Undoubtedly, Beijing and Shanghai often come to your ear before you really visit China. Beijing is China’s most well-known city, the capital with over 3000 years of history as well as the top-rated city preserving numerous historic and cultural legacies. By less than half a day high-speed train travel from Beijing, you can meet Oriental Paris - Shanghai, the largest and most prosperous city with west and east style culture and the best showpiece of China. There are over 30 daily trains running from Beijing to Shanghai from about 7am to 8pm, and most of them are high-speed trains and 2 normal slow trains (T trains).
Among all the high-speed trains, about 30 G trains depart from Beijing South Railway Station and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station with a duration of 4.5~6 hours, while the D trains leave from Beijing South Station but get to Shanghai Railway Station finally after running about 12 hours. (Note: The D trains from Beijing to Shanghai are all overnight bullet trains leaving in the evening.)
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Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
As one of the most influential high-speed railways connecting two principal cities in China, the Beijing Shanghai High-Speed Rail is also an important longitudinal line of the “Four Vertical & Horizontal” system of the national railway network. With the highest running speed of 350km/h, it begins from Beijing South Railway Station，extends 1318km in total, passes 7 provinces and 23 stops at Jinan West (济南西), Nanjing South (南京南) or maybe Tianjinn West (天津西) etc, and at last, arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (D bullet trains will terminate at Shanghai Railway Station).
Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站)
Location: No.12 Yongwai Avenue, Fengtai District, South Beijing (北京市丰台区永外大街12号)
Beijing South Railway Station is the largest and most important high speed train station in Beijing. It is located about 40km (1hr’s driving) to Beijing Capital International Airport & 8km (25mins’ driving) from Tiananmen Square. You can get to the station from Beijing Capital Airport by taxi for about 1 hour, or take the No.10 Airport Bus. Still, you can transfer to Metro Line 4 or Line 14 from downtown area to get there. Learn more about Beijing South Railway Station >
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’ driving to Shanghai Museum and 45 mins’ driving to Yuyuan Garden. You can take Metro Line 10 to Terminal 1 of Hongqiao Airport and then walk few minutes to Terminal 2. If you will 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. Learn more about Shanghai Railway Station >
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’ driving to Shanghai Museum, 30 mins’ driving 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. Learn more about Shanghai Train Stations >
Beijing South Railway Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station
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 >>
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 >>
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