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Shanghai and Hong Kong are far away from each other and you need to drive for a day and a night by car. It only takes about 3 hours by airplane, however, and costs about 1,100 yuan (164 USD) for an economy class seat. So taking an airplane is a good choice when traveling between these two cities.
But if you want to experience an overnight train running between these two cities instead of a round-trip by airplane, please read on for more information, including the train duration, numbers, price, and timetable, as well as applying for a China visa in Hong Kong.
(Update on July 7th, 2016.)
Shanghai to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Shanghai
|Arrive||13:01 +1 day||10:37 +1 day|
Price for Different Sleeper Classes:
|Deluxe Sleeper||Soft Sleeper||Upper Hard Sleeper||Middle Hard Sleeper||Lower Hard Sleeper|
|Adult||1,039 HKD||825 HKD||530 HKD||519 HKD||508 HKD|
|133.20 USD||105.80 USD||67.90 USD||66.50 USD||65.10 USD|
|Child||680 HKD||527 HKD||342 HKD||331 HKD||320 HKD|
|87.20 USD||67.60 USD||43.80 USD||42.40 USD||41 USD|
Dates with 10% Discount in 2016: Jan. 1st – Feb. 1st, Feb. 8th – Feb. 12th, Feb. 23rd – Jul. 14th, Sep. 1st – Dec. 31st
|Adult||935 HKD||743 HKD||477 HKD||467 HKD||457 HKD|
|119.90 USD||95.30 USD||61.20 USD||59.90 USD||58.60 USD|
|Child||612 HKD||474 HKD||308 HKD||298 HKD||288 HKD|
|78.50 USD||60.80 USD||39.50 USD||38.20 USD||36.90 USD|
Trains depart on odd or even days according to different months. Please see the table below for general information.
(Update on July 7th, 2016.)
Departure dates in 2016:
Departure dates in 2017:
Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:
You can book train tickets online easily through China Highlights Train Ticket Service using the International Train from China tab. 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.
Read your tickets to make sure which train station to board at and ensure you get off at the right station!
|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|
|Tsim Sha Tsui||27 HKD (3 USD)||10 minutes|
|Avenue of Stars||30 HKD (4 USD)||14 minutes|
|Mong Kok||30 HKD (4 USD)||14 minutes|
|Hong Kong International Airport||250 HKD (32 USD)||35 minutes|
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Travelers are required to apply for China or Hong Kong visas (not required if your country is on the visa-free list to Hong Kong, or mainland China, or the cities of mainland China).
It is good to know that Shanghai is now 144-hour (6-day) visa free for 51 countries. Shanghai Train Station is one of the available ports. So if you are taking a train from Hong Kong to Shanghai, with an onward ticket leaving for a third country/area, you are not required to have a China visa.
See more information on How to Transit Through China for 144 Hours Without a Visa.
If your country is not on the 144-hour visa free list, see our helpful tips below on how to apply for a China visa in Hong Kong.
You are always recommended to apply for a China visa from the Chinese embassy in your home country.
If you really need to do it in Hong Kong, you can apply for it at:
Or you can find a local travel agent to help you apply for it.
See how to apply for a Hong Kong visa (with a list of Hong Kong visa-free countries).
You can apply for a Hong Kong visa from the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. As an alternative, you may also submit your visa application directly to the HKSAR Immigration Department either by post or through a local sponsor.
Yes. Shanghai to Hong Kong trains have ceased to call at Dongguan Railway Station since the immigration control and custom check was established at Shanghai Railway Station; therefore, passengers can process the entry and exit procedures at Shanghai Railway Station.
Once passengers get on the train, it means that they have left mainland China for Hong Kong; therefore, they are not allowed to get on or off the train along the way.
Only the 25T train type (one deck) is available for Shanghai – Hong Kong trains. The seats are divided into deluxe soft sleepers, soft sleepers, and hard sleepers, each of which is different in service and price. The hard sleepers are also divided into lower, middle, and upper sleepers.
No. Up to now, no direct high-speed train is available from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Passengers have two alternatives to transfer to Hong Kong by high-speed train via Guangzhou East Railway Station or Shenzhen North Railway Station.
Transfer at Guangzhou East Railway Station:
First of all, passengers take a G train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Guangzhou South. Then transfer from Guangzhou South to Guangzhou East by metro (about 45 minutes) or taxi (about 1½ hours depending on the traffic situation). Finally, passengers take the Guangzhou – Hong Kong Through Train (12 trains in service daily, the duration for each is within 2 hours) at Guangzhou East to Hung Hom (Kowloon) in Hong Kong.
Transfer at Shenzhen North Railway Station:
Passengers can also take a high-speed train to Shenzhen North Railway Station from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station first, and then enter Hong Kong via Shenzhens checkpoints. See the Shenzhen to Hong Kong Transportation Guide.
If you are looking for travel ideas relating to Shanghai and Hong Kong, please see our popular tours 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.