Shanghai Train

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.
Shanghai Train Ticket Offices

 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: 300 or 350 km/h) 'D’(speed: 250 km/h)
Shanghai Beijing 4.5-6h 12h
Suzhou 20m-40m 25m-50m
Hangzhou 60m-1h40m 1-1h40m
Guangzhou 7-8.5h 11-11.5h
Xian 6-7.5h 11h
 Tip: For more information, you can check  the Train Schedule.  

Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to:


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.

Multiple Unit Train
 Video of Shanghai Railway Station
First Class of Multiple Unit Train
Second Class Seats
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.
Waiting Room of 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.
 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 metro, 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.

  Railway Station Transfer Service

 Further Reading:
Shanghai-Beijing Train vs. Flight

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