Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Train

4 pairs of high speed trains are shuttling between Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Kunming South Railway Station. The distance between the two cities is 2,266 km (1,408 mi).

It takes about 11 - 12 hours to finish a single ride and the ticket price for a second class seat is CNY 879 (USD 122).

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: 11 - 12 hours

Shanghai to Kunming High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G137107:22 - 19:1911h57m
G137308:53 - 19:4710h54m
G137709:30 - 21:2911h59m
G137511:11 - 23:1112h00m
See more Shanghai Schedule 

Kunming to Shanghai Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Aug 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G137807:27 - 19:2011h53m
G137208:14 - 19:4411h30m
G137410:02 - 22:0412h2m
G137610:24 - 22:5412h30m
See more Kunming Schedule 

Ticket Fare of Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Trains

(Last Update on Aug 25, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 2,765 / USD 384CNY 1,475 / USD 205CNY 879 / USD 122


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 2,660 km (1,653 miles). It's a very long journey and the total travel time takes up to 35 - 39 hours.

Shanghai to Kunming Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K7918:24 - 06:13++35h49m
K73920:02 - 07:13++35h11m


Kunming to Shanghai Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K8018:59 - 05:25++34h26m
K74023:34 - 14:26++38h52m
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 Aug 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 800.5
USD 111
CNY 524.5
USD 73
CNY 278.5
USD 39

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

 For K79/K80: 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  CNY2,500 for a full fare economy class seat, but it is usually sold at a discount, specifically CNY 900 to 1,300  Fast, but a little expensive
Non-bullet train 35 - 39 hours  About CNY 524.5 for a hard sleeper;
About CNY 800.5 for a soft sleeper 
Cheap but time-consuming
High speed train 11 - 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 updated on Aug. 28, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai - Kunming High Speed Train
Asked by Miguel from BELGIUM | Apr. 23, 2020 18:27Reply
Shanghai Disneyland tour
Can you offer tour to Shanghai Disneyland?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 24, 2020 17:18

Thank you for your inquiry.

Shanghai Disneyland is now closed due to the break out of coronavirus, but it may gradually back to service in the near future. If you are looking for a trip in later days, you are welcome to book on our website or send us inquiry email at any time. Our email is
Asked by Paulina from FINLAND | Sep. 02, 2019 01:40Reply
Can we take our meal brought outside station into carriage?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathaniel from SLOVAKIA | Sep. 02, 2019 18:12

Yes, you can take food into the station and train but they need to go through security check. I think Kunming Station is very strict with it, especially liquid products. It would be easier if you buy drinks inside the station.
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

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

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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Edwin from USA | Nov. 20, 2018 19:19

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.
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