This city is the gathering point of many major high speed rail lines; therefore it has convenient train services for tourists to many destinations throughout China, including trains of Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Chengdu, Xian, Guilin, Huangshan, and Shenzhen.
It has four main railway stations: Shanghai Railway Station, South Railway Station, West Railway Station and Hongqiao Railway Station.
Passengers can purchase tickets for trains departing from the mentioned railway stations from any railway station in the country. Remember to bring your valid certificate such as passport, as real-name ticket policy is strictly implemented.
Tip: It is better to book the tickets in advance, especially during the peak travel time, such as May Day, National Day, and Chinese New Year. Because there is a great possibility that they will be sold out in minutes once available.
Schedule to main destinations:
|Departure||Arrival||Travel Time (approximation)|
|'G’(speed: 300km/h)||'D’(speed: 250km/h)|
- Haikou & Sanya
- Hong Kong
Shanghai Railway Station
Also known as New Railway Station, it is the largest passenger rail station in the city located at 303 of Moling Road in Zhabei District. It is an integrated station which provides all kinds of scheduled trains to large numbers of cities inland. It also serves the through trains to Hong Kong, overnight sleeper trains to Beijing and overnight sleepers to Xian.
South Railway Station
Formerly known as New Longhua Station, it is the first round rail station in the world. It is the southern transportation hub of the city which is connecting with the Yangtze River, the Pearl River Delta and other areas in southern China. Most trains travel from this station to many second-tier cities over the country. Additionally, there are many scheduled intercity trains running from this station to Jinshan District.
Hongqiao Railway Station
|Waiting Room of Hongqiao Station|
Hongqiao Railway Station is a large-scale, fully-functioning, integrated rail hub with advanced facilities and the highest level of modernization of the Hongqiao Traffic Transit Hub. It consists of high-speed trains plus connections to flights, subways, city-buses, coaches and taxis. Currently, this station mainly serves bullet trains to Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen, Beijing and several other cities over China.
West Railway Station
Formerly known as Zhenru Station, it is located at No. 1 of Taopu Road in Putuo District, about 5km away from the Main Railway Station. The West Station is now a modern integrative transportation hinge serving for high speed trains, the city subway, and the city bus. It is the smallest one of the four stations. Every day, there are six high speed trains passing through the West Station, coming from or heading to Nanjing, Suzhou, and Wuxi. There are 2 ticket windows opening for ticket issue and 4 self-service ticket vending machines in the station.
Transportation to West Railway Station
Subway: Currently, passengers can transfer to subway line 11 to other places in the city area after getting off the train. In the future, line 15 and line 20 will be available at this station.
Bus: The following represents a listing of the specific available bus service.
|Bus No.||Starting Point||Terminal|
|1 (air-condition)||Nanquan New Village||West Railway Station|
|106||The Railway Station||Qingjian New Village|
|117||The Railway Station||No.5 Taopu Village|
|129||Northern Coach Station||Dingbian Road|
|742||Tanjiadu Road||Liuyuan Road|
|768||Lotus Apartment||Gonghe Road|
|944||Guanyan Road||Mianning Road|
|551||No.128 Jinian Road||Beixinjin|
|807||Hongqiao International Airport||Zhenguang New Village|
|319 (Night)||Tilan Bridge||West Railway Station|
|Xishe Line (Through)||West Railway Station||Sheshan|
Taxi: Taxis are also available at this station. It usually costs about CNY60-70 by taxi from the West Railway Station to Hongqiao Railway Station, while it costs about CNY70-80 to T2 of Hongqiao Airport. The taxi fare is about CNY25-30 from the West Station to the Main Railway Station and about CNY60-70 to the South Station. The cost for the taxi is about CNY180-200 from this station to Pudong Airport.
Railway Station Transfer Service
Shanghai-Beijing Train vs. Flight