Shanghai to Beijing Train

Over 30 Shanghai to Beijing high speed G trains run frequently daily, whose distance between is 1,318 kilometers (819 miles). Their travel time is 4.5 - 6.5 hours and the lowest cost is CNY526 - 667 for a second class seat.

Besides, around 2 pair of overnight high speed D trains are available for passegners to save the day time; their travel time is about 12 hours and the lowest cost for a second class sleeper is CNY370 - 372. And 3 pairs of overnight normal speed train run between with a travel time of 15 - 22.5 hours. A hard sleeper costs CNY 340 - 365.

Shanghai to Beijing High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 30, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G608:00 - 12:244h24m
G1010:00 - 14:264h26m
G1211:00 - 15:314h31m
G1411:53 - 16:384h45m
About 30 G types in total: departure time from 06:37 to 19:00; duration from 4H18M to 6H7M.


Shanghai to Beijing Bullet Train Price

(Last Update on Aug 30, 2022)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 1,748 - 2,331
USD 275 - 367
CNY 837 - 1,041.5
USD 132 - 164
CNY 498 - 631
USD 78 - 99


Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jan 17, 2023)
Train No. Departure - Arrival Travel Time
1462 12:15 - 10:50+ 22h35m
T110 17:57 - 10:08+ 16h11m
Z282 19:30 - 10:22+ 14h52m
D706 21:18 - 09:24+ 12h6m
D710 21:23 - 09:22+ 11h59m

Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Fare

(Last Update on Jan 17, 2023)
Nos.Soft SleeperHard Sleeper
1461/1462CNY 547 / USD 80CNY 340 / USD 50
Z281/Z282CNY 572 / USD 84CNY 365 / USD 54
T109/T110CNY 572 / USD 84CNY 365 / USD 54

D Trains
First Class Sleeper CNY469 - 472
Second Class Sleeper CNY370 - 372
Second Class Seat CNY247 - 248

FAQs on How to Travel from Shanghai to Beijing


It is no doubt the hard seats on old trains. However, it is quite exhausting to sit straight for a long journey. So the economy sleeper, especially those on overnight trains are more popular cheap travel way, including 1461, T110, Z282, , D706 and D710. A hard sleeper of Z/T/1461 trains costs CNY340-365 and a second class sleeper of D trains costs CNY370-372.  

2. What is the fastest way to get from Shanghai to Beijing?

Flight is the fastest way from Shanghai to Beijing, taking around 2.5 hours, followed by high speed train taking 4.5 - 6.5 hours. However, check-in procedure in Shanghai aiport is more time-consuming than at the railway station. Also, upon arrival in Beijing, it takes more time to reach your hotel from Beijing airport than from Beijing South Railway Station. Therefore, there is no big difference in total door-to-door travel time.

 See more Beijing - Shanghai Train vs. Plane

3. Is there a ditrect train between Shanghai and Beijing?

Over 30 pairs of direct Shanghai to Beijing bullet trains with the duration of 4.5 - 6.5 hours. A ride on a second class seat costs CNY553-558. Plus, 5 pairs of overnight sleeper trains run between Beijing and Shanghai with the travel time of about 12 - 22.5 hours.

4. How far is it from Shanghai to Beijing?

The flight distance from Shanghai to Beijing is 1,084 kilometers (674 miles). The distance by high speed train is 1,318 kilometers (819 miles) and the expressway distance is 1,262 kilometers (784 miles).

Passengers can take high speed train, overnight train, flight, or long-distance bus from Shanghai to Beijing.

High speed train is the most recommended for short duration, dense schedule, modern facilities and comfortable environment; and it is convenient to get to Honqgiao Railway Station in Shanghai and leave Beijing South Railway Station upon arrival. Overnight train is good choice of budget travelers; remember to book a sleeper for the long ride. Flight can be fastest way but Beijing Capital Airport is in suburb and it takes time to reach downtown. Long-distance bus is the least recommended way because of quite long duration and uncomfortable environment.

6. Can I visit the Great Wall of China from Shanghai?

Yes. Passengers should take a flight, or train from Shanghai to Beijing firstly. Then, train or bus is available for passengers to reach the famous Great Wall sections like Badaling and Mutianyu.

 See more How to Get to the Great Wall from Shanghai

See also: 
Shanghai Train Schedule 

Beijing Train Schedule

Beijing - Shanghai High Speed Train  

Beijing - Shanghai Overnight Sleeper Train 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Wangfujing

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Capital Airport 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square 

 Major Rail Lines from Shanghai to:

Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:

- Last updated on Jan. 17, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
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