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Shanghai – Hangzhou High-Speed Trains — Duration, Price, Stations, and Timetable

The best way to travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is by bullet train. There are plenty of high-speed trains running on the Shanghai – Hangzhou High-Speed Railway line and the average journey duration on high-speed trains is about 1 hour.

  • Distance: 169 kilometers (105 miles)
  • Shortest duration: 45 minutes
  • Number of trains: 124 pairs of high-speed trains (102 G trains, 22 D trains)

Trains Depart Frequently — Intervals of About 10 Minutes

As the trains depart frequently, it's very convenient for you to adjust your schedule. If you miss your train, you can easily get a replacement ticket at a ticket window and catch a train soon after.

Tables of Train Frequency, Duration, and Price at Different Terminals

There are different terminals in each city for high-speed trains. The price differs for different routes; please see below.

shanghai hongqiao railway station Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

2 Shanghai Terminals for High-Speed Trains:

  • Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station ("上海虹桥 Shanghai Hongqiao" on tickets)
  • Shanghai Railway Station ("上海 Shanghai" on tickets)

2 Hangzhou Terminals for High-Speed Trains:

  • Hangzhou East Railway Station ("杭州东 Hangzhou Dong" on tickets)
  • Hangzhou Railway Station ("杭州 Hangzhou" on tickets)

The table below is only for your reference. If you want up-to-date schedules, you may use the search tool at the top of this page, or search on China Highlights Train Ticket Service.

(Updated on June 28, 2016.)

From Shanghai City to Hangzhou City

Depart Arrive First Train – Last Train
Train Type and Quantity
Average Interval
(h:mm)
Journey Time
(h:mm)
Coach Class Price
CNY USD
(approx.)
Shanghai Hongqiao Hangzhou 06:35 – 21:30
10 G trains 
1:29 0:58 to 1:15 2nd class ¥77.50 $12
1st class ¥123.50 $19
Business class ¥233.50 $35
Hangzhou East 06:14 – 20:52
89 G trains
0:09 0:45 to 1:20 2nd class ¥73 $11
1st class ¥117 $18
Business class ¥219.50 $33
06:40 – 19:09
22 D trains
0:34 1:01 to 1:42 2nd class ¥49 $7
1st class
¥59
$9
Shanghai Hangzhou 08:05 – 17:54
3 G trains
(08:05; 09:38; 17:54)
1:33
and
8:16
1:29 to 1:39 2nd class ¥92.50 $14
1st class ¥147.50 $22
Business class ¥278.50 $42

From Hangzhou City to Shanghai City

Depart Arrive First Train – Last Train
Train Type and Quantity
Average Interval
(h:mm)
Journey Time
(h:mm)
Coach Class Price
CNY USD
(approx.)
Hangzhou East Shanghai Hongqiao 06:59 – 22:31
89 G trains
0:10 0:45 to 1:20 2nd class ¥73 $11
1st class ¥117 $18
Business class ¥219.50 $33
10:14 – 21:40
22 D trains
0:31 0:55 to 1:44 2nd class ¥49 $7
1st class  ¥59
$9
Hangzhou Shanghai Hongqiao 07:58 – 20:25
10 G trains 
1:14 0:58 to 1:19 2nd class ¥77.50 $12
1st class ¥123.50 $19
Business class ¥233.50 $35
Shanghai 06:10 – 20:01
3 G trains
(06:10; 15:37; 20:01)
9:27
and
4:24
1:26 to 1:44 2nd class ¥92.50 $14
1st class ¥147.50 $22
Business class ¥278.50 $42

3 Seat Classes

  • 2nd class: 5 seats in a row, the cheapest ticket class for high-speed trains
  • 1st class: 4 seats in a row, the most recommended
  • Business class: 3 seats in a row, the most luxurious and comfortable

Leave 2 Hours to Catch Your Train

catch your train

It is recommended that you arrive at the train station 2 hours before the train's departure, so choose a train that allows you to do this.

This is because the stations in Shanghai and Hangzhou are very large and it takes time to navigate and negotiate the security checks and lines.

There are usually many passengers queued up in front of the ticket windows and entrances, especially during peak season and China's public holidays, such as the first weeks of May and October.

Buy Train Tickets Online

passport and train ticketsValid ID is required when buying a ticket and boarding a train。

Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:

  • Foreign passengers: passport
  • Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permit

Online Booking — the Most Convenient Way

You can book train tickets online easily through China Highlights Train Ticket Service. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance, a 24/7 service, and also a ticket delivery service. You only need to complete three steps to get your train tickets.

Alternatively, you can contact your travel advisor to help you buy the train tickets, which is also very convenient.

Go to the Right Train Station

Train routes depart from/arrive at different terminals, and there are several railway stations in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Different train numbers require you to board/get off at different terminals.

There are 4 main railway stations operating high-speed trains and these can be reached by taxi, as detailed below:

Getting to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
The Oriental Pearl Tower 80 yuan (12 USD) 50 minutes
Shanghai Railway Station 75 yuan (11.50 USD) 40 minutes
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 25 yuan (4 USD) 20 minutes
Shanghai Pudong International Airport 210 yuan (32 USD) (includes expressway toll) 1 hour

Getting to Shanghai Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
The Oriental Pearl Tower 30 yuan (4.50 USD) 25 minutes
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 80 yuan (12 USD) 50 minutes
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 60 yuan (9 USD) 40 minutes
Shanghai Pudong International Airport 175 yuan (27 USD) (includes expressway toll) 1 hour

Getting to Hangzhou East Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost (includes expressway toll) Journey
West Lake Scenic Area 30 yuan (4.50 USD) 35 minutes
Hangzhou Railway Station 25 yuan (3 USD) 30 minutes
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport 70 yuan (11 USD) (includes expressway toll) 50 minutes

Getting to Hangzhou Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost (includes expressway toll) Journey
West Lake Scenic Area 15 yuan (2.50 USD) 15 minutes
Hangzhou East Railway Station 25 yuan (4 USD) 30 minutes
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport 70 yuan (20 USD) (includes expressway toll) 50 minutes

Western-Style Toilets Are Available on High-Speed Trains!

Western-style toilets are set at the end of each carriage and are equipped with toilet paper. However, they may occasionally run out of toilet paper, so you are recommended to bring your own, just in case.

China's high-speed trains are equipped with the same modern and new facilities. Free boiled/cold water is available on Chinese trains.

bullet train facilities

shanghai-hangzhou bullet train route map

Train Travel Ideas on the Shanghai – Hangzhou Route

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If you are looking for high-speed train travel ideas using this route, please see our most popular tours below for inspiration. The tours below are designed to take advantage of the 144-hour (6-day) visa-free transit policy.

If you want to adjust the itinerary, we can tailor-make it for you. We can help you arrange your tour according to your interests and requirements.

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