Shanghai Marathon is arguably the best marathon in China that offers great experiences that can be compared with the World Marathon Majors. Due to the extreme popularity, the marathon entry is drawing-based.
As the Official Travel Partner of Shanghai Marathon, Runbuk offers marathon package that includes guaranteed entries. Take advantage of our group-buying power, leave all the logistics to us, and enjoy a great running vacation in Shanghai.

shanghai city marathon winners


"It was an amazing weekend! One of the best weekends of my life! I loved our group and can already say that I truly enjoy being a part of the running community. Thank you for letting me meet a group of wonderful people and be able to experience the beautiful City of Shanghai!"
Shanghai Marathon Runner



"I have ran about 100 marathons, and first time to run Shanghai Marathon. I ran 3 hours 28 minites (5 minutes shy of my PR). I liked Shanghai Marathon very much: A lot of drink stations and refreshments, the tempreture was very comfortable, and great organziation."
Shanghai Marathon Runner



"It was a very good race and very good organizionts. People can run PR here. I saw many cosplay runners, and a lot of female runners, which was great. There were numerous supply along the course, bananas, grapes, and even tomatos. Chinese people are very friendly. I had a great experience here. I recommend Shanghai Marathon to everybody!"
Shanghai Marathon Runner



"In 1997, I ran my first marathon in New York City with a time of 4 hours 59 minutes; in 2017, I am celebrating my 20 years of running in Shanghai, and I am so glad to finish in 5 hours 40 minutes. Compared to the major marathons like New York, Chicago, Paris, Shanghai Marathon is a great race. The organization is Number One!"
Shanghai Marathon Runner



Top Reasons to join us:

Guaranteed entry

As the official partner


Connected with other runners

Local Guides

For insider trips

2023 itinerary

Shanghai Marathon Packages with Guaranteed Entries

Nov. 24 Friday


Arrive at Shanghai. Make your own way to the hotel. Our crew will meet you in the hotel and help you to check in. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meals

shanghai city
Nov. 25 Saturday


Optional shake-out run before breakfast.
Enjoy a course-preview tour in the morning. Visit the Expo by charter bus in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai historical building
Nov. 26 Sunday

Race Day

Enjoy early breakfast in the hotel. Our crew will walk with you to the marathon start. At the finish area, we'll assist you to get on the shuttle bus and take you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai Marathon Runners
Nov. 27 Monday


The package ends today. Our crew will help you to check out the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai Marathon Runners

Package prices:

(Price per person in USD)

5-star Package:
1 runner in single room:        $1,999
2 Runners in Double Room: $1,299 + $1,299
1 Runner + 1 Non-runner:      $1,299 + $999

4-star Package:
1 runner in single room:        $999
2 Runners in Double Room: $799 + $799
1 Runner + 1 Non-runner:      $799 + $399

Ready for the unique experience?

What's included in the travel package?
  • One guaranteed entry per runner;
  • Course-preview tour on Saturday morning followed by visit to the Expo;
  • Accommodations with tax and daily buffet breakfast.
  • For 5* hotel, it will be Fairmont Peace Hotel or similar
  • For 4* hotel, Radisson Collection Hyland or similar
  • Assistance from Runbuk crew during your stay.
  • Complementary service to help planning your trip.

Whats not includet?
  • Flights to arrive or depart Shanghai and airport transportations,
  • Chinese visa. For more info about visa policy, please keep reading.
  • Insurance. We recommend Insurance for medical and trip cancellation coverage.

Do I need a Visa?

You need to confirm and apply for entry documents yourself according to your own situation. The following content is for reference only. If there are any policy changes, we may not be able to update it in time, and we will not be responsible for the information provided below.

144-hour Visa-free Transit Policy

You do not have to have a Chinese visa to run Shanghai Marathon. You can stay in Shanghai for up to 6 days if meet all of the following three conditions:

A. You are passport holder of one of the following 53 countries:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

B. You have valid air tickets with confirmed seat in the next 144 hours to the third country or region.

➢ The 144-hour period starts to count at 00:00 the next day upon your arrival in China. Technically this makes your actual stay longer than 144 hours.

➢ You must fly out of China to the third country or region, not where you come from. Technically, if you are flying back to the same place where you are from, you should book your return flights with a stop in a third country/region.

C. You enter China via one of the following ports of entry, and your port of departure is any of the following (it does not have to be the same as port of entry):

➢ Any of the following can be your port of entry and port of departure:

i. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

ii. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

iii. Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

iv. Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal

v. Shanghai Railway Station

vi. Nanjing Lukou International Airport

vii. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

Chinese visa

If you do not meet the above conditions, or if you wish to travel to China with a valid visa, you should apply for the Chinese visa in the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (a full list can be found here).

For ordinary passport holders of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, you are exempt from the visa if you visit the mainland of China for tourism, business, or visiting friends and relatives, and stay no longer than 15 days. A visa is required for any tour longer than 15 days.

American, Canadian and Australian passport holders can get multiple-entry Chinese visas valid for 10 years.  In order to qualify for 10 year visas, the passport holders must have more than 1 year validity remaining on their passport.  Once a 10-year visa has been issued, the validity of the visa does not expire if the holder renews his/her passport. The visa holder can travel carrying the old passport with valid Chinese visa along with the new passport.

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Shanghai City
Interesting Facts
about Shaghai
a port forced open to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War.
The verb "to Shanghai" was born and exists even till today, which means to kidnap unwilling men and forcibly place them on ships where they would be forced into service.
the primary financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region.
1930s & 1940s:
as embassies were closing their doors and countries were closing their borders, Shanghai had free entry and took in 20,000+ Jewish people.
the economic reforms resulted in an intense re-development of the city.
Current population: 26 million (35 million Metropolitan Area). Density: 3,800/sq km (9,900/sq mi).
A global financial center and transport hub with the world's busiest container port.
Shanghai Metro system is the world's largest by route length 831 km (520 mi). 10 million people use the system on an average workday.
Maglev runs at 431 km (268 miles) per hour - the world’s fastest commercial train.