Shanghai to Nanjing Intercity High Speed Train

At present, there are over 220 pairs of high speed trains in total running between Shanghai and Nanjing, making rail journeys as convenient as metro rides. The shortest travel time between the two cities is about 60 minutes. Ticket price for a second class seat varies from CNY72 to CNY195 due to different running speeds and operation stations. 

Basic Facts of Shanghai – Nanjing Intercity High Speed Trains

 Open Date: July 1, 2010

 Distance: 301 km (187 mi)

 Shortest Duration: about 1-3 hours

 Operated at: Shanghai / Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Nanjing / Nanjing South Railway Station

 Major Stations: Shanghai, Shanghai Hongqiao, Suzhou, Suzhou Industrial Park, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, Nanjing South

Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity High Speed Railway Map
Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity High Speed Railway Map

Shanghai to Nanjing High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on May 24, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G197407:17 - 08:471h30m
G180609:13 - 10:411h28m
G1212:00 - 13:081h8m
G1415:00 - 16:001h00m
G1617:00 - 17:590h59m
Around 220 departures in total: departure time from 05:48 to 22:55; duration from 59M to 3H25M.
See more Shanghai Schedule
 (Last Update on May 24, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G734907:30 - 09:071h37m
G510:32 - 11:401h8m
G112:26 - 13:281h2m
G22914:54 - 16:121h18m
G317:25 - 18:281h3m
Around 220 departures in total: departure time from 05:48 to 22:55; duration from 1H2M to 3H28M.
See more Nanjing Schedule 

Note: Timetable here is for reference only. For the most up-to-date schedule, you can search for it by the tool on the page top.

Ticket Fare of Shanghai - Nanjing High Speed Trains

(Last Update on May 24, 2019)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
G trainsCNY 429.5 - 604.5
USD 65 - 92
CNY 219.5 - 322
USD 33 - 49
CNY 134.5 - 195
USD 20 - 30
D trainsCNY 293 - 345
USD 44 - 52
CNY 116 - 184
USD 18 - 28
CNY 51 - 115
USD 8 - 17
Shanghai-Nanjing High Speed Train
Intercity High Speed Locomotive
A First Class Carriage
A First Class Carriage

 Which Station to Choose/ How to Go

 Hongqiao Railway Station:
Located in the west of the city, it is adjacent to Hongqiao International Airport. For those who arrive by air, it is a good choice. In addition, it is easy to transfer to subways, buses, and coaches.
1. By Subway: line 2, line 10
2. By Bus: 173, 189, 320, 941, Hongqiao line 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 

 Shanghai Railway Station:
It is only about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the city center and has the highest passenger flow. It is a convenient and time-saving choice for those in urban areas.
1. By Subway: line 1, line 3, line 4
2. By Bus: 13, 58, 63, 78, 95, 104, 106, 109, 113, 115, 117, 140, 301, 302, 305, 306, 308, 310, 315, 319, 322, 332, 324, 328, 329, 502, 510, 573, 723, 741, 744, 817, 823, 837, 845, 859, 927, 929, 930, 942, 948, 955, 962, 963, Xinchuan Special Line, Nanxin Special Line, Shenchuan Special Line, Xinjia Special Line, Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus Line 5, Tunnel Line 3

 Nanjing Railway Station:
It operates more trains to/from Shanghai Station. Compared with the South Station, it is closer to the city center, Xuanwu Lake, the Ming Dynasty Xiaoling Mausoleum and Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. There are coaches, city buses, subways, and airport shuttles available for passengers' convenience.
1. By Subway: line 1, line 3
2. By bus: 13, 17, 32, 33, 44, 56, 59, 64, 71, 97, 141, 173, 190, 205, 206, 207, 208, 309, 510, 536, 555, 557, 558, D8, Y8, Y9, Y11, Y13, Y17, Y23 and Airport Shuttle Bus line 1.

 Nanjing South Station:
Many more trains are available here from/to Hongqiao Station. Although located a little far from city center and some attraction sites, transportation here is very convenient, including coaches, subways, city buses, as well as airport shuttles; and they can carry passengers very conveniently to these places.
1. By subway: line 1, line 3 and S1
2. By bus: 19, 84, 116, 129, 190, 719, 791, 792, D12, Y16, or Y27

Regular Trains Between Shanghai and Nanjing

In addition, there are over 58 more pairs of regular trains between Shanghai Railway Station/ South Railway Station and Nanjing Railway Station. The duration is between 2.5 - 5.5 hours. The ticket fare is generally CNY185.5/ 179.5 for a soft sleeper, CNY137.5/ 100.5 for a hard sleeper, and CNY46.5 for a hard seat.

Further Reading:
How to Travel between Shanghai and Nanjing: Besides trains, the alternatives are the 1-hour daily flight and 3.5-4 hours'  long-distance bus.

 Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to:

  Other Rail Lines from Nanjing to:
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