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Kunming to Shanghai Trains Schedules, Fares, Railways Stations

Yunnan is well-known for its high level of ethnic diversity and breathtaking natural views. Kunming is the capital city as well as the tourist center of Yunnan. It is well-linked with other capitals and major tourist cities in China. If you want to leave Yunnan for Shanghai which is a good gateway city to take an international flight to back home you could take a flight or a high speed train. Usually a high speed train takes longer time but offers a sightseeing journey. In general, there are 4 high speed G-trains (G1378, G1372, G1374 and G1376) running from Kunming South Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station every day. All of them depart in the morning and arrive at the night. The whole high speed train journey from Kunming to Shanghai takes about 11.5 ~ 12.5 hours. 3 normal trains are also available to transfer from Kunming to Shanghai, but they will cost over 30 hours.

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Useful Link: Shanghai to Kunming Trains Schedules

Kunming Shanghai High Speed Train Route Map

Kunming Shanghai High Speed Train Route Map

Shanghai Kunming High Speed Rail Map

Shanghai Kunming Speed Rail Map

Kunming South Railway Station (Kunmingnan Railway Station, 昆明南站)

Kunming South Railway Station was put into operation simultaneously with Shanghai Kunming High Speed Train. It only runs high speed trains (both G-trains and D-trains) and serves Shanghai Kunming High Speed Rail, Yunnan GUngxi High Speed Rail, Chongqing Kunming High Speed Rail, etc. Located in Wujiaying Street, Chenggong District (昆明市呈贡区吴家营街道) in southern Kunming, it is about 30km (1 hour’s driving) to old city center, 70km (1.5 hours’ driving) to Stone Forest and 180km (4 hours’ driving) to Dongchuan Red Land.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥火车站)

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai’s main high speed train station, is located in No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, West Shanghai (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号), about 20km to the downtown of Shanghai. Within walking distance to Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station enjoys convenient transportation. It is available to take subway (metro Line 2 and Line 10), maglev train, public bus and taxi to get there. Read more about Shanghai Railway Stations>

High Speed Train Tips

Types of Seats

There are Second Class Seats, First Class Seats and Business Class Seats on most high speed G-trains. The second class is the standard type at a budget price. The First Class Seats feature in much quieter and more comfortable environment. The Business Class Seats offer a luxury experience onboard. The seats usually on D-trains can be divided into First Seats, Second Class Seats and Soft Sleepers (or Business Class Seats). Check more details about Types of Seats on China Bullet Train>

Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel a Ticket

The train ticket can be booked online, with a ticket agency, at the ticket offices in railway stations etc. Remember to book your ticket as soon as possible, especially in the peak seasons. Reading tickets carefully to make sure that you get to the correct railway station and board the correct train. For foreign travelers without Chinese ID card, you have to collect, alter and cancel your train ticket from the ticket offices. Check more details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>

Board & Disembark a Train

1) Prepare your documents well (passport, visa); 2) Get to the right trains station in advance 3) collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the Identity Check; 6) Security check & luggage check; 7) Find right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. After you get off your train, your ticket will be check again to leave the station. Check more details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>

Baggage Allowance

Each passenger is able to take a high speed train with personal luggage in certain weight and volume without limitation of amount and types. Generally, the luggage won’t be weighed and measured specifically, so you can take as much as you can hand it independently and place it in the train station. Besides, some items are prohibited to be carried to the railway stations and the trains, like weapons, knives, etc. Check more details about Check more details about Baggage Allowance for Taking a Train>

Facilities and Service

All high speed trains in China provide advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. You have different luggage racks to place your luggage, plugs to charge your laptop or phones and sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and broadcasts use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the language barriers. Check more details about Facilities & Services Onboard the Train>


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Can I face language problem when I ride high speed train from kunming to shanghai.
2019-03-10 12:15
Hi Shah alam,

Thanks for your message. If you are traveling from Kunming to Shanghai by high speed train, you don’t need to worry about the language issue. After you arrive at the railway station, most directions and signs at the stations are in both Chinese and English, very clear to recognize, which can help you check in and board smoothly. And the attendants standing at the entrance of each carriage will also help you easily locate your carriage and seat. Better show them your ticket, because the staff knows little or just speak simple English. Once onboard, near all facilities are in bilingual (Mandarin & English), including the number of your seat, insturctions of toilets, water, the current running speed and the next station, terminus and etc. Boardcast will tell you your next stop and time needed in Chinese and English.

If you really concerns about the language, you can prepare a note to write down what you want to get, or download the Pleco, a very popular travel app to translate your language to Chinese. Here is our most useful Chinese phrase for China train travel: which may helps.

Best Regards! Wish you enjoy your Kunming Shanghai train travel.

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