Beijing - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train

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

About 2 pairs of them are bullet trains:

D701/D709 and D706/D710 which run between Beijing/ Beijing South Railway Station and Shanghai/ Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station with the distance of 903 miles (1,454 km) and whose duration is around 12 hours. With a prefix D, they are also called D trains.

The other few pairs numbered as T109/T110, Z281/Z282 and 1461/1462 between Beijing/ Beijing South Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station run for a distance of 909 miles (1,463 km) and the travel time is about 15 - 22.5 hours.

Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train Schedule

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
146111:55 - 07:00+19h5m
Z28119:10 - 09:51+14h41m
T10920:05 - 11:00+14h55m

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D70119:22 - 07:25+12h3m
D70919:46 - 07:44+11h58m
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Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Timetable

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
146212:15 - 10:50+22h35m
T11017:57 - 10:08+16h11m
Z28219:30 - 10:22+14h52m

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D70621:18 - 09:24+12h6m
D71021:23 - 09:22+11h59m
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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 page top.

Ticket Fare of Beijing - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Trains

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Nos.Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard Sleeper
1461/1462---CNY 476.5 / USD 74CNY 304.5 / USD 47
Z281/Z282---CNY 494.5 / USD 77CNY 325.5 / USD 50
T109/T110CNY 919.5 / USD 143CNY 497.5 / USD 77CNY 325.5 / USD 50

(Last Update on Dec 16, 2020)
First Class Sleeper  Second Class Sleeper Second Class Seat
D Trains CNY469 - 472 CNY 370 - 372 CNY 247 - 248

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 – 6.5 hours or so; and the schedule is quite dense with about 35 departures/arrivals.

Of course, you can choose to travel by air, too. It only takes 2.5 hours or so. 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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