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 to Shanghai Map

Beijing to Shanghai Transportation Map

Travel from Beijing to Shanghai by Flight

Beijing to Shanghai Flight Time: about 2.5 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 2.5 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 60 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

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing to Shanghai Flight

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Some Beijing to Shanghai Flight Schedules:

Flight Route Airline Dep.~Arr. Airports Dep.~Arri. Time Duration Frequency
Beijing - Shanghai China Eastern Airlines Beijing Capital International Airport (T2) -
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (T2)
07:00 - 09:20 2 hrs 20 mins daily
Beijing - Shanghai Air China Beijing Capital International Airport (T3) -
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (T2)
07:30 - 09:40 2 hrs 10 mins daily
Beijing - Shanghai China Eastern Airlines Beijing Capital International Airport (T2) -
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (T2)
08:00 - 10:15 2 hrs 15 mins daily
Beijing - Shanghai China Eastern Airlines Beijing Capital International Airport (T2) -
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (T2)
09:00 - 11:15 2 hrs 15 mins daily
Beijing - Shanghai China Southern Airlines Beijing Daxing International Airport -
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (T2)
15:55 - 18:20 2 hrs 25 mins daily

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 almost 20 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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Beijing to Shanghai Train

Beijing South Railway Station

Beijing to Shanghai Train

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Some Beijing to Shanghai High Speed Bullet Train Schedules:

Train No. Departure Station Arrival Station Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
G105 Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao 07:20 13:08 5 hrs 48 mins
G1 Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao 09:00/td> 13:28 4 hrs 28 mins
G7 Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao 10:00 14:28 4 hrs 28 mins
G9 Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao 12:00 16:36 4 hrs 36 mins
G11 Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao 15:00 19:28 4 hrs 28 mins

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, oft SleeperS, 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

Beijing Railway Station

Beijing to Shanghai Train

Soft Sleeper on Beijing Shanghai Overnight Train

Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Train Schedules:

Train No. Departure Station Arrival Station Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
1461 Beijing Railway Station Shanghai Railway Station 11:55 07:00 (next day) 19 hrs 5 mins
Z281 Beijing Railway Station Shanghai South Railway Station 19:10 09:54 14 hrs 55 mins
T109 Beijing Railway Station Shanghai Railway Station 20:05 11:00 14 hrs 55 mins

How to Plan a Beijing Shanghai Tour

Your Beijing Shanghai tour can be flexibly designed according to your holiday time and personal appetite. A classic Beijing Shanghai trip can be done within one week. First, you can take 2 to 3 days to hike the Great Walls (like Mutianyu, Jinshanling Great Walls) in or near Beijing and visit world-famous landmarks in downtown Beijing, including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc. Meanwhile, you can explore Beijing in more interesting ways, maybe try the Peking duck and other featured Beijing food, watch a Peking Opera and wander around the twisted Hutongs.

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Then, you move to Shanghai to witness the most thriving prosperity and magnificent skyscrapers. Sightseeing of major attractions needs 1 to 2 days, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center are must-visit spots. Don’t miss the super-fast Maglev Train in Shanghai. Have fun in Disneyland if you travel with children. Shanghai is a perfect gateway to Suzhou, Hangzhou and Yellow Mountain, which can be your next stops for discovering beautiful Eastern China.

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