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Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Trains

Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Trains

Written by FabioUpdated Nov. 13, 2023

The Beijing-Shanghai Railway, also known as the Jinghu Railway, stands as one of China's busiest, crucial, and immensely popular rail connections. Its route originates in Beijing and gracefully traverses major cities such as Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing, and Suzhou before reaching its final destination in Shanghai. Offering an extensive service, there are a total of 41 pairs of daytime high-speed trains operating between Beijing and Shanghai, ensuring swift and efficient travel.

Notably, the journey from Beijing to Shanghai on the fastest train can be completed in an impressive time of less than 4 hours and 18 minutes, covering the 1,318-kilometer ride. Moreover, for those seeking a distinct experience, there are three overnight high-speed trains available between Beijing and Shanghai. These trains provide passengers with a delightful opportunity to unwind and enjoy an unforgettable sleeping experience aboard a high-speed train.

Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Train

Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on June 30th, 2023)

Beijing South Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Station
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G103 06:20 11:58 5h 38m
G111 08:16 14:11 5h 55m
G5 09:00 13:37 4h 37m
G7 10:00 14:35 4h 35m
G9 11:00 15:37 4h 37m
G25 18:04 22:58 4h 54m
Beijing South Station to Shanghai Station
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G1 07:00 11:29 4h 29m
G13 13:00 17:35 4h 35m
G23 18:00 22:43 4h 43m
G27 19:00 23:29 4h 29m

Trains listed in the table are the fastest ones from Beijing to Shanghai. There are 43 daytime bullet trains in total running between these two cities, departing from 06:20 to 19:00. 

Shanghai to Beijing High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on June 30th, 2023)

Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Beijing South Station
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G102 06:37 12:38 6h 1m
G6 08:00 12:24 4h 24m
G8 09:00 13:27 4h 28m
G10 10:00 14:26 4h 26m
G12 11:00 15:31 4h 31min
G22 16:00 20:37 4h 37m
Shanghai Station to Beijing South Station
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G2 07:00 11:36 4h 36m
G14 11:53 16:38 4h 45m
G16 12:55 17:36 4h 41m
G26 17:55 22:35 4h 40m

Trains listed in the table are the fastest ones from Shanghai to Beijing. There are 41 daytime bullet trains in total running between these two cities, departing from 06:37 to 19:00. 

Beijing-Shanghai Daytime High-Speed Train Ticket Prices

Business Class First Class Second Class
US$321 (CNY2,318) US$144 (CNY1,035) US$87 (CNY626)

Beijing-Shanghai Overnight Trains

Beijing to Shanghai Overnight Train Schedules

(Updated on June 30th, 2023)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
D701 19:22 07:25 (next day) 12h 3m
D709 19:36 07:46 (next day) 12h 10m
D705 21:21 09:27 (next day) 12h 6m
Z281 19:21 08:20 (next day) 12h 59m
T109 20:03 11:02 (next day) 14h 59m

Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Schedules

(Updated on June 30th, 2023)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
T110 16:30 08:32 (next day) 16h 2m
Z282 19:27 09:52 (next day) 14h 25m
D706 21:15 09:26 (next day) 12h 11m
D710 21:21 09:24 (next day) 12h 3m

Beijing-Shanghai Overnight Train Ticket Fares

Train Types Soft sleeper Hard sleeper Hard seat
Normal Trains US$66 (CNY476) US$42 (CNY304) US$25 (CNY177)
D Trains US$77 (CNY558) US$71 (CNY508) US$41 (CNY293)

Train Types and Seat Classes

China overnight bullet trainHigh-speed sleeper train from Beijing to Shanghai

Beijing-Shanghai Daytime Bullet Train

1. Among all daytime bullet trains, the Fuxinghao stands out as the fastest one, capable of reaching a remarkable speed of 400 km/h (249 miles per hour). Its exceptional velocity makes it the fastest passenger train globally. Consequently, tickets for G trains, including the Fuxinghao, are priced at a premium, reflecting their superior speed and advanced technology.

2. G trains have three classes of seat: business class, first class and second class.

  • Second class is the most affordable option on a high-speed train, equipped with rows of 5 seats (3+2). While some passengers may find the space a bit limited, it still offers a decent travel experience.
  • First class provides a more spacious environment compared to second class, featuring rows of 4 seats (2+2). This class is priced higher than second class since it offers increased comfort and roominess.
  • For those seeking utmost comfort and luxury, business class is the premium choice on a high-speed train. With rows of 3 leather seats (1+2), this class allows passengers to recline their seats into a flat bed, providing a truly indulgent experience. However, due to its exclusive amenities, business class is also the most expensive among the available classes.

Beijing-Shanghai Overnight Bullet Train

1. Overnight bullet trains offer a convenient, efficient, and comfortable travel option. These state-of-the-art trains provide a fast and modern experience, allowing you to reach your destination quickly. By traveling at night, they not only save you the cost of a hotel room but also maximize your daytime for sightseeing and exploration.

2. The soft sleeper cabins on bullet trains offer a luxurious and peaceful environment, ensuring a comfortable journey. Each private compartment contains four berths, two upper and two lower, with a lockable door for added privacy and security. While the lower berth is more expensive, both options provide a cozy setting complemented by a pillow, sheet, and blanket.

soft sleeperSoft sleeper on Beijing to Shanghai non-bullet train

3. Overnight high-speed trains also offer second-class seats, presenting a budget-friendly alternative to sleeper cabins. Although these seats don't provide the same level of comfort as sleepers, they are a more affordable option. However, it's important to note that sitting in a chair for an extended journey can be tiring, so this choice might not be ideal for long trips.

Beijing-Shanghai Non-Bullet Overnight Train

1. Normal-speed overnight trains are comparatively slower than bullet trains, and their facilities may be slightly outdated. However, these trains offer cheaper ticket fares, making them an excellent option for budget-conscious travelers.

2. Certain trains feature superior soft sleeper accommodations that include private compartments with two berths. This class is considered the most luxurious option, making it perfect for couples seeking a more comfortable journey. Soft sleeper is especially popular among international travelers. Alternatively, the hard sleeper class provides a more cost-effective option. It consists of open-plan compartments and may not offer the same level of privacy as the soft sleeper class.

Also read How to Choose Between Train Types and Seat Classes in China.

Beijing to Shanghai, by Train or Plane?

Between Beijing and Shanghai, which means of transportation is better, by high-speed train or plane?

Quick Facts

  Plane Bullet Train
Ticket Price US$149 (CNY1,080) US$87 (CNY626) for second class;
US$144 (CNY1,035) for first class
Duration 2-2.5 hours 4.5-6 hours
Total Travel Time 6 hours 7-8 hours
Punctuality Sometimes there will be delays Punctual

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