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Shanghai Xian High Speed Trains

Shanghai Xian High Speed Rail is a part of the Huxin High Speed Rail (Shanghai to Xinjiang, via Lanzhou). This railway of about 1509 kilometers long starts from the metropolis Shanghai city in the eastern China and reaches the great ancient capital city Xian in Shaanxi Province in central China. The whole way needs only 6 hours to travel by the bullet trains. And as the trains pass Jiangsu Province (Wuxi, Suzhou, Nanjing, etc.), Henan Province (Zhengzhou, Luoyang, etc.), and Mount Huashan before arriving in Xian, passengers could take the several hours to enjoy the beautiful view along the way from east part to the central area of the so wide land. And of course, you also could enjoy the shining essences in each destination passing by with efficiency and leisure.

Shanghai Xian High Speed Train Schedules

● Shanghai to Xian

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Shanghai / Shanghai Hongqiao Xian North Over 10 About 06:10-22:55 About 6-11 hours

● Xian to Shanghai

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Xian North Shanghai / Shanghai Hongqiao Over 10 About 06:26-19:44 About 6-11 hours

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>> 2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour

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Other Recommended Sections on Shanghai Xian High Speed Railway

Aside from Shanghai and Xian, there are also many other popular tourist cities along the Shanghai Xian High Speed Railway, like Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Huashan, etc. For the whole journey traveling from Shanghai to Xian measures for about 1,509km (937 miles), a little bit long, you are recommended to get off at those wonderful destinations and continue your journey after in-depth visit over these places. For the details, you can check below train time schedule:

From - To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration
Shanghai - Suzhou: over 187 G/D Trains about 05:48-22:55 about 23 minutes-1 hours
Shanghai - Zhengzhou: over 22 G/D Trains about 06:10-22:55 about 4-8.5 hours
Shanghai - Huashan: about 4 G/D Trains about 09:24-22:55 about 6.5-10.5 hours
Zhengzhou - Xian: about 68 G/D Trains about 07:10-21:37 about 1 hour 48 minutes – 2 hours 45 minutes
Luoyang - Xian: about 53 G/D Trains about 07:49-21:59 about 1 hour 17 minutes – 2 hours
Huashan - Xian: about 36 G/D Trains about 09:19-21:55 about 30-45 minutes

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 Xian High Speed Railway

Taking a high speed train between Shanghai and Xian, you would encounter with a large number of worth-enjoying attractions, views, stories, culture and histories along the way in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Huashan, Xian and so on. Let’s see the highlight of the top famous destinations along Shanghai to Xian High Speed Rail in advance.


Shanghai is not only a large international metropolis in the eastern part in China, where you could reach the top skyscrapers in the whole country and even Asia, such as the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower to admire the panorama of this city, have fun in the dreaming Shanghai Disney Resort. Also, you could take time to savor the rich cultural history of it. The Bund is the must-visiting spot to appreciate the multiple old structures styled of various countries from the Republic of China Period. Shanghai Museum is a cool place to enjoy the rich kinds of historical relics in China. Moreover, there are more fresh and new places and activities for you from the whole world to have a wonderful and unforgettable tour in Shanghai.

Useful links:

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

Shanghai Railway Station (上海站)

Location: District, Shanghai (上海市静安区秣陵路303号 上海火车站)

Transportation: located at the north of city center. Travelers can take metro line 1 to Renmin Square, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road; metro line 3 to Shanghai South Railway Station and Zhongshan Park. > Check More about Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway 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 Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station


Suzhou is located about 84km northern Shanghai. For most times, Suzhou is widely known for its elegant flavor of Jiangnan. As a major city of the lower Yangtze, Suzhou is rich in canals, gardens, pagodas and water towns resources. Since early 2000, about 9 classical gardens of Suzhou have been listed in the World Heritage Sites, including Humble Administrator’s Garden,Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Garden of Cultivation, etc. In 2014, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, including Suzhou Grand Canal section has being listed in the World Heritage Site List by UNESCO. Besides, Suzhou is also a historical silk capital of China. The first Silk Museum in China, namely Suzhou Silk Museum, is located in the Renmin Road of Suzhou.

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: Chengtong Road, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou (江苏省苏州市相城区城通路); about 40 mins’ driving for 18 km to the downtown area.

Transportation: Metro line 2, taxi and bus lines have already covered Suzhou North Railway Station. By taking metro line 2, travelers can easily transfer between Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station.

Master of the Nets Garden

Master of the Nets Garden

Suzhou North Railway Station

Suzhou North Railway Station


Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province. Its name is meaning “southern capital” in Chinese. Actually, Nanjing was the capital of several dynasties in the Chinese history. As one of the four ancient capitals in China, Nanjing has rich heritages to explore. Besides, Nanjing is also a significant tourist city along the lower 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); about 50 min’s driving for 13km to the downtown area.

Transportation: Taxi, Bus lines (including airport terminals) and Metro line 1, 3, S1, S3 are available in Nanjing South Railway Station.

Nanjing South Railway Station

Nanjing South Railway Station


Zhengzhou is now the capital of Henan Province in China, also an important birthplace of Chinese civilization. For travelers, they are mostly attracted by the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, where people can have a personal experience of Chinese Kung Fu. With a long history over 3,000 years, Zhengzhou is also a perfect choice to explore the Chinese cultural highlights.

Useful links:

Popular Zhengzhou Tour Packages | Top Zhengzhou Things to Do

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

Location: No.199, Xinyi Road, Jinshui District, Zhengzhou, Henan (河南省郑州市金水区心怡路199号); about 24 km to the downtown area.

Transportation: Taxi, bus lines and Metro line 1 have already covered there. Metro line 5 and line 8 are under construction and are said to cover Zhengzhou East Railway Station soon.

Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple

Zhengzhou Xian High Speed Train - Zhengzhou East Railway Station

Zhengzhou East Railway Station


Luoyang is located in the western of Henan province and the middle reaches of the Yellow River. In the history, Luoyang was the capital of 13 ancient dynasties, including Xia, Shang, Western Zhou, Eastern Han, Western Jin, Northern Wei, Sui, Tang, etc. Thus, Luoyang is also widely known as one of the four imperial capitals of China, together with Beijing, Xian and Nanjing. When visiting Luoyang, make sure not to miss the world heritage site - Longmen Grottoes and the first Chinese temple - White Horse Temple. For more culture and history exploring, you can plan a visit to the Luoyang Ancient Tombs Museum.

Useful links:

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

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station (洛阳龙门站)

Location: Tongqu Road, Luolong District, Luoyang (洛阳市洛龙区通衢路 - 洛阳龙门站); about 15mins for 4km to downtown by car.

Transportation: Till the end of August 2018, frequent public bus lines and taxi have already covered Luoyang Longmen Railway Station, while the metro line 2 is under construction and is planned to be available in 2020.

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station

Huashan (Mount Huashan)

Mount Huashan is located 120km (74.5 miles) east of Xian, Shaanxi. The “Hua” in the Chinese words of “Zhong Hua” (中华, means China) and “Hua Xia” (华夏, the ancient name for China) just originated from the Hua Shan (Mount Huashan). Thus, Huashan also enjoys the reputation of “Root of Huaxia (China)”. When visiting Huashan, you can not only get a unforgettable experience of walking on the cliffs, but also amazing scenery like sunrise, sunset, numerous mountains, etc.

Useful links:

Mount Huashan | Popular Mount Huashan Hiking Tour Packages

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Huashan North Railway Station (Huashanbei Railway Station, 华山北站)

Location: North Huayue Avenue, Huayin, Weinan (渭南市华阴市华岳大道北 - 华山北站); about 5mins for 2.5km to downtown by car.

Transportation: Huashan North Station is really close to Mount Huashan. Transferring by local taxi, it needs only about 15 minutes to drive to the amazing tourist area.

Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan

Huashan North Railway Station


Xian is one of the most popular destinations in China. This great ancient city prosperous for thousands of years is reputed as a world famous historical city by the UNESCO. You could take 1 to 3 days according to your schedule to savor the charm of this antique and international city. The Terracotta Warriors is not to be missed, since it is one of the 8 World Miracles and World Cultural Heritage Site. Besides, you are recommended to visit the Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, etc. to know more about the culture, history and interesting development of Xian and its influence to the world. More importantly, you also could wander in the Muslim Quarter to taste the delicious snacks and feel the comprehensive culture of Xian.

Useful links:

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

Recommended Xian Tours:

>> 2 Days Xian City Break

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Xian North Railway Station

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: Take Xian Metro Line 2 to Xian downtown, Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, Da Ming Palace, etc. Take Metro Line 2, Line 1 and bus 307 to Terra Cotta Warriors, etc. Take Metro Line 2 and Line 3 to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, etc. > Check More about Xian North Railway Station

Xian Terracotta Warriors

Xian Terracotta Warriors

Xian North Railway Station

Xian North Railway Station

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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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Food and Drink
Do the high speed trains have a dining and/or club car?
2018-08-05 14:50
Hi John,

Thanks for your question! There are dining cars on High Speed Trains. If you take a high speed train with 8 carriages, the dining car is in the fifth carriage. For a high speed train with 16 carriages, the dining cars are in the fifth and thirteenth carriage. Dining is excluded in the tickets for second class seats and first class seats and you need to pay extra expenses to buy the food. They accept Chinese cash, Alipay and Wechat, so you’d better prepare some Chinese cash before boarding.
Food on the dining car is usually in Chinese-style and western dishes are unavailable in most of the trains. The dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner vary with several kinds of choices. The menu is both in English and Chinese with pictures shown which would be easy for you to order the food. If there is no English, you can ask the staff for help who can speak some simple English.

Tips for Where to Eat:
Some of the high speed trains have dining cars with tables and seats where you can enjoy your meal with your family and friends together. While some of the high speed trains with very small dining cars without tables and seats. So, travelers who take first class seats and second class seats should take your meal back to your carriages, pull out the tray table and unfold it above your legs and enjoy your meal.

Besides, you can check more details at Food & Drinks on China High Speed Trains:

Wish you a nice trip.

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