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Xi'an - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train

Currently, there are 13 pairs of sleeper trains running between Xi'an and Shanghai: 12 pairs of them are normal types with duration of 15 - 22 hours and distance of 938 miles (1,509 km), and a pair is bullet trains with travel time of 11 hours and distance of 934 miles (1,503 km).

In addition to the sleepers, there are also second class seats on the high speed trains, and hard seat on normal ones. But you are advised to purchase a sleeper by which you can have a good rest. However, tickets for sleepers, especially those on normal types,  run out quickly, so you are advised to make a booking as early as possible.

If you do not feel comfortable about the long journey, planes are flying on a daily basis, with duration of less than 3 hours.

Xi'an to Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z9416:40 - 08:11+15h31m
K55817:13 - 13:48+20h35m
Z16620:46 - 11:58+15h12m
See more Xi'an Schedule

Shanghai to Xi'an Overnight Sleeper Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T11615:31 - 08:14+16h43m
Z25215:52 - 07:59+16h7m
Z4016:17 - 08:33+16h16m
Z9218:03 - 09:32+15h29m
Z16420:02 - 11:10+15h8m
See more Shanghai Schedule 

1. The timetable is just for reference. Please check the real-time schedule by the search box on the top of this page.
2. "+" means the second day.

Xi'an - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train Ticket Fare

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)

Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard Sleeper
CNY 509.5
USD 75
CNY 331.5
USD 49

 Intermediate stations of normal types: Weinan, Huashan, Lingbao, Sanmenxia, Mianchi, Luoyang, Gongyi, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Lankao, Minquan, Ninglingxian, Shangqiu, Xuzhou, Bengbu, Mingguang, Chuzhou North, Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Kunshan

 Intermediate stations of bullet types: Weinan North, Huashan North, Lingbao North, Sanmenxia South, Mianchi South, Luoyang Longmen, Zhengzhou, Xuzhou, Nanjing, Changzhou, and Suzhou

Which one to choose - normal or bullet trains

The bullet type is the fastest but the ticket price is higher than the normal types, maybe even higher than flight ticket in low seasons. If you are in a budget travel, it is not recommended. If you are not planning a budget trip, plane maybe better. But if you want to save the day time while not in budget, the bullet overnight sleeper trains will be the best choices; the facilities onboard can rival those of planes, which can ensure you a comfortable journey.

Among the normal types, Z ones departing in the evening and arriving in the morning are the first choices of budget travelers, because they take shortest time, only 4.5-5 hours longer than the bullet one but cost much less, and then T ones which take about 17 hours, and K ones take a relatively long time of 19 - 22 hours.

Transportation to/ from the Railway Stations

 Xi'an Railway Station:
By Subway: Line 1
By Bus: 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 17, 25, 30, 39, 40, 41, 42, 103, 105, 201, 205, 206, 214, 229, 231, 240, 243, 251, 258, 266, 318, 351, 500, 511, 602, 603, 607, 608, 611, 616, 703, 705, 706, 707, 914, 915, Y5/306, Y7, Y8/610

 Xi'an North Railway Station:
By Subway: Line 2
By Bus: 108, 263, 264, 265, 266, 329, 360, 723, 727, Airport Shuttle Bus North Station Line

 Shanghai Railway Station:
By Subway: Line 1, Line 3, Line 4
By Bus: 95, 104, 106, 109, 113, 115, 117, 301, 302, 305, 306, 308, 310, 315, 322, 324, 328, 329, 573, 917, 823, 837, 912, 927, 929, 930, 941, 942, 955, 962, Airport Shuttle Bus line 5, Nanxin Special Line, Shenfang Special Line, Shenchuan Special Line, Xinchuan Special Line, Tunnel Line 3, Tunnel Night Line
 Except the above mentioned D308/D306, there are 10 pairs of G and D type bullet trains shuttling between Shanghai and Xi'an in daytime. Their duration is 6 - 11 hours, making a quick transfer between the two cities possible.

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- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train
Asked by Kyla from USA | Jan. 01, 2020 21:57Reply
Is the train Z94 a direct train to Shanghai? Is Shanghai the final destination?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sheffield from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 02, 2020 19:14

It is a direct train to Shanghai and also the final destination, but it also stop at other stations before Shanghai: Weinan, Wuxi, Suzhou.
Asked by Emily Findlay Barnes from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 10, 2019 20:19Reply
Xi'an to Shanghai, Which trains have deluxe soft berths?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ross from USA | Oct. 11, 2019 02:28

Z94 at 16:46pm is the only one with deluxe soft sleeper beds.
Asked by Glen from USA | May. 30, 2019 03:12Reply
Hello, Can I choose two lower beds on overnight trains to Xi'an?
The trains goes from Shanghai Railway Station right?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 30, 2019 18:58

Thank you for your inquiry.

We are sorry that the beds are assigned randomly by Railway Company, we cannot choose lower beds for our clients directly. If possible, you may consider to use our delivery option which may increase the chance of getting lower beds. Sorry for the inconvenience and hope for your kind understanding.
Asked by Katrina from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 12, 2019 01:57Reply
Why the soft sleeper ticket price on D306 is doubled than others?
Because of the "new soft sleeper'? What's the difference?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ina from SINGAPORE | Feb. 12, 2019 19:09

D306 is high speed ride thus the ticket price is much higher and changes on different dates as well. Though it is called new soft sleeper, it is just like the normal trains. It is called so as they are set up on high speed ride.
Asked by Warner from PERU | Nov. 06, 2018 00:13Reply
Which station will this D308 stop at?
I read online that bullet trains stop at Shanghai Hongqiao Station, but when I search online, it says "Shanghai". So which is the correct one?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alonso | Nov. 07, 2018 00:44

Most bullet rides would use Hongqiao station but not all. This D308 is bullet ride but will still use Shanghai Railway Station, the one in city center area.
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