How to Travel from Shanghai to Harbin: Flight and Train

Shanghai, whose name literally means "on the sea", is settled in the middle of China's east coast, near the mouth of the Yangtze River, while “China's Ice City” - Harbin is located on the northeastern part of China. Though both the two cities are in China, the weather, living habit and highlights of them are extremely different. Therefore, many tourists will cover these two cities in their China trip. To help you to better plan your Shanghai Harbin tour, here we have illustrated reasons and ways to travel between the two cities. Tour planning ideas in each city are also listed at the end.

Shanghai to Harbin

Shanghai to Harbin Map

Why Travel from Shanghai to Harbin

1. A Journey from Super Modern World to Fairytale Ice and Snow World

Shanghai, regarded as the Oriental Paris, is home to modern hyper building groups and fast-paced urban life. A tour to Shanghai City can take you get close to the convenience and prosperity in front of your door. While in Harbin, you could encounter with a surreal fairytale world with ice and snow castles…

2. There are Frequent Flights in Reasonable Price Running Between Shanghai and Harbin Every Day

At present, there are about 20 daily flights running from Shanghai to Harbin and also Harbin to Shanghai. Such a great amount of daily flights guarantees a tour from Shanghai to Harbin in anytime of a day.

3. Shanghai is a Great Landing City as it has Many Domestic and International Flights Every Day

Whether you are going from cities outside of China or other popular tourist cities like Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Hong Kong in China, you can easily find flights to Shanghai. Therefore, choosing Shanghai as a stop of your tour is a great idea, let alone there are so many brilliant things to do and see in this metropolis!

Shanghai Shanghai City View Ice and Snow Festival Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin

Shanghai to Harbin Flight - Most Popular & Top Recommended

The air travel distance between Shanghai and Harbin is 1,674 km (1,040 miles) around. Every day from 6:40 to 21:05, Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) operates about 20 flights or so to Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB). The flight duration between the two cities is only about 3 hours! Considering there are so many flights every day and the flight journey is exactly short, catching a flight from Shanghai to Harbin is by far the most popular and also top recommended choice. Check the real-time flight schedule at: Shanghai to Harbin Flight >>

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG)

Address: No. 6000, Yingbin Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai (上海市浦东新区迎宾大道6000号,上海浦东国际机场)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is about 30km from city center area of Shanghai. Maglev, shuttle bus, taxi and subway line 2 to/from downtown are available there. It has 2 main passenger terminals: Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). Both the two terminals operate flights to Harbin, while T1 has more flights. Check more about Shanghai Pudong International Airport >>

Harbin Taiping International Airport (IATA: HRB)

Address: Yingbinyi Road, Daoli District, Harbin (哈尔滨市道里区迎宾一路,哈尔滨太平国际机场)

Harbin Taiping Airport is the mostly frequently used airport in northeastern area of China. The airport is settled about 41 km (25 miles) northwest of Harbin City. It can be reached by taxi and airport shuttle bus. There are altogether 7 airport shuttle bus lines for you choose, and the ticket price of all the lines is CNY 20 per person. The flights from/to Shanghai will stops/starts at the Terminal 2 of the airport.

Warm tip: Visitors from 51 qualified countries do not need visas when in transit via this airport for less than 72 hours. Check more useful information of 72 hours visa-free transit >>

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Harbin Taiping International Airport Harbin Taiping International Airport

Shanghai to Harbin Train - Alternative Option

Alternatively, taking the train is an alternative option for the people who prefer trains than flights. At present, there is one G-train and one Z-train running between Shanghai and Harbin every day. The Z-train is not really recommended, because the train journey needs about 24 hours. The traveling time of the G-train is about 12.5 hours. It departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 9:39, and arrives at Harbin West Railway Station at 21:55. Check the real-time train schedule at: Shanghai to Harbin Train | Harbin to Shanghai Train >>

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Address: No. 1500, Mingui Road, Minhang District. (上海市闵行区申贵路1500号,上海虹桥火车站)

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is the most important high speed railway station in Shanghai. You can take taxis, shuttle buses and also metro Line 10 and Line 2 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. Check more about Train Station in Shanghai>>


Harbin West Railway Station

Address: No 501, Harbin Road, Nangang District, Harbin (哈尔滨市南岗区哈尔滨大街501号,哈尔滨西站)

Harbin West Railway Station is one of the three major railway stations in Harbin. It is only about 11km away from Harbin Ice & Snow World and Zhongyang Pedestrian Street. It can be reached by taxi, bus and Harbin metro line 3.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Harbin West Railway Station Harbin West Railway Station

How to Plan a Shanghai Tour

Usually, you are suggested to spend 2 days to catch the highlights like The Bund, Tianzifang and The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai downtown and one day to its nearby water town - Zhujiajiao Water Town/Fengjing Water Town to free your body and mind in poetic Jiangnan.

☛ 3 Days Shanghai Highlights & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

Besides, as Shanghai is really close to Suzhou and Hangzhou, you can spend one day more to explore Suzhou Gardens and Suzhou Grand Canal, also 2 days to Hangzhou to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the West Lake.

☛ 4 Days Shanghai Suzhou Excellent Tour

And if you are looking for a longer journey, you can extend your tour to Huangshan to enjoy the featured Yellow Mountain sights, sunrise and sunset and the World Heritage Site - Xidi & Hongcun Ancient Village. Such a Huangshan tour takes about 3-4 days.

☛ 6 Days Shanghai Yellow Mountain Tour with Water Town Visit

Zhujiajiao Water Town Zhujiajiao Water Town

How to Plan a Harbin Tour

World-renowned for its annual Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin is usually a popular tourist destination for a winter vacation. And the best time visit this “Ice City” is from late November to early March of next year.

A Harbin winter tour needs about 3 days. During the tour, you could attend the grand Ice & Snow Festival at Ice and Snow World, Sun Island Scenic Resort, Stalin Park and Zhaolin Park, etc. And take leisure walk at Zhongyang Street and St. Sophia Church.

☛ 3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

For the travelers who have 2-3 days more in this city, a skiing experience in Yabuli Ski Resort and local village visit experience to China Snow Town are also recommended.

☛ 5 Days Harbin Winter Tour with Yabuli Ski Resort
☛ 5 Days Charming Harbin & China Snow Town Winter Tour

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☛ Top 8 Things to Do in Harbin in Winter

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