How to Get from Shanghai to Xiamen: Flight & 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 in earth buildings in Mulan film, Hakka and Minnan Culture, international architecture or just relaxing atmosphere, Xiamen is a good choice. You can not only visit the UNESCO World Heritage - Fujian Tulou clusters in Nanjing and Yongding, the “Garden on the Sea” - Gulangyu Island, but also can extend your tour to the elegant Wuyi Mountain and enjoy Danxia landform or plan a photography tour to Xiapu. Visit Top Shanghai Tours and Top Xiamen Tours to start your trip now.

How Far is Shanghai to Xiamen | Shanghai to Xiamen Distance

Shanghai Location: Shanghai, the biggest city of China, is located in Yangtze River Delta, east China, facing East Sea to the east and bordering Jiangsu Province to the north and Zhejiang Province to the southwest.

Xiamen Location: Xiamen is a sub-provincial city in Fujian Province. Xiamen is a Special Economic Zone in China approved by the State Council. It’s an important central city, scenic tourist city along China southeast coast. Xiamen is about 600 km far away from Hong Kong and 650 km from Guangzhou.

Shanghai is located at the east coast of China, while Xiamen is at the south. These two coast cities are also settled in the south part of China, enjoying a direct distance for about 825 kilometers. At present, visitors can travel between the two cities by flight or high speed train.

Shanghai to Xiamen Travel Map Shanghai to Xiamen Travel Map

Option 1: Get from Huangshan to Xiamen by Flight - Most Recommended Way

Travel Time: 1h 50m ~ 2h 10m

Frequency: over 25 flights a day

Departure Time: around 06:50 ~ 22:40

Airports: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (上海虹桥机场) / Shanghai Pudong International Airport (上海浦东机场) → Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (厦门高崎国际机场)

There are over 37 daily nonstop flights flying from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport or Shanghai Pudong International Airport and landing on Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. The whole journey takes about 2 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>

▶ Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (厦门高崎国际机场)

Location: Xiangyun Yi Road, Huli District, Xiamen City (厦门市湖里区翔云一路)

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the only airport in Xiamen and most important airport in Fujian Province. It is located on Xiamen Island, about 7 km (25 minutes' drive) to Xiamen city center. You can get there by private car, taxi or Airport Shuttle Buses. Check more at Xiamen Transportation>

Shanghai to Qingdao Flight Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai to Qingdao Flight Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Huangshan to Xiamen Flight Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

Transfer from Xiamen Airport to Nearby Attractions/Destinations

After arrival at Xiamen Airport, you can transfer to Xiamen North Railway Station or Xiamen Train Station to take high speed trains to Nanjing, Wuyishan, Fuzhou, Quanzhou and other cities in Fujian, or take a private car, taxi, airport shuttle bus to travel around Xiamen downtown area, or transfer to ferry to get on Gulangyu Island.

Most Popular Xiamen Tours:

2 Days Xiamen City Tour with Gulangyu Island
3 Days Xiamen City Leisure Tour with Hakka Tulou in Nanjing

Huangshan to Xiamen Flight Click to Enlarge Location of Xiamen International Airport
  • Xiamen Airport - City Center: about 7 km, 15-20 minutes by taxi
  • Xiamen Airport - Xiamen Railway Station: about 9.5 km, 20 minutes by driving
  • Xiamen Airport - Xiamen North Railway Station: about 18 km, 25 minutes by private car
  • Xiamen Airport - Xiamen University: about 15 km, 20 minutes by car
  • Xiamen Airport - Gulangyu Island: about 11 km, 20 minutes by private car to Xiamen International Cruise Terminal, then take 20 minute ferry to get to Gulangyu Island
  • Xiamen Airport - Fujian Tulou in Nanjing: about 154 km, 2.5-3 hours by private driving
  • Xiamen Airport - Fujian Tulou in Yongding: about 164 km, 2.5-3 hours by car
  • Option 2: Shanghai to Xiamen Train - A Convenient Way of Travel

    Train travel has become increasingly popular in China in recent years. Every day, Shanghai sends up to 10 trains to Xiamen, including D bullet trains and G super-fast high speed trains.

    Shanghai to Xiamen by High Speed Train

    Train Time: 5.5 hours – 8.5 hours

    Frequency: about 10 trains per day

    From & To: Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station (上海虹桥站) → Xianmen North Train Station (厦门北站)

    Nowadays, high speed train travel in China is extremely convenient, comfortable and fashionable. 5.5 to 8.5 hours, you can traverse from international metropolis - Shanghai to the "Garden City" - Xiamen.

    Every day, there are about 10 high speed trains leaving from Shanghai to Xiamen. There are 3 G trains leaving at 06:54, 08:15 and 09:23 in the morning, and 7 D trains departing between 06:40 and 09:00, and arriving on the same day. By comparison, G high-speed rail trains are faster than D bullet trains. It takes about 5.5-7 hours by G trains but 7.5-8.5 hours by D trains.

    From To Frequency Duration Link
    Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Xiamen North Railway Station 10 5.5~8.5 hrs Shanghai to Xiamen Train Schedules
    Xiamen North Railway Station Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 1 About 5.5 hrs Xiamen to Shanghai Train Schedules
    Xiamen Railway Station 9 8~8.5 hrs

    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>

    ▶ Xiamen North Railway Station (厦门北站)

    Location: Center Nature Village, Houxi Country, Jimei District, Xiamen, Fujian (福建省厦门市集美区后溪镇岩内村埔中央自然村 – 厦门北站)

    Distance from City Center: about 23 km/35 minutes’ driving to the downtown area

    For the High Speed trains travel from Huangshan to Xiamen, 7 out of 8 high-speed trains stop at Xiamen North Railway Station. Xiamen North Railway Station is located about 18km away from the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. It has equipped with convenient transportation means, including BRT line 1& 6, tourist shuttle bus line 1 & 2, metro line 1& 4, public buses, taxi, etc.

    ▶ Xiamen Train Station (厦门站)

    Location: No. 900, Xiahe Road, Siming District, Xiamen (厦门市思明区厦禾路900号)

    Distance from City Center: about 3 km/10 minutes’ driving to the city center

    Xiamen Railway Station is closer to the main tourist areas in Xiamen, including Gulangyu Island, Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen Botanical Garden, etc. It’s about 12 km away from the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, takes about 20 minutes by car.

    Shanghai to Xiamen Train Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
    Shanghai to Xiamen Train Xiamen North Railway Station
    Shanghai to Xiamen Train Xiamen Railway Station

    Popular Shanghai Xiamen High-speed Train Tours:

    12 Days China Xiapu Mudflats Xiamen Tulou Coastal Tour by Bullet Train

    How to Plan Shanghai Xiamen Tour

    Usually, a classic Shanghai Xiamen tour needs about 5 ~ 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 Xiamen. Top attractions you can't miss include the earth building - “Fujian Tulou” in Nanjing and Yongding, the “Garden on the Sea” - Gulangyu Island, 1000 years old South Putuo Temple and the most beautiful university in China - Xiamen University.

    √ 2 Days Xiamen City Tour with Gulangyu Island
    √ 5 Days Cultural Tour to Xiamen & Fujian Tulou

    If you have more days for your vacation, there are still many other splendid natural and cultural heritages worthy to explore in Xiamen, such as the Danxia landform in Wuyi Mountain and Mudflat in Xiapu. Or you may also plan a China Coastal Tour by including Hangzhou, Putuoshan, and Hong Kong in your journey.

    √ 5 Days Xiamen, Nanjing Tulou & Mount Wuyi Discovery Tour
    √ 12 Days China Xiapu Mudflats Xiamen Tulou Coastal Tour by Bullet Train

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    Our Customers in the Bund

    Gulangyu Island Gulangyu Island

    Travel Shanghai & Xiamen with China Discovery

    In order to get a better Shanghai Xiamen 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!

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    Recommended Shanghai Xiamen Tours

    Top 3 Shanghai Xiamen tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanghai Xiamen in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

    Bird's-eye View of Western-style Architecture at the Bund
    2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour (Most Time-Efficient)


    Gulangyu Island
    5 Days Xiamen & Fujian Tulou Highlights Tour

    Xiamen / Nanjing Tulou / Yongding Tulou / Xiamen

    Xiapu Xiaohao Village
    12 Days China Xiapu Mudflats Xiamen Tulou Coastal Tour by Bullet Train

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