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As one tourist distribution center in China, Shanghai is not only a metropolis with various attractions, but also a transportation hub operating frequent flights and high speed trains to different destinations in China. Generally, Shanghai operates 286 high speed trains every day and 10 of them run to Xian - the ancient capital city. There are 9 high speed G-trains departing from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Xian North Railway Station and 1 high speed D-train from Shanghai Railway Station to Xian North Railway Station.
Among the 10 high speed trains from Shanghai to Xian, the earliest train G1970 leaves from Shanghai at 06:00 and the last train D306 departs at 22:55. The G-trains runs much faster than D-trains usually. The fastest train G360 can take you from Shanghai to Xian within 6 hours and the D-train D306 will take 11 hours. Other Shanghai-Xian G-trains usually take 6 ~ 7.5 hours.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Useful Link: Xian to Shanghai Train Schedules
Shanghai Xian Railway, about 1,509km (938 miles) long, starts from Shanghai to Shaanxi via Jiangsu Province and Henan Province. There about over 10 stopover train stations between Shanghai and Xian and different trains may stop in different stations, including Suzhou Railway Station, Nanjing South Railway Station, Zhengzhou East Railway Station etc. Almost all the trains will take a stop at Nanjing and Zhengzhou, so it is also very convenient to travel to Xian from Nanjing or Zhengzhou. Check more details in Shanghai Xian Train Route Maps.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站)
Location: No. 1500, Mingui Road, Minhang District. (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号)
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is the most important high speed railway station in Shanghai. All G-trains from Shanghai to Xian departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. You can take metro Line 10 to the railway station from downtown area. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is just adjacent to Hongqiao Railway station, so you can transfer between them easily be walking.
Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)
Location: No. 303, Moling Road, Jing'an District (上海市静安区秣陵路303号)
Shanghai Railway Station is located in the downtown area of Shanghai and can be reached by metro Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4. Shuttle buses are also available to take you from Shanghai Pundong International Airport to Shanghai Railway Station. Because of the its good location, it is rather close to the top attractions in Shanghai, including the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden etc. Read more about Shanghai Railway Stations>
Xian North Railway Station (西安北站)
Location: Yuansuo Road, Weiyang District, Xian City (陕西省西安市未央区元朔路)
As the only high speed railway station in Xian city, Xian North Railway Station plays an important role in operating high speed trains to/from Xian. It is about 20km (50 minutes’ driving) away from the downtown area. You can take metro Line 3 to get to the railway station from the city center and shuttle buses from Xian Xianyang International Airport. Read more about Xian North Railway Station>
Types of SeatsThere are Second Class Seats, First Class Seats and Business Class Seats on most Xian Shanghai 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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