Shanghai Lanzhou High Speed Train - Railway Map, Stations & Tickets

Shanghai and Lanzhou has operated the high speed trains and launched the first train on July 1st, 2017. The entire railway (combined Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway and Xuzhou-Lanzhou High Speed 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 famous cities along 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 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 4 about 06:00-09:30 about 10.5-11.5 hours

● Lanzhou to Shanghai

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Lanzhou West Shanghai Hongqiao 4 about 08:30-11:30 about 10.5-12 hours

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From - To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration
Shanghai - Suzhou over 200 G/D Trains about 06:00-22:30 about 20 minutes-1 hours
Suzhou - Nanjing about 200 G/D Trains about 06:00-22:30 about 44 minutes - 2 hours
Suzhou - Zhengzhou over 20 G/D Trains about 06:30-19:30 about 4-7.5 hours
Shanghai - Zhengzhou about 50 G/D Trains about 06:00-19:00 about 4-6.5 hours
Shanghai - Xian over 20 G/D Trains about 06:00-18:30 about 6-9 hours
Shanghai - Nanjing over 250 G/D Trains about 06:00-22:00 about 1-3.5 hours
Tianshui - Lanzhou over 50 G/D Trains about 07:00-23:00 about 1-1.5 hours
Xian - Lanzhou over 50 G Trains about 07:00-21:30 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.

1.Shanghai - Global Famous Modern Metropolis

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

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Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

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 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 Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station

2.Suzhou - Poetic City of Classic Chinese Gardens

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.

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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

3.Nanjing - Great Ancient Capital of Six Dynasties

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.

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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

4.Zhengzhou - Gatway City for Shaolin Temple Tour

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.

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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

5.Xian - Must-Visit Chinese Ancient Capital

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.

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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

6.Tianshui - Location of Notable Maijishan Grottoes

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.

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Maijishan Grottoes

Maijishan Grottoes

7.Lanzhou - Transfer Center to Zhangye & Dunhuang & Silk Road Adventure

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.

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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 Waterwheel Park

Lanzhou Waterwheel Park

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 >>

High Speed Train Travel with China Discovery

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