Outside the Shanghai Railway Station are two plazas in the north and in the south. The north square is under reconstruction. Passengers can check out and reach the exchange hub through a passage at the southeast exit of Shanghai Metro Line 1. Due to its excellent connection with the Shanghai local bus network, the station can also easily be reached by scores of bus lines. Night buses are available to every district.
Shanghai Metro Line 1, Line 3 and Line 4 all pass next to the station, so there is an adjacent interchange station of the same name. The location of the stop for Line 1 differs from the location of the stop for Line 3 and Line 4. There is discount with Shanghai Public Transportation Cards. Since June 2008, passengers can enjoy 30 minutes of continuous billing with the Shanghai Public Transportation Card.
A taxi fare in Shanghai starts at 12 yuan within 3 kilometers. For 3–10 kilometers it is 2.4 yuan per kilometer. Over 10 kilometers it increases to 3.6 yuan per kilometer.
Shanghai Railway Station is served by metro lines 1, 3, and 4. You can take metro line 1 towards Zizhuang Station for three stops to Zhongshan Park Station, and then line 2 towards Xujindong Station for six stops to reach Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
You can also take metro line 3 towards Shanghai South Railway Station for five stops or metro line 4 towards Hongqiao Station for five stops to reach the People’s Square, and then takes line 2 towards Xujing East Station for 10 stops to reach Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. All three methods take approximately one hour.
The two railway stations are linked by metro line 1. From Shanghai Station, take metro line 1 towards Zizhuang Station for 11 stops and you will reach your destination in approximately 30 minutes.
Z99 runs every two days from Shanghai to Kowloon in Hong Kong. There is a custom service desk at the south entrance of Shanghai Railway Station. The tickets can only be purchased in person at the station on the South Square, available for bookings in 60 days ahead.
The D306/D307 train can take you from Shanghai Station to Xi’an North in less than 11 hours. This is the fastest route, but the ticket price is a little expensive at 338 RMB for a second class seat and 834 RMB for a soft sleeper. If you want a cheaper journey, you can take the Z-, T-, and K-trains to Xi’an Railway Station. The ticket price is cheaper at 180 RMB for a hard seat, 331 RMB for a hard sleeper, and 509 RMB for a soft sleeper but the journey will take longer. You should also be prepared for an overnight train journey. You can refer to the following timetable to compare the duration times:
|D306/D307||Xi’an North||22:00||08:41||10h 41min|
Using the 40 daily G-trains, passengers can travel from Shanghai Station to Nanjing Station in approximately two hours. The trains run from 06:18 to 21:45. The ticket price ranges from 139 RMB for a second class seat to 219 RMB for a first class seat.
This timetable shows some of the train schedules for reference:
The metro line can be taken to visit the landmark of Shanghai. Take metro line 1 towards Zizhuang for three stops to reach the People’s Square, and then take line 2 towards Guanglan Road for two stops to reach Lujiazui. You will see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to the west.
If you wish to visit one of the best museums in China, Shanghai Museum, metro line 1 and bus 109 will take you there. Take metro line 1 towards Zizhuang for three stops to reach the People’s Square, or take bus 109 to Wusheng Road. When you have reached the People’s Square, you will see the museum situated to the south-east.
This traditional Chinese garden is accessible by taking bus 930 for 10 stops to New North Gate Station where you will see Yu Garden located to the south.
The Lianhe Ticketing Building 200 meters southeast of Shanghai Railway Station south entrance. The signage can be confusing, so refer to the map below:
The image shows Shanghai Station Lianhe Ticketing Building:
Shanghai Railway Station has the heaviest passenger traffic of all railway stations in Shanghai. It is on a stop of the Shanghai Metro Line 3, Line 1 and Line 4 subway lines. It is called "The New Railway Station" by locals. It replaced the old Shanghai Railway Station (the "Old North Railway Station"). Since Shanghai is one of the major hubs in China's rail network, trains departing from the station leave for destinations all over China, including high-speed EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) trains to Beijing, the Express Train to Tianjin, and the Express Coach to Kowloon in Hong Kong. Unlike most stations in China, there is an Immigration Check Point and Customs office at the station for the Shanghai-Kowloon (Hong Kong) Express Train. At present, there are eight regular waiting areas and a soft seat waiting area, as well as a special terminal for the Hong Kong express train, and Immigration and Customs. The ticket hall of the Shanghai Railway Station has a total of more than 80 ticket windows, including 20 at a ticket office in the Beijing East Road Huangpu District.
|G7292||Xuzhou East||11:55||15:11||3h 16min|
|D-trains||D306||Xi’an North||22:00||08:41||10h 41min|
|D312||Beijing South||19:30||07:07||11h 37min|
|T268||Hohhot East||15:04||18:05||27h 1min|
|T52||Urumchi South||20:25||16:12||43h 47min|
|K8356||Lianyungang East||20:45||08:28||11h 43min|
|K1152||Chongqing North||22:12||23:50||25h 38min|
|K376||Xining West||08:50||16:28||31h 38min|