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Shanghai Railway Station has many regular lines that go westwards, north of the Yangtze River, and Hong Kong as well as many useful bullet train lines to areas spread from Xi'an to Beijing. It is also a metro hub station for lines 1, 3 and 4.
This train station handles both regular train lines and about 50 bullet train lines for dozens of places north of the Yangtze River. See the popular bullet train travel routes from Shanghai Railway Station for some ideas for planning trips in China:
These are for leisurely travel, sightseeing out the windows, sleeping in bunks, and going places bullet trains don't go and are a lot less expensive.
It has a circular design with two floors and a north square and a south square where there are bus stations and taxi stands.
Shanghai station has 2 ticket offices on the north and south squares. There are more than 80 ticket windows in the station and 20 outside the main building on the southeast side. Windows 1 to 4 provide ticket refunds and rescheduling. Numbers 7 to 16 are normal windows. Number 20 is for group tickets. More than 40 ticket windows are located in the main building. Some windows offer a 24-hour service every day, but only a few are available after 23:00 hrs. Auto-ticket vendors are installed in the north square, but they are not available to those without Chinese ID cards. Foreign passengers are recommended to buy tickets in advance online or WITH US, to avoid possible queues when collecting tickets at the windows.
The main waiting hall is located on the second floor, and there are 5 waiting rooms distributed on each side of the central corridor. The waiting rooms for groups or soft-sleeper passengers are on the first floor. Washrooms and hot water are provided in each waiting room. Please refer to the LED screens showing details of train departures, and you won’t miss your train.
Porters assist passengers with luggage, charging CNY 10 per piece.
The left luggage offices are on the first floor of the station building. There is a charge of CNY 10 per piece, per day.
Arrive early: Since the station is quite large and it might take longer than expected to get there, it is wise to be at the station at least 2 hours ahead of your departure time, especially if you plan on getting a ticket there.
Here are taxi tips and the fares for Shanghai taxis.
The Shanghai metro is quite a tangled web of lines, but by heeding transfer points and stops, you can use them to travel around more quickly around.
Take Line 1 south to People's Square (人民广场, 3 stops)
Honggiao Airport has two terminals that are wide apart and time consuming to go between, so it is important to go to the correct one to avoid delays. Line 10 connects the train station to both Terminal 1 and 2.
The journey is about 40 minutes, but be aware that the servicing times are staggered since the line splits, so your wait for transfer to Line 10 might be short or quite long.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is just one of the towers popular with tourists in the Pudong area that also has very tall skyscrapers, museums, and other things to see.
The Lianhe Ticket Building is 200 meters southeast of Shanghai Railway Station south entrance. The signage can be confusing. The ticket hall of the Shanghai Railway Station has a total of more than 80 ticket windows.
Be sure your ticket is for the station you want to leave from. Check the name carefully.
You could book tickets in the station and at other train stations or at many ticket windows in the city and online with our China train booking service. See How to Buy Tickets in China.
We can assist you with booking tickets.
You can use the bullet trains to quickly see highlights of China's top tourist areas around Shanghai. Our private city transport and guide will let you discover more in a relaxed comfortable way, and help you get on the right train for your travels. See our recommended Shanghai and Neighboring Cities by Bullet Train tour.