Beijing- Shanghai High Speed Railway is the beginning of high speed railway era in China. It connects to the two important cities and the economic and political hearts of China. The completion of this great project will shorten the travel time between the two cities to 5 hours.
Beijing- Shanghai High Speed Railway commenced construction in April 18th, 2008 and was completed in November 15th 2010. It officially opened to the public on June 30th, 2011.
It departs from Beijing South Railway Station and ends at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. The total length is 1318km and the track connects three administrations - Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin and passes through four provinces - Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangshu. This High Speed Railway is a milestone in China’s railway history.
The Beijing Shanghai High-speed railway runs between the existing north and east line connecting the two economic regions. The train joins the Bohai Rim and Yangtze River Delta. The train passes plains and hilly areas through Haihe, Yellow River, Huaihe, and Yangtze River systems. It was designed to reach a speed of 250/380 km with a maximum speed of up to 380 km, initial operating speed is 250/300 km. The time for the journey between Beijing South Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Station is about 5-7 hours.
There are 24 railway stations along the route. Five are the original departure stations of Beijing south railway station, Tianjin West Railway Station, Nanjing South Railway Station, and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
Three kinds of seats are available on the 300kph train - the second class seats, the first class seats and VIP Seats (Sightseeing Seat). The ticket price varies from 555 Yuan to 1750Yuan per one way trip.
The 250 kph train has the same seating but the price ranges from 410 Yuan to 1260 Yuan per one way trip.
Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail company says the ticket price change will be based on market demand.
The VIP Class Seat
The First Class Seat
The Second Class Seat
|Type of Train & Speed
|VIP Seat (Sightseeing Seat)
|Quickest Journey Timet
|G Train (300km/h)
|4 hours and 48 mins
|D Train (250km/h)
|7 hours and 56 mins
Shanghai is first to offer paperless boarding. This means that Chinese travelers holding the latest version of the ID card need will only scan their ID cards to get on the train. The pervious version of the ID cards will not work with the check-in scanner. The Beijing-Tianjin high-speed link already uses paperless boarding.
Foreigners can purchase tickets from the national railway service's website, www.12306.cn with their passports. The paperless service will not be available to foreigners who need paper tickets to board the train.