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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 nearly 300 high-speed trains every day and about 15 of them run to Xian - the ancient capital city. There are about 13 high-speed G-trains departing from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Xian North Railway Station and 2 high-speed D-trains from Shanghai Railway Station to Xian North Railway Station.
Among the 15 high-speed trains from Shanghai to Xian, the earliest train G1970 leaves from Shanghai at around 06:00 and the last train D306 departs at around 23:00. The G-trains run 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 and D310 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.
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 the downtown area. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is just adjacent to Hongqiao Railway station, so you can transfer between them easily by 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 Pudong International Airport to Shanghai Railway Station. Because of 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>
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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>
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Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Drop-off Platform of Xian North Railway Station
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Travel from Shanghai to Xian
Usually, spending 4 to 6 days in Shanghai and Xian is the most suitable travel length for the two hot destinations. A tour from Shanghai to Xian is like traveling by time machine taking you from the metropolis to explore ancient China. Flights, high-speed trains and normal trains are available from Shanghai to Xian every day. As the ancient capital for 13 dynasties with more than 3000 years, Xian has many historical ruins, museums and cultural relics. For first-timers to Xian, explore the must-see sights like Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian Ancient City Wall, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Bellow Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. For further exploration, go to Mount Hua, Hanyang Mausoleum, Qianling Mausoleum, etc.
Travel Shanghai with Xian, Beijing & More China Destinations
Beijing Xian Shanghai are golden triangle cities often visited together for a week holiday. Besides Shanghai, you can use 3 days to visit the Great Wall in Beijing and major iconic spots like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, 2 days for fulfilling your Terracotta Warriors tour in Xian. With more time, you can extend the trip from Shanghai to the nearby cities such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan Mountain, and further to Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Yunnan, Silk Road, Tibet and more phenomenal destinations to enrich your China discovery. (more top China tours from Shanghai >>)
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