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Shanghai South Railway Station is a new one (opened 2006) with many regular lines for southern China mostly. It is a metro hub station for Line 1 and Line 3, so it can be accessed relatively quickly and conveniently.
This train station handles regular train lines for places south of the Yangtze River mainly, while the old Shanghai Station handles regular train lines going northwards. On regular overnight trains you can sleep on the train as you travel and so avoid hotels. Here are some popular slow train travel routes from Shanghai South:
Instead of slow trains, you could take a bullet train to most places, which is two or three times faster. For example, from Hongqiao Station there are bullet trains...
It has a circular design with a north square and a south square where there are bus stations and taxi stands. Inside the building, there are three floors:
The main ticket office is on the eastern side of the North Square.
Temporary luggage deposit is on the southwest corner of the north square and the northwest corner of -1F. About 10 RMB/piece of luggage each day.
Arrive early: The station is quite large and it might take longer than expected to get there. So 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 (longer if it is a crowded holiday period).
Taxis are often the most convenient way to get around Shanghai, especially if you have a lot of luggage. See fares and tips for Shanghai taxis.
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.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is just one of the tall buildings to go to in Pudong. Our 3-day tour of Shanghai and water towns provides private transport and you can modify the itinerary to go to other places too.
When you buy a ticket, check the name to make sure it is for the station you want to leave from. Book tickets in the station and at other train stations or at many ticket windows in the city, or online... See How to Buy Tickets in China>>
We can assist you with booking tickets.
To tour Shanghai and neighboring cities by bullet train: 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.