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Shanghai Lanzhou High Speed Train

Shanghai and Lanzhou has operated the high speed trains and launched the first train on July 1st, 2017. The entire railway is about 2,077 kilometers long, linking Shanghai city in the east and Lanzhou city in the west in China. Since the train runs about 250km/h and travels for about only about 10.5 hours to cover all the way, it means people now are able to go between the metropolis and the famous city of the Silk Road in one day. Moreover, this railway crossing east-west passes Shanghai, Jiangsu province (Suzhou, Nanjing), Henan province (Luoyang, Zhengzhou), Shaanxi province (Xian) and Gansu province (Tianshui, Lanzhou), therefore, this new high speed railway is also a dreaming route for travelers to savor the tremendous number of splendors and culture in China.

Shanghai Lanzhou High Speed Train Schedule

● Shanghai to Lanzhou

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Shanghai Hongqiao Lanzhou West 1 about 06:10 about 10.5 hours

● Lanzhou to Shanghai

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Lanzhou West Shanghai Hongqiao 1 about 10:47 about 10.5 hours

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From - To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration
Shanghai - Suzhou: over 187 G/D Trains about 05:48-22:55 about 23 minutes-1 hours
Suzhou - Nanjing: about 177 G/D Trains about 06:17-23:41 about 44 minutes - 2 hours
Suzhou - Zhengzhou: about 13 G/D Trains about 06:35-23:41 about 4-7.5 hours
Shanghai - Zhengzhou: about 22 G/D Trains about 06:10-22:55 about 4-8.5 hours
Shanghai - Xian: about 10 G/D Trains about 06:10-22:55 about 6-11 hours
Shanghai - Nanjing: over 227 G/D Trains about 05:48-22:55 about 1-3.5 hours
Tianshui - Lanzhou: about 47 G/D Trains about 08:22-22:41 about 1-1.5 hours
Xian - Lanzhou: about 40 G Trains about 07:40-21:10 about 2.5-3.5 hours

Please Note: This information of time and duration might changes slightly, be free to contact us for the up-to-date schedule.

What to See along Shanghai Lanzhou High Speed Railway

A big group of super highlights are scattered along the Shanghai Lanzhou high Speed Railway. You could savor from the skyscrapers in the modern Shanghai, antique gardens in Suzhou, historical sites in Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang and Xian, to the magnificent sceneries in Tianshui and Lanzhou. Also, you could transfer to other hot destinations like Hangzhou, Zhangye, Dengfeng, Dunhuang, etc. around the stops to discover more interesting places in China from the eat to the west.


Due to the pervasive connections with international flights, domestic flights, High Speed Trains and Yangtze River cruises, most tourists choose Shanghai as the prologue of their China tour. Aside from the convenient transportation condition, Shanghai is also an attractive tourist city feathering brilliant cityscape and waterscape. When visiting Shanghai, Shanghai Oriental Tower and The Bund (Wai Tan) are must-visiting highlights. They are the most popular landmarks of Shanghai city. Besides, if you want to have an overlook of the whole Shanghai, you can get to the Shanghai Tower. If you want to enjoy the daily life of Shanghai people, you can go to the Tianzifang. If you like the historic relics, you can go to Shanghai Museum

Useful links:

Shanghai Travel Guide | Popular Shanghai Tour Packages | Top Shanghai Things to Do

Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)

Location: No.303, Moling Road, Jingan District, Shanghai (上海市静安区秣陵路303号 上海火车站)

Transportation:Shanghai Railway Station is an interchange station between lines 1, 3 and 4 on the Shanghai Metro. Besides, the station is also accessible by numerous bus lines and taxi. > Check more about Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Station (上海虹桥站)

Location: No. 1500, Shengui Road, Minhang district, Shanghai (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号 上海虹桥站); driving about 20km to the downtown

Transportation: Take the Shanghai Metro Line 2 to People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Railway Station, etc. Take Shanghai Metro Line 10 to Xintiandi, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, etc. A lot of buses and taxies are available. > Check more about Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station


Suzhou, also known as Gusu or Soochow, is a popular tourist city of Jiangsu province. It is located in the east part of China, on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and about 100km (62 miles) northwest of Shanghai. Travelers going there are mostly attracted by its elegant Gardens in traditional Jiangnan style. Those gardens are the representative of Chinese private gardens and most of them are on the World Heritage Site Lists, like Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc. Besides, the water towns of Suzhou also enjoy great popularity, including the most popular Zhouzhuang and Tongli Water Town.

Useful links:

Suzhou Travel Guide | Popular Suzhou Tour Packages | Top Suzhou Things to Do

Suzhou North Railway Station (Suzhoubei Railway Station, 苏州北站)

Location: Fulin Road, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou (苏州市相城区富临路 苏州北站); driving about 22km to the downtown

Transportation: Take Suzhou Metro Line 2 to Shantang Street, Lingering Garden, Suzhou Railway Station, etc. Take Metro Line 2 and Line 4 to the Humble Administrative Garden and Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road, etc.

Suzhou Humble Administrative Garden

Suzhou Humble Administrative Garden

Suzhou North Railway Station

Suzhou North Railway Station


Nanjing, historically named Jinling, is now the capital of Jiangsu province. With a history over 7,000 years, this historical and cultural city along with Beijing, Luoyang and Xian are known as the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. When visit Nanjing, you can pay a visit to the highlights like Qinhuai River, Confucius Temple, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Zhonghua Gate, etc. Aside from that all, it is also a good choice to start a Yangtze River Cruise journey from Nanjing, for Nanjing lies in the lower reaches of Yangtze River.

Useful links:

Popular Nanjing Tour Packages | Top Nanjing Things to Do

Nanjing South Railway Station (Nanjingnan Railway Station, 南京南站)

Location: No. 98, Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing (南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号 南京南站); driving about 12km to the downtown

Transportation: Take Nanjing Metro Line 1 to Xinjiekou Square, Zhonghua Gate, Xuanwu Lake, Jimin Temple, and Nanjing Railway Station ,etc. Take Metro Line 1 and Line 2 to Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, Mochou Lake, etc. Take Metro Line 3 to Confucius Temple, Presidential Palace, Zhenghe Park, etc. Take Metro Line S1 to Nanjing Lukou Airport, etc.

Nanjing Qinhuai River

Nanjing Qinhuai River

Nanjing South Railway Station

Nanjing South Railway Station


Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, is a vital transportation hub of China. Every day, there are about 1,500 High Speed Trains passes Zhengzhou. With a long history over 3,000 years, Zhengzhou is also one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. Rich historical heritages can be found there. Nowadays, what marks Zhengzhou famous in home and abroad best is the Shaoling Temple in Dengfeng, the Kung Fu city near Zhengzhou. Zhengzhou always acts as the gateway city to Dengfeng, for flights and High Speed Trains connecting Dengfeng and any other cities haven’t cover Dengfeng yet.

Useful links:

Popular Zhengzhou Tour Packages | Top Zhengzhou Things to Do

Zhengzhou East Railway Station (Zhengzhoudong Railway Station, 郑州东站)

Location: Xinyi Road, Jinshui District, Zhengzhou (郑州市金水区心怡路 郑州东站); driving about 18km to the downtown

Transportation: Take Zhengzhou Metro Line 1 to Erqi Memorial Tower. Take Metro Line 1 and Line 2 to Henan Museum. Take Metro Line 1 and Tourist Bus 16 to Yellow River Scenic Area. Take Metro Line 1 to Zhengzhou Central bus Station and long distance coach to Shaolin Temple.

Shaolin Temple

Zhengzhou Shaolin Temple

Zhengzhou East Railway Station

Zhengzhou East Railway Station


Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province, lies in the middle of China, about 1080km (671 miles) southwestern Beijing. Xian is the World Historical City. It is the starting point of Ancient Silk Road. Also, together with Beijing, Luoyang, Nanjing, Xian is called one of the 4 Great Ancient Capitals of China. Due to its rich history and culture, there are numerous things to do/visit in Xian, like the most famous The Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Quarter, etc.

Useful links:

Xian Travel Guide | Popular Xian Tour Packages | Top Xian Things to Do

Xian North Railway Station (Xianbei Railway Station, 西安北站)

Location: Yuanshuo Road, Weiyang District, Xian (西安市未央区元朔路 - 西安北站); about 50mins for 20km to downtown by car.

Transportation: You can take metro Line 2 from Xian North Railway Station to the downtown area within 40 minutes directly. There are airport shuttle buses available running between Xian North Railway Station and Xian Xianyang Airport.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Visit

Xian Ancient City Wall

Xian Ancient City Wall


Tianshui is located in the southeast part of Gansu, about 338 kilometers (210 miles) away from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province. For travelers, most of them are attracted to Tianshui by the World Heritage site - Maijishan Grottoes, which is noted for its elegant clay sculpture art. The magnificent Maijishan Grottoes carved above the cliffs are honored as the Oriental sculpture art gallery. There are as many as 221 caves, 10,632 clay and stone sculptures and over 1,300 square meters of murals.

Tianshui South Railway Station (天水南站)

Location: Middle Road, Xihuang Avenue, Maiji district, Tianshui (天水市麦积区羲皇大道中路 天水南站); driving about 14km to the downtown

Transportation: Currently, only bus lines have covered Tianshui South Railway Station. Take the bus 60 to Maijishan Grottoes Scenic Area, Jingtu Monastery Scenic Area, etc. Take the bus 88/1 to Fuxi Temple, etc.

Maijishan Grottoes

Maijishan Grottoes

Tianshui South Railway Station

Tianshui South Railway Station


Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu Province, also the vital gateway city to the cities northwestern China. All the High Speed Trains travel from Xian make stopover at Lanzhou first before reach to areas further west of China. For culture and geographic enthusiasts, Lanzhou will give you unique inspiration. Situated on the upper reaches of the Yellow River - “Mother River” in China, Lanzhou is an important historic Yellow River crossing site. Besides, Lanzhou also played great role on the Ancient Silk Road and as well as the famous Hexi Corridor.

Useful links:

Popular Lanzhou Tour Packages | Top Lanzhou Things to Do

Lanzhou West Railway Station (Lanzhouxi Railway Station, 兰州西站)

Location: No. 197, West Xijin Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou (兰州市七里河区西津西路197号 兰州西站); driving about 10km to the downtown

Transportation: Lanzhou West Railway Station is accessible by bus, taxi and Lanzhou Metro Line 1. And around 2020, Lanzhou metro Line 2 will provide service for Lanzhou West Railway Station too.

Lanzhou Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Lanzhou Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station

Lanzhou West Railway Station

Tips for Booking and Taking Shanghai Lanzhou High Speed Train

1. Seats choosing & price comparing

On Shanghai Lanzhou high speed trains, there are three types of seats: the "Business Class Seats" like the first class seat in an aircraft and the most comfortable and expensive, with the price of 1627.5RMB per person, the "First Class Seats" of the middle class of 824.5RMB per person and the "Second Class Seats" of the most economical class of 515.5RMB per person.

>> Check more about types of seat on high speed trains.

Second Class Seat on Bullet Train

Second Class Seat on Bullet Train

2. Booking & collect your bullet train ticket

To book a Shanghai Lanzhou high speed train ticket, you could choose to book it at the official website: China Railway Customer Service Center or with a travel agency, also you could directly tell China Discovery to book the tickets for you. Besides, you could go to the Railway Station or Designated Ticket Offices to do that.

To collect your high speed train ticket, you could go to the railway station nearby, however, the Self-service Ticketing Machines are not serving foreign people. Besides, you can tell China Discovery to help you to do the collection, which only needs your passport information.

>> Check more about booking and collecting high speed train tickets.

3. How to embark the bullet train?

1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 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. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off.

>> Check more about boarding on & getting off a high speed train.

4. Facilities and service

All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, 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 the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication.

>> Check more about facilities & service on high speed train.

High Speed Train Travel with China Discovery

We China Discovery are very willing to help you with the high speed train tickets booking, tour customization and local guide and transfer arrangement, so you can be able to experience the superb bullet train in style and enjoy all the highlights of your ideal destinations in China without any worry. If you are interested, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who are here ready to build your own tour to best suit for your needs and likes.

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