Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is huge (one of Asia’s biggest). It’s Shanghai’s main bullet train station, an important metro hub, and is conveniently next to Hongqiao Airport.
Chinese: 上海虹桥站 Shànghǎi Hóngqiáo Zhàn /shung-hi hong-chyaoww jan/
Name on train tickets: 上海虹桥 Shanghaihongqiao
Address: Minhang District, Shanghai 上海闵行区
Location: 500 meters west of Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2
Station size: 30 platforms
Popular Trains to Other Cities
This bullet train station handles high-speed trains to most of China’s major tourist cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Suzhou…
For Beijing South Station: 37 daily G-series trains (about 5½ hours, 550 yuan second class) depart from 07:00 to 17:45. Also three overnight D-class trains (12 hours) allow you to save on hotel accommodation and train cost. See Beijing South – Shanghai Trains.
For Suzhou Railway Station: 38 G and D trains; 07:45–21:15 daily. The G-trains take about 32 minutes (39 RMB second class, 59 RMB first class) and the D trains take about 38 minutes (27 RMB second class, 33 RMB first class).
For Suzhou North Railway Station: 56 G and D trains; 08:25–22:50 daily. The G-trains take about 23 minutes (65 RMB second class, 128 RMB first class)and the D trains take about 31 minutes (26 RMB second class, 39 RMB first class).
For Hangzhou Railway Station: About 14 G-trains from 06:30 to 21:30 daily take about 1 hour (77 RMB second class, 123 RMB first class).
For Hangzhou East Railway Station: The 23 G-trains (80 yuan second class; 119 yuan first class) take about an hour. The 15 D-trains (53 yuan second class; 61 yuan first class) take about 75 minutes.
See Shanghai to Hangzhou bullet trains>>
For Nanjing Railway Station: About 16 G-trains every day (about 1 hour, 140 RMB second class, 220 RMB first class).
For Nanjing South Railway Station: About 60 G-trains operate from 07:00 to 23:36 (about 70 to 90 minutes, 139 RMB second class and 232 RMB first class). About 36 D-trains operate from 7:00 am to 20:00 pm (about 1½ to 2½ hours, 100 RMB second class, 120 RMB first class).
See Shanghai to Nanjing bullet trains>>
Conventional trains are available from Shanghai Station and Shanghai South Station. They are cheaper, but they may take two or three times longer. For example:
Shanghai Station – Beijing Station 北京站, T class, 15½ hours, 330 yuan (hard bed)
Shanghai Station – Nanjing Station 南京站, T class, 3 or 4 hours, 50 yuan (hard seat)
Shanghai South Station – Hangzhou East Station 杭州东站, T class, about 2 hours, 25 yuan (hard seat)
Using the Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Station opened in 2010 and is one of the biggest in Asia with an area of 1.3 million square meters. The modern design helps make travel easier.
Shanghai hongqiao plan view
Level 1 is where all the tracks running through the station are located. A few vending machines are by the escalators.
Level 2 contains 3 sets of ticket windows and a vast waiting and departure hall. There are also drink vending machines distributed throughout it.
To find your waiting section, you should check the ticket and follow the LED screen which tells you the exact place for waiting and ticket checking.
Temporary luggage deposit is in the waiting section on 2F. Prices start at 5 RMB/piece for one day.
Level 3 has two unconnected areas: both offer fast food.
For luggage portage, ask the help and information desk staff on level 3 for porter help getting your luggage on the platform (about 10 RMB/piece).
See How to Get On/Off a Train and 7 Things to Know Before Riding a Train for more.
Transportation — to/from Shanghai Hongqiao Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Transportation
shanghai Hongqiao mapStreet map of Shanghai Hongqiao’s location. Click to enlarge it.
Here are some typical daytime fares and journey times:
Pudong financial district (55 minutes, 85 RMB)
Shanghai South Station (45 minutes, 70 RMB)
Shanghai Station (50 minutes, 80 RMB).
See more on Shanghai taxis.
Subway to Shanghai’s Other Railway Stations
For Shanghai South Station take Line 10 to Hongqiao Road (8 stops), then Line 3 to Shanghai South Station (the terminal station, 5 stops). The journey is about 50 minutes.
For Shanghai Station take Line 2 to People’s Square (10 stops), then Line 1 to Shanghai Railway Station (3 stops). The journey is about 50 minutes.
To Hongqiao Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has two terminals that are wide apart (about 20 minutes’ walk), so it is important to go to the correct one to avoid time consuming delays.
For Terminal 2 take Metro Line 2 or 10 (1 stop, 10 minutes), or walk from the railway station’s B1 level by underground passage in 20 minutes.
For Terminal 1 take Line 10 (2 stops, 15 minutes).
To Pudong Airport
a) By metro only: Take Line 2 to Guanglan Road (20 stops), then Line 2 East Section to its terminal station — Pudong Airport (8 stops). The journey will be about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Leave plenty of time so as not to miss your flight.
b) By metro and Shanghai Maglev: Take Line 2 to Longyang Road Station (17 stops), then transfer over to the Shanghai Maglev direct to the airport (30 kilometers, 8 minutes, about 50 RMB). The journey will be about 90 minutes.
c) By Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 (80 minutes, 30 RMB): Go to the east traffic center of the station. The bus runs to Terminal 1 from 6 am to 11 pm about every 25 minutes.
To the Pudong Towers
binjiang dadaoThe towers opposite the Bund in Pudong District.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is just one of the very tall buildings popular with tourists in the Pudong area.
First take Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station (12 stops). Then walk to the building you want to go to.
Be sure you’re booking tickets for the right stations. Many cities, like Shanghai, have more than one. You could book tickets at any train station or city ticket window or online with the Chinese railway website. See How to Buy Tickets in China.
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The best way to travel between Shanghai and Haining is by bullet train. There are plenty of high-speed trains running on the Shanghai – Hangzhou High-Speed Railway line and the average journey duration on high-speed trains is about 45mins. As the trains depart frequently, it’s very convenient for you to adjust your schedule. If you miss your train, you can easily get a replacement ticket at a ticket window and catch a train soon after.
From Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station “上海虹桥” to Tongxiang station “桐乡站” to Haining”海宁”
Haining does not have bullet train station in the city. Tongxiang station 桐乡站 is the closest bullet train startion from haining. So when you buy bullet train tickets, destination station should be Tongxiang station which is 40mins from Haining downtown. We will pick you up from tongxiang station. See our transportation guide for Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
There are different terminals in each city for high-speed trains. The price differs for different routes; please see below.
2 Shanghai Terminals for High-Speed Trains:
- Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (“上海虹桥 Shanghai Hongqiao” on tickets)
- Shanghai Railway Station (“上海 Shanghai” on tickets)
2 Hangzhou Terminals for High-Speed Trains:
- Hangzhou East Railway Station (“杭州东 Hangzhou Dong” on tickets)
- Hangzhou Railway Station (“杭州 Hangzhou” on tickets)
The table below is only for your reference. If you want up-to-date schedules, you may use the search tool at the top of this page
Buy Train Tickets Online3 Seat Classes
- 2nd class: 5 seats in a row, the cheapest ticket class for high-speed trains
- 1st class: 4 seats in a row, the most recommended
- Business class: 3 seats in a row, the most luxurious and comfortable
Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:
- Foreign passengers: passport
- Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permi
Online Booking — the Most Convenient Way
You can book train tickets online easily through China Highlights Train Ticket Service. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance, a 24/7 service, and also a ticket delivery service. You only need to complete three steps to get your train tickets.
Alternatively, you can contact your travel advisor to help you buy the train tickets, which is also very convenient.
- Or see our more detailed guide for How to Buy Train Tickets in China.
Go to the Right Train Station
Train routes depart from/arrive at different terminals, and there are several railway stations in Shanghai. Different train numbers require you to board/get off at different terminals.
There are 4 main railway stations operating high-speed trains and these can be reached by taxi, as detailed below:
Getting to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by Taxi
|The Oriental Pearl Tower||80 yuan (12 USD)||50 minutes|
|Shanghai Railway Station||75 yuan (11.50 USD)||40 minutes|
|Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport||25 yuan (4 USD)||20 minutes|
|Shanghai Pudong International Airport||210 yuan (32 USD) (includes expressway toll)||1 hour|
- See our transportation guide for Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
Western-Style Toilets Are Available on High-Speed Trains!
Western-style toilets are set at the end of each carriage and are equipped with toilet paper. However, they may occasionally run out of toilet paper, so you are recommended to bring your own, just in case.
China’s high-speed trains are equipped with the same modern and new facilities. Free boiled/cold water is available on Chinese trains.