How to Travel from Beijing to Shanghai: By Flight or Train?

After realizing your China Great Wall hiking trip in or around Beijing and visiting the capital’s magnificent imperial historical sites, many travelers like to make a contrast tour in China’s most modernized metropolis - Shanghai, where also offers very convenient transport out of the country. Here China Discovery gives you the most detailed and useful Beijing to Shanghai transportation guide to help you better plan a Beijing Shanghai tour. Check the time, departure and arrival place, cost, frequency, highlights and choose based on your own preference and itinerary.

Distance from Beijing to Shanghai

Beijing lies in the North China while Shanghai is located on the estuary of the Yangtze River, southeast of Beijing. The flight distance between Beijing and Shanghai is about 1,100 km (683.5 mi), the train travel distance is about 1,318 km (818.9 mi) to 1,477 km (917.7 mi) and the driving distance is about 1,200 km (745.6 mi) for around 14 hours. Generally, transportation from Beijing to Shanghai, two of the top tourist destinations in China, is very convenient and easy. Taking a flight or a bullet train are the two main ways to travel from Beijing to Xian. Keep reading to have more tour traffic details.

Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail

Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail

Travel from Beijing to Shanghai by Flight

Beijing to Shanghai Flight Time: about 2 hours

From: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)

To: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Flying from Beijing to Shanghai within 2 hours short is undoubtedly the fastest, most convenient and comfortable way, especially when you have a tight schedule or travel with big luggage. There are over 40 non-stop flights departing from Beijing to Shanghai every day, so you have plenty of choices. All the Beijing to Shanghai flights are arranged between about 07:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, and are offered by different Chinese airlines, all are experienced and reliable, such as China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, etc.

Transfer Tips: Beijing Capital International Airport lies in northeast of Beijing and it takes around 1 hour to get there by taxi. Beijing Daxing International Airport is located nearly 50 km south suburb, which takes at least 1 hour’s drive from the city center.

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Beijing to Shanghai Flight Schedules:

Departure Airport Arrival Airport Flight Frequency Duration Detailed Flight Schedule
Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
about 40 flights per day about 2h Shanghai to Beijing Real-Time Flight Schedules

Note: The above flight schedules are listed for reference only, for more details please feel free to contact our private consultant.

Travel from Beijing to Shanghai by Train

Train travel becomes more popular in China in recent years, especially the high speed trains connecting most tourist destinations and offering a fast, scenic, clean and punctual train ride than before. There are many high speed bullet trains and a few normal-speed overnight trains available for Beijing Shanghai train travelers.

1. Beijing to Shanghai High Speed Bullet Train (Top Recommended)

Train Type & Running Speed: G Trains, 300~350 km/h (Fuxing Trains)

Train Time: about 4.5~6 hours

Departure & Arrival Stations: Beijing South Railway Station - Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Formally opened in 2011, Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway has been one of the earliest and one of the busiest high speed rails in China. It has delivered more than 1 billion passengers. And this section often runs the most advanced and newest trains. Every day, there are over 40 high speed trains leaving Beijing to Shanghai, passing Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing, Suzhou and some other cities in Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu Provinces. The smaller the train number, the fewer stopovers you will have. On all the Beijing to Shanghai high speed bullet trains, three kinds of seats are provided: Second Class Seat (the cheapest), First Class Seat (medium-priced) and Business Class Seat (most expensive and luxury).

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Some Beijing to Shanghai High Speed Bullet Train Schedules:

Departure Station Arrival Station High-Speed Train Frequency High-Speed Train Duration Detailed Train Schedule
Beijing South Railway Station Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station over 40 trains per day 4.5-6.5h Shanghai to Beijing Real-Time Train Schedules

Note: The above train schedules are listed for reference only. You can click Beijing to Shanghai High Speed Train Schedules to get all real-time train information.

2. Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Train

Train Type & Running Speed: Z & T Trains, about 120 km/h

Train Time: nearly 15 ~ 19 hours

Departure & Arrival Stations: Beijing Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station

There still has 3 normal speed overnight trains running from Beijing to Shanghai each day. The earliest one departs from Beijing nearly twelve at noon and costs the longest 19 hours to arrival at Shanghai Railway Station in next morning. The rest two both leave in the evening and get to Shanghai in the afternoon of the second day.

Four kinds of tickets are sold: Hard Sleeper, Soft Sleeper, Soft Seat and Hard Seat. The overnight train ticket is sold much cheaper than high speed trains. And a sleeper berth is more recommended because you will spend one night on board, sitting over 10 hours is quite painful.

Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Train Schedules:

Departure Station Arrival Station Normal Train Frequency Normal Train Duration Beijing to Shanghai Real-Time Train Schedules
Beijing Railway Station Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai South Railway Station
about 3 trains per day 15-19h Shanghai to Beijing Real-Time Train Schedules

How to Plan Your Beijing Shanghai Tour

Beijing, the massive capital city of China for centuries, offers you much to discover and explore. You can visit the Forbidden City to witness the history of mighty imperial ancient China, hike the incredible Great Wall to get a lifetime memory, or wander along the traditional hutongs to experience the authentic local life...Usually, 2 to 4 days are needed to have an essential trip in Beijing which will cover the most popular attractions - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutongs, etc. Now, it is available to have 144 hours Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, and you can go for a Beijing trip to explore all the stunning attractions in the city even without applying for a visa.

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Travel from Beijing to Shanghai

Beijing and Shanghai are two most popular tourist destinations in China. They are two of the places you must go, if you visit China for the first time, both having diverse things to do, high-quality accommodation, amazing food, featured cultural activities. You can travel either from Beijing to Shanghai or from Shanghai to Beijing. In Beijing, you can hike the Great Walls, visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and many other must-see attractions. While in Shanghai, you need at least 2~3 days to visit the Must-visit sites including the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center in Lujiazhui, various historical architectures, Yu Garden, City God Temple along the Bund and busy Nanjing Road, etc. Local culture lovers can use one extra day to visit Tianzifang, Zhujiajiao Water Town, while family travelers can have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort. Meanwhile, you can also experience Maglev Train and energetic nightlife, taste diverse snacks to make your Shanghai tour interesting and memorable.

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