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As the top transfer hub in China, Shanghai operates high speed trains to most major tourist cities, including Chengdu. Chengdu is the home to Giant Panda as well as gateway city to many World Natural and Cultural Heritages Sites, like Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Mount Qingcheng. Every day, there are 5 high speed trains running from Shanghai to Chengdu, including 1 G train and 4 D trains. All the trains run from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station in the early morning (about 06:00 ~ 08:30) and arrive in Chengdu East Railway Station or Chengdu Railway Station at night (about 18:30 ~ 21:40). The fastest train is G1974 train which takes you traveling from Shanghai to Chengdu for around 11 hours. Besides, there are 4 normal K-trains running from Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station to Chengdu Railway Station. The ordinary train journey takes 31.5 ~ 39 hours. Such long hours train trip are not recommended for experience.
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Useful Link: Chengdu to Shanghai Trains Schedules
Shanghai Chengdu High Speed Railway starts from metropolis Shanghai to Sichuan Basin through Jiangsu Province, Anhui Province, Hubei Province and Chongqing City. The railway is about 1,976km (1,228 miles) and the entire trip takes about 11 ~ 14.5 hours. There are over 20 railway stations along the railway, and Shanghai Chengdu High Speed Trains will stop in Suzhou North (苏州北) Nanjing South (南京南), Hefei South (合肥南), Yichang East (宜昌东), Zhengzhou East (郑州东), Xian North (西安北) Chongqing North (重庆北), etc. Check the detailed Shanghai Chengdu Train Route Maps.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站)
Location: No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, Shanghai. (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号)
Totally, 4 of the 5 high speed trains to Chengdu depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Shanghai Railway Stations is a major high speed railway station in Shanghai and it operates high speed trains to lots of tourist cities in China. From railway station, you can walk to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport within 10 minutes. Besides, you can take metro Line 2 and Line 10 to many attractions like Lujiazui, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi, etc. Read more about Shanghai Transportation >
Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)
Location: No.303, Moling Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai. (上海市静安区秣陵路303号)
There is one bullet train (D train) departing from Shanghai Railway Station to Chengdu East Railway Station every day. The Shanghai Railway Station is another major railway station operating both high speed trains and normal trains to/off Shanghai. Located in the downtown of Shanghai, it enjoys convenient transportation network. It can be reached by Metro Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4 as well as other public transportation means.
Chengdu East Railway Station (Chengdudong Railway Station 成都东)
Location: Qingyijiang Road, Chenghua District, Eastern Chengdu. (成都市成华区青衣江路)
Chengdu East Railway Station is the main high speed railway station in Chengdu. It is about 95m (about 20 minutes' driving) to the downtown and 23km (about 40 minutes' driving) to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport. You can take Chengdu Metro Line 2 and Metro Line 7 to get to the Chengdu Railway Stations. Taking Metro Line 2, you can travel between the railway station and the city center directly. Read more about Chengdu Transportation >
Chengdu Railway Station (成都站)
Location: No.1 Zhandong Road, Jinniu District, Northern Chengdu. (成都市金牛区站东路1号)
Chengdu Railway Station has long been the most frequently-used railway station before Chengdu East Railway Station is operated. Because it is located in northern Chengdu, local Chengdu people usually call it Chengdu North Railway Station. To get to Chengdu North Railway Station, you can take Metro Line 7, Metro Line 1 and airport shuttle bus conveniently.
Types of SeatsThere 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 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>
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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