How to Get from Chengdu to Shanghai by Flight & Train
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is a relaxing city featured in its “slow-paced life”. It is also the hometown to giant panda - an adorable animal attracting billions of tourists worldwide. As the center of southwest China, Chengdu offers flights and trains to most major destinations in China. After your Chengdu tour, you can take a flight or a high speed train to Shanghai to tour a charming modern metropolis which presents marvellous skyline and mixed western and oriental culture. Below are detailed flight and train travel information for your Chengdu to Shanghai transportation. Check and choose the most suitable way to begin your trip to Shanghai.
Most Popular Shanghai Tours:
☞ 2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour / ☞ 5 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Suzhou Highlights Tour
☞ 8 Days Best of China Tour (Beijing/Xian/Shanghai) / ☞ 5 Days Shanghai Huangshan Tour by High Speed Train
How Far is Chengdu to Shanghai?
Shanghai is located in Yangtze River Delta, Eastern China, about 1,950 km (1,212 mi) east of Chengdu, which is the capital city in central Sichuan Province.Chengdu to Shanghai Transportation Map
Option 1: Get from Shanghai to Chengdu by Flight (Most Efficient & Recommended Way)
● Flight Time: about 3 hours
● Frequency: over 70 direct flights per day
● From & To: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) 成都双流国际机场 → Shanghai Hongqiao & Pudong International Airport (SHA & PVG) 上海虹桥&浦东国际机场
Every day, there are more than 70 non-stop flights flying from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) to Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong International Airports (SHA & PVG). The direct flight takes around 3 hours, thus, it’s the most fastest and most popular way of getting from Chengdu to Shanghai. The flights are executed by many airline companies, like Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and so on. The earliest flight take off from Chengdu from 06:30 am and the last flight fly at 10:30 pm.
✔Best Shanghai Tours: 2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour / 5 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Suzhou Highlights Tour
◆ Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport 成都双流国际机场 (CTU)
Address: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport 成都双流国际机场 (CTU)
Transportation: about 20 km, 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Chengdu, Renmin Park (People’s Park); around 20 km, 50 minutes’ drive from Kuanzhai Alley; nearly 35 km, 1 hour’s drive from Chengdu Panda Base (Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding).
◆ Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 上海虹桥国际机场 (SHA)
Address: No.2550, Hongqiao Road, Changning District, Shanghai 上海市长宁区虹桥路2550号
Transportation: about 20 km, 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Shanghai, the Bund, Yu Garden; 20 km, 50 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Museum; nearly 43 km, 1 hour’s drive from Shanghai Disney Resort.
◆ Shanghai Pudong International Airport 上海浦东国际机场 (PVG)
Address: No.6000, Yingbin Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区迎宾大道6000号
Transportation: about 46 km, 1 hour’s drive from downtown Shanghai; about 44 km, 50 minutes’ drive from the Bund and Yu Garden; about 45 km, 1 hour’s drive from Shanghai Museum; around 23 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Disney Resort.
Useful Link: >> Chengdu to Shanghai Flight Schedule
Option 2: Get from Chengdu to Shanghai by Train
Chengdu totally runs more than 10 trains to Shanghai each day, including fast high speed bullet trains and a few normal speed trains.
1.Chengdu to Shanghai High Speed Bullet Train
● Train Time: about 11.5 ~15 hours
● Frequency: about 8~9 high speed bullet trains per day
● From & To: Chengdu East Railway Station 成都东站 → Shanghai Hongqiao & Shanghai Railway Station 上海虹桥&上海站
● Running Speed: 300-350 km/h (G Train), 200 km/h (D Train)
● Departure Time: from about 06:30 am to 11:00 am (all arrive on the same day)
◆ Chengdu East Railway Station 成都东站
Address: No.333, Qionglaishan Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 成都市成华区邛崃山路333号
Transportation: about 10 km, 30 minutes’ driver from downtown Chengdu; about 17 km, 25 minutes’ drive from Chengdu Panda Base; aroubd 12 km, 40 minutes’ drive from People’s Park and Kuaizhai Alley.
◆ Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 上海虹桥站
Address: No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, Shanghai 上海市闵行区申贵路1500号
Transportation: about 20 km, 50 minutes~1 hour’s drive to the Bund; 20 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai Museum; 23 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai World Financial Center; 35 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Zhujiajiao Water Town; 43 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai Disney Resort.
>> Chengdu East Railway Station / >> Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Check the real-time Chengdu to Shanghai high speed bullet train timetable below with updated train numbers, times, train tickets and fares.
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- Departure / Train Staiton
- Seat Type / USD Price / Availability
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
• Useful Links: Shanghai to Chengdu Real-time Train Schedules | How to Get to & around Shanghai
2.Chengdu to Shanghai Normal Train
● Train Time: about 36 hours ~ 39.5 hours
● Frequency: about 1~2 normal trains per day
● From & To: Chengdu & Chengdu West Railway Station 成都&成都西站 → Shanghai & Shanghai South Railway Station 上海&上海南站
● Running Speed: 120 km/h (K Train)
● Departure Time: from about 12:00, 09:00 pm (arrive on the 2nd or 3rd day)
◆ Chengdu Railway Station 成都站
Address: No.1, Zhandong Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu, Sichuan 四川省成都市金牛区站东路1号
Transportation: about 5 km, 20 minutes’ by drive/metro from downtown Chengdu; about 11 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Chengdu Panda Base; only 5 km, 25 minutes’ metro from People’s Park and 5 km, 20 minutes’ drive from Kuanzhai Alley.
◆ Shanghai Railway Station 上海火车站
Address: No.303, Moling Road, Jingan District, Shanghai 上海市静安区秣陵路303号
Transportation: about 50 km, 1 hour’s drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG); about 6 km, 20 minutes’ drive from the Bund; almost 7 km, 20 minutes’ drive from Yu Garden; about 35 km, 40 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Disney Resort.
◆ Shanghai South Railway Station 上海南站
Address: No.9001, Humin Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 上海市徐汇区沪闵路9001号
Transportation: about 43 km, 50 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG); about 14 km, 25 minutes’ drive from the Bund; almost 14 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Yu Garden; about 30 km, 40 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Disney Resort.
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 >>
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 >>
How to Plan a Chengdu Shanghai Tour
The most popular and classic Chengdu Shanghai itinerary is to spend 4 days, 2 days in Chengdu and Shanghai each to discover the top highlights. If you want to spend more time in one or both destinations, you’re suggested to take 1 to 2 extra days, visit more attractions to make in-depth city tours.
During your trip in Chengdu, you can firstly visit Chengdu Panda Base in the morning to closely see the lovely Giant Pandas, learn their interesting living habits, Next, you can visit major landmarks in downtown area, such as enjoy a relaxing tea time in People’s Park, explore ancient history in Wuhou Temple, sample delicious local snacks in Jinli Old Street, etc. From Chengdu, you can conveniently make day trips to Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Qingcheng, or use 2 and more days to hike the Mount Emei, visit Jiuzhaigou Valley, and even go further to view beautiful nature and discover distinctive ethnic culture in western and northern Sichuan.
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✔2 Days Classic Chengdu City Tour - Panda Experience & Leisure Chengdu
✔4 Days Classic Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei Tour
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While in Shanghai, you can experience the flying speed of Maglev Train, marvel at towering modern skyscrapers, such as Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Center Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower in Lujiazui, learn amazing city development history and see a large number of cultural treasure in Shanghai Museum, enjoy western style historical architectures along the Bund, visit local cultural icons like Yu Garden, Tianzifang, City God Temple, Zhujiajiao Water Town, have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort, sample various Shanghai food and snacks, etc.
Most Popular Shanghai Tours:
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With well-developed transportation network, it’s super convenient to extend your China tour from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan Mountain in nearby regions, and even go farther to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River, Yunnan, Tibet, Silk Road and more wonderful destinations in China. If time allows, a longer holiday with different types of highlights, like Great Walls, Terracotta Warriors, Giant Panda, Li River Cruise... is an excellent idea for your once-in-a-lifetime journey in China.
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✔5 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Suzhou Highlights Tour
✔8 Days East China Tour by High Speed Train (Nanjing/Suzhou/Hangzhou/Shanghai)
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