Get from Shanghai to Hohhot by Flight, Trains 2024

Shanghai is the most popular gateway city in China. It offers great convenience for arrival and transferring to all popular tourist cities in China. Shanghai and Hohhot, one on the eastern coast and the other deep inland, have bred very different cultures and showed completely different local features. As one of the earliest cities in China to open to the outside world, Shanghai is the perfect place to appreciate the modern skyline and feel the blend of western and eastern culture. However, if you are interested in the prairie culture and nomadic culture in north China, then Hohhot is the place you must go. Besides experiencing the authentic Mongolian culture and customs, you can also enjoy magnificent natural scenery of grasslands and deserts, which you would never see in metropolis in eastern coastal areas of China.

Because of the relatively long distance between Shanghai and Hohhot, across many provinces and cities in the middle and the terrain is more complex, there is no high-speed rail or bullet train operation between the two places at present. The most convenient way to get from Shanghai to Hohhot is by taking flights, vice versa. Continue to read the following passages to inspire yourself of how to transfer from Shanghai to Hohhot or Hohhot to Shanghai, highlights in Shanghai and Hohhot and tailor make your own Shanghai Hohhot tour in 2024.

Locations & Distance between Shanghai and Hohhot

Distance between Shanghai and Hohhot: about 1680 km driving distance, takes around 2.5-3 hours by flight, around 20 hours by car and over 24 hours by car.

Shanghai Location: Shanghai, the biggest city in China, is located in the Yangtze River Delta, east China, facing the East Sea to the east and bordering Jiangsu Province to the north and Zhejiang Province to the southwest. It’s about 1320 km southeast from Beijing.

Hohhot Location: Hohhot is located in the central part of Inner Mongolia in north China. Bordering borders Baotou City and Erdos City in the west, Wulanchabu City in the east and Shanxi Province in the south, Hohhot is about 460 km west from Beijing.

Shanghai to Hohhot - Transportation Map

Shanghai Hohhot Transportation Map

Option 1: Get from Shanghai to Hohhot by Flight - Most Recommended and the Quickest Way of Travel

Flight Time: 2.5-3 hours

Frequency: over 10 direct flights per day and about 2 flights would stopover at Taiyuan

From & To: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) / Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) → Hohhot Baita International Airport (HET)

Every day, there are 10-15 direct flights from Shanghai to Hohhot between 06:30~17:00 and over 10 flights leave from Hohhot to Shanghai between 09:30 - 21:05, and the whole journey takes 2.5-3 hours.

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✈ Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (上海虹桥国际机场 IATA: SHA)

Location: No.2250, Hongqiao Road, Changning District, Shanghai (上海市长宁区虹桥路2550号)

Located in the west outskirts of Shanghai, Hongqiao Airport is about 20 km, 30 minutes’ drive from the Bund; around 22 km, 35 minutes’ drive from Shanghai World Financial Center and nearly 43 km from Shanghai Disney Resort. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is a major national aviation hub for both international and domestic passengers’ transfers, business, travel, visits, etc. It has been certificated as a five-start airport and the best airport in China by Skytrax.

✈ Shanghai Pudong International Airport (上海浦东国际机场 IATA: PVG)

Location: No.6000, Yingbin Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai (上海市浦东新区迎宾大道6000号)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, about 45 km (1 hour’s drive) from the city center, is one of the three national composite gateway airports in China, the biggest airport in East China. It’s about 45 km, 50 minutes’ drive from the Bund, Yu Garden; around 42 km, 50 minutes’ drive from Shanghai World Financial Center; about 22 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Disney Resort. The airport serves airlines with more than 300 destinations at home and abroad, and hosts most of the international (regional) flights to Shanghai as well as domestic flights.

✈ Hohhot Baita International Airport (呼和浩特白塔机场 IATA: HET)

Location: Jichang Road, Saihan District, Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia (内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市赛罕区机场路)

Hohhot Baita International Airport is located 17 km away from downtown (Xinhua Square), usually taking about 0.5 hours to transfer by car. You can take Metro Line 1 to get to Hohhot city center for about 35 minutes. Baita Airport is the largest aviation hub in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. By the end of May 2020, the airport has opened a total of 154 domestic and foreign airlines, connecting more than 90 cities.

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Get from Shanghai to Hohhot - by flight Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Get from Shanghai to Hohhot - by flight Hohhot Baita International Airport

Option 2: Get from Shanghai to Hohhot by Train - Budget Way of Travel

Frequency: about 1 run per day

Train Time: over 24 hours

From & To: Shanghai South 上海南站 → Hohhot East呼和浩特东站, Hohhot 呼和浩特站

Every day, there is only 1 direct Z normal train leaving from Shanghai to Hohhot at around 19:30, and stops at both Hohhot East Station and Hohhot Station. The time spent on the train will take more than a day, so getting from Shanghai to Hohhot by train is not recommended.

Get from Shanghai to Hohhot - by train Shanghai Hohhot Train

More detailed information about Shanghai to Hohhot Train, please visit: Shanghai to Hohhot Real-time Train Schedule | Hohhot to Shanghai Real-time Train Schedule >>

Option 3: Transfer High-speed Trains in Beijing

If there is no suitable time for direct flight or the ticket is tight, another way to get from Shanghai to Hohhot is to get to Beijing first and then transfer from Beijing to Hohhot by high-speed train.

Everyday, there are countless flights and trains running between Shanghai and Beijing from early morning to late night. If you have not been to Beijing before and have enough time to travel, it is also a good choice to spend 3-4 days in Beijing and visit highlights like the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and Beijing Hutong, etc. and then go to Hohhot.

Check more about How to Get from Shanghai to Beijing >> | Beijing to Hohhot Transportation >>

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How to Plan a Hohhot Tour

Best Time to Visit Hohhot: May ~ October, especially in June, July, August and September…

How to Get There: Flights from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (2.5h), Harbin (4.5h), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc. and bullet train from Beijing (2.5~3h), Datong (2.5h), etc.

Usually, visitors spend 2~3 days to visit Hohhot, including one day to explore the highlights in the city, like Dazhao Temple and Inner Mongolia Museum, and 1~2 days to have fun at the nearby grasslands, like Huitengxile Grassland or Xilamuren Grassland.

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If you have 1~2 days more day, you are highly suggested to add Kubuqi Desert into your trip. Kubuqi Desert is one of the best deserts in China. You can enjoy colorful activities there, like riding camels, hiking, playing sands, etc.

☛ 5 Days Classic Inner Mongolia Tour (Hohhot / Huitengxile Grassland / Kubuqi Desert / Ordos)

Feel not enough? You can spend one day more to Ordos to explore the legend of the great Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan, 1~2 days more to Xilingol to discover the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Site of Xanadu, 3~5 days more to Hulunbuir to meet the most beautiful grassland in China and visit fabulous wetlands , forests and Russian Nationality Villages. Have your preferences about Hohhot and Inner Mongolia? Please feel free to tell us your likes and let our experienced travel consultant customize a tour for you!

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Travel Hohhot with China Discovery

Hohhot and Inner Mongolia differ a lot with the classic China you know. And it is not an easy job to arrange the daily flight, train and car travel at this relatively vast land. Therefore, travel with a professional travel agency is usually the best way to visit there. We China Discovery know Hohhot and Inner Mongolia a lot and we are experienced in organizing tours to this region. If you need any help, please feel free to contact us! Private cars, one-to-one guide and travel consultant… Everything is only for you and your group or family! The tour is customized by your interest, budget, plan and every special need!

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