Shanghai to Qingdao Travel - Flights and High Speed Trains

Shanghai, regarded as the most charming metropolis of China, is a great tourist destination to explore China's glorious present as well as a perfect start of a China tour. From Shanghai, you can easily travel to many tourist destinations. If you are interested the fresh sea air, seafood, picturesque seascape or just relaxing atmosphere, Qingdao (also spelled as Tsingtao) is a good choice. Apart from the “sea experience, you can also appreciate cobbled lines, featured German architecture and red-capped villas in this beautiful coastal city. Visit Top Shanghai Tours and Top Qingdao Tours to start your trip now.

Shanghai to Qingdao Distance

Shanghai is located on the east China coast just to the south of the mouth of the Yangtze River while Qingdao is a major city in eastern Shandong Province (one part in eastern China). The distance between Shanghai and Qingdao is 1300 km (808 miles). The most-chosen ways to travel between them are by flight and high speed trains.

Shanghai to Qingdao Travel Map Shanghai to Qingdao Travel Map

Shanghai to Qingdao Fight - Most Effecient Way

Travel Time: 1h 35m ~ 1h 40m

Frequency: over per day

Departure Time: around 06:30 ~ 23:30

Airports: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (上海虹桥机场) / Shanghai Pudong International Airport (上海浦东机场) → Qingdao Liuting International Airport (青岛流亭国际机场)

There are over 25 daily nonstop flights flying from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport or Shanghai Pudong International Airport and landing on Qingdao Liuting International Airport. The whole journey takes about 1.5 hours only. Booking a tour with China Discovery, you will be picked up at the airport and escorted to your hotel or the attractions listed in the itinerary directly.


▶ Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (上海虹桥国际机场)

Location: No. 2250, Hongqiao Road, Changning District, Shanghai City (上海市长宁区虹桥路2250号)

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is Shanghai's major aviation hub for international and domestic passengers' transfer. It is about 130 km away from Shanghai city center. It is can be reached conveniently by metro Line 2 (passing through the Bund, Nanjing Road and super high-rises in Lujiazui area), metro Line 10 (passing through Xintiandi, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar), many airport shuttle buses as well as taxis. Check more at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport>

▶ Shanghai Pudong International Airport (上海浦东国际机场)

Location: No. 300, Qihang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai (上海市浦东新区启航路300号)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport serves as the key aviation hub for domestic transfer. It is located in Shanghai Pudong New Area, about 30 km (1 hour's drive) to Shanghai downtown. You can get there by metro Line 2 (passing through the Bund, Nanjing Road and super high-rises in Lujiazui area), maglev train, many airport shuttle buses and taxies. Check more at Shanghai Pudong International Airport>

▶ Qingdao Liuting International Airport(青岛流亭国际机场)

Location: Liuting Town, Chengyang District, Qingdao City (青岛市城阳区流亭镇)

Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the busiest airport of Shandong Province. It is 27 km (about 1 hour's drive) away from Five Fourth Square (Qingdao downtown area). It is available to take a shuttle bus to/off Qingdao Liuting Airport. Since January 1, 2019, the 2019, the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy began to take effect in Qingdao. Visitors from appointed 53 countries can visit all cities in Shandong Province after entry from Qingdao Liuting International Airport.

Shanghai to Qingdao Flight Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai to Qingdao Flight Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Jinan to Qingdao Train Qingdao Liuting International Airport

Shanghai to Qingdao Train - Most Comfortable Transfer Way

It is also available to travel from Shanghai to Qingdao by train. There are about 5 daily high speed trains running from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station or Shanghai Railway Station to Qingdao Railway Station or Qingdao North Railway Station. Usually, the earliest train departs from Shanghai at 7:05 and the last train departs around 16:30. The whole train journey takes 6~7.5 hours. During the trip, you may get a great view out the windows of the high speed train.

From To Frequency Duration Link
Shanghai Qingdao 5 6~7.5 hrs Shanghai to Qingdao Train Schedules
Qingdao Shanghai 6 7~11 hrs Qingdao to Shanghai Train Schedules

Please Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.

▶ Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站)

Location: No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, West Shanghai (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号).

Next to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is about 40 mins' drive to Shanghai Museum and 45 mins' drive to Yuyuan Garden. You can take metro Line 10 to Terminal 1 of Hongqiao Airport and then walk a few minutes to Terminal 2. If you go to Pudong Airport, taking a taxi for around 1 hour and 20 minutes is the most convenient way. Meanwhile, there are two subway lines (metro Line 2 & 10) available for transportation to central city area. Read more about Shanghai Railway Stations>

▶ Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)

Location: No.303, Moling Road, Jingan District, North Shanghai (上海市静安区秣陵路303号).

Shanghai Railway Station is one of the major train stations of Shanghai, both serving 170 high speed trains (G & D trains)and 53 normal (K, T, Z trains) every day. The station is located about 15 mins' drive to Shanghai Museum, 30 mins' drive to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and 1 hour to Shanghai Pudong Airport. From here, you can take metro Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4 to transfer to downtown or other places in Shanghai, or get to the Pudong Airport by airport bus.

Shanghai to Qingdao Train Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Shanghai to Qingdao Train Shanghai Railway Station

▶ Qingdao Railway Station (青岛站)

Location: No.2 Taian Road, Shinan District, Qingdao City (青岛市市南区泰安路2号).

Qingdao Railway Station enjoys a history of over 100 years. It operates both high speed trains and normal trains, and 3 high speed trains from Shanghai will arrive there. It is just located in the city area, only 700 meters (10 minutes' walk) from Zhanqiao Pier and 8 km (0.5 hour's drive) away from May Fourth Square. You can easily get there after your sightseeing in nearby attractions by metro Line 3 (passing through Zhongshan Park, May Fourth Square, Qingdao North Railway Station, etc.) or other public buses.

▶ Qingdao North Railway Station (青岛北站)

Location: No.1 Jingle Road, Licang District, Qingdao City(青岛市李沧区静乐路1号).

Qingdao North Railway Station is the largest railway hub in Shandong Province. It operates about 145 trains every day, including 125 high speed trains and 20 normal trains. It is 18 km (about 1 hour's drive) away from May Fourth Square and 7 km (30 minutes' drive) away from Qingdao Beer Museum. In Qingdao North Railway Station, you can take metro Line 3 (passing through Zhongshan Park, May Fourth Square, Qingdao Railway Station, etc.) and many public buses to different corners of Qingdao.

Shanghai to Qingdao Train Qingdao Railway Station
Shanghai to Qingdao Train Qingdao North Railway Station

How to Plan Shanghai Qingdao Tour

Usually, a classic Shanghai Qingdao tour needs about 4 ~ 6 days. All the essences of the two cities can be covered.

You are suggested to spend 2 ~ 4 days visiting the landmarks of Shanghai, like the Bund with featured European architectures, Shanghai Museum housing numerous precious China's treasures, exquisitely-designed Yuyuan Garden and lots of skyscrapers (Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower…) with their own styles.

√ 2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour

√ 3 Days Shanghai Past and Present Contrast Tour

It needs 2 ~ 3 days to explore the best highlights of Qingdao. Top attractions you can't miss include Xiaoyushan Park which offers a valuable panoramic view of Qingdao City and nearby attractions, Zhanqiao Pier - the symbol of Qingdao, Eight Passes with old villas of different architecture styles of over 20 countries and Tsingdao Beer Museum which showcases the hundreds of years' history of Tsingdao Beer. Besides, Laoshan Mountain is a good place with beautiful mountain view and seascape. If you want to discover China's culture better, it is strongly recommended to extend your tour to Mount Tai and Qufu.

√ 4 Days Qingdao Highlights Tour

√ 3 Days Qingdao Beer & Seaside Tour

The Bund

Our Customers in the Bund

Qingdao Sightseeing

Good View from Xiaoyushan Park

Travel with China Discovery

In order to get a better Shanghai Qingdao tour, It is strongly recommended to travel with China Discovery. Our local travel guide and driver will pick you up at the airport or train station as you arrive with an air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicle, and then escort you to your hotel or every attraction listed in your itinerary. Great freedom will be given to you whenever you need to stop for sightseeing and photograph. You are sure to enjoy a comfortable, safe and efficient experience.

Far more than that, China Discovery is professional to provide high-quality customizable tour. Before your tour, our travel expert will communicate with you one to one and make an itinerary according your own interest, need and budget. Every detail - transfer, hotels, attractions, etc. will be arranged well for you and you just need to focus on sightseeing. Feel free to contact us to start your worry-free private tour now!

Mount Tai

Mount Tai, Shot by Our Customer

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