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Beijing – Shanghai High-Speed Trains — Duration, Price, Stations, and Timetable

There are 46 pairs of high-speed trains running between Beijing and Shanghai, with G trains operating during the daytime and D trains during the nighttime from around 6:44am to 9:23pm. The time interval between trains is about 10minutes. It's one of the most popular rail routes in China.

  • Distance: 1,318 kilometers (819 miles)
  • Shortest duration: 4 h 49 min
  • Number of trains: 46 pairs of high-speed trains (43 daytime trains and 3 overnight trains)
  • New high-speed trains (Fuxing Hao): G123 Beijing South – Shanghai Hongqiao and G124 Shanghai Hongqiao – Beijing South started running on June 26th, with a maximum speed of 400 kph (250 mph).

Ticket Prices for 5 Different Seat Classes

The two types of high-speed train operating on the Beijing - Shanghai High-Speed Railway line are equipped with the same modern and new facilities. The only difference is that G trains are much faster than D trains, and the price is higher.

Prices of Different Seat Classes on a Beijing - Shanghai High-Speed Train

Train types Seat classes Price

G trains (duration: 5 hours)

Business class seat ¥1,748 ($266)
1st class seat ¥933 ($142)
2nd class seat ¥553 ($84)

Overnight D trains (duration: 12 hours)

Traditional style soft sleeper (with horizontal berth) ¥740 ($110)
New style soft sleeper #D311 (with vertical berth) ¥690 ($102)
2nd class seat ¥386 ($57)

Soft sleeper class

Child Fare for China's Train Tickets

A child fare is 50% (for seats) or about 75% (for sleepers) of the full price(child fares do not apply to sleepers on D and G trains).
Refer to this link for more information about children's tickets.

3 Different Seat Classes and 2 Different Sleepers

Beijing South Station Beijing South Station

For daytime high-speed trains, business class, 1st class, and 2nd class seats are available. For overnight D trains, 2nd class seats and twokinds of soft sleepers are available. Read here for more information about how to choose train types and seats.

Train Stations

Beijing – Shanghai high-speed trains depart from Beijing South Railway Station and arrive at Shanghai Railway Station/Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, stopping at 8–11 stations and passing threeprovincial-level municipalities aswell as fourprovinces.

Beijing South Railway Station ("Beijing Nan 北京南" on ticket)

Located in Fengtai District, itis about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Tian'anmen Square and 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Beijing Capital International Airport.It iscurrently the departure station of the 46 high-speed G and D trains thattravel to Shanghai.

Transportation to Beijing South Railway Station

  • By bus: 381, 485; inter-zone line 17/20/84/102/106/133/258, 15/24/343/529/652; special bus 5/17
  • By subway:
    Subway Station Subway Line Duration Cost
    To Beijing Railway Station Line 4 -> Line 2, 7stops 30 m 0.6 USD (4 CNY)
    Beijing South Railway Station Line 4 -> Line 7, 6stops 20 m 0.6 USD (4 CNY)
    Beijing Capital International Airport Line 4 -> Line 2 -> Airport Line, 14stops 1 h 10 m 5 USD (30 CNY)
    Tian'anmen Square Line 4 -> Line 1, 5stops 20 m 0.6 USD (4 CNY)
  • By taxi:
    Taxi Stand Cost Journey
    From Tian'anmen Square 25 yuan (4 USD)  20 minutes
    From Beijing Capital International Airport 130 yuan (20 USD) (includes expressway toll) 1 hour

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station ("Shanghai Hongqiao 上海虹桥" on ticket)

Located in Minxing District, west of downtown Shanghai, the station is 500 meters west of Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2. All of the 43 daytime G trains to Beijing depart from this station.

Transportation to Shanghai Hongqiao Station

  • By bus: 320, 173; Minhang bus line 23; Hongqiao Transportation Hub bus line 1/4/5/6/7/8/10; airport express line 1; Honglian scheduled shuttle bus
  • By subway:
    Subway Station Subway Line Duration Cost
    To Shanghai Railway Station Line 2 -> Line 3, 11stops 40 m 0.7USD (5 CNY)
    To Shanghai South Railway Station Line 10 -> Line 3, 13stops 40 m 0.6 USD (4 CNY)
    Hongqiao Airport Metro Line 2/10,  1stop 10 m 0.5 USD (3 CNY)
    To the Pudong Tower Line 2, 13stops 40 m 0.7USD (5 CNY)
  • By taxi:
    Taxi Stand Cost Journey
    The Oriental Pearl TV Tower 80 yuan (12 USD) 50 minutes
    Shanghai Railway Station 75 yuan (11.50 USD) 40 minutes
    Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 25 yuan (4 USD) 20 minutes
    Shanghai Pudong International Airport 210 yuan (32 USD) (includes expressway toll) 1 hour

Shanghai Railway Station ("Shanghai 上海" on ticket)

Located in the central zone of the city, the station isabout 4 kilometers (2 miles) west of the Bund. It is equipped with very frequent transportation. The 3 overnight D trains(D312, D322, and D314) to Beijing all depart from this station.

Transportation toShanghai RailwayStation

  • By bus:
    From the north square: 106, 115, 117, 305, 306, 310, 817, 823, 912, 929, 942, or the Xinchuan line
    From the bus terminal of the station: 328, 573, 955, or Shenfang line
    From the south square: 95, 104, 109, 113, 301, 302, 308, 315, 322, 324, 328, 329, 837, 927, 930, 941, Shenfang line, or Tunnel line 3
  • By subway:
    Subway Station Subway Line Duration Cost
    To Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Line 1 -> Line 10, 9stops 40 m 0.7USD (5 CNY)
    To Shanghai South Railway Station Line 1, 12stops 30 m 0.6 USD (4 CNY)
    Hongqiao Airport Line 1 -> Line 2,  12stops 45 m 0.7USD (5 CNY)
    To the Pudong Tower Line 1 -> Line 2, 5stops 20 m 0.5 USD (3 CNY)
  • By taxi:
    Taxi Stand Cost Journey
    The Oriental Pearl TV Tower 30 yuan (4.50 USD) 25 minutes
    Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 80 yuan (12 USD) 50 minutes
    Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 60 yuan (9 USD) 40 minutes
    Shanghai Pudong International Airport 175 yuan (27 USD) (includes expressway toll) 1 hour

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G Train Schedule

The table below is only for your reference. If you want up-to-date schedules, you may use the search tool at the top of this page, or search on China Highlights Train Ticket Service.beijing shanghai high speed rail

Terminals:

  • Beijing South Railway Station
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

(Updated on July 10, 2017)

Beijing to Shanghai Shanghai to Beijing
Train No. Depart Arrive Duration Train No. Depart Arrive Duration
G101 06:44 12:38 5 h 54 min G102 06:39 12:18 5 h 39 min
G5 07:00 11:55 4 h 55 min G104 06:53 12:23 5 h 30 min
G103 07:05 12:42 5 h 37 min G6 07:00 11:55 4 h 55 min
G105 07:35 13:15 5 h 40 min G106 07:10 12:42 5 h 32 min
G11 08:00 13:10 5 h 10 min G108 07:20 13:11 5 h 51 min
G107 08:05 13:38 5 h 33 min G110 07:28 13:26 5 h 58 min
G109 08:15 14:07 5 h 52 min G12 08:00 13:16 5 h 16 min
G111 08:35 14:26 5 h 51 min G112 08:05 14:08 6 h 3 min
G113 08:53 14:30 5 h 37 min G114 08:10 14:12 5 h 50 min
G1 09:00 13:49 4 h 49 min G2 09:00 13:49 4 h 49 min
G41 09:16 14:48 5 h 32 min G116 09:34 15:23 5 h 49 min
G115 09:22 15:07 5 h 45 min G118 09:54 15:49 5 h 55 min
G117 09:40 15:39 5 h 59 min G14 10:00 14:58 4 h 58 min
G13 10:00 14:55 4 h 55 min G120 10:05 15:59 5 h 54 min
G119 10:05 15:47 5 h 42 min G42 10:28 16:06 5 h 38 min
G121 10:28 16:28 6 h  G122 10:46 16:33 5 h 47 min
G15 11:00 15:55 4 h 55 min G16 11:00 15:55 4 h 55 min
G123 11:05 16:50 5 h 45 min G124 11:05 16:55 5 h 50 min
G125 11:10 16:58 5 h 48 min G126 11:10 17:00 5 h 50 min
G411 11:20 17:08 5 h 48 min G128 11:15 17:13 5 h 58 min
G127 11:35 17:16 5 h 41 min G130 11:26 17:23 5 h 57 min
G129 12:10 17:50 5 h 40 min G132 12:12 18:08 5 h 56 min
G131 12:25 18:14 5 h 49 min G412 12:23 18:31 6 h 8 min
G133 12:40 18:35 5 h 55 min G134 13:02 18:53 5 h 51 min
G135 12:55 18:54 5 h 59 min G136 13:17 19:08 5 h 51 min
G137 13:07 19:01 5 h 54 min G138 13:30 19:24 5 h 54 min
G139 13:40 19:52 6 h 12 min G140 13:37 19:31 5 h 54 min
G3 14:00 18:48 4 h 48 min G4 14:00 18:49 4 h 49 min
G43 14:05 19:38 5 h 33 min G142 14:16 20:18 6 h 02 min
G141 14:10 20:13 6 h 3 min G144 14:35 20:29 5 h 54 min
G143 14:31 20:26 5 h 55 min G18 15:00 19:55 4 h 55 min
G145 14:36 20:43 6 h 7 min G146 15:05 20:51 5 h 46 min
G17 15:00 19:56 4 h 56 min G148 15:32 21:12 5 h 40 min
G147 15:41 21:50 6 h 9 min G20 16:00 21:17 5 h 17 min
G19 16:00 21:15 5 h 15 min G150 16:05 21:48 5 h 43 min
G149 16:25 22:24 5 h 59 min G152 16:19 21:52 5 h 33 min
G151 16:35 22:35 6 h G22 17:00 22:24 5 h 24 min
G21 17:00 22:39 5 h 39 min G154 17:14 22:40 5 h 26 min
G153 17:15 22:52 5 h 37 min G156 17:19 22:52 5 h 33 min
G155 17:20 23:08 5 h 48 min G44 17:24 23:01 5 h 37 min
G157 17:43 23:24 5 h 41 min G158 17:34 23:20 5 h 46 min
G159 17:48 23:29 5 h 41 min G160 17:39 23:28 5 h 49 min
G7 19:00 23:56 4 h 56 min G8 19:00 23:49 4 h 49 min

Overnight D Trains Timetable

Terminals:

  • Beijing South Railway Station
  • Shanghai Railway Station
Beijing to Shanghai Shanghai to Beijing
Train No. Depart Arrive Duration Train No. Depart Arrive Duration
D313 19:34 07:41+1 day 12 h 7 min D312 19:10 07:07+1 day 11 h 57 min
D311 21:16 09:08+1 day 11 h 52 min D322 19:53 07:45+1 day 11 h 52 min
D321 21:23 09:13+1 day 11 h 50 min D314 21:08 08:55+1 day 11 h 47 min

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