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

There are about 190 pairs of high-speed trains running on the Shanghai–Nanjing route so it's very convenient to take a train between Shanghai and Nanjing. A trip between the two cities has been shortened from 2 hours to only 67 minutes.

  • Distance: 301 kilometers (187 miles)
  • Shortest duration: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Number of trains: 194 pairs of high-speed trains (160 G trains, 34 D trains)

Trains Depart Frequently — About 10 Minute Intervals

The trains depart frequently and it's very convenient for you to adjust your schedule. The time interval between services is 5 minutes at the shortest. 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.  

2 Shanghai Terminals:

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

shanghai railway station and hongqiao railway station

2 Nanjing Terminals:

  • Nanjing Railway Station ("南京 Nanjing" on tickets)
  • Nanjing South Railway Station ("南京南 Nanjing Nan" on tickets)

The tables below are 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 26, 2016.)

From Shanghai City to Nanjing 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 Nanjing 06:18 – 21:43
33 G trains
0:28 1:39
to
2:12
2nd class ¥139.50 $21
1st class ¥219.50 $34
Business class ¥437.50 $67
Superior class ¥262.50 $40
07:22 – 21:58
3 D trains
(07:22; 21:08; 21:58)
4:52 2:28
to
2:55
2nd class ¥87.50 $13
Soft sleeper ¥170.50 $26
Deluxe sleeper ¥336.50 $52
Nanjing South 06:02 – 20:40
25 G trains
0:35 1:13
to
2:14
2nd class ¥144.50 $22
1st class ¥229.50 $35
Business class ¥451.50 $69
Shanghai Hongqiao Nanjing 07:20 – 21:10
13 G trains
1:03 1:53
to
2:09
2nd class ¥139.50 $21
1st class ¥219.50 $34
Business class ¥437.50 $67
17:47 – 21:23
4 D trains
0:54 2:41
to
2:49
2nd class ¥93 $14
1st class ¥111.50 $17
Nanjing South 06:14 – 21:42
89 G trains
0:10 1:07
to
3:33
2nd class ¥134.50 $21
1st class ¥229.50 $35
Business class ¥429.50 $66
Superior class ¥259.50 $40
06:04 – 18:31
27 D trains
0:27 1:32
to
2:41
2nd class ¥89.50 $14
1st class ¥144.50 $22

From Nanjing 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.)
Nanjing Shanghai 05:49 – 20:41
33 G trains
0:27  1:39
to
2:14 
2nd class ¥139.50 $21
1st class ¥219.50 $33
Business class ¥437.50 $66
Superior class ¥262.50 $40
04:57 – 06:44
3 D trains
04:57; 05:09; 06:44  2:44
to
2:49
2nd class ¥87.50 $13
Soft sleeper ¥170.50 $26
Deluxe sleeper ¥336.50 $51
Shanghai Hongqiao  06:11 – 19:48
13 G trains
1:02  1:46
to
2:09
2nd class ¥144.50 $22
1st class ¥229.50 $35
Business class ¥451.50 $68
06:25 – 08:10
4 D trains 
0:26 2:20
to
2:30
2nd class ¥93 $14
1st class  ¥111.50 $17
Nanjing South Shanghai 05:54 – 20:56
25 G trains 
0:36  1:12
to
2:12
2nd class ¥144.50 $22
1st class ¥229.50 $35
Business class ¥451.50 $68
Shanghai Hongqiao 07:13 – 22:48
89 G trains
0:10 1:07
to
3:22 
2nd class ¥134.50 $20
1st class ¥229.50 $35
Business class ¥429.50 $65
Superior class ¥259.50 $39
09:22 – 23:15
27 D trains
0:30 1:18
to
2:37
2nd class ¥95.50 $14
1st class ¥115.50 $18
  • 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
  • Superior class: 8 seats in a carriage giving the best scenic views. Not all high-speed trains offer superior class seats.
  • Soft sleeper: 4 berths in a cabin, half the price of a deluxe sleeper
  • Deluxe sleeper: 2 berths in a cabin, suitable for couples, best choice for an overnight train

Comparison of Trains, Buses, and Flights — Duration, Fare, and Distance from City Center

We recommend that you take a bullet train from Shanghai to Nanjing / Nanjing to Shanghai. There are also buses and flights in service between these two cities. See the table below for the comparisons:

Vehicle Duration Cheapest Fare Distance from City Center (by Car)
Shanghai Terminals Nanjing Terminals
Train 1 – 3 hours ¥87.50 ($13) Shanghai Hongqiao Station (50 min);
Shanghai Station (15 min)
Nanjing Station (15 min);
Nanjing South Station (25 min)
Bus 4 hours ¥88 ($13) Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station (35 min) Nanjing Hongshan Bus Station (15 min)
Flight 1 hour ¥410 ($62) Shanghai Pudong Intl Airport (50 min) Nanjing Lukou Intl Airport (1 h)

Choose a Suitable Train to Save Time and Money

  • Choose a train route that saves your time and money when taking a taxi to the city center, e.g. G7012 train, departing at 12:00 and arriving at 13:39, 1 hour and 39 minutes' duration, from Shanghai Railway Station to Nanjing Railway Station.
  • You are recommended to choose a train that allows you to arrive at the train station 2 hours before its departure. This is because the stations in Shanghai and Nanjing are very large and it takes time to navigate and negotiate the security checks and lines. 

Online Booking and Collecting Tickets — the Most Convenient Way

passportValid ID is required to buy a train ticket and board 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

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

Transport to Train Stations by Taxi: Cost and Time Needed

Read your tickets to make sure which train station to board at and ensure you get off at the right station!

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 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 Nanjing Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost  Journey
Nanjing Lukou International Airport 140 yuan (21.50 USD) (includes expressway toll) 50 minutes
Nanjing South Railway Station 40 yuan (6 USD) 30 minutes

Getting to Nanjing South Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost  Journey
Nanjing Lukou International Airport 95 yuan (14.50 USD) (includes expressway toll) 30 minutes
Nanjing Railway Station 40 yuan (6 USD) 30 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 take your own, just in case.
China's high-speed trains are all equipped with the same modern and new facilities. Free boiled/cold water is available on Chinese trains.

bullet train facilities

shanghai-nanjing bullet train route map

Train Travel Ideas on the Shanghai – Nanjing Route

zhujiajiao water townZhujiajiao Water Town at Shanghai

If you are looking for high-speed train travel ideas using this route, please see our helpful guide on Shanghai – Suzhou – Changzhou – Nanjing Train Travel. Or see our most popular tour below, for inspiration:

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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