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How to Get from Shanghai to Guangzhou by Train, Flight 2023

Guangzhou is a city overwhelming with energy, color, and sheer size in southern China, while Shanghai is an important gateway city in the east. The distance between the two cities is about 1385km. Transportation between the two cities is convenient and easy. If you want to extend your Shanghai tour to Guangzhou, it is available to take a flight, high-speed train, or normal train. 

How to travel - by flight, bullet train, or normal train?

By Flight: the fastest way to get to Guangzhou, only takes 2.5 hours; 
By Bullet Train: comfortable, enjoyable and environment-friendly; takes about 6 hours to 7.5 hours; beautiful scenery on the way;
By Normal Train: the slowest way to reach Guangzhou; crowded on the train; takes about 18.5 ~ 23 hours; less recommended.

Flights from Shanghai to Guangzhou

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场; CAN) is the second busiest and largest airport in Southern China, right after the Hong Kong Airport, about 34 km (21 mi) driving distance north from central Guangzhou. There are two connected terminals serving all international and domestic airlines, namely, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Every day, Shanghai has over 50 flights to Guangzhou every day and the one-way air trip takes about 2.5 hours.>>Read More about Real-Time Flight Schedules from Shanghai to Guangzhou

Baiyun Airport Address: No.888, East Jichang Avenue, Huadu District, Guangzhou (广州市花都区机场大道东888号)

Learn More about Flights to Guangzhou (CAN) - Schedules, Duration, Frequency >>

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Trains from Shanghai to Guangzhou

Shanghai operates 4 daily high speed G-trains to Guangzhou. At 8:00, the earliest train G85 departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and arrives at Guangzhou South Railway Station at around 15:00. It is also the fastest Shanghai Guangzhou High-Speed Train which takes about 7 hours. The other three trains take about 7.5 ~ 8.5 hours. Sometimes, there might be available D-trains running from Shanghai to Guangzhou. Also, three normal trains are available to travel from Shanghai South Railway Station to Guangzhou Railway Station, but they take 18.5 ~ 23 hours. Because of the long duration on the way, the normal trains are less recommended.

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Useful Link: Guangzhou to Shanghai Trains Schedules | Shanghai Guangzhou Train Route Map

Shanghai Guangzhou High Speed Train Route Map

Connecting eastern and southern China, Shanghai Guangzhou High-Speed Railway covers a distance of 1,790km (1,112 miles). In addition to Shanghai and Guangzhou, it passes through 3 provinces - Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Hunan. You can also make a stop in some tourist destinations in these provinces, like Hangzhou, Nanchang and Changsha where you can explore Chinese history and culture deeply. The railway has 16 midway train stations, including Jiaxing South (嘉兴南), Hangzhou East (杭州东), Nanchang West (南昌西), Changsha South Railway Station (长沙东), Guangzhou North Railway Station (广州北), etc.

Shanghai Guangzhou High Speed Rail Map

Shanghai Guangzhou Speed Rail Map

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站)

Located in No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, West Shanghai (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号), Shanghai Railway Stations is the main train station in Shanghai. Taking Metro Line 2, you can get to People Square, Shanghai Financial Center, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, etc. Taking Metro Line 10, you can travel to Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi, the Bund, and Terminal 1 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. It is also quite easy to walk about 10 minutes to Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Read more about Shanghai Transportation Guide >

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Guangzhou South Railway Station (Guangzhounan Railway Station, 广州南站)

Located in Shibi Street, Panyu District, Guangzhou City (广州市番禺区石壁街道), Guangzhou South Railway Station is Guangzhou’s main railway station. From this railway station, you can catch metro Lin3 2 to Guangzhou downtown, Yuexiu Park, Six Banyan Tree, Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Read more about Guangzhou Transportation Guide

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Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Guangzhou South Station

Guangzhou South Station

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 >>

Baggage Allowance

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 Your Shanghai Guangzhou Tour

Known as an important gateway city to China, Shanghai preserves the mixed culture of the western and eastern. The duration and theme of your Shanghai tour can be flexibly arranged based on your time and interests. Usually, tourists spend 1 to 2 days on sightseeing the most famous landmarks in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center (WFC) - the highest breathtaking skyline in Lujiazhui, various historical architectures, Yu Garden, City God Temple along the Bund and busy Nanjing Road. Local culture lovers can use one extra day to visit Tianzifang, Zhujiajiao Water Town, while family travelers can have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort. Meanwhile, you can also expedience Maglev Train (the world’s fastest high-speed bullet train) and energetic nightlife, taste diverse snacks to make your Shanghai tour interesting and memorable.

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Travel from Shanghai to Guangzhou

Usually, spending 4 to 6 days in Guangzhou and Shanghai is the most suitable travel length for the two hot destinations. For first-timers to Guangzhou, explore the must-see sights like Chen Clan Ancestral Hall with exquisite Lingnan styled sculpture decorations and the symbolic Canton Tower with terrific lines and lightings. Besides, it is also worthy to extend 1 to 2 days to the very close Kaiping to see UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site - Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Foshan to feel more local Lingnan culture of martial arts, lion dance, ceramic production, etc.

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