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Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Trains

Written by FabioUpdated Mar. 4, 2024

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 48 pairs of high-speed trains operating between Beijing and Shanghai. Three pairs of them are overnight trains.

Notably, the journey between Beijing and Shanghai on the fastest trains G21/G28 can be completed in an impressive time of 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 bullet train route mapBeijing to Shanghai railway map and attractions in major pass-by cities

Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on March 4th, 2024)

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 44 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 March 4th, 2024)

Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Beijing South Station
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G104 06:27 13:12 6h 45m
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 31m
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 06:27 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 March 4th, 2024)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
D7 19:22 07:25 (next day) 12h 3m
D9 19:36 07:46 (next day) 12h 10m
T109 20:03 11:02 (next day) 14h 59m
D5 21:21 09:27 (next day) 12h 6m

Shanghai to Beijing Overnight Train Schedules

(Updated on March 4th, 2024)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
D8 19:08 07:14 (next day) 12h 6m
D6 21:15 09:26 (next day) 12h 11m
D10 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 (CNY476.5) US$42 (CNY304.5) US$25 (CNY177.5)
D Trains US$77 (CNY558) US$61 (CNY440) US$41 (CNY293)

Train Types and Seat Classes

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.
First-class seats on G21First-class seats on Beijing to Shanghai Train G21

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.

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

 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.

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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