Shanghai Beijing High Speed Train
Beijing can be reached in just 4 hours from Shanghai by the High Speed Train. The Beijing ↔ Shanghai High Speed Train is immensely popular among both tourists and the locals.
There are plenty of time options for the Shanghai ↔ Beijing High Speed Train. The train leaves from Shanghai’s Hongqiao Railway Station and reach the Beijing South Railway Station at every 10 – 30 mins interval daily.
Reaching The Railway Stations
The most convenient way to reach the Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai is by the Subway. Depending on your place of boarding the Subway, you may have to change your train a couple of times in between the journey but it is still more reliable than taking a cab, citing the traffic at peak hours.
The Leaving Shanghai’s Hongqiao Station
If you are making your journey from Beijing, then you need to reach the Beijing South Railway Station, which can be reached by the Subway and the Airport Shuttle Bus alike.
Understand The Train Timetable
The Shanghai ↔ Beijing High Speed Train is very popular and so there are at least 35 trains at different hours of the day that run in frequent intervals. The first train that leaves Shanghai is at 7:00am and the last train leaves at 5:55pm, reaching Beijing at 11:27pm.
The High Speed Trains between Shanghai and Beijing are numbered as ‘G’, while the overnight trains are numbered as ‘D’.
The Shanghai ↔ Beijing High Speed Train is a very modern chair car with pantry and all the facilities that passengers might need in the 4 hours long journey.
The air-conditioned High Speed Train is modelled in accordance with a flight cabin. The reclining seats have a magazine holder and a folding table. There’s luggage space above your seat and you can also buy some refreshments from the train hostess.
There are 3 classes in this train and the ticket fare is CNY 1748 for Business Class, CNY 933 for First Class and CNY 553 for Second Class.
Business Class PC: Source
Throughout the journey, the train maintains a speed of 301km/hr. The speed hardly falls below 300km/hr. However, the 4 hours journey (or 5 hours, depending on the train you choose to board), do not pass with a blink of eye. Beijing is 1318 Km away from Shanghai and so even with the bullet coursing at a speed of 300km/hr, time does not seem to lapse quickly.
Even if you have a window seat, there’s hardly anything to admire outside and with the speed, it all looks too blurry. So bringing your own mode of entertainment will be helpful to kick away boredom.
The train passes through vast acres of agricultural lands, chequered by small factories and workshops. So, if you had special interest in Social Science in school, and have knowledge of Agriculture and Geography, you may like to observe the Chinese paddies.
As you reach towards Beijing, the speed is reduced and the vegetation outside gives way to ambitious infrastructural projects that Beijing is so famous for.
The trip really gave me an idea about where all the “Made In China” products must be made.