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Qufu Railway Stations: Transportation & Train Schedules

Known as the famous “Hometown of the Confucius”, Qufu is one of the top destinations in Shandong which is usually visited with Mount Tai in Tai’an. Owing to the well-developed provincial railway network, tourists can take fast high speed bullet trains to get to and around Qufu efficiently and conveniently. At present, there are two railway stations serving Qufu, Qufu East Railway Station and Qufu Railway Station. Which one is the arrival for high speed trains? Which one is better for transferring to “San Kong” (three Consucian site including the Temple, Cemetery & Family Mansion of the Confucius)? Read on details below to decide which train station to use for your Qufu tour.

Top Qufu Tours: 2 Days Taishan & Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train / 3 Days Confucius Culture Exploration with Mount Tai

Qufu Train Stations Qufu Train Stations Location Map (Zoom in to enlarge map)

Qufu East Railway Station 曲阜东站 (High Speed Train Station)

Qufu East Railway Station, also called Qufudong Railway Station is a junction station on Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway and Qizhao-Lankao High Speed Railway. The station, put into use on June 30, 2011, covers a total building area of 29,988 square meters and 6 platforms and 16 rail tracks.

Location: Kongzi Avenue, Xizou Town, Qufu City, Jinan City, Shandong Province 山东省济南市曲阜市息陬镇孔子大道

Qufu Train Stations Qufu East Railway Station

Major Train Routes

At present, the Jinan East Railway Station is a vital railway station in Jinan for it handles all high speed trains to/off Qufu. The trains are running on the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway and Rizhao-Qufu section of the Rizhao-Lankao High Speed Railway. If you take the high speed train from Beijing to Jinan East Railway Station, it takes about 2.5 hours and 3.5~4 hours from Shanghai, just half an hour to within 1 hour from Jinan and 20 minutes from Tai’an Railway Station near Mount Tai. In the future, Qufu East Railway Station will also be a middle station on the Jinan-Zaozhuang High Speed Railway (expected to come into service in 2024).

Major High Speed Trains to Jinan East Railway Station:

High Speed Train Route Departure Station Train Type Frequency
(per day)
Timetable Duration
Beijing→Qufu Beijing South Station G train over 15 trains 06:30-20:30 2.5 hrs
Shanghai→Qufu Shanghai Hongqiao & Shanghai Station G train over 20 trains 06:00-18:30 3~4.5 hrs
Tianjin→Qufu Tianjin & West & South Station G train 15 trains 09:30~21:00 2~2.5 hrs
Jinan→Qufu Jinan & West & South Station G train over 50 trains 06:30-22:00 30~40 minutes
Qingdao→Qufu Qingdao & Qingdao North Station G train over 15 trains 06:30-18:30 2.5~3.5 hrs
Tai'an (Mount Tai)→Qufu Tai'an Station G train over 20 trains 07:30-22:30 20 minutes
Yantai→Qufu Yantai & Yantai South Station G train over 5 trains 08:30-18:00 4~4.5 hours
Weifang→Qufu Weifang & Weifang North Station G train about 12 trains 08:30-20:00 2.5 hours
Weihai→Qufu Weifang Station G train about 3 trains 08:00-17:00 4.5 hrs

Note: The train schedules above are subject to adjustment in each season. You can contact us for more available high speed trains to Jinan West Railway Station and updated train information for your train tour to Jinan.

Transfer to Downtown & Other Jinan Attractions

Qufu East Railway Station is located in the northeast suburb of Jinan, farther from the downtown than Qufu Railway Station. Though Qufu is a small city, it’s highly advised to take a private car or taxi to get around, for it is very convenient and can largely save your time.

Qufu East Railway Station - the City Center: about 11 km, 20 minutes by driving; almost 1 hour by local bus (Qufu Bus d09, k30, k01)

Qufu East Railway Station - The Temple of Confucius: about 13 km, 30 minutes by driving; 50 minutes by local bus (Qufu Bus k01)

Qufu East Railway Station - Jining Qufu Airport: about 90 km, 1.5 hours by driving

Qufu Train Stations Ancient Dance Performed in the Temple of Confucius

Qufu Railway Station 曲阜站 (Closer to the Confucius Temple & Downtown)

Built in 1981, Qufu Railway Station is an old small railway station located near downtown Jinan. The station nowadays is rarely used, because it only runs a few normal trains to Qufu on the Yanzhou-Shijiusuo Railway (兖石铁路, a regional traditional railway linking Rizhao and Jining in Shandong). There are 3 platforms and 5 tracks, but only 1 is used for passengers.

Location: East Kuiquan Road, Qufu City, Jinng City, Shandong Province 山东省济宁市曲阜市逵泉东路

Qufu Train Stations Qufu Railway Station

Major Train Routes to Qufu Railway Station

Qufu Railway Station merely operates trains between Qufu and connected cities in Shandong via the Yanzhou-Shijiusuo Railway 兖石铁路, such as Rizhao, Yantai, Weihai, Qingdao, Jinan, Heze, etc. The trains depart from Beijing Railway Station to Qufu Railway Station are both overnight trains arriving in Qufu the next morning, thus, it’s not recommended when compared to 2.5 hours’ high speed train.

Main Trains to Jinan Railway Station:

High Speed Train Route Departure Station Train Type Frequency (per day) Timetable Duration
Rizhao→Qufu Rizhao Railway Station K train about 5 trains 08:00-19:30 3.5~4 hrs
Yantai→Qufu Yantai Railway Station Normal train only 1 train about 09:00 8.5 hrs
Qingdao→Qufu Qingdao North Station Normal train just 1 train about 19:30 about 10.5 hrs
Weihai→Qufu Weihai Railway Station Normal train only 1 train about 19:45 3about 10.5 hours
Beijing→Qufu Beijing Railway Station Z & K train about 2 trains 22:30~23:30 7~10 hrs
Jinan→Qufu Jinan Railway Station K train about 2 trains 09:00~15:30 about 2.5 hours
Heze→Qufu Heze Railway Station K train about 2 trains 06:30-07:00 2~2.5 hours

Note: The above train schedule may be changed by season. You can contact us for more updated train information.

Transfer to Downtown & Major Attractions

Qufu Railway Station lies closer to the city center and main scenic spots than Qufu East Railway Station.

Qufu Railway Station – the Downtown: about 5 km, 10~15 minutes’ drive; around 40 minutes by local bus (Qufu Bus d09, k05, 5, 3)

Qufu Railway Station – The Temple of Confucius: about 5 km, 15 minutes by driving; approximately 40 minutes by local bus (Qufu Bus k05, 3, 5)

Qufu Railway Station – Jining Qufu Airport: nearly 90 km, 1 hour 20 minutes by driving

Qufu Train Stations Cemetery of Confucius in Qufu

How to Plan Your Qufu Tour

How to Get to Qufu: The best way is taking high speed trains to Qufu from Beijing (about 2.5 hrs), Jinan (about 30~40 mins), Tai’an (about 20 mins), Qingdao (about 2.5~3.5 hrs)…

Best Time to Visit Qufu: March to November when the temperature is pleasant, natural scenery is beautiful and International Confucius Cultural Festival is usually held in autumn.

Top Attractions to Visit in Qufu: Temple of Confucius, Kong Family Mansion, Cemetery of Confucius…

Qufu, the “Hometown of Confucius”, is a holy cultural destination in the southwest of Shandong. The most popular and recommended tour itinerary of Qufu is making a day-trip to discover the three famous UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites - Temple & Cemetery of Confucius and Kong Family Mansion together. Within short distance and convenient transportation, tourists usually visit Qufu with the sacred Mount Tai, a World Cultural & Natural Heritage site in Tai’an to witness impressive natural landscape and imperial traces.

✔ 2 Days Mount Tai Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train
✔ 3 Days Confucius Cultural Exploration with Sidetrip to Mount Tai

As a coastal province with long history, Shandong owns many more wonderful destinations worth your exploration. After your Qufu & Mount Tai hiking trip, you can further tour scenic Jinan with 1 day; travel to Qingdao, spend 2 days experiencing energetic beer culture and brisk seaside scenery, get to Weifang, Yantai, Weihai and more lovely cities. A highlight tour of Shandong with Qufu takes 4 to 6 days, covering major destinations and tourist essences.

✔ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
✔ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour
✔ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)

Based on your holiday time and individual interests, you may continue your China tour to Beijing and nearby regions of Shandong, or travel to Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and other top famous destinations to view different fascinating nature and culture of China.

✔ 6 Days Classic Beijing & Shandong Tour (Beijing/Qufu/Mount Tai)
✔ 8 Days Beijing Shanghai Tour with Confucianism Exploration & Mount Tai Hiking
✔ 10 Days China World Heritage Tour in Northern China (Beijing/Mount Tai/Qufu/Shaolin Temple/Luoyang/Xian)

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