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Sprawling down two banks of Yangtze River, Chongqing is a popular destination among both Chinese and foreign travelers. Apart from seeing the sleepless cityscape, many travelers come there for a Yangtze River Cruise tour to Yichang. If you get to Shanghai firstly from your home, you can take a high speed train or flight to Chongqing. With lower cost and comfortable facilities, high speed train is worthy of your try. Shanghai operates 9 high speed trains to Chongqing, including 2 G-trains and 7 D-trains. The whole train journey takes about 10.5~13 hours, about 5 ~ 13 hours less than normal trains. These trains usually depart in the morning (06:08 ~ 09:30) and arrive at night (18:03 ~ 21:16).
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Useful Link: Chongqing to Shanghai Trains Schedules
The shortest railway from Shanghai to Chongqing is 1,672 kilometers (1,228 miles) long, passing through Jiangsu Province, Anhui Province and Hubei Province. Some cities in these provinces are attractive tourist destinations as well, like Suzhou – the City of Garden, Nanjing – Ancient Capital for Six Dynasties and Yichang – the start of upstream Yangtze River cruise. There are 18 midway railway stations along this railway, including Suzhou (苏州), Nanjing South (南京南), Hefei South (合肥南), Yichang East (宜昌东), etc. Besides, the G-trains may pass through Jiangsu Province, Henan Province, Shaanxi Province and Sichuan Province (or Zhejiang Province, Jiangxi Province, Hunan Province and Guizhou Province). Choosing different trains, the midway stations are always different.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站)
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is the main railway station in Shanghai and it only operates high speed trains – G-trains, C-trains and D-trains. It is situated in No. 1500, Mingui Road, Minhang District (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号), about 20km to the downtown. Because Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station are connected by a passage, you can transfer between them by walk directly. Transferring between Terminal 1 and the railway station, you need to take metro Line 10. Metro Line 10 also takes a stop in Xintiandi and Yuyuan Garden. Metro Line 2 is also available in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)
Located in No. 303, Moling Road, Jing'an District (上海市静安区秣陵路303号) (near the center of Shanghai), Shanghai Railway Station enjoys a good location and convenient transportation system. It is only 5km (about 20 minutes' driving) to the Bund, 5km (about 15 minutes' driving) to Shanghai Museum, 7km (about 20 minutes' driving) to Yu Garden and 10km (about 25 minutes' driving) to Lujiazui (gathering places of Shanghai's landmarked building). It can be reached by metro Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4. There are also daily airport shuttle buses running between Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai Pudong Airport. Read more about Shanghai Railway Stations>
Chongqing North Railway Station (Chongqingbei Railway Station, 重庆北站)
Chongqing North Railway Station is Chongqing's main railway station located in No. 51 #8 Kunlun Avenue, Yubei District, Chongqing (重庆市渝北区昆仑大道51号附8号). It has two halls and all high speed trains are operated by North Square Hall. If you arrive at Chongqing North Railway Station and want to take a Yangtze River Cruise in Chaotianmen Port, you are suggested to call taxi to get there. Otherwise, you need to walk about 1.5km first and then take light rail and public bus. Light Rail Line 10 can directly take you to transfer between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Chongqing North Railway Station. Walk about 10minutes to Longtou Temple Station from North Square of Chongqing North Railway Station, you can catch light rail Line 3.
Chongqing West Railway Station (Chongqingxi Railway Station, 重庆西站)
Chongqing West Railway Station is a newly-built railway station located in Fengzhong Road, Shapingba District of Chongqing City (重庆市沙坪坝区凤中路168号). Covering about 120,000 square meters, it is the largest railway station in west China. It can't be reached by light rail at present, but taxies and several public buses are available. If you want to travel to Chaotianmen Port, you can call a taxi which takes about 1 hour usually. There are airport shuttle buses running between Chongqing West Railway Station and Chongqing Jiangbei Airport. Read more about Chongqing Railway Stations>
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 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>
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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