Beijing - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train

Currently, there are 5 or so pairs of overnight sleeper trains running between Beijing and Shanghai.

2 bullet trains depart from Beijing Railway Station and 1 departs from Beijing South to Shanghai Railway Station with the distance of 903 miles (1,454 km) and a duration of around 12 hours. With a prefix D, they are also called D trains. From Shanghai to Beijing, there are only 2 D trains available. 

Apart from the above D trains, 2 pairs of normal speed trains T109 / T110 and 1461 / 1462 are also in service between Beijing Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station, taking 15 - 22.5 hours but costing less. 

Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train Schedule

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
146111:56 - 06:45+18h49m
T10920:03 - 11:02+14h59m

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D70119:22 - 07:25+12h3m
D70919:36 - 07:46+12h10m
D70521:21 - 09:27+12h6m
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Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Timetable

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
146212:15 - 10:46+22h31m
T11016:30 - 08:32+16h2m

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D70621:15 - 09:26+12h11m
D71021:21 - 09:24+12h3m
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1.  "+" indicates the second day.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on the page top.

Ticket Fare of Beijing - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Trains

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Nos.Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard Sleeper
1461/1462---CNY 495.5 / USD 69CNY 322.5 / USD 45
T109/T110---CNY 516.5 / USD 72CNY 345.5 / USD 48

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Nos.Soft SleeperSecond Class Seat
D701CNY 721 / USD 100CNY 316 / USD 44
D709CNY 818 / USD 114CNY 359 / USD 50
D705CNY 823 / USD 114CNY 361 / USD 50

Stopovers along the way: Langfang North, Yangcun, Tianjin West, Jinghai, Qingxian, Cangzhou, Botou, Dongguang, Wuqiao, Dezhou, Jinan, Taishan, Ciyao, Yanzhou, Zoucheng, Tengzhou, Zaozhuang West, Xuzhou, Suzhou [Anhui], Bengbu, Chuzhou North, Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou in Jiangsu, Kunshan.

Travel Tips

Obviously, it takes a long time between the two cities by overnight sleeper trains, so there are some tips you may need to know:

1. Purchase a sleeper. Although it costs more than a hard seat or a second class seat, it will be more comfortable. The environment for seats is not as good as that of sleepers. And during holidays, seat carriages, especially the hard seat carriages will be rather crowded. If you choose a sleeper, you can have a good rest at night and travel around energetically next day. But please note the sleeper tickets may be in a great demand, you should purchase one beforehand.

2. Take some food and bottled water with you. Although dinner car is available onboard, the food may be expensive and not delicious. You can take some snacks or instant noodles which is the top choice for Chinese rail travelers. Or you can take a bottle with you and hot drinkable water is provided onboard.

3. Take some magazines or journals with you or download some videos or games to your cell phone ahead of time because the journey will be long and boring. You can use them to kill time.

4. Take care of your luggage, especially your valuables. If possible, take your valuables with you all the time because there may be thieves onboard.

5. Take some extra clothes with you, especially when you travel in summer. It may be cold at midnight due to the strong wind from the air-conditioners.

6. Take a portable charger with you or get your phone fully charged in advance if you take a normal type train because there are not enough charging sockets onboard.

Traveling overnight saves your day time and the hotel expenditures, but you may need a quick transfer between the two cities. In this case, you can travel by bullet G trains which run at a higher speed during the day. It costs more than the above-mentioned ones, but only takes 4.5 - 6 hours or so; and the schedule is quite dense with about 30 departures / arrivals.

Of course, you can choose to travel by air, too. It only takes about 2.5 hours. But the flight can be easily affected by the weather and delays happen a lot. Also, if count in the transfer time to / from airport, it takes almost the same time with the G trains. 

 See also

How to Travel from Beijing to Shanghai

How to Travel from Shanghai to Beijing

Beijing - Shanghai Train vs. Flight 

Cheapest Way to Travel between Beijing and Shanghai 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Wangfujing 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Capital Airport 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

How to Get from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to the Bund 

How to Get from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to People’s Square & Nanjing Road 

How to Get from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Pudong Airport 


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- Last updated on Sep. 01, 2023 by Kate Liu -
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