Shanghai has a few major train stations including:
Self-serve automated ticket booths are prevalent and would likely be the easiest mode of purchasing tickets and checking train schedules for those without an ability to utilize Chinese as the devices have an English mode. Tickets are also conveniently booked in advance at one of the many travel service agencies. There are queues with English speaking staff, although this is not likely outside of Shanghai so it’s best to buy a return ticket at the same time (not only because English won’t be as easy to find outside of the city, but also seats may be sold out if attempting to purchase at a later date). It is advisable to prepare a paper with your destination displayed in Chinese characters if needed or should an itinerary need adjustment. Not all tickets are sold using the automated or staffed methods. For example, for tickets to Hong Kong (Jiu Long) you would need to go to a similar ticket office near the main ticket office. To get there, exit the main ticket office and go left (towards one of the Metro exits and parallel to the train station), the ticket office is just across the road after the Metro exit. You have to pass through a security check to get to the ticket office.
Accommodation and Fares
There are seven types of tickets that may be purchased
- First Class Seat (Chinese: 一等座; pinyin: Yīděngzuò) , used for CRH series EMU trains. There are 4 seats per row (2+2), just similar as soft seat.
- Second Class Seat (Chinese: 二等座; pinyin: èrděngzuò) , used for CRH series EMU trains. Similar as hard seat, there are 5 seats per row (3+2), the sitting area is relatively small.
- Hard seat (Chinese: 硬座; pinyin: Yìngzuò) is the basic fare, somewhat similar to the economy class on an airplane. On busier routes, passengers who cannot arrange for better seats because of overcrowding must also purchase this type of ticket. In some cases, tickets are sold with no seat assigned (无座, wu zuo), which allows the railway to sell more tickets than there are seats in the car. Still, even the number of “no seat” tickets offered for sale is limited, to keep overcrowding within limits.
- Soft seat (Chinese: 软座; pinyin: Ruǎnzuò) is one level above the Hard Seat. There are 4 seats per row (2+2), so it has comfortable seating similar to business class on airplanes.
- Hard sleeper (Chinese: 硬卧; pinyin: Yìngwò) is the basic accommodation for an overnight train. Despite the name, the bunks comfortably accommodate anyone below six feet. Bunks are arranged three on a side in a compartment – indicated by top, middle and bottom on the ticket. But there are no doors for the compartments.
- Soft sleeper (Chinese: 软卧; pinyin: Ruǎnwò) contains a wider bunk bed in an enclosed cabin, two bunks to a side, and an entertainment system where movie channels are available for viewing through headphones and an LCD display for each bunk. These tickets are usually reserved more than a week prior to departure. Now some CRH series EMU trains also have soft sleepers, such as CRH1E and CRH2E.
- Luxury soft sleeper (高级软卧包厢 or Chinese: 高包; pinyin: Gāobāo) is the top level sleeper that is only owned by a few trains. The ticket is also much more expensive than that of soft sleeper. It only contains two beds in a cabin, and there is an independent toilet in every cabin. Some of them has a shower cubicle in the car.
The fares are different between trains with or without air-conditioning.
The majority of train tickets in China are thermally printed paper tickets displaying the train’s origin and destination, service number, price, date and travel time, accommodation type, class and seat number, as well as a barcode for security checks. Some tickets on the CRH routes such as Nanjing-Shanghai-Hangzhou or Guangzhou-Shenzhen use machine-readable tickets i.e. tickets on the Nanjing-Shanghai route have a magnetically encoded stripe for future use of automatic ticket inspection gates being implemented at major stations along the route, whilst tickets on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen line have embedded RFID microchips which can be read by proximity readers mounted above the ticket gates.
Most trains feature some kind of on-board catering service. Vendors with trolleys walk through the train selling snacks, drinks, fruit, newspapers etc. On shorter distance trains, there is a cafe-car selling light snacks, tea, coffee, beer etc. whilst long-haul trains have full service restaurant cars.
Smoking is generally not permitted in the accommodation or washroom areas of the trains but is allowed in the restaurant/cafe area and in the vestibules between the cars. On modern trains such as CRH or Beijing Suburban railway smoking is completely banned. On the Guangzhou-Kowloon cross-border train smoking is only permitted in the cafe car.
Getting to Shanghai
- From Beijing to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- Train from Hong Kong to Shanghai
- From Hangzhou to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Nanjing to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Suzhou to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Wenzhou to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Wuxi to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Changzhou to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- From Yiwu to SHANGHAI Train Schedule,train timetable
- Train from Wuhan,Wuchang,Hankou to Shanghai
- Train from Hefei to Shanghai
Getting Around Shanghai
- From Shanghai to Beijing Train Schedule
- Train from Shanghai to Hong Kong
- From Shanghai to Hangzhou Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Nanjing Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Suzhou Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Wenzhou Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Wuxi Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Changzhou Train Schedule
- From Shanghai to Yiwu Train Schedule
- Train from Shanghai to Wuhan,Wuchang,Hankou
- Train from Shanghai to Hefei,Anhui
Q:I am flying to Shanghai and wish to travel south to Vietnam, from there to carry on to Loas. Is there a train that runs that distance, or do I need to get several??
A:No direct train and it is too far away by train from Shanghai to Vietnam. You can take a airplane to Nanning first. Nanjing Railway Station has international train to Hanoi, Vietnam.
Q:Sorry so some body answer me if is possible travel by train from Hefei to Nanjing and how many time I hope spend in this.
A:The fastest train from Hefei to Nanjing only takes about one hour on the way, very convenient.
I plan to go to Yiwu by bullet train from Shanghai South Railway Station. Where can I get the ticket in advance other than from the station? Thank you.
A:You can buy ticket at the Ticket Offices in Shanghai, Ticket Offices at No. 230 of East Beijing Road, No. 1738 of West Beijing Road, and No. 431 of Changyang Road are major ones in Shanghai.
Q:i am arriving via d night train from beijing at shanghai railway station, whats the best way to jw marriot hotel at tomorrow square? Public transport would be okay, how is the fare paied?
A:When you arrive at Shanghai Railway Station, please follow the directions to taking the subway Line 1 and then get off the People’s Square station. The hotel is located in the walking-distacne from the metro station.
Q:i want to travel from shanghai to beijing on the D train does it have a sleeper cabin
A:Yes, the night D-trains from Shanghai to Beijing do equipped with sleeper cabin.