Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Train
The Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, short for Jinghu High Speed Railway, has been put into operation from June 30, 2011. The train runs at a highest speed of 186mi/h (300km/h), shorten the 819 miles (1,318km) journey between the two cities to 5 hours.
The High Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train, namely the G-trains, travel between Beijing South Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, going across Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu.
|Map of Beijing-Shanghai High |
Speed Railway (Click to enlarge)
The sightseeing areas are set just behind the cockpits, which includes 5 - 6 deluxe seats, each of which is equipped with reading lamp, a small foldable table, a LCD TV, and a power outlet. The business cabin has 24 deluxe seats. The seat backrest can be folded down flat for sleeping. In the first-class cabins, 4 seats are set in a line. The second-class seats, which are most-used, are designed to have 5 seats in a line.
The stations you should go are Beijing South and Shanghai Hongqiao. Beijing South station is accessible by subway line 4 and airport shuttle bus line 10 (CNY 24, 60 minutes from Beijing Capital Airport). Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is located next to Hongqiao airport. You can take subway line 2 (2 hours) or airport shuttle bus line 1 (1.5 hours, CNY30) from Pudong International Airport) to the station.
Beijing to Shanghai:
Beijing Train Schedule
Shanghai to Beijing:
Shanghai Train Schedule
Overnight Sleeper from Beijing to Shanghai
D313, D311 and D321: Beijing South to Shanghai
Travel Time: 12 hours
Ticket prices: CNY309 for a second class seat and CNY696 for soft sleeper
The overnight soft sleeper on the bullet trains is comfortable, fast and safe, and is especially recommended for travelers with limited time, as you travel at night and leave more time for sightseeing in daytime. Plus, the two stations, Beijing South and Shanghai Railway Station are close to city centers, so you also save the time of transferring to suburban stations. Shanghai Railway Station is reachable by subway line 1 and 4, and airport shuttle bus line 5 from Pudong Airport (1.5 hours, CNY25) and bus No.941 from Hongqiao Airport (2 hours, CNY6).
If you travel on a budget, you may consider T109/T110 between Beijing Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station.
Travel Time: 15 hours
Ticket Prices: CNY315.5 for hard sleeper and CNY497.5 for soft sleeper.
To get to Beijing Railway Station, you can take subway line 2, or airport shuttle bus line 3 from the Capital Airport (1 hour, CNY 24).
|High Speed Electric Multiple Units Train|
Train Travel from Beijing to Shanghai
You can travel between the two cities by the daytime G-trains or the overnight sleeper.
If you have enough time, then we recommend the G type, as they are fast and comfortable. You can enjoy the great view on the way. What’s more, the Beijing South and Shanghai Hongqiao stations are well equipped like an airport, and it is easy for you to find out the right train. The seats and facilities in the carriages are clean and modern. Last but not least, they are punctual.
If you want to save the time in daytime, travel overnight. The four bunk soft sleeper cabin is clean, comfortable and private. After a good sleep, you can reach your destination. The hard sleeper bunks are also comfortable and they are good choice if you travel on a budget. The beds are clean and the carriage will not be overloaded.
Just remember that the daytime G-trains run between Beijing South and Shanghai Hongqiao railway stations. The overnight bullet trains travel between Beijing South and Shanghai Railway Stations. T109/T110 run between Beijing Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station.
Other High Speed Rail Lines from Beijing: