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Shanghai – Xi’an Trains

The Shanghai to Xi'an high-speed rail line measures 1,387 kilometers (862 miles). There are 10 pairs of daytime high-speed trains (G trains) in service between Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Xi'an North Railway Station daily, with the travel time of 6 to 7.5 hours. It cost US$99 per adult to take second class seat. 1 pair of daily overnight high-speed trains (D trains) operate between Shanghai Railway Station and Xi'an North Railway Station, with the duration of about 10.5 hours.

In addition, 12 pairs of normal-speed trains are also traveling between those two cities, with lower ticket prices and longer travel time of 15 to 20 hours. Soft sleeper on these normal-speed trains is US$68 per ticket.

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Shanghai – Xi'an High-Speed Train

  • Distance: 1,387 kilometers (862 miles)
  • Number of trains: 10 pairs of daily high-speed trains
  • Terminals: Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station
  • Duration: 6 to 7.5 hours
  • Main stops: Shanghai, Nanjing, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an

Shanghai to Xi’an High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on September 19th, 2019)

Day-time G train: Shanghai Hongqiao to Xi'an North
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
G1970 06:10 13:22 7 h 12 min
G1974 07:17 14:26 7 h 9 min
G360 08:36 14:32 5 h 56 min
G1920 09:24 16:25 7 h 1 min
G1924 11:40 19:06 7 h 26 min
G1928 12:55 20:19 7 h 24 min
G1932 13:44 20:31 6 h 47 min
G1936 16:12 22:54 6 h 42 min
G1940 17:06 23:33 6 h 27 min
Overnight D train: Shanghai to Xi'an North
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
D306 22:50 10:02+1 11 h 12 min

*"+1" indicates the train arrives the next day.

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Xi’an to Shanghai High-Speed Train Schedules

(Update on September 19th, 2019)

Day-time G train: Xi'an North to Shanghai Hongqiao
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
G1914 06:26 13:41 7 h 15 min
G362 08:49 14:45 5 h 56 min
G1918 09:23 16:45 7 h 22 min
G1922 10:23 17:38 7 h 15 min
G1926 12:24 19:47 7 h 23 min
G1972 13:56 21:26 7 h 30 min
G1976 14:57 22:25 7 h 28 min
G1938 15:13 21:46 6 h 33 m
G1942 15:50 23:23 7 h 33 min
Overnight D train: Xi'an North to Shanghai Railway Station
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
D308 19:44 06:26+1 10 h 42 min

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How to Choose Train Type and Seat

G TrainThe G Train

G train – It is the fastest train between Shanghai and Xi’an. It takes around only 7 hours covering 1470 km (915 miles). G trains operate during day time. The terminal stations Shanghai Hongqiao and Xi’an North are far from downtown. Business class, first class and second class are available on a G train between Shanghai and Xi’an.

D train – There is only one overnight bullet train running between Shanghai and Xi’an. It is the second fastest train between Shanghai and Xi’an. Facilities on this train are modern and relatively new. Soft sleeper and second class are available on this train. Tickets fare is more expensive than it on ordinary trains.

Z train – Running between Shanghai Railway Station (central) and Xi’an Railway Station (central), Z train is the fastest train among ordinary trains. Soft sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat are available on all the trains between Shanghai and Xi’an. There is deluxe soft sleeper on one of the Z trains – Z92/Z94.

T train – There are two T trains running between Shanghai Railway Station (central) and Xi’an Railway Station (central). Type of seat includes soft sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat.

K train – K train is the slowest train among ordinary trains. It is not recommended if there are other options. Type of seat includes soft sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat.

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Shanghai Railway StationShanghai Railway Station

How to Choose Train Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

All the G-category high-speed trains between Shanghai and Xi’an depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. This airport-like train station is very large and and it is one of the busiest stations in China.

Transportation to Shanghai Hongqiao Station

  • By bus: airport shuttle bus, Hongqiao Line 6, Hongqiao Line 7, Hongqiao Line 10
  • By subway: Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 10

Shanghai Railway Station

Ordinary trains and the overnight bullet train depart from Shanghai Railway Station, which is centrally located, it is also large and busy.

Transportation to Shanghai Railway Station

  • By bus: 329, 573, 741, 822, 844, 955, airport line 5
  • By subway: Line 1, Line 2, Line 3

Xi’an Railway Station

Xi’an Railway Station is centrally located for all the ordinary trains between Xi’an and Shanghai. And it is the main train station for most of the ordinary trains in Xi’an.

Transportation to Xi’an Railway Station

  • By bus: 1, 2, airport shuttle bus line 2, 9, 13, 14, 25, 30, 40, 41, 42, 103, 105, 201, 231
  • By subway: Currently, there is no direct subway line to Xi’an Railway Station. The nearest subway station to Xi’an Railway Station is “Wulukou” Station, which can be reached by subway line 1.

Xi’an North Railway Station

The newly built Xi’an North Railway Station is far away from downtown, serving for most of the high-speed trains in Xi’an.

Transportation to Xi’an North Railway Station

  • By bus: 215, 229, 260, 263, 264, 265, 266
  • By subway: Line 1, Line 2

Xi’an South Railway Station

The newly-built Xi’an South Railway Station is located in Chang’an District and far away from downtown. Currently, there is no subway to Xi’an South Railway Station. The most convenient way is take a taxi.

  • By bus: 4-23, 920, 918

Useful Tips

  • Overnight train between Shanghai and Xi’an are very popular. It is advised that you book the tickets as early as possible, especially during holidays.
  • Shanghai Railway Station and Xi’an Railway Station are located in downtown, while Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Xi’an North Station are far from city center. Please pay attention when choosing trains.