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With the first Fuxing Train of China (the up-to-date high speed train series) got the real trial between Beijing and Shanghai in 2017, tourists travel between the two cities by high speed train can enjoy a much higher running speed, most advanced facilities and service and convenience. Imaging that you are in Shanghai in the morning, and then you have a fast and amazing train travel on the newest high speed train and set foot on Beijing within several hours, where you can take a hike of Great Wall, ride a bike in Beijing Hutong, wonder in the Forbidden City, how awesome that would be.
Totally, Shanghai operates 43 return trains to Beijing every day, the same amount of trains in opposite direction, including 41 high speed trains (38 G trains & 3 D trains) and 3 ordinary slow trains (T trains). Compared to the 15.5 hours ~ 22.5 hours’ travel time for slow trains, high speed trains only runs 4 hours ~ 6.5 hours for G trains and 12 hours for D trains and finally all reach Beijing South Railway Station. In the morning, the first high speeds train (also a Fuxing Train) G102 departs from Shanghai at 06:26 and arrives at Beijing 6hours later. The latest G22 high speed train departs at 19:00 and arrives at 23:18 with the shortest duration (4 horus & 18 minutes).
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The Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail, starting working in 2011, has delivered more than 600 million of passengers, about twice of the total population of America. With length of 1874km, this route starts from Shanghai, goes northward, mainly makes stops at Suzhou North (苏州北), Nanjing South (南京南), Jinan West (济南西) and more cities and ultimately gets to Beijing South Railway Station by crossing 7 provinces in all. By taking high speed trains on this rail, you can also travel to Suzhou from Shanghai for about 25 mins’ driving.
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)
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is the most important and largest high speed train station in Eastern China, whose total area is equal to 3 times that of Tiananmen Square. It lies to the west of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, about 40 mins’ driving to Shanghai Museum and 45 mins’ driving to Yuyuan Garden. Every day, there are about 550 high speed trains departing from here and reaching to Xian, Chengdu， Chongqing, Hangzhou, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Guiyang and etc. If you want to get to the station from Hongqiao Airport, you can take Metro Line 10 to Terminal 1and walk a few minutes to Terminal 2. And taking taxi is a good choice for passengers from Pudong Airport. If you prefer to experience local traffic, Metro Line 2 & Line 10 that are connected with the train station offers great convenience to transfer.
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 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)
Located about 1 hours’ driving from Beijing Capital International Airport and 25 mins’ driving from Tiananmen Square, Beijing South Railway Station is the biggest high speed train station of Beijing, handling nearly 400 high speed trains throughout the country. You can get to the station by taxi directly, take the airport bus from the Capital Airport, or transfer to Metro Line 4 or Line 14 from downtown areas. Apart from Beijing-Shanghai high speed train, the station is also the departure station of Beijing-Tianjin Intercity High Speed Train, Beijing-Hangzhou High Speed Train, and Beijing-Xiamen High Speed Train and so on. Beijing South Railway Station >
Class of Ticket
On high speed trains from Shanghai to Beijing, there are three kinds of tickets are provided, including Business Class Seat, First Class Seat and Second Class Seat. Second Class Seat is the most budget level you will share a row space with other passengers. First Class of Seat is more comfortable and quiet for those who prefer a good rest on the way. If you would like to try the most luxury and superior train travel experience, the Business Class Seat better than the business level on airplane will shock you beyond expectation. Check All Types of Seats on China High Speed Train>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or ask help from ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. One thing you should remember is to book the ticket as early as possible, especially in peak tourist seasons. After collecting the tickets, please read carefully about the train number, departure date and station to make sure you won’t miss the train. If you want to cancel, alter your train tickets, you are required to bring your passport to the ticket counter and make the adjustments. Check details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 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. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off. Check details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>
China train travel with luggage is much easier than taking flight, for you don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger with a train ticket is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. Though there are written regulation and rules about the luggage allowance, in practice, passengers can take as much luggage as you can if only you handled them properly. Check detailed Baggage Allowance & Policy to Take China Train>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, 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 the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication. Check All Facilities & Service on China Train>
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