queues at the Metro ticket booths and you don't need to ask the ticket fare from ticket conductors, whose English are not always perfect. The price will be automatically deducted from your card based on your trip in the Metro, so you won't lose any money if you suddenly shortened your trip.
All taxis must accept payment from these cards, otherwise the rider can refuse to pay.
You can purchase it at metro stations, banks and convenient stores. On initial purchase, the buyer shall pay 30 yuan (US$3.83) as deposit. For example, if you pay 100 yuan to get a transport card, you will have only 70 yuan credit in the card. The deposit is refundable as long as there are less than 10 yuan credit in the card.
You can purchase it at metro stations, banks and convenient stores. On initial purchase, according to the new transport regulations, the buyer shall pay 20 yuan (US$2.62) as deposit, which used to be 30 yuan.
By the end of this year, the deposit of the card is to reduce to 20 yuan. The tansport card company said the old card holders can still get the 30 yuan deposit back if he or she doesn’t want the card. But the transport card company has not decided how to define the old car and the new card.
A standard Shanghai Public Transportation Card(SPTC)
A special collection SPTC card commemorating the launch of Shanghai-to-Lhasa rail service
A special collection SPTC card commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Long March
You can refund your transport card at the following Metro stations:
• Line 1: Hanzhong Road, Henshan Road, Jingjiang Park Station, Gongkang Road stations.
• Line 2: Jiangsu Road, Nanjing East Road, Shiji Park stations.
• Line 3: Dongbaoxing Road, Caoxi Road, Zhenping Road stations.
You can also refund your transport card at these places:
• No.218, Taixing Road. Open hour: 9：00-17：00, every day except holidays.
• Third Floor, No.389, Meiyuan Road. Open hour: 8：30-16：30, Monday to Friday.
• Second Floor, No.920, Nanjing West Road. Open hour: 9：00-17：00, every day except holidays.
• No.161, Luochuan East Road. Open hour: 9：30-16：00, every day except holidays.
• No.121, Xinbei Road, Minhang District. Open hour: 9：00-16：00, every day except holidays.
The customer center
Address: No. 609 Jiujiang Road (close to Zhejiang Rd.)
Open hour: 10am-7pm (Monday to Friday), 10am-5pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tel: 6361 1100
The center offers a serious of services including consulting and inquiring, card selling and repairing, refunding and transferring.
You can get 10 percent discount on every Metro ride after spending more than 70 yuan from the card in a month.
You can also customize your public transportation card, like printing photos on them. These cards cost more and the deposit cannot be refunded.
Wrist-watch shaped public transport cards are also available at Metro stations with card recharge spots.
You can pay on most modes of public transport, except some taxis. It sells for between 258 yuan and 298 yuan each.
You can enjoy more discounts when taking public buses in Shanghai.
Discounts for transport card users
Bus passengers: transport card holders will receive a 0.5 yuan (6 US cents) discount on their two-yuan fare if they take a second trip on any of the routes involved in the discount scheme within 90 minutes of boarding the first bus.
Not every bus route in Shanghai part of the discount scheme which covers some 70 bus routes along Yan'an Road, Beijing Road, Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road do.
Metro passengers: a card holder can get a 10 percent discount on every Metro ride after spending more than 70 yuan on the card in a month.
Editor : Zhu Xinrui