Train Travel in Shanghai

Information on the train network, buying tickets, baggage allowances and getting round the city by train...

Shanghai has three main railway stations: Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, and Shanghai South Railway Station.

Most trains from northern China arrive at Shanghai Railway Station. Trains from southern China usually arrive at Shanghai South Railway Station. High-speed trains to Beijing, Hangzhou and Nanjing depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and are called ā€œDā€ trains.

Travel by train is not easy for English speakers as many of the signs are in Mandarin only and service workers usually speak little English. The self-serve ticket booths have an English version, however. Purchasing tickets from these vendors incurs a small fee, but this is less than that of travel agencies.

All three railway stations are conveniently linked to the metro system. Taxi and bus services are also readily available.

Children less than 1.2m can ride for free. Discount tickets can be purchased for children between 1.2m and 1.5m, which are about half the adult fare.

  • Shanghai Railway Station
    : 303 Mo Ling Road; Zhabei District, Shanghai 200070
    Metro lines
    : 1, 3, 4
  • Shanghai South Railway Station
    : 9001 Humin Road; Xuhui District, Shanghai 200032
    Metro lines
    : 3, 1
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
    : West side of the Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2
    Metro lines
    : 2, 10 (shares the same building)

Baggage allowances

Quotas for free carry-on baggage:

  • Children: 10 Kg
  • Diplomat: 35 Kg
  • Other passengers: 20 Kg

The total length of each item cannot exceed 1.6m. Odd-shaped baggage must be less than 200cm in length and 20 Kg in weight. Wheelchairs can be brought onto the train for free. Items heavier than the above limits and less than 50 Kg can be transported as checked baggage. However, this service has no English-language assistance.


The Maglev is a high-speed train from Longyang Road station on metro lines 2 and 7 to Pudong Airport. The train runs every day from 06:45 to 21:30, arriving every 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Maglev
    Tel: 021 2890 7777
  • For information about Maglev tickets and fares: Click here
  • For further information about Maglev services: Click here