Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Train

About 4 pairs of high speed trains are shuttling between Shanghai and Kunming. The distance between is 2,266 km (1,408 mi). It takes about 10.5-12 hours to finish a single ride. The ticket price for a second class seat is CNY 879.

 

Basic Facts of Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Trains

 Distance: 2,266 km (1, 408 miles), making it China's longest east-west high speed rail line
 Designed speed: 300/ 350 km/h (186/217 mph)
 Open date: January 5, 2017
 Duration: 10.5 - 12 hours
 

Shanghai to Kunming High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G137107:22 - 19:2312h1m
G137308:55 - 19:3410h39m
G137709:28 - 21:2011h52m
G137511:15 - 23:0111h46m
See mroe Shanghai Schedule 
 

Kunming to Shanghai Bullet Train Timetable


(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G137807:36 - 19:2211h46m
G137208:14 - 19:4611h32m
G137410:08 - 22:1612h8m
G137610:37 - 22:5612h19m
See more Kunming Schedule 
 

Ticket Fare of Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Trains

(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 2,765 / USD 419CNY 1,475 / USD 223CNY 879 / USD 133

 

Running Route


Note: In the direction from Shanghai to Kunming

Cities/Provinces Stations
Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao, Songjiang South, Jinshan North
Zhejiang Jiashan South, Jiaxing South, Tongxiang, Haining West, Yuhang, Hangzhou East, Hangzhou South, Zhuji, Yiwu, Jinhua, Longyou, Quzhou, Jiangshan
Jiangxi Yushan South, Shangrao, Yiyang, Yingtan North, Fuzhou East, Jinxian South, Nanchang West, Gao'an, Xinyu North, Yichun, Pingxiang North
Hunan Liling East, Changsha South, Xiangtan North, Shaoshan South, Loudi South, Shaoyang North, Xinhua South, Xupu South, Huaihua South, Zhijiang, Xinhuang West
Guizhou Tongren South, Sansui, Kaili South, Guiding North, Guiyang East, Guiyang North, Pingba South, Anshun West, Guanling, Pu'an, Panzhou
Yunnan Fuyuan North, Qujing North, Songming, Kunming South
 

Shanghai - Kunming Railway Map
Shanghai - Kunming Railway Map

 Scheduled extension: Laos and Thailand in the near future, and Singapore in the long-term plan
 See detailed China-Laos Railway and China-Thailand Railway 
 

One of the Most Scenic Train Rides in China

When traveling on the Shanghai-Kunming High Speed Railway which runs in East – West direction, passengers will traverse from Yangtze River Delta to Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, which is a trip from prosperous metropolitan in flat area to 'the City of Eternal Spring' on the plateau. Along this railway, passengers can appreciate different kinds of beauty in different cities. It will be a transition from bustling cities, numerous rippling lakes, quaint water towns to hills, and mountains…

 See more: 8 Most Scenic Train Rides in China

 

Shanghai-Kunming Normal Train

They run between Shanghai South Railway Station and Kunming Railway Station for a distance of 1,653 miles (2,660 km). It's a very long journey and the total travel time takes up to 34 – 39 hours or so.
 

Shanghai to Kunming Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T38116:55 - 08:05++39h10m
K7918:26 - 06:09++35h43m
K73919:36 - 08:23++36h47m

Kunming to Shanghai Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K8019:10 - 05:16++34h6m
T38221:12 - 11:34++38h22m
K74023:35 - 14:33++38h58m
Notes:
1. "++" indicates the third day.
2. 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 - Kunming Trains

(Last Update on Jun 25, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 780.5 - 822.5
USD 118 - 125
CNY 506.5 - 533.5
USD 77 - 81
CNY 278.5 - 293.5
USD 42 - 44


 Stopovers along the way:
The trains are running along different routes. Except stations mentioned above, they also pass by the following stations:

 For T381/T382: Jiaxing, Haining, Hangzhou East, Yiwu, Jinhua, Yushan, Shangrao, Yingtan, Jian, Jinggangshan, Yanling, Chaling South, Anren, Hengyang, Qidong, Qiyang, Yongzhou, Dongan East, Quanzhou South, Liuzhou, Laibin, Nanning, Baise, Xingyi, Weishe, Luoping, Shizong, and Shilin

 For K79/K80 and K739/K740: Songjiang, Jaixing, Haining, Hangzhou East, Zhuji, Yiwu, Jinhua, Shangrao, Yingtan, Xinyu, Yichun, Pingxiang, Zhuzhou, Xiangtan, Loudi, Xinhua, Lianyuan, Huaihua, Yuping, Kaili, Guiyang, Anshun, Liuzhi, Liupanshui, Xuanwei, and Qujing
 

Why choose Shanghai-Kunming Bullet Train

Let's see it by a chart:

Traveling Methods Duration  Ticket Fare Results of comparison
Flight 4 hours  CNY2,000 for a full fare economy class seat, but it is usually sold at a discount of 60%-70%, specifically CNY 1,100 to 1,300  Fast, but expensive
Non-bullet train 34-40 hours  CNY 500 for hard sleeper;
CNY 750-800 for soft sleeper 
Cheap but time-consuming
High speed train  10.5 - 12 hours  CNY 879 for a second class seat  1. Ticket is reasonably priced.
2. Travel time is not too long; awarded with charming scenery and landscapes outside the window, the ride will not be boring.

Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to:


 Major rail lines from Kunming to:

- Last modified on Apr. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Train
Asked by Caesar from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 27, 2019 00:28Reply
Can I make a stopover in some cities along the way before reaching Kunming?
I am considering to make a short visiting in some cities like Changsha or Guiyang if possible. Is this workable?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sylvia from NORWAY | Mar. 27, 2019 19:39
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Do you mean with one ticket to Shanghai but break the trip into some parts? One ticket would not work for this itinerary!You would need to make plan in advance and buy tickets for each parts. If you stopped at halfway, you will not be able to back to continue the itinerary.
Asked by Ayaz Khan from PAKISTAN | Mar. 23, 2019 00:48Reply
Luggage Limit on the high speed train
I have to take a flight from my country to Shanghai, stay there for a day or two and then travel to Kunming for work. I'll have around 35kgs of luggage with me. Can I take that kid of luggage?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesus from USA | Mar. 25, 2019 20:12
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It should be possible. I did not notice any one weight the luggage at station. So I guess if your luggages are not very large in size, it would not be a problem.
Asked by Caiden from FRANCE | Nov. 19, 2018 23:37Reply
Can the backrest of second class seat adjust to flat that people can lie down?
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Answered by Edwin from USA | Nov. 20, 2018 19:19
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The backrest can be adjust a little bit but people cannot lie down. You can only sit during the whole journey therefore for a trip over 10 hours, it is indeed a little hard.
Asked by Philip from NZ | May. 09, 2018 03:03Reply
Is there a bar on the train?
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Answered by Johnny from BRITAIN | May. 09, 2018 04:26
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It called a bar but only sale some snacks and drinks. You hardly find beer for sale
Asked by Nandini from CHINA | May. 15, 2017 00:15Reply
Can we get off the train , sightsee and take the ride again the next day, on the same ticket ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Brandon from MALAYSIA | May. 15, 2017 00:41
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No! Once you get off, you can no longer use the ticket
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