Shanghai Train

Shanghai has four main railway stations: the Shanghai Railway Station, South Railway Station, West Railway Station and Hongqiao Railway Station. The city is the gathering point of many major high speed rail lines; therefore it has convenient train services for tourists to many destinations throughout China, including high-speed trains of Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Guangzhou, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Suzhou.

Departure Arrival Travel Time (approximation)
'G’(speed: 300km/h) 'D’(speed: 200km/h)
Shanghai Beijing 5 hours 10~12 hours
Nanjing 75 minutes 120 minutes
Suzhou 30 minutes 40 minutes
Hangzhou 45~60 minutes 80~90 minutes
Guangzhou 7~8 hours 11hours
Tip: For more information, you can check  the Shanghai Train Schedule.  

  Buying Tickets
Passengers can purchase tickets for trains departing from the mentioned railway stations from any railway station in the country. Remember to bring your valid certificate such as passport, as real-name ticket policy is strictly implemented.
Tip: It is better to book the tickets in advance, especially during the peak travel time, such as May Day, National Day, and Spring Festival. Because there is a great possibility that they will be sold out in minutes once available.

 Shanghai Railway Station

Also known as New Railway Station, it is the largest passenger rail station in the city located at 303 of Moling Road in Zhabei District. It is an integrated station which provides all kinds of scheduled trains running to large numbers of cities inland. It also serves trains to Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Multiple Unit Train
 Video of Shanghai Railway Station
First Class of Multiple Unit Train
Second Class Seats

South Railway Station
Formerly known as New Longhua Station, it is the first round rail station in the world. It is the southern transportation hub of the city which is connecting with the Yangtze River, the Pearl River Delta and other areas in southern China. Most trains travel from this station to many second-tier cities over the country. Additionally, there are many scheduled intercity trains running from this station to Jinshan District.

 Hongqiao Railway Station

Waiting Room of Hongqiao Railway Station
Waiting Room of Hongqiao Station

Hongqiao Railway Station is a large-scale, fully-functioning, integrated rail hub with advanced facilities and the highest level of modernization of the Hongqiao Traffic Transit Hub. It consists of high-speed trains plus connections to flights, subways, city-buses, coaches and taxis. Currently, this station mainly provides service along the Huhang High-Speed Rail Line, Huning High Speed Rail Line, and Jinghu High-Speed Rail Line. It serves bullet trains to Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen, Beijing and several other cities over China.

 West Railway Station
Formerly known as Zhenru Station, it is located at No. 1 of Taopu Road in Putuo District, about 5km away from the Shanghai Railway Station. The West Station is now a modern integrative transportation hinge serving for Huning Intercity High-Speed Railway, the city subway, and the city public bus. It is the smallest one of the four stations. Every day, there are six high-speed trains passing through the West Station, coming from or heading to Nanjing, Suzhou, and Wuxi. There are 2 ticket windows opening for ticket issue and 4 self-service ticket vending machines in the station.

 By Subway: Currently, passengers can transfer to subway line 11 to other places in the city area after getting off the train. In the future, line 15 and line 20 will be available at this station.

 By Bus: The following represents a listing of the specific available bus service.

Bus No. Starting Point Terminal
1 (air-condition) Nanquan New Village West Railway Station
106 The Railway Station Qingjian New Village
117 The Railway Station No.5 Taopu Village
129 Northern Coach Station Dingbian Road
742 Tanjiadu Road Liuyuan Road
768 Lotus Apartment Gonghe Road
944 Guanyan Road Mianning Road
551 No.128 Jinian Road Beixinjin
807 Hongqiao International Airport Zhenguang New Village
319 (Night) Tilan Bridge West Railway Station
Xishe Line (Through) West Railway Station Sheshan
 Tip: Bus No. 117 stops at the Base Company Station which is nearby the West Station. Passengers can get off at Daduhe Road if they choose to take bus 551 to the West Station. 

 By Taxi: Taxis are also available at this station. It usually costs about CNY60-70 by taxi from the West Railway Station to Hongqiao Railway Station, while it costs about CNY70-80 to T2 of Hongqiao Airport. The taxi fare is about CNY25-30 from the West Station to the Shanghai Railway Station and about CNY60-70 to the South Station. The cost for the taxi is about CNY180-200 from this station to Pudong Airport.