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Shanghai - Qingdao Train

Shanghai-Qingdao High Speed Railway has a length of 1,308 km  (813 mi). Four pairs of bullet trains, namely G trains, run along it between Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Qingdao Railway Station at the highest speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), and with duration of 6.5 - 7.5 hours. They all run in daytime, the overnight sleeper trains are not available. Two of them numbered as G230 and G234 has a stop at Qingdao North Railway Station when it runs to Qingdao. Compared with North Station, Qingdao Station is closer to the downtown area and nearby attraction sites. North Railway Station has less departure/arrival choice, but subway line 3 is operated there, which provide great convenience.

Basic Facts of Shanghai - Qingdao High Speed Train

 Duration: about 6.5 - 7.5 hours
 Distance: about 1,308 km  (813 mi)
 Top speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
 Operated at: Shanghai/ Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Qingdao/ Qingdao North Railway Station
 Stations along the way: Suzhou North, Wuxi East, Changzhou North, Zhenjiang South, Nanjing South, Bengbu South, Suzhou East in Anhui, Xuzhou East, Tengzhou East, Zaozhaung, Qufu East, Tai'an, Jinan, Zhangqiu, Zibo, Qingzhoushi, Weifang, and Gaomi

Shanghai to Qingdao High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G22207:05 - 13:356h30m
G23416:32 - 22:456h13m
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Qingdao to Shanghai Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G23209:33 - 16:106h37m
G22813:53 - 21:117h18m
See more Qingdao Schedule 

Note: The timetable is for reference only. For real-time schedule, please search for it by the tool on top of the page. 

Shanghai - Qingdao High Speed Train Ticket Price

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 1,739.5 - 1,813
USD 256 - 267
CNY 905.5 - 924
USD 133 - 136
CNY 545 - 555.5
USD 80 - 82


Major cities along the way:

Located in Southern Jiangsu Province, 42% of Suzhou city is covered by water including a number of streams and ponds. So the city is praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. Besides, there are many ancient water towns and exquisite classical gardens in the city where you will know why it is known as the "paradise on earth". The city can be easily reached by train from Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Nanjing, etc; the schedule is quite dense.
 As the capital of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing is one of the hot tourist destinations in China. It was once the capital city of six dynasties in ancient times, so it bears an outstanding cultural heritage. Touring around the city, you will marvel at the perfect combination of ancient and modern sights.
 Qufu is the hometown of the great Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius. When you go there, Confucius Family Mansion & Cemetery is a must-see with a long history and a strong cultural atmosphere.
 Jinan is not only the capital of Shandong Province, but also the "City of Springs" which attracts many people to view various kinds of springs. As the traffic hub, one can easily reach other nationwide cities by trains or flights.

Flights VS. High Speed Trains

Many direct flights are available between the two cities with duration of 2 hour or so. If you are pressed for time, this would be a better choice. But flight travel may cost more than rail travel and the weather change may cause flight delays easily; in contrast, high speed trains are punctual in most cases. Also, the airports are located a little far from the downtown area.

 Further Reading: Shanghai to Qingdao: Travel via Flight & Train

Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to:

 Major Rail Lines from Qingdao to:
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai - Qingdao Train
Asked by Wesley from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 20, 2019 00:27Reply
To Holiday Inn Qingdao City Center from North Station
Please kindly advise the best way to go, thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Damien from CANADA | Nov. 20, 2019 19:00

You can use subway line 3 to Jiangxilu, walk from exit A to the hotel, it is about 1km walking. Or you may take line 3 to Wusi Square and then change to line 2 to Fushansuo. Exit C is about 500m away from hotel.
Asked by Alex from GREECE | May. 13, 2019 18:03Reply
How many business class seats on train G226 from Hongqiao to Qingdao?
We have two families traveling altogether 9 passengers. Can we get enough seats in business class carriage? Thank you for your advice!
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 14, 2019 17:20

Thank you for your inquiry.

There should be 15 or 20 business class seats set up on G226, however, every 5 seats as a group. So for your group, we are sorry that the passengers have to be separated into two parts. Hope this is fine for you.
Asked by Tripp from EGYPT | Jan. 22, 2019 02:25Reply
G230 at 8:52am disappeared online
I want to book G230 to Qingdao as the time is prefect for us. However, when I check it today, it no longer shows online. How can I book it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ashley from HK | Jan. 22, 2019 18:57

This G230 was cancelled. Not sure if it will back again, but it is not available for recent date. So if you are traveling in recent date, you may need to choose another one or maybe a transfer in Jinan if you want similar departure time. If your travel date is still far from now, maybe you can wait some days in case it will back to service again.
Asked by saifuddin Ahmed from BANGLADESH | Nov. 10, 2018 06:21Reply
Shanghai to Qingdao normal train Ticket
Answers (1)
Answered by Marilena from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 11, 2018 00:08

there is no normal train between shanghai and qingdao, you could take the new high speed rail instead.
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