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 Transportation from Shanghai to Shenzhen

Transportation from Shanghai to Shenzhen

Written by JoshuaUpdated Nov. 24, 2023

Shanghai and Shenzhen are both modern metropolises in China. Although they are 1,400 kilometers away from each other, traveling between the two cities is not difficult.

Read on to discover three ways to travel from Shanghai to Shenzhen.

1. Fastest: by Air

Over 40 flights from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) plus another 10 flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) depart every day to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX).

This is the most recommended way to travel as there are plenty of flights and it only takes about 2½ hours to reach your destination.

Here are some flights for your reference:

Flight From To Depart Arrive
MU5333 Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) Shenzhen Bao'an (SZX) 09:00 11:30
ZH9526 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 13:55 16:55

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2. The Most Scenic Way: by High-Speed and Bullet Trains

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Eleven bullet trains (D trains) depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Shenzhen North Railway Station from 07:00 to 11:00 daily. The train journey takes you to Shenzhen within 12 hours.

There is also one daily high-speed train (G train), which departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 14:00 and arrives at Shenzhen North Railway Station at 22:00. This is the fastest train, taking just 8 hours.

If you haven't experienced China's high-speed railway system or want to admire the scenery during the journey, taking a train is the top choice for you.

As the trains are limited, you are advised to book your ticket 1 month before departure, or as soon as possible if you are traveling during the peak seasons.

Check out the schedule of some trains:

Train From To Depart Arrive Duration
G99 Shanghai Hongqiao Shenzhen North 14:10 22:08 7 h 58 min
D2285 09:05 20:38 11 h 33 min

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3. Peak Season Option: Overnight Trains

Four more bullet trains operate from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (one train runs from Shanghai Railway Station) to Shenzhen North Railway Station. They are overnight trains, which depart from 19:00 to 20:00 and arrive at about 06:30.

Although upgraded bullet trains operate smoothly and with a low level of noise, your sleep may still be affected when you take an overnight train. Use the overnight trains if you have very limited time in China or when you have been unable to book other transportation during the peak seasons.

If you want to save money, two normal trains operate from Shanghai South Railway Station to Shenzhen. The journey takes more than 18 hours.

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