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How to Travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou by train

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province in China. Famous for its picturesque scenery and rich history, Hangzhou has always been among the top tourism sites in China. It is only about 105 miles away from Shanghai, which makes it the ideal place for a weekend vacation if you happen to be in Shanghai and want to see the more traditional side of China. 

Shanghai Hangzhou High Speed Rail, also known as Huhang High-Speed Railway, is a high speed rail line linking Shanghai with Hangzhou. The high speed train between Shanghai and Hangzhou is FAST and CONVENIENT. Currently, there are more than 130 pairs of high speed trains operating daily between Shanghai and Hangzhou. The average journey duration on these high-speed trains is about 50 minutes and the departure intervals between trainsare about 10 minutes. With such a dense schedule and the shortest travel time, it feels like traveling by metro within one city. These bullet trains are operated at different railway stations in both cities. Carefully choose the stations close to your staying places before booking a ticket. 

  • Distance: 169 kilometers (105 miles)

  • Shortest duration: 50 minutes

  • Number of trains: 136 pairs of high-speed trains (111 G trains, 25 D trains)

Shanghai and Hangzhou Train Stations

There are two Shanghai terminals and two Hangzhou terminalsfor these high-speed routes: Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station, and Hangzhou Railway Station.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station ( "上海虹桥 Shanghai Hongqiao" on tickets)

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站) is located in Minhang District, west of downtown Shanghai, the station is 500 meters west of Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2. Travelers can take metro line 2 to Renmin Square, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Jing’an Temple, Lujiazui Area; take metro line 10 to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Zoo, Xintiandi, Yu Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road.

Shanghai Railway Station ( "上海 Shanghai" on tickets)

Shanghai Railway Station (上海站) is located on Moling Road in Jing’an District, the north of city center. The station is about 4 kilometers (2 miles) west of the Bund. It is equipped with very frequent transportation. Travelers can take metro line 1 to Renmin Square, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road; metro line 3 to Shanghai South Railway Station and Zhongshan Park.

Hangzhou East Railway Station ( "杭州东 Hangzhou Dong" on tickets)

Hangzhou East Railway Station (杭州东站) is on No.1 Tiancheng Road, Jianggan District. Metro line 1 links Hangzhou East to West Lake; metro line 2 connects to Qianjiang Road and Qiantang River.

Hangzhou Railway Station ( "杭州 Hangzhou" on tickets)

Hangzhou Railway Station (known to local residents as Chengzhan Station) is the oldest and main station in the city. Hangzhou Railway Station (杭州站) is located on Huangcheng East Road, Shangcheng District. Travelers can take metro line 1 from Hangzhou station to West Lake, Hangzhou East Railway Station. 

Schedules of Shanghai Hangzhou High Speed Train

Both G trains and D trains are available between Shanghai and Hangzhou. Almost every 10 minutes has a train running between the two cities. During the rush time, almost every 5 minutes has a train going through.

Shanghai – Hangzhou High Speed Trains

High speed trains are available from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station; from Shanghai Railway Station to Hangzhou Railway Station.

FROM
TOG Trains
D Trains
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Hangzhou East Railway Station

G7541, G1321, G7331, G1383 and other 80 G-trains available during 06:05~21:30, taking 45-81 minutes


Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 73RMB/$11
1st Class:117RMB/$18

Business Class:219.5RMB/$33

D379, D3131, D2287, D3201 and 14 other G-trains available during 06:40~15:57, taking 61-91 minutes


Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 56RMB/$9
1st Class:89RMB/$14


Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Hangzhou Railway Station

G7301, G7395, G7351, G7303 and 6 other G-trains available during 06:35~21:30, taking 58-71 minutes


Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 77.5RMB/$12
1st Class:123.5RMB/$19

Business Class:233.5RMB/$35

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Shanghai Railway Station
Hangzhou Railway Station

G7357, G7351, and G7359 available at 08:05~17:54, taking 89-101 minutes


Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 92.5RMB/$14
1st Class:147.5RMB/$22

Business Class:278.5RMB/$42

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Hangzhou – Shanghai High Speed Trains

High speed trains are available from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station; from Hangzhou Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station.

FROM
TOG Trains
D Trains
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

G7556, G7502, G7564, G7386, G7324, G7512 and 99 other G-trains available during 06:55~23:10, taking 45-76 minutes

Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 73RMB/$11
1st Class:117RMB/$18

Business Class:219.5RMB/$33

D382, D3102, D3142, D3206, D2288 and 15 other D-trains available during 12:38~21:40, taking 57-105 minutes

Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 56RMB/$9
1st Class:89RMB/$14


Hangzhou Railway Station
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

G7302, G7304, G7306, G7308, G7396 and 5 other trains available during 07:58~20:25, taking 58-82 minutes

Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 77.5RMB/$12
1st Class:123.5RMB/$19

Business Class:233.5RMB/$35

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Hangzhou Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station

G7358, G7360 and G7352 available at 06:10~20:00, taking 86-104 minutes

Ticket Price:

2nd Class: 92.5RMB/$14
1st Class:147.5RMB/$22

Business Class:278.5RMB/$42

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G Trains — the Fastest Trains with Speed of Over 300 kph

This category of train has a speed of over 300 kph (186 mph). The trains only stop at a few major stations along the way, and the ticket price is the highest among the trains. There are no sleeper cars on G trains.

D trains — Cheaper than G-Trains

D trains are the second fastest and are designed with a speed of over 200 kph (124 mph). This type of train is mainly used on the popular rail lines connecting major cities. Some overnight D trains have soft sleeper class.

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Tips for buying tickets from Shanghai to Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a very busy place for tourists and Chinese alike. It's a good idea to buy your return tickets when you arrive as many of the trains to Shanghai fill up quickly. You can buy tickets up to 10 days in advance and since the schedule remains constant, you can just show up with a piece of paper with the date and train number or time if you don't speak Chinese. The ticket office is also very busy so if you do not buy your return tickets ahead of time, give yourself a good 15-45 minutes to get through.

If you book the Hangzhou Shanghai tour with us, we can hlep you book the train tickets in advance and we can delivery the train tickets to your hotel or the place you stay. 

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Sharon Tan
Reviewed 26 August 2018
What is the difference between travelling to Hangzhou Railway station and Hangzhou East railway station

I will be Pullman Jingan Hotel, a stone' s throw from the Shanghai railway station and I want to go to Hangzhou for a short overnight trip. Should we travel from This railway station or the one at Hongqiao? How will this affect my trip to Hangzhou?

Replied:27 August 2018

Hello,Shanghai railway Station and Hongqiao Station are both okay. Since you are close to the Shanghai railway station,you can start from this station which is closer for you. You can take this train G7357 starts from shanghai railway station and arrives at the Hangzhou train station. Thanks! 

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Garry
Reviewed 01 June 2018
How long should i book the train tciket from Shanghai to Hangzhou and and the return ticket in advance?

We want to travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train. How long should be book the round way train tickets in advance? And where should be buy the train tickets? Thanks!

Replied:01 June 2018

Dear Garry,
We recommend you buy the around way Shanghai hangzhou train tickets 1-2 days ahead.(Weekend or holidays should be 2 days ahead).If you stay at a hotel in Shanghai, you can ask your hote help you book the train tickets in advance. Or you can book the train tickets online on ctrip.com. And we can help you book the train online as well. Thanks! 

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Selvin
Reviewed 01 June 2018
From Shanghai to Hangzhou by bus or by train?

I will be arriving in Shanghai Pudong Airport (T2) at bout 3pm. I only have short time in China and i really want to visit Hangzhou. I intend to take the long distance bus to HZ. Can we buy the bus ticket in advance or only on the spot? And which one is better way travel from PVG to Hangzhou? By train or bu bus?

Replied:01 June 2018

Dear Selvin,
The best and the fastest way is to travel by Shanghai to Hangzhou by bullet train which takes one hour and costs CNY50-80.But you have to transfer from PVG to the train station first(Around one hour by subway or taxi).Buy bus, it takes around 3 hours from Shanghai PVG airport to Hangzhou.Bus schedule as below:Pudong East Long-distance Bus Station 06:30, 07:20, 08:30, 09:20, 10:30, 11:30, 14:10, 18:30.Thanks!

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