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.
- Chinese: 上海南站 Shànghǎi Nánzhàn /shung-hi nan jan/
- Name on train tickets: 上海南 Shanghainan
- Address: 9001 Humin Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 上海市徐汇区沪闵路9001号
- Location: about 17 km (11 mi) SW of the Bund, and about 17 km (11 mi) SE of Hongqiao Railway Station
- Station size: 11 platforms
Popular Trains to Other Cities
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:
- To Chengdu Station 成都站, K class, 28½ hours, 78 USD (hard bed).
- To Guilin North Station 桂林北站, T class, 19½ hours, 55 USD (hard bed). See Shanghai to Guilin slow train information>>
- To Hangzhou East Station 杭州东站, T class, about 2 hours, 4 USD (hard seat)
- See How to Travel from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie for overnight train info.
Bullet Trains from Shanghai Hongqiao
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...
- To Guilin Railway Station: There is 1 G-train every day (about 9 hours, 100 USD second class, 159 USD first class). On this one, it might be more economical and convenient just to catch a flight.
- To Nanjing South Railway Station: Slow trains take about 4 hours to Nanjing Station, but G and D trains from Hongqiao will take you to Nanjing South Railway Station in about 1 hour. See Shanghai to Nanjing bullet trains>>
Using the Station
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:
- Level 1 has a waiting hall, ticket office, and train platforms.
- Level 2 is the top floor. There is a waiting hall, restrooms, and checkpoints.
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).
Transportation - to/from Shanghai South Station
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.
Subway to Shanghai's Other Railway Stations
- For Shanghai Hongqiao Station: Take Line 3 to Hongqiao Road (5 stops), then Line 10 to Honggiao Railway Station (上海虹桥火车站, 8 stops). The journey is about 45 minutes.
- For Shanghai Station: Take Line 1 (上海火车站, 11 stops).
To Hongqiao Airport
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.
- Take Line 3 to Hongqiao Road (5 stops), then Line 10 to Terminal 1 (6 stops) or Terminal 2 (7 stops). The journey is about 40 minutes.
To Pudong Airport
- Take Line 1 to People's Square (人民广场, 8 stops), then Line 2...
- a) to Longyang Road Station (龙阳路站, 7 stops), then the Shanghai Maglev (world's fastest commercial train) direct to Pudong Airport (30 kilometers, 8 minutes, about 50 RMB). Journey time: about 1 hour.
- b) to the intermediate terminal station - Guanglan Road (10 stops), then Metro Line 2 East Section to Pudong Airport (8 stops). Leave at least 1½ hours.
To the Pudong Towers
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.
- Take Subway Line 1 to People's Square (8 stops), then change to Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station (2 stops). The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is about 400 meters (¼ mile) from Exit 1.
Booking By Yourself
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