Shanghai is an important hub in China's rail network.
There are daily trains to many destinations such as: Xian,
Guilin, Qingdao,Hong Kong,
Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou.
Shanghai Railway Station
The largest railway station near the center of the city.
The taxi's can be find on the lower level of the train station.(electric stairway)
Airport bus line 5 goes from the station to/from Pudong airport and bus 328 runs directly to Hongqiao Airport.
Many local buses stop at the South Square or the North Square of the station.
Line 1 of Shanghai's metro network begins and ends at the train terminal.
This line passes major stations like Peoples Square, Xujiahui, and Shanghai Stadium.
Shanghai - Beijing:
All fast trains from Shanghai to Beijing leave between 18.00 and 20.00.
Travel time is around 12 hours and arrival in Beijing is in the early morning (between 7.00 and 9.30).
The only day train is with the highspeed train and takes 10 hours. When we traveled with this train (in 2009), the average speed was between 160-210km.
Highest speed was at the end near Beijing South Station with 249km/hour.
At arrival in Beijing, hundreds of people went to the taxicab rank. After 45 minutes we finally managed to get into a taxi.
Shanghai - Suzhou
Soft seat first class with the bullet train is only 32 Yuan. Travel time from Shanghai to Suzhou is 40 minutes.
Tickets are sold on the railway station or ticket offices in town (5 Yuan surcharge).
Many hotels can make a reservation for you for a surcharge.(how much depends of the hotel).
A soft-sleeper train ticket to Beijing is around 600 Yuan.(at the train station)
Tickets can be bought up to 9 days in advance.
The Ticket Office of Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station square
To the right is the station building with the waiting rooms
The ticket office is in another building, 150m away
Inside the Ticket Office of Shanghai Railway Station
This counter has a sign with 'English speaking counter'
As you can see, the counter is not only for tourists