How to Travel from Guangzhou to Shanghai

The distance between Guangzhou and Shanghai is about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles). As the fastest travel way from Guangzhou to Shanghai, the direct flight takes about 2.5 hours. High speed trains and normal speed trains are also in service. In addition, there are Guangzhou to Shanghai buses serving passengers every day.

How to Travel Between Guangzhou and Shanghai

1. Fastest Guangzhou to Shanghai Flight: 2.5 hours, CNY 500 – 1,000

Departing from Guangzhou Baiyun to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, over 40 Guangzhou to Shanghai flights are operated every day from 05:40 – 22:05, the ticket price usually has different degrees of discount, fluctuating with the booking date. Visitor can get cheap flight tciket on low-cost airline like Spring Airline, or check the ticket price 2 months early and book it when the price is greatly reduced, or they can choose to enjoy a trip at low travel season.

2. Guangzhou to Shanghai High Speed Train: 7 – 8.5 hours, CNY 793 for second class seat

4 Guangzhou to Shanghai high speed trains are operated every day from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. The travel distance is as long as 1,790 kilometers (1,112 miles), and ticket price is CNY 793 for second class seat, CNY 1,302.5 for first class seat, and CNY 2,492.5 for business class seat.

Train No. Dep. - Arr. Duration
G86 08:00 – 14:48 6H48M
G100 12:05 – 19:27 7H22M
G1304 13:24 – 21:51 8H27M
G1306 15:38 – 23:12 7H34M

3. Guangzhou to Shanghai Overnight Bullet Train: 11.5 hours, CNY 525.5 for second class seat

In addition, 3 Guangzhou to Shanghai overnight bullet trains are running on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They all depart from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Ticket price is CNY 525.5 for second class seat, CNY 850 for new soft sleeper, and CNY 1,315 for deluxe soft sleeper.

Train No. Dep. - Arr. Duration
D933 19:24 – 06:50 +1 11H26M
D937 19:34 – 06:55 +1 11H21M
D943 19:39 – 07:00 +1 11H21M

4. Guangzhou to Shanghai Overnight Train: 16.5 – 24 hours, CNY 343.5 – 377 for hard sleeper

Except for the high speed trains, there are 4 Guangzhou to Shanghai normal speed trains available. All of them are overnight trains saving daytime for traveling and one-night hotel expense, among which 3 depart from Guangzhou Railway Station to Shanghai South Railway Station and one is operated from Guangzhou East Railway Station to Shanghai Railway Station. And it costs CNY 343.5 – 377 for hard sleeper.

Train Dep. Arr. Duration Price
K528 07:45
04:06 +1
Shanghai South
20H21M Soft Sleeper: CNY656
Hard Sleeper: CNY367
Hard Seat: CNY201
K512 08:54
08:49 +1
Shanghai South
23H55M Soft Sleeper: CNY656
Hard Sleeper: 367
Hard Seat: 201
T170 14:55
 09:13 +1
Shanghai South
18H18M Soft Sleeper: CNY584.5
Hard Sleeper: CNY343.5
Hard Seat: CNY189.5
Z100 18:12
Guangzhou East
10:37 +1
16H25M  Soft Sleeper: CNY668
Hard Sleeper: CNY377
Hard Seat: CNY206

5. Guangzhou to Shanghai Bus: 17 hours, CNY 450

5 Guangzhou to Shanghai long-distance buses are available, among which 3 are handled from Guangdong Provincial Bus Station at 13:30, 14:30, 18:40 and 2 are departing from Tianhe Passenger Station at 15:10 and 19:00. Passengers need to get on the bus at designated station. Although buses take a long time to travel, passengers can appreciate the beautiful sceneries along the way passing many Chinese cities.

See more:
Shanghai - Guangzhou Flights
Guangzhou to Shanghai Train

- Last updated on Aug. 31, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on How to Travel from Guangzhou to Shanghai
Asked by Rumbidzayi from ZIMBABWE | Aug. 31, 2023 03:16Reply
Is there a direct bus from Guangzhou to Shanghai?
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Answered by Gary | Aug. 31, 2023 19:39

There are buses from Guangzhou Provincial Long-distance Bus Station or Tianhe Bus Station to Shanghai via Fuzhou, leaving at 12:00, 15:50, 17:50, 18:00 and 18:45. Ticket fare is CNY550 and duration is around 20.5 hours.

Why don't you take a time-saving high speed train or a more comfortable sleeper train?
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