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Trains from Beijing to Shanghai

The Beijing to Shanghai (Jinghu) high-speed rail line is one of the country's most popular train routes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip on the tourist-friendly Beijing-Shanghai sleeper train, or if you are in a hurry, why not embark on the world's fastest passenger train travelling at a staggering speed of 217mph!

How much does a train from Beijing to Shanghai cost?

Trains to Shanghai vary in cost depending on whether you choose the high-speed or overnight sleeper train as well as on the chosen ticket class. A standard second-class train ticket for the high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai will cost from 553 CNY (£63), 933 CNY (£106) for first class, and 1748 CNY (£198) for business class. The sleeper train works out much cheaper from 386 CNY (£44) for a second-class seat, 550 CNY (£62) for a hard sleeper ticket, and from 740 CNY (£84) for a soft sleeper ticket.

About the trains

G Hexie and Fuxing high-speed trains

Beijing - Shanghai Hexie Train
Beijing - Shanghai Hexie Train

The perfect choice for business commuters, G trains run in the daytime and can take as little as 4 ½ hours to make the journey between Beijing and Shanghai. Two types of G class trains run this route, Hexie (harmony) and Fuxing (revival). Heixie trains usually take a little longer and typically have 3-digits after the G, e.g. G115. Fuxing trains usually have a single or 2-digits after the G on timetables and can reach staggering speeds of up to 217mph, making them the fastest trains in the world.

Available classes

G class trains include second, first and business class.

2nd class includes:  Seats are arranged in one row of 2 and another row of 3 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat.

1st class includes: Seats are arranged in two rows of 2 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat. Each row of two will have access to a power socket and have more space than seats in second class.

Business class includes: Seats are arranged in one row of 2 and another row of 1 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat. All seats include a power socket and recline at the touch of a button. Your ticket entitles you to one hot tray meal and unlimited Chinese tea, coffee, juices or soft drinks. You ticket will also allow access to a VIP lounge for business class passengers at Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus.

Why choose this train

  • Much faster - G trains are much faster than the D class sleeper trains that run between Beijing and Shanghai.
  • A unique experience – Passengers will get the chance to travel the Fuxing, the world’s fastest passenger train.

 

D and T overnight sleeper trains

China Railways CRH High-Speed Sleeper Train
China Railways CRH High-Speed Sleeper Train
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D category

D category trains consist of three different models, the CRH2E standard and capsule high-speed sleepers, as well as CR200J revival green sleepers. The layout of the trains differ depending on the train you take, however all include a buffet car and wash areas. D category trains are the perfect choice for tourists not pressed for time or that prefer to travel during the night to free up some sightseeing time in the day.

T category

T category trains are slower than D category sleepers and so are used less frequently by tourists. They do have a greater variety of sleeper classes compared with D category trains and do not include seats. Due to the greater variety of sleeper class options, passengers can often get cheaper tickets than D category trains.

Available classes

D overnight sleeper trains have 2 classes to choose from: 2nd class seated or 4-berth soft sleeper. T category trains have 3 classes including hard sleeper, soft sleeper and deluxe sleeper.

2nd class seated: Standard second-class seat adjacent to sleeper compartments.

4-berth soft sleeper: A 4-berth sleeper compartment consisting of two bunk beds.

Hard sleeper: Door-less compartment consisting of 6 berths, two lower, two middle and two upper. Each ticket includes fresh sheets, duvet and a pillow.

Deluxe soft sleeper (T category): All of the benefits of a soft sleeper with 1st class privileges.

Why choose this train

  • Cheaper – Both D and T category trains work out much cheaper than the G class high-speed trains.
  • A night’s accommodation included - You will not have to pay for a night’s accommodation in your destination which can work out more expensive.
  • Faster than T category (D category) – D category trains are much faster than the T trains and are a good middle ground between G and T categories.
  • More sleeper options (T category) – T category trains have a greater variety of sleeper arrangements to choose from over D category trains.

Beijing to Shanghai timetables

Here we have included a timetable showing the trains running between Beijing - Shanghai. The trains and times shown are correct as of 16th April 2020, however to see live schedules for this route, please use the Beijing - Shanghai booking engine below. 

Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed trains:

Train
No.
 
Depart Arrive   Travel
Time
 
Beijing South Shanghai Hongqiao Shanghai Main

G101

Daily

06:43

12:40

- 05hr57
G105
Daily
07:20 13:08 - 05hr48
G5
Daily
07:00 - 11:40 04hr40
G111
Daily
08:35 14:22 - 05hr47
G1
Daily
09:00 13:28 - 04hr28
G41
Daily
09:15 14:49 - 05hr34
G115
Daily
09:20 15:10 - 05hr50
G117
Daily
09:25 15:37 - 06hr12
G7
Daily
10:00 14:28 - 04hr28
G119
Daily
10:05 15:47 - 05hr42
G121
Daily
10:20 16:25 - 06hr05
G125
Daily
11:10 16:59 - 05hr49
G9
Daily
12:00 16:36 - 04hr36
G129
Daily
12:10 17:56 - 05hr46
G131
Daily
12:20 18:10 - 05hr50
G133
Daily
12:50 18:40 - 05hr50
G135
Daily
13:05 18:54 - 05hr49
G137
Daily
13:35 19:33 - 05hr58
G139
Daily
13:45 19:53 - 06hr08
G3
Daily
14:00 18:28 - 04hr28
G43
Daily
14:05 19:45 - 05hr40
G141
Daily
14:10 20:05 - 05hr55
G145
Daily
14:35 20:34 - 05hr59
G11
Daily
15:00 19:28 - 04hr28
G155
Daily
15:45 21:41 - 05hr56
G147
Daily
15:50 22:00 - 06hr10
G169
Daily
16:40 22:42 - 06hr02
G151
Daily
16:45 23:02 - 06hr17
G13
Daily
17:00 21:36 - 04hr36
G153
Daily
17:15 23:11 - 05hr56
G157
Daily
17:36 23:40 - 06hr04
G15
Daily
18:00 22:36 - 04hr36
G17
Daily
19:00 23:18 - 04hr18
G21
Daily
19:08 - 23:36 04hr28

 

Beijing to Shanghai Sleeper trains:

Train
No.
 
Depart   Arrive   Travel
Time
 
Beijing Main Beijing South Shanghai Main Shanghai South

Z281

Daily

18:58

-

-

09:53

14hr55

T109
Daily
20:05 - 11:00

11:00

14hr55

D701
Daily
19:22 - 07:25

07:25

12hr03

D709
Daily
- 19:42 07:42

07:42

12hr00

T109
Daily
21:21 - 09:20

09:20

11hr59

Travel tips

Getting to the station:

Shanghai has four major train stations, and most of these run trains to Beijing. Therefore, it is crucial that you double-check your train ticket before leaving to ensure you are heading to the right station since some of these are not within a walkable distance of the city centre.

Arranging your visas: 

Before travelling to China, you will need to make sure you have a Chinese visa that is valid for the dates you are staying in the country. You can find out more about the type of visa you need and how to apply by visiting our Chinese visa hub page.

What you should pack:

Although snacks are available on the train, we recommend packing water, dry food and any medicine. Other useful items include phone chargers, hand sanitizer, books and games. Passengers on sleeper trains will have access to bed linen, pillows and a duvet regardless of ticket class.

Booking Beijing - Shanghai trains

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