Thu, April 22, 2010
Shanghai travel guide

Shanghai transportation - By train

2010-04-22 09:40:49 GMT2010-04-22 17:40:49 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The city of Shanghai has several railway stations, among which Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station and Shanghai West Railway Station are the main ones. These three stations provide convenient transportation for tourists to many destinations throughout China.

A train journey from Shanghai to Beijing takes only 10 hours by 'D' trains (bullet trains with a D before the train numbers), about 12 hours by 'Z' trains (direct fast trains with a Z before the train numbers), 13.5 hours by 'T' trains (fast trains with a T before the train numbers), nearly 19 hours by 'K' trains (common trains with a K before the train numbers), and over 20 hours by slower trains that have no letter before the train numbers.

Train travel between Shanghai and some of the adjacent tourist destinations is both efficient and convenient. A train trip from Shanghai to Suzhou takes between 40 and 90 minutes, while a train journey from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes between 1.5 hours and 4 hours.

There are sometimes tourist trains from Shanghai to Hefei and Mt. Huangshan in Anhui Province, Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, and Wuyishan in Fujian Province.

In addition, there are special 'Holiday Trains' from Shanghai to Jinhu of Jiangsu Province, Mt. Sanqingshan and Mt. Longhushan in Jiangxi Province, Lishui and Mt. Yandangshan in Zhejiang Province, and Mt. Wuyishan of Fujian Province. The trains depart from Shanghai every Friday and returns on the following Monday morning. If you intend to travel on weekends, please go to the railway station, or any other branches of Shanghai Railway Administration for reservation. Up-to-date information on Holiday Trains can be obtained by phoning 021-63250169.

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station, also known as New Railway Station, is located at No. 303 of Moling Road in Zhabei District. It serves as the largest passenger railway station in the city. Everyday at least 80 pairs of trains run between Shanghai and other cities all over the country, including Beijing, Xian, Qingdao, Harbin, Chengdu, Kowloon etc. Additionally it has bullet trains to Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Changsha.

Buying Train Tickets

Tickets for trains departing from Shanghai go on sale nine days before the departure day. You can go directly to the ticket office on the first floor of the Complex Ticket Building of Shanghai Railway Station to buy tickets. For more additional information you can call the Shanghai Railway Station Information Line at 021-63179090, 021-95105123 or the Ticket Booking Line at 021-8008207890 (toll free), 021-95105105.

Travelers can book tickets through internet for trains departing from Shanghai Railway Station. Now this service is between 8:00 and 21:00 and only for individuals. Travelers need to register and login the train ticket booking system at the official website: www.shz-shrail.com.cn/ (only Chinese version available at present) and submit the request. Reply will be in one hour. When the booking procedure finishes, the customer service staff will phone the booker to confirm the reservation and the time and address for ticket delivery. Payment for the ticket and the handling fee can be made when the booker receive the ticket. Please note that one can only book twice through the internet with a maximum of 20 tickets.

Train tickets are also sold at many other booking offices in the city of Shanghai. Ticket Offices at No. 230 of East Beijing Road, No. 1738 of West Beijing Road, and No. 431 of Changyang Road are the main locations. At other ticket offices in the city, tickets usually go on sale four days before the departure day and an extra fee of CNY5 will be charged. Train tickets can be purchased directly at a ticket office, or through a travel agency.

Shanghai Railway Station Transportation

Shanghai Railway Station is located near the city center with convenient access to many other modes of transportation. Subway Lines 1, 3 and 4 pass this station, and many bus routes stop at the South Square or the North Square of the station. The South and North Squares are connected by a long tunnel to the east of the station. You can go through the tunnel to either of the two squares providing you with many local buses to destinations within the city of Shanghai.

Here is a map of Shanghai Railway Station with marks of bus transfers information:

The following represents a listing of the specific available bus service:

South Square (26 Lines):

64: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

95: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shanghai No.1 Steel Co. Ltd.

104: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Longhua

109: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

113: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Xiqu Bus Station

506: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Jing'an Xincheng

584: Shanghai Railway Station <--> East Boshan Rd.

802: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

837: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Zhennan Xincun

845: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Hulan Rd.

927: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Tianlin Xincun

930: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shiliupu

941: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Hongqiao International Airport

955: Shanghai Railway Station (Hengfeng Rd.) <--> Jiyang Rd.

Shenfang Line: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Songhe Cemetery

Shenchuan Line: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shuansha Bus Station

Tunnel Line 3: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Qichangzhan Ferry Crossing

Airport Line 5: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Pudong International Airport

Nanxin Special Line: Shanghai Railway Station (Hengfeng Rd.) <--> Nanhui Bus Station

302 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Baoshan Public Transport Company

308 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Songhuajiang Rd.

315 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shanghai Indoor Stadium

322 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Baoshan Town

324 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

328 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shanghai Zoo

Night Tunnel Line: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Weifang Xincun

North Square (18 Lines):

106: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Shanghai West Railway Station

117: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Taopu Wucun

515: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Songhuajiang Rd.

516: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Qingjian Xincun

517: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanxiang Bus Station

817: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Kailu Xincun

823: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Fengzhen Xincun

912: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Gaojing Xincun

928: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

929: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Luchuan Xiaoqu

942: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Yinhang Rd.

962: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Free Trade Zone

Xinchuan Line: Shanghai Railway Station <--> Chuansha

305 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

306 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Jiangbian Port

310 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Lanzhou Rd.

329 (Night Line): Shanghai Railway Station <--> Gongnong Xincun

There are also many passing lines such as 13, 41, 58, 63, 78, 114, 128, 213, 223, 234, 301 (Night Line), 319, (Night Line), 502, 510, 573, 710, 722, 723, 741, 744, 767B, 768, 822, 839, 844, 859, 922, 948, 963, Hutang Special Line, Xinjia Special Line, and Public Sightseeing Special Line.

Shanghai South Railway Station

Shanghai South Railway Station, formerly known as New Longhua Railway Station, is the first round railway station in the world. Located at No. 289 of Old Humin Road in the south Xuhui District of Shanghai, it provides daily train services between Shanghai and cities to its south such as Hangzhou, Jiashan, and Ningbo. There are also bullet trains to Hangzhou and Nanchang. Tickets for trains departing from this station and Shanghai Railway Station go on sale here four days before the departure day. For more information, you can contact the station by calling 021-51105110.

From August 2009, a new railway leading to Jinshan District from Shanghai South Railway Station has been constructed. Then, passengers could take the express train to reach Jinshan in 30 minutes when the project is finished in two year. It is estimated that this line is about 56.4 kilometers and passes through four distrcit of Shanghai (Xuhui, Minghang, Songjiang and Jinshan). There will be nine stops set along the line, respectively at Shanghai South Railway Station, Shenzhuang, Chunshen, Xinqiao, Minghang West, Yexie, Tinglin, Ruanxiang and Jinshan.

Shanghai South Railway Station Transportation

Situated at the intersection of the Subway Lines 1 and 3, Shanghai South Railway Station can easily be reached by subways and many local buses. A map of Shanghai South Railway Station below with marks of bus transfers information is for your reference:

For your convenience some specific bus routes are listed below:

South Square (7 Lines):

867: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Hanghua Xincun

144: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

973: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Nanquan Xincun

315 (Night Line): Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Shanghai Railway Station

Airport Line 7: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Pudong International Airport

Shangzhu Line: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Zhujiajiao

Shangjia Line: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Jiading Passenger Transport Center

North Square (4 Lines):

729: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> East Sea University

236: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Laoximen

303 (Night Line): Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Nanpu Bridge

Shangcang Line: Shanghai South Railway Station <--> Cangyuan Xiaoqu

Shanghai West Railway Station

Shanghai West Railway Station, formerly known as Zhenru Railway Station, is the smallest of the three. Located at No. 1 of Taopu Road in Putuo District, there are several pairs of trains serving routes between Shanghai and other cities such as Yantai, Zaozhuang, Hengyang, Ganzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Ningbo. Tickets usually go on sale one day before the departure day at the ticket office at No. 22 of Taopu Road.

Bus Routes: 1, 106, 129, 319, 516, 551, 742, 768, 807, 944, 966

Information Line: 021-62549500, 021-56241022

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