Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train - Super Convenient & Popular Way of Travelling between Beijing and Shanghai

Nowadays, taking a high speed bullet train is a popular and wise choice for your Beijing Shanghai tour. It is fast, comfortable, advanced, safe and with quite fair price. The 1318-kilometer-long Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway, put into service in 2011, is one of the most busiest high speed rail lines in China, even the world. And it has became a common speedy transfer choice besides flying.

Generally, there are more than 40 pairs of high speed bullet trains running between Beijing and Shanghai every day. Most of them are G trains (with a speed of 300 km/h) that only takes about 4.5 to 6 hours. More surprisingly, there are some Fuxing trains running between Beijing and Shanghai with the speed of about 350km/h. Therefore, you can travel between the profound ancient capital city and the modern fashionable metropolis with real high speed and advanced train facilities at true ease.

As this high speed railway stretches from the north to the east China, passing several distinct provinces, you can still get chance to stop by and even get off to visit Tianjin (天津), Jinan (济南), Qufu (曲阜), Nanjing (南京), Wuxi (无锡), Suzhou (苏州), etc. Please check the detailed high speed railway map at below.

Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train Schedules

● Beijing to Shanghai

Train Type From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
G TrainsBeijing SouthShanghai /
Shanghai Hongqiao
Over 45About 06:20-19:00About 4.5-6 hours
Overnight D TrainsBeijing /
Beijing South
ShanghaiAbout 3About 19:30-21:30About 12 hours

● Shanghai to Beijing

Train Type From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
G TrainsShanghai /
Shanghai Hongqiao
Beijing SouthOver 40About 06:30-19:00About 4.5-6.5 hours
Overnight D TrainsShanghaiBeijing /
Beijing South
About 3About 19:00-21:30About 12 hours

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Other Recommended Sections on Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway

As Beijing Shanghai high speed trains also make stops at some interesting tourist cities along the way north-south, such as Tianjin, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, and so forth, you may also get off at those destinations to enjoy their diverse highlights and experience the high speed train trip by section. Let’s see the top recommended railway section and the train schedule at below.

From - To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration
Beijing - TianjinOver 250About 06:00-23:00About 0.5 hour
Beijing - NanjingOver 60About 06:30-19:00About 3.5-5 hours
Beijing - WuxiOver 20About 06:30-19:00About 4-5.5 hours
Beijing - SuzhouOver 10About 07:30-19:30About 4-6 hours
Shanghai - SuzhouOver 200About 06:00-22:30About 0.5 hour
Shangghai - WuxiOver 200About 06:00-22:00About 0.5-1 hour
Shanghai - NanjingOver 250About 06:00-22:00About 1-2 hours
Shanghai - TianjinOver 30About 06:30-17:30 About 4-5.5 hours

Please Note: This information of time and duration might changes slightly, be free to contact us for the up-to-date schedule.

Special Fuxing Trains between Beijing and Shanghai

Fuxing Train is a newest high speed train type which is entirely designed and made by China. It made its first run on Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway in 2017. It is a multiple unit train with the most advanced facilities and highest running speed of China. Fuxing Trains have been used on many high speed lines, and automated Fuxing Trains have running between Beijing and Shanghai at a speed of 350 km per hour. This set of truebred Chinese trains not only cut the traveling duration down to only 4.5 hours between Beijing and Shanghai, but also indicate that China becomes the country with trains of the highest commercial travel speed in the world. At present, the Fuxing Train has three main categories, which are CR400 series (including “Blue Dolphin”, “Golden Phoenix”, speed: 350 km/h), CR300 series (speed: 250km/h) and CR200J Series (speed: 160km/h).

Check more details about the newest Fuxing Trains in China.

Note: Most high speed trains running between Beijing and Shanghai are Fuxing Trains, some even are automated Fuxing Trains (such as Train G7, G9...), and some offer mute carriages for good rest and better train travel experience. You could contact out Travel Consultant for the latest news of Fuxing high speed trains between Beijing and Shanghai.

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What to See along Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway

Only the superb bullet train speed experience in your Beijing Shanghai high speed train travel? Definitely not! Besides that, you are going to embrace a lot of classic historical and cultural sites to know China better, wonderful creations of natural world, taste many sorts of special food, meet many interesting local citizens there, etc. in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Tianjin……

Beijing - Great Capital with Great Walls

This large capital city in China tells a lot of the old culture and historical stories of this profound country. To experience the real charm of it, you are not to miss the Forbidden City to enjoy the grand quality of the past royal families, the Temple of Heaven to feel their respect to nature and heaven, the Great Walls to marvel at the effort and wisdom of ancient people, etc. After your savory of the high-end charm, have some leisure walk along the old Beijing Hutongs and taste some famous local snacks including Beijing Roast Duck, and watch Beijing Opera to get closer to life of local Beijing people.

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Beijing Tiananmen Square

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Beijing South Railway Station

Address: No.12, Yongwai Street, Fengtai District, Beijing (北京市丰台区永外大街12号 - 北京南站); about 25mins for 7km to downtown by car.

Transportation: Transportation: not far from the city center, Beijing South Station needs about 25-30mins to go to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Besides, you can transfer by local Metro Line 4 and Line 1 for about 40 mins. Besides, Metro Line 14 is available in this station, you can also go to many attractions and other places by the convenient Metro System in Beijing. > Check more about Beijing South Railway Station.

Tianjin - Important Harbor City & Gateway to Beijing

Tianjin, only half and hour’s high speed train riding from Beijing, is one of the 14 coastal open cities since 1980s. When you are traveling in this beautiful seaside city, we recommend to see the Five Great Avenues that contains hundreds of old buildings of international styles, visit the China House to see the unbelievable porcelain house, and go to see Tianjin Ancient Culture Street, Jingyuan Garden, Shi Family Courtyard, Dule Temple, Eye of Tianjin, and so forth to see the modern and ancient contrast of this major city in north China!

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Tianjin South Railway Station

Address: between Jincang Highway and Jinjin Highway, Zhangjiawo Town, Xiqing District, Tianjin (天津市西青区张家窝镇津晋高速公路与津沧高速公路之间 – 天津南站); about 40 minutes to get to Tianjin downtown by taxi.

Nanjing - Famous Ancient Capitals of Six Dynasties

Nanjing is not only the capital city of Jiangsu Province, but also the famous ancient capital of 6 dynasties in the past, including Song, Ming dynasties. Therefore, interesting and meaningful historical and cultural places are preserved and prepared for your classic and deep learning of the experience of Nanjing, such as the Memorial Hall to the victims in the Nanjing Massacre, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Nanjing Museum, Qinhuai River, etc.

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Nanjing South Railway Station

Address: No.98 Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing (南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号 - 南京南站); about 25mins for 13km to downtown by car.

Transportation: not very far from Nanjing city center, it needs about 20 minutes to Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, about 50 minutes to Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, about 25 minutes to Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River, etc.

Wuxi - Previous Busy Export Hub of Rice, Silk & Textiles

It is reputed as the “Peal of Taihu Lake”. Adjacent to Suzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Yangtze River, this city is a great city to enjoy the city of water romance. Stunning natural sceneries are easy to get there at Yuantouzhu, Taihu Lake, Liyuan Garden, Plum Garden, where you can appreciate blossoms, waterscape, classical garden view, and atmospheric view and charm. Besides, you can go to feel the holy and profound Buddhist culture by visiting Lingshan Grand Buddha, Nanchan Temple, etc. to enjoy the peaceful and antique feature of this destination.

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Wuxi East Railway Station

Address: East Xianfeng Road, Anzhen Town, Xishan District, Wuxi (无锡市锡山区安镇先锋东路 - 无锡东站), about 40mins for 19km to downtown by car.

Transportation: local Metro Line 2 can take you from this station to the city center and other places in Wuxi. Usually, you can go by taxi, and it needs abiout 40 minutes to Yuantouzhu Scenic area, Taihu Lake, Liyuan Garden, 45 minutes to Plum Garden, about 30 minutes to Nanchan Temple, etc. If you want to visit Lingshan Grand Buddha, it needs about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car.

Suzhou - Elegant City of Traditional Jiangnan Gardens

One of the heavenly wonderlands on earth, Suzhou is absolutely recommended for all visitors to China for the exquisite enjoyment of its elegant Jiangnan flavor. Among all the highlights, the extremely famous classic Suzhou gardens has no reason to be missed, such as the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Linger Garden, Master of Nets Garden, etc. Furthermore, you could get totally laid back at the idyllic Tongli, Zhouzhuang and other old water towns. Besides, Suzhou Museum by I. M. Pei, Suzhou Silk Factory, Shangtang Street, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Grand Canal, and so forth will give you a new and layered love to Suzhou.

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Suzhou North Railway Station

Address: Chengtong Road, Xiangcheng district, Suzhou (苏州市相城区城通路 - 苏州北站), a little far away from city center.

Transportation: you can take Metro Line 2 and Line 4 to the downtown for about 45mins. Also, you can take a taxi to most attractions, like Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, etc. for about 30mins, to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory for about 35 mins, etc.

Shanghai - Impressive Modern Metropolis

Shanghai has been a dreaming visiting place for international tourists from over 100 years ago. You will both encounter with a series of old international architectures left at the Bund, ancient classical garden at Yuyuan Garden, and admire the world first-class skyscrapers including Shanghai Tower at Lujiazui area, jubilant Shanghai Disney Resort, etc. no matter you are interested in the historical relics, cultural attractions, or modern vibrancy, etc., Shanghai will show you why it is called “Magic City” and why it is the oriental pearl in the eyes of foreign people.

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Our Customers Enjoying Shanghai Skyscrapers View from The Bund

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Address: No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, Shanghai (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号 - 上海虹桥站), about 50mins for 20km to downtown by car.

Transportation: Shanghai Hongqiao Station is served for most Beijing Shanghai high speed trains. You can take local Metro Line 2 to Shanghai City center for about 50 minutes. Also, besides the Line 2 and Line 10 available there, you can also transfer to other Lines to visit your ideal places in this city.

Shanghai Railway Station

Address: No. 303, Moling Road, Jingan District, Shanghai (上海市静安区秣陵路303号 - 上海站), which is about 20 minutes away from the city center by Metro Line 1. Besides, Line 3 is also available there for your easy transfer. > Check more about Shanghai Railway Stations.

China Train Travel Tips

Class of Ticket

You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>

Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel

Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>

Board & Get off

1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>

Baggage Allowance

Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>

Facilities and Service

All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>

High Speed Train Travel with China Discovery

We China Discovery are very willing to help you with the high speed train tickets booking, tour customization and local guide and transfer arrangement, so you can be able to experience the superb bullet train in style and enjoy all the highlights of your ideal destinations in China without any worry. If you are interested, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who are here ready to build your own tour to best suit for your needs and likes.

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Questions & Discussions

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Western flush toilets.
Are there western type flush toilets on second class carriages.
2018-11-03 14:43
Hi, Peter, thanks your question. The Beijing Shanghai high speed trains, as well as all o other bullet trains, have both western flush toilets and squat toilet in each carriage. You can find the western style toilets one the left or right side, at end of each carriage. Before you walk there, you can check if it is occupied from the sign on LED screen overhead. If you are in a hurry, you may walk to other carriages to find available one.
I am a uk resident. Do I need a visa to go to bejing or shanghai
2018-01-16 05:12
Hi Del,

Thanks for your message. Yes, you have to have a Visa to go to Beijing or Shanghai. Learn more details here

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