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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 Beijing-Shanghai (Jinghu) High-Speed Rail Line, Shanghai-Nanjing (Huning) Intercity High-Speed Rail Line, and Shanghai-Hangzhou (Huhang) High Speed Rail Line; therefore it has convenient train services for tourists to many destinations throughout China. There are many 'G' (with a speed of 300km/h) and 'D' (with a speed of 200km/h) trains running from this city to other major cities in China, such as Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Suzhou.
|First Class Seats|
|Departure||Arrival||Travel Time (approximation)|
|Shanghai||Beijing||5 hours||10~12 hours|
|Nanjing||75 minutes||120 minutes|
|Suzhou||30 minutes||40 minutes|
|Hangzhou||45~60 minutes||80~90 minutes|
Passengers can purchase the tickets from the ticket windows or the self-service ticket vending machines at the rail station. The tickets are also available at the ticket offices around the city. When buying tickets at the outlets, an extra fee of CNY 5 will be charged. It is also doable to buy the ticket online.
Tip: It is better to book the tickets in advance to make sure you get one during the peak travel time, usually the holidays in China such as the May Day, the National Day, and the Spring Festival.
Shanghai Railway Station
|Video of 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.
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 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|
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.