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Shanghai - Harbin Train

Two pairs of trains are operated between the two cities. One pair numbered as G1204/G1202 are high speed trains, taking 12.5 hours. Another pair are normal ones numbered as Z172/Z174, taking 23.5/24 hours. The Shanghai to Harbin distance by train is 2,422/2,553 kilometers (1,505/1,586 miles) based on the different routes.

In contrast, direct Shanghai to Harbin flights only take 3 hours for a single journey. Nevertheless, flight ticket costs a little more than rail ticket, but it may be a good choice for those who are pressed for time.

Shanghai - Harbin High Speed Trains

G1204/G1202 run between Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Harbin West Railway Station for a distance of 2,422 kilometers (1,505 miles). The top running speed can be up to 300 km/h (186 mph).

Shanghai to Harbin High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G120409:33 - 21:3612h3m
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Harbin to Shanghai Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G120208:52 - 21:4012h48m
See more Harbin Schedule 

Note: The timetable above is for reference only. You can search for the real-time schedule via the search box on top of this page.

Ticket Price of Shanghai - Harbin High Speed Trains

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 3,364.5
USD 495
CNY 1,684.5
USD 248
CNY 997.5
USD 147
They also pass by those stations including Suzhou North, Wuxi East, Changzhou North, Zhenjiang South, Nanjing South, Bengbu South, Dingyuan, Xuzhou East, Zaozhuang, Taian, Qufu East, Jinan West, Cangzhou West, Tianjin West, Tianjin, Binhai, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Shanhaiguan, Qinhuangdao, Suizhong North, Jinzhou South, Shenyang North, Tieling West, Kaiyuan West, Siping East, Changchun West, Fuyu North.

More High Speed Trains by Transfer in Beijing

Besides, passengers can make a transfer in Beijing as there is only one pair of direct bullet trains available between Shanghai and Harbin. Over 40 pairs of G trains are available between Shanghai and Beijing, taking 5 – 6 hours. After arriving in Beijing, you can take Beijing – Harbin High Speed Train, taking 7 – 8.5 hours. You will have more choices when traveling this way and the consumed time of transfer has no big difference from direct rides.

Shanghai - Harbin Normal Trains

Z172/Z174 runs between Shanghai Railway Station and Harbin West Railway Station, taking 23.5/24 hours. The running distance is 2,553 kilometers (1,586 miles). Despite its relatively long journey time, it costs less compared with high speed rail trip. If you have enough time and want to save some travel expenses, this will be a quite good choice. However, you are advised to book a soft sleeper or hard sleeper berth as it will be uncomfortable to sit over 20 hours. Besides, you’d better bring some food and drink for the long time trip.

Shanghai to Harbin Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z17218:54 - 19:06+24h12m


Harbin to Shanghai Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z17412:33 - 13:01+24h28m
1. "+" indicates the second day.
2. The timetable above is for reference only. You can search for the real-time schedule via the search box on top of this page.

Ticket Price

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 767.5
USD 113
CNY 495.5
USD 73
CNY 273.5
USD 40

 Stopovers of Z172/Z174: Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Nanjing, Bengbu, Xuzhou, Dezhou, Cangzhou, Tianjin, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao, Shanhaiguan, Jinzhou, Jinzhou South, Shenyang North, Siping, Changchun, and Shuangchengpu.


Major cities along the way

Qinhuangdao, located in the northeast part of Hebei Province, is a time-honored harbor city in north China. This city has beautiful coastline and good ecological environment. The city is famous for Shanhaiguan Great Wall or Shanhaiguan Pass which is well-known as the “First Pass under Heaven”. Additionally, tourists can also go to Beidaihe Scenic Area which is a great summer resort. This city can be easily reached by air, rail and long-distance buses from other major domestic cities.

As the capital city of Jilin Province, Changchun is reputed as the Spring City of Northland because of its pleasant climate and the City of Automobiles as this city is the cradle of Chinese automobile industry. When visiting the city, you should not miss Movie Wonderland, Changbai Mountain, Jilin Provincial Museum etc. The city has sound transportation system. It is pretty convenient to arrive in or depart from here by flight, rail or coach. Tourists can also reach the major attraction sites in the city by public transportation.

 Read more: How to Travel between Shanghai and Harbin

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- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai - Harbin Train
Asked by Kristine Mae Mengullo from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 29, 2019 06:16Reply
Harbin train tickets
Hello we are family going to harbin. We can only afford the hard seat. Is a child age 6 and 8 yrs old has a regular fare or child fare? Do u have a budget package tour to Harbin for a family of 7pax. 4 adults + 3 children ( 11, 8, 6).. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Dec. 29, 2019 17:33

Thank you for your inquiry.

According to the policy, child under 120cm can board for free without ticket with adults. Child under 150cm can buy child ticket with a discount of 50% off for seat. If over 150cm, the child need to buy adult ticket as well. We have a few private tour package in Harbin. If you are interested in tour package, you are welcomed to contact you by email tourstravelchinaguide.com
Asked by Cassidy from USA | Nov. 14, 2019 17:28Reply
Looking for a trip from Harbin to Shanghai on Jan 18
If we look tickets now, do we have bigger chance to get tickets? I read that it tickets are hard to get when your Chinese New Year Holiday is approaching. Flight ticket price is very high, so we prefer taking a train.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 17, 2019 16:35

Thank you for your inquiry.

Ticket would begin for sale 30 days within the departure date. Before the sale begins, no one can guarantee tickets in advance. We will try our best to buy ticket for you at sale time if you make a booking more than 30 days in advance. If there is any news about your booking, we will let you know by email. Hope for your kind understanding.
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