Shanghai Railway Station has many regular lines that go westwards, north of the Yangtze River, and Hong Kong as well as many useful bullet train lines to areas spread from Xi'an to Beijing. It is also a metro hub station for lines 1, 3 and 4.
This train station handles both regular train lines and about 50 bullet train lines for dozens of places north of the Yangtze River. See the popular bullet train travel routes from Shanghai Railway Station for some ideas for planning trips in China:
These are for leisurely travel, sightseeing out the windows, sleeping in bunks, and going places bullet trains don't go and are a lot less expensive.
It has a circular design with two floors and a north square and a south square where there are bus stations and taxi stands.
Arrive early: Since the station is quite large and it might take longer than expected to get there, it is wise to be at the station at least 2 hours ahead of your departure time, especially if you plan on getting a ticket there.
Here are taxi tips and the fares for Shanghai taxis.
The Shanghai metro is quite a tangled web of lines, but by heeding transfer points and stops, you can use them to travel around more quickly around.
Take Line 1 south to People's Square (人民广场, 3 stops)
Honggiao Airport has two terminals that are wide apart and time consuming to go between, so it is important to go to the correct one to avoid delays. Line 10 connects the train station to both Terminal 1 and 2.
The journey is about 40 minutes, but be aware that the servicing times are staggered since the line splits, so your wait for transfer to Line 10 might be short or quite long.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is just one of the towers popular with tourists in the Pudong area that also has very tall skyscrapers, museums, and other things to see.
The Lianhe Ticket Building is 200 meters southeast of Shanghai Railway Station south entrance. The signage can be confusing. The ticket hall of the Shanghai Railway Station has a total of more than 80 ticket windows.
Be sure your ticket is for the station you want to leave from. Check the name carefully.
You could book tickets in the station and at other train stations or at many ticket windows in the city and online with our China train booking service. See How to Buy Tickets in China.
We can assist you with booking tickets.
You can use the bullet trains to quickly see highlights of China's top tourist areas around Shanghai. Our private city transport and guide will let you discover more in a relaxed comfortable way, and help you get on the right train for your travels. See our recommended Shanghai and Neighboring Cities by Bullet Train tour.