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As one of the most popular tourist center in China, Shanghai is well connected with major cities in China by flights and high speed trains. In 28th, December, 2016, the first high speed train from Shanghai to Kunming was operated. Since then, traveling from Shanghai to Yunnan, or from eastern China to western China, becomes more interesting. Shanghai operates 4 daily high speed trains to Kunming and all of them are G-trains. The earliest train G-1371 departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 07:22 and arrives at Kunming South Railway Station at 11:56. Other three trains also depart in the morning and arrive at night. These trains take about 10 hours 39 minutes ~ 11 hours and 56 minutes. Since the journey is not short, you are suggested to book First Class Seat or Business Class Seat to make sure you have a good rest on the train. There are normal trains available but not recommended because it will cost you over 30 hours.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Useful Link: Kunming to Shanghai Trains Schedules
Reaching to 2,252km (1,400 miles), Shanghai Kunming High Speed Train is China’s longest railway in east-west direction. It passes through 4 provinces, including Zhejiang Province, Hubei Province, Hunan Province and Guizhou Province. The scenery varying from field in plain to mountains in high plateau makes Shanghai Kunming High Speed Railway one of the most beautiful high speed railways in China. The top tourist destinations along the railway include Hangzhou, Changsha, Kaili and Guiyang. There are more than 20 railway stations on the road, like Hangzhou East (杭州东), Nanchang West (南昌西), Changsha West (长沙西), Kaili South (凯里南), Guiyang North (贵阳北), etc., but the high speed trains may just stop at some of them.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥火车站)
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is a high speed railway station 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. Next to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, you can walk about 10 minutes to Terminal 2 directly from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Since most high speed trains from Shanghai were operated by Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, it is equipped with convenient transportation. Usually, it can be reached by subway (metro Line 2 and Line 10 included), maglev train, public bus and taxi. Read more about Shanghai Railway Stations>
Kunming South Railway Station (Kunmingnan Railway Station, 昆明南站)
Kunming South Railway Station is a newly-built railway station only operating high speed trains (including D-trains and G-trains). It is the western terminus of the Nanjing Kunming High Speed Rail and Shanghai Kunming High Speed Rail. Located in Wujiaying Street, Chenggong District (昆明市呈贡区吴家营街道) in southern Kunming, it is about 30km to old city center, 70km to Stone Forest and 180km to Dongchuan Red Land. Not connected with subway, it can be only reached by taxi and bus till now.
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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