Tips for Shanghai mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Shanghai bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Shanghai. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Shanghai. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Shanghai highlights.

What to see during your tour in Shanghai with a rented minibus with driver

Are you ready for the biggest city in the world? Shanghai is a monster metropolis and even confuses the locals on a daily basis. New buildings and suburbs are being built every day and without a chauffeur you"re guaranteed to get lost at least once. We have a number of bus companies listed on our website that provide a rented minibus with driver, like Shanghai Taxi in Jing"an 200040, and Shanghai Car Rental Service on Zhongzhou Road. These companies have experienced English speaking drivers.

Shanghai Car Rental Ltd.

toyota 23 seat from Shanghai Car Rental Ltd.

Sights in Shanghai

Shanghai is best understood in suburbs. In such a big city you"ll find huge differences in the areas you explore. With a rented minibus with driver you can travel easily between the different suburbs and have free time to explore the areas on foot. Your driver will park in a clear place and Shanghai is safe for you to go around on foot. With a rented minibus your group can safely and conveniently get across to the different areas of Shanghai.

Shanghai Xujiahui

Shanghai Xujiahui credit: jo.sau CC BY 2.0

Old Shanghai

Nanshi and the surrounding area goes back 700 years and its narrow streets are best explored by foot. Their perilously tight and full of locals living their lives outside. Your driver will help orientate your group and explain where he will be parked. Remember to allow time to stop at a Chinese tea house and try one of the over 100 varieties on offer.

Yu Garden and Bazaar – Located in the heart of Old Town

Yu Garden and Bazaar – Located in the heart of Old Town credit: Lyn Gateley CC BY 2.0

The Bund

The Bund was Asia"s most powerful street during its economic heyday at the start of the 20th century. With your rented minibus your group will travel slowly along it, taking in all the sights through the window. Now you"re orientated you can walk back along The Bund, stopping to admire the old colonial buildings and regal architecture that once housed the Shanghai Bank. Your bus driver can pick you up at the other end of The Bund so you don"t double back on yourself.

Buick GL8 LUER

Buick GL8 with driver from Luer Rental Car in Shanghai

Lujiazui District

Stopping to admire the majestic skyline of Shanghai from up close is essential to visiting the city. Here you have 3 of the world"s largest buildings next to each other and your bus will drop you at the bottom of the one or two your group wants to enter. The highest is the Shanghai World Financial Centre at 492 metres but Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are both also more than 400 metres high. This district isn"t negotiable on foot as it"s simply too large and certain buildings take up more than a whole block of space.


Lujiazui credit: Kimon Berlin CC BY-SA 2.0


Shanghai has some of the best value shopping centres in the world but they"re dotted across the city. With your rented minibus you can get out to places like Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Bazaar, or the electronics centre of Xujiahui. It"s best to designate how long you will spend in each market as they could entertain your group for a full day they"re that big.

Yùyuán Gardens & Bazaar

Yùyuán Gardens & Bazaar credit: craigles75 CC BY 2.0

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