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Shanghai - Zhangjiajie Train

Currently, there are two pairs of normal trains running between Shanghai South Railway Station and Zhangjiajie Railway Station. It takes 20 – 22.5 hours for this popular tourist route. Shanghai to Zhangjiajie distance by train is 1,526 kilometers (948 miles). A hard sleeper costs CNY 367.5 per person.

No direct high speed trains are available between the two cities at present, but passengers can make a transfer in Changsha. In this case, duration will be 9 - 13 hours, saving a lot of time.

Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Train Schedule

(Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K137316:49 - 12:57+20h8m
K80718:51 - 17:24+22h33m
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Zhangjiajie to Shanghai Train Timetable

(Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K80815:55 - 12:58+21h3m
K137418:58 - 15:12+20h14m
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1. "+" indicates the second day.
2. The timetable listed above is for reference only. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on page top.

Ticket Fare of Shanghai - Zhangjiajie Trains

(Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 549.5
USD 78
CNY 343.5
USD 49
CNY 189.5
USD 27

Stopovers along the way
Jiashan, Jiaxing, Haining, Hangzhou East, Zhuji, Yiwu, Quzhou, Jiangshan, Yushan, Shangrao, Yingtan, Xinyu, Yichuan, Pingxiang, Liling, Zhuzhou, Changsha, Yiyang, Changde, Linli, Shimenxian North, Cili

A quick transfer in Changsha

Route  Duration  Ticket Fare
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Changsha South Railway Station  4.5 -7 hours by bullet train CNY 502.5/ 478 for second class seat
Changsha Railway Station – Zhangjiajie Railway Station 4.5 - 6 hours by normal speed train CNY 108.5/ 145.5/ / 197.5/ 215.5 for hard sleeper
Total 9 - 13 hours   CNY 586 - 718

Traveling in this way, passengers need to transfer between Changsha South Railway Station and Changsha Railway Station by taking bus no. 135, 148, or by subway line 2. A taxi ride takes about 25 minutes and costs CNY 30.

Shanghai –Zhangjiajie Direct High Speed Trains

Changsha – Zhangjiajie High Speed Railway is under construction now and will open in 2019, by then the journey time between Changsha and Zhangjiajie will be greatly reduced to 1 – 2 hours. In this case, Shanghai and Zhangjiajie will be connected by bullet trains with duration of 5.5 - 9 hours.

Shanghai –Zhangjiajie Trains vs. Flight

Aside from a rail ride, passengers can also travel by flights. A flight trip between the two cities takes 3 hours or so. Full price for an economy class seat is about CNY 1,400, but discounts may be offered in low seasons when an economy class seat may just cost about CNY 400. However, weather change may easily lead to flight delays or cancellation. Passengers had better check the weather forecast before making a flight trip.

Traveling by normal speed trains will be a preferable choice for budget travelers because it costs less, but the long-distance journey may make tourists feel bored and dog-tired. If they have to travel in this way, a soft or hard sleeper is highly recommended.

Although passengers need to make a transfer in Changsha if traveling by bullet trains, it will save a lot of time compared with normal train trip. Besides, high speed trains are more punctual compared with flights.

 Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to: Major Rail Lines from Zhangjiajie to:

- Last modified on Jul. 09, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai - Zhangjiajie Train
Asked by JOANNA from POLAND | Jul. 09, 2019 12:13Reply
Is the Shanghai –Zhangjiajie Direct High Speed Train connection already opened?
Answers (1)
Answered by Seth from NETHERLANDS | Jul. 09, 2019 20:50

Not yet, I think I used to read that it would only open in year 2020 or even later.
Asked by Barbie from ROMANIA | May. 17, 2019 00:30Reply
From Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao Soho to Shanghai South
Answers (1)
Answered by Albert from USA | May. 19, 2019 17:32

You can walk to Songhonglu station to take metro line 2 to Zhongshan Park and then from there to South Station by line 3. It should take around 30 to 40min.
Asked by Hastings | Jan. 18, 2019 00:54Reply
We are a family traveling with kids. How can I make sure we will stay together?
I see that there are 7 soft sleeper beds left and we need 4 beds. We cannot leave the kids along in other room. How do I know if these beds are together or not? Thank you for your answer?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jan. 20, 2019 16:16

Thank you for your inquiry.

The bed location can be known at the time of ticket issuing. If there are only 7 beds left, we cannot guarantee that the beds are all together, but we can have a try for you. You can submit your booking online firstly and leave us a remark that you need the beds together. We will notice your request and try for the beds for you. If these beds are not together, we will not book them for you and contact you. You may consider to change to other seat class or cancel the booking. Hope this can help you.
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