Destination guide

Travel to historic Shanghai

Come and experience Shanghai and its museums, temples and history. This city's shopping, sightseeing and parks draw many visitors. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Shanghai

Are you searching for things to do during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Shanghai a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Hongqiao Lingkong SOHO China Badminton Hall (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Shanghai Zoo (7.2 mi / 11.5 km)
  • Tropical Storm Water Park (8.9 mi / 14.3 km)
  • Shanghai Disneyland© (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Shanghai

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Shanghai is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Fuxing Park (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • The Bund (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Yu Garden (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Jing An Park (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Lujiazui Central Greenland (2.1 mi / 3.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Shanghai

Fly into Shanghai Pudong Intl. Airport (PVG), the closest airport, located 20.3 mi (32.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), which is 8 mi (12.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Shanghai by jumping on the metro at People's Square Station, Dashijie Station or Xinzha Road Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Shanghai?

Whether you're after a cozy retreat for you and your sweetheart or someplace roomy to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Shanghai. Here are a couple to get your inspiration flowing:

  • "Japanese Style Apartment - Pudong" is popular with guests. Around 3 miles from Shanghai, it has 1 bedroom and loads of handy amenities, including a phone and a bicycle.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Cosy And Romantic 1 In French Concession". Around 2 miles from the heart of Shanghai, it has 1 bedroom and features a microwave oven and wheelchair accessibility.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Shanghai vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Shanghai?

Escape the rat race at one of our weekend getaways in or near Shanghai. Whether you'd like to catch up with pals or spend valued time with your partner, we'll have something to suit your needs. These top-rated options are hard to beat:

  • Whisk yourself away to "Lovely @3bdrs Apartment In Putuo". Located about 2 miles to the west of Shanghai, this escape has all you need for a relaxed stay, including a kitchen and an oven.
  • Alternatively, pack a few clothes into a suitcase and enjoy a mini break at "Alive - King Bed With Pivate Jacuzzi At People Square". This popular getaway is about 0.1 miles northwest of Shanghai and offers a kitchen and a fridge.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Shanghai?

If you'd like a simple but stylish stay, you can't go wrong with a studio apartment. These compact properties exude charm and are often conveniently placed in the heart of town. We recommend the following options in or near Shanghai:

  • Get away on your own or take a few pals to "Japanese Style Apartment - Pudong". You'll have loads of amenities at your disposal, including a restaurant dining guide and housekeeping services.
  • Alternatively, use "Cosy And Romantic 1 In French Concession" as a base to check off the sights around you. This home away from home offers a hair dryer, cable/satellite TV services and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Shanghai?

Whether you're looking for a studio apartment for you and a friend or a condo with room for the whole family, there's no shortage of short-term rentals in and around Shanghai. These retreats make the perfect base for a short and sweet stay:

  • If you only need to stay a few nights, "Elegant 1 - Luxury West Nanjing Road" is a great choice. It's not far from the center of Shanghai, so you'll be near all the best sights.
  • "Stylish 2 Bdr Suite On Nanjing Rd" is also ideally located. Settle in here and find out why guests rate this getaway as one of their favorites.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Shanghai?

Whether spent in a cabin, an apartment or a lodge, a romantic weekend getaway is a perfect way to add some zing to your relationship. Whisk your sweetheart off for a few days at one of these escapes in or near Shanghai:

  • Sneak away on Friday afternoon for a few passion-filled nights at "Japanese Style Apartment - Pudong". Located roughly 3 miles from Shanghai, this property comes with lots of nice touches, like a fireplace and daily housekeeping services.
  • Alternatively, spend your mini break canoodling and sipping Champagne at "Cosy And Romantic 1 In French Concession", around 2 miles from Shanghai. Air conditioning and pet-friendly facilities will help set the mood.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Shanghai?

A pool is often an all-important amenity when deciding where to spend your vacation, especially if you're getting away with the kids. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Shanghai and fill your days with laughter and fun:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy an unforgettable stay at "Shanghai Railway House With Breakfast". There's plenty to love about this getaway apart from its pool, such as beach sun loungers and a TV.
  • Otherwise, spend your break at "Shanghai Railway Station - Big House". Along with a refreshing pool, you'll also have use of a living room and a microwave oven.

Not sure what the weather's like in Shanghai? It has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 75 ºF to 85 ºF. If you're searching for more inspiration on where to stay in this exciting destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to look through our entire selection of Shanghai vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Shanghai?

Comfort, privacy and space are all key ingredients for a successful family trip, and Vrbo's range of large family vacation rentals in and around Shanghai offer the ideal solution. Check out these for starters:

  • Located about 1 mile southwest of Shanghai, "Elegant 1 - Luxury West Nanjing Road" can sleep up to 7 guests over 3 bedrooms. As well as more than enough space to sprawl out, amenities include childrens activities and a theme park.
  • Another fantastic option is "Bright @4bdrs Apartment With Wonderful Views". It's around 1 mile northwest of Shanghai, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Towels and a fridge are some of the many conveniences on offer here.

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