Shanghai to Beijing Train

Around 40 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 CNY 553 - 667 (USD 77 - 93) 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 hard sleeper is CNY 528 - 610 (USD 73 - 85 ). And 3 pairs of overnight normal speed train run between with a travel time of 15 - 22.5 hours. A hard sleeper costs CNY 322.5 - 345.5 (USD 45 - 48).

Shanghai to Beijing High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 31, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G608:00 - 12:244h24m
G1010:00 - 14:264h26m
G1211:00 - 15:314h31m
G1411:53 - 16:384h45m
About 40 G types in total: departure time from 06:37 to 19:00; duration from 4H18M to 6H18M.

Shanghai to Beijing Bullet Train Price

(Last Update on Aug 31, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 1,873 - 2,331
USD 260 - 324
CNY 930 - 1,067
USD 129 - 148
CNY 553 - 667
USD 77 - 93


Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 31, 2023)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D70219:08 - 07:14+12h6m
D70621:15 - 09:26+12h11m
D71021:21 - 09:24+12h3m


Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Fare

(Last Update on Aug 31, 2023)
Nos.Soft SleeperHard Sleeper
1461/1462CNY 495.5 / USD 69CNY 322.5 / USD 45
T109/T110CNY 516.5 / USD 72CNY 345.5 / USD 48

(Last Update on Sep 1, 2023)
Nos.Soft SleeperSecond Class Seat
D706CNY 823 / USD 114CNY 361 / USD 50
D710CNY 818 / USD 114CNY 359 / USD 50


FAQs on How to Travel from Shanghai to Beijing


There 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 1462, T110, D706 and D710. A hard sleeper of T110 /1461 trains costs CNY 322.5 - 345.5 (USD 45 - 48) and a hard sleeper of D trains costs CNY 528 - 610 (USD 73 - 85).  The duration is generally 15 - 22.5 hours.

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.

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

About 40 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 CNY 526 - 667 (USD 73 - 93). 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 Sep. 01, 2023 by Kate Liu -
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