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Shanghai-Xining Trains

Written by FabioUpdated May. 4, 2023

Currently, only three pairs of normal-speed trains operate daily between Shanghai and Xining so the available choices are limited.

Quick Facts

  • Terminals: Shanghai Railway Station, Xining Railway Station
  • Duration: 25–34½ hours
  • Main stops: Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an, Tianshui, Lanzhou

Shanghai to Xining Normal-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on May 4th, 2023)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
Z376 08:57 13:38 (next day) 28h 41m
K2186 10:56 20:47 (next day) 33h 51m
Z164 20:02 21:03 (next day) 25h 1m
  • Please note: The timetable is just for your reference. If you want up-to-date schedules, you can use the search tool at the top of this page or search via our China Highlights train ticket service.

Xining to Shanghai Normal-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on May 4th, 2023)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
K2188 08:20 18:05 (next day) 33h 45m
Z166 09:38 11:58 (next day) 26 h 20m

Shanghai to Xining Normal-Speed Train Ticket Fares

Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
US$100 (CNY687.5) US$64 (CNY434.5) US$37 (CNY254.5)

Travel Tips

Considering the long journey duration, we recommend you consider the Z trains that run between Shanghai and Xining.

You can also consider taking a flight. Four pairs of flights operate between Shanghai and Xining every day and the journey duration is about 2½ hours. The full airfare is about 2,290 CNY (327 USD).

However, you can check to see if there are any discounts in advance. Sometimes, you can find very good discounts, such as 70% off in April 2020.

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