Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors using Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is part of the Hongqiao Transportation Hub, the largest transportation hub in China, combining airport, railway, subway, city bus and long-distance bus.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station mainly operates Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Rail, Shanghai–Hangzhou High Speed Rail and Shanghai–Nanjing Intercity High Speed Rail.

The construction of this huge station building follows the principle of “entering from the above and exiting from the below”.

F3: Commercial floor for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge

F2: Departure floor as well as the station waiting area ( Also for ticketing offices )

F1: Platforms and tracks for outgoing and arriving high speed trains

B1: Arrival floor for arriving train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

B2: Platforms for subway lines (subway line 2 & 10)

B2 Floor Information
The B2 floor is designed for subway platforms – Subway Line 2 and 10 linking the railway station with the center of Shanghai.

If you want to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by subway, you are advised to use Line 2 and Line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Railway Station and take the escalator up to the B1 floor ( arrival floor ), or continue to  the second floor ( F2 ), the waiting room for departure.

B2 Floor  is the departure floor for Subway Line 2 and Line 10, where you take an escalator up to B1, and F2. The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

 After arriving at Hongqiao Railway Station, if you would like to use Shanghai subway, then you walk down the escalator from the F1 floor ( platform ) to the B1 floor (arrival floor), buying subway tickets on B1, again walk down to the B2 floor to connect Shanghai subway, either line 2 or line 10.

B1 Floor Information
The B1 is arrival floor for train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, train, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

1.  To go to T1 of Hongqiao airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao airport.

2.  To go to to T2 of Hongqiao airport, you can easily take a moving walkways for 10 minutes to get to T2 of Hongqiao Airport.

3.  To get to the city center of Shanghai, you should take subway line 2

4.  To get to Pudong airport, you should take subway line 2 ( about 1.4 hours )

5.  To get to Shanghai Railway Station, you should first take subway line 2 and interchange for Subway line 1 at the stop of People’s Square and get off at the stop of Shanghai Railway Station.

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor or F1

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for train passengers at Hongqiao Railway Station. 

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for Hongqiao Railway Station.

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1 

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1

F1 Floor Information
First floor (F1) has totally 16 platforms with 30 tracks for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

First floor (F1) is the platform for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

F2 Floor Information
The second floor( F2 ) of covers 10,000 square meters, used as the waiting room for the high-speed trains. You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for your train number.

When it approaches the departure time for your train, passengers will line up before the signboard.When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor (F1). So please wait on the second floor and look for your train number sign.

They are passengers waiting for high speed trains in the waiting lounge on the second floor ( F2 ) of the terminal building of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you need any help at Hongqiao Railway Station, please go to the Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” on the second floor.

Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” e Enquiry

F3 Floor Information
The third floor is for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge. The McDonald’s or KFC at T2 of the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao Train Station and T2 of Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving walkway, 15-minute walk.

Restaurants on the third floor

Restaurants on the third floor.

Adjacent to the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Note: if you want to go to Terminal 1 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Airport Station.

Walking from B1 of Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Walking from Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Remarks:

1. Luggage Deposit
There are some self-service baggage deposit areas on the second floor. The instructions on how to use the self-service baggage storage are all in Chinese.

If you cannot handle the self-service left luggage lockers. If you may turn to “Enquiry Counter” for help, which is located in the center of the waiting hall on the second floor.

Deposit Time: between 06:00 – 21:00
Service Line: 1502659 0673
Complaint: 95105105

Baggage deposit service fees:

Large suitcase: RMB 20 (8 hours)
Small Suitcase: RMB 10 9 8 hours)

2. If you need “Red Cap service” (Hong Mao Zi Carrying) which assists seniors or people with too much luggage who need someone to take their luggage on to the train coach, please go to the Enquiry (information center) in the middle of the waiting hall. When you are on the arrival floor, you will see the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business.

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

Red Cap Service Fees
1) RMB 20 for large suitcase.
2) RMb 10 for samaller one.
Service Line: 021-51245660
Complaint: 95105105

3.  The McDonald’s or KFC at the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao train station and Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.4. A Smoking Room is by the Gate 4 ( south) on the arrival Hall ( second floor)

Smoking Room

Smoking Room

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

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116 Responses to “Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station”

  1. Winnie says:

    If one is taking a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou, which Railway station do you recommend and how much ahead of time do you recommend one buys a ticket? Many thanks!

  2. admin says:

    You should go to Hongqiao Railway Station for the highspeed or bullet trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou. No need for prebooking the train tickets, just buy the latest train ticket and go since there are over 40 highspeed +bullet trains per day! For Hongqiao Railway Station, please check http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/shanghai-travel/shanghai-transportation/shanghai-hongqiao-railway-station/

  3. Sanjay says:

    along with my family travelling to Shanghai by Air. From Shanghai, we plan to travel to Beijing by train. We are three members of family and will be carrying about 10 pieces of luggage, approx. 150 kgs. My question is whether we can carry that luggage with us in the train or we have to book it at the station. If we book it at the Shanghai Station, which station is preferable, how much time and money it takes and when will we receive our luggage in Beijing (will it come by same train or by some other train).

  4. admin says:

    Each passenger is allowed to take a certain amount of carry-on baggage for free.

    Children (children with free ticket included): 10 kg (22 pounds)
    Diplomat: 35 kg (77 pounds)
    Other passengers: 20 kg (44 pounds)
    The total length of each item cannot exceed 160 cm.
    Rod-shaped baggage should not exceed 200 cm in length and 20 kg (44 pounds) in weight.

    Note: The above limitation is not applicable to wheelchair, which can be brought onto the train for free.

    If the baggage exceeds the allowed amount (either by weight or size), please use the baggage transportation service.

    Special Notice:
    The luggage rack of G Train (High-Speed Electric Multiple Units Train) is too small for luggage in large or super sizes. There is no special rack or room for the large luggage either. It is suggested that tourists with large luggage should not carry it onto the G Trains. Go to the trains stations earlier to have your large luggage be checked and transferred by freight, and pick up it when you arrive at your destination.

    Checked Baggage Transportation
    Checked baggage refers to the bedding, clothing and books which are for personal use and other necessities for traveling. Wheelchairs for the disabled are also included. Currency, securities, cultural relics, jewellery, important documents and other valuables are not allowed in checked baggage. The weight limitations for checked baggage are 50 kilograms per piece. The minimum volume should be more than 0.01 cubic meters. Passengers can choose to transport checked baggage in the same train they are traveling on or it may be transported in advance. If it is transported in the same train, it can be collected as soon as you reach your destination. If it is transported in advance, the baggage will arrive on a later train. Staff will notify you to come and pick it up after it has arrived. Remember to collect it as soon as possible after being informed, as the station will only keep it for free for three days. Storage fees apply after that time.

    There is no luggage car on D class train or G class train, so you can only transport checked baggage on normal train.
    And there is no English speaking staff or English version statement in Baggage Transportation Department.
    Therefore, it’s feasible for you to transport your luggage only if you can read & write in Chinese.

    We recommend you to bring less luggage, or take flight instead.

  5. young says:

    We are going to Suzhou. Can we just go to any of the ticket booths to purchase the tickets? Are they all on the second floor ( F2 )?

  6. admin says:

    Yes, it is quite easy and just buy your tickets from automatic machines or ticketing offices if you don’t like automatic machines. Ticket offices are also available on the first floor and B1.

  7. Alexander Blinov says:

    I plan to change trains at the Hongqiao train station. The layover is 5 hours and I plan to go downtown. I there a left-luggage service at the train station?

  8. admin says:

    Yes, there is a place for depositing your luggge in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

  9. Botter says:

    Staying in the center (hotel) at Shanghai we like to travel by G-Train (5 hrs) to Beijing departing at approx 09.00 hrs am. How do we get intime to the Hongqiao R-station by subway ? We have normal luggage to carry. Do we need to pre-order those tickets ?

  10. admin says:

    Hello Botter,

    It is very easy to go from the city center of Shanghai to Hongqiao Railway Station. Just take Subway Line 2 and get off at the stop of Hongqiao Railway Station. If you haven’t booked your 9 departure train, you are advised to get to the train station earlier (2 or 3 hours in advance ) to buy the 9 departure trains. Have a nice trip to Beijing!

  11. John/Australia says:

    I will be going on G13 from Beijing to Shanghai on the G High speed train in early september. Two of us have two suitcases We are going First Class,and do we put our suitcases with us in the FC Cabin?

    Many thanks,

    John

  12. admin says:

    Hello John,

    No worry about that. There is a luggage area in the front of each coach by the door. So you leave your luggage in a luggage area near a door and keep your eye on them when your train stops at Jinan and Nanjing before it gets to Shanghai. G13 has 4 stops – Beijing, Jinan, Nanjing and Shanghai.

  13. Jasmn says:

    Hello,
    I would arrive in Shanghai Pudong Airport in the late afternoon of late Oct 2012; planning to take a train to Hangzhou. So I have to take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 to Hongqiao Airport; walk to find Hongqiao Railway Station and buy a ticket for either G or D series train to Hangzhou.
    Is the above procedure correct?
    Also, to save cost, I intend to buy the 2nd class and would the tickets be sold out?
    Thank you.

    regards,
    Jasmin LIM

  14. admin says:

    Hello Jasmn,

    Basically it is easy to buy your train ticket from Shanghai to Hangzhou on the spot when you get to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

    From Pudong airport to Hongqiao Railway Station, you are highly advised to take subway line 2 directly from Pudong airport to Hongqiao Railway Station. Now Pudong airport and Hongqiao Railway station has been connected by Subwayl Line 2.

  15. Kris Tan says:

    I saw a picture above that we can walk from the railway station to the Hongqiao airport terminal T2. As we will come to the station during winter time is it wise to walk or better take the subway. Thanks

  16. Thangamuthu says:

    Hi, I am travelling from shanghai to Beijing on the 1st September and returning on the 4 th September and i have 2 luggages, can i put this luggages in the railways station (Cloak room) for 4days and what are the charges and location of the cloak room.

    Thank you
    Thangamuthu

  17. admin says:

    Hello Thangamuthu,

    There are several places offering 24-Hour Luggage Deposit Service in Hongqiao Railway Station. Just check the signboards or ask the train station staff for the locations.

    The charge for storing your luggage is contingent on the sizes of your left suitcases, basically ranging from CNY 30 to 50 per day.

  18. admin says:

    Hello Kris Tan,

    Hongqiao Transportation Hub is mainly composed of Hongqiao Airport, Hongqiao Train Station, Hongqiao Long-diantance Bus Station and Subway. No need to take subway from Hongqiaon Raiway Station to Hongqiao Airport. They are connected by a moving sidewalk corridor.

  19. Kash says:

    Hello, My destination is Ningbo. I land at Pu Dong. What do you recommend if I want to go by Bullet train?
    Can I buy the ticket the same day of travel if I m traveling in the morning.

    Thanks

  20. admin says:

    Hello Kash,

    First you take Shanghai subway line 2 directly from Shanghai pudong airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Buy your bullet train ticket on the same day for Ningbo. There are many daily bullet trains between Shanghai and Ningbo.

  21. Shi Min says:

    Hello! I am planning to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by G train on Sept 29. Do you think it will be a really pack on that day as it is the holiday week? 1) What time should i arrive into Shanghai to avoid the crowd? 2) Is the subway station very far from the railway station?

  22. admin says:

    Hello Shi Min,

    Sept 29 is on the weekend, also happens to be the starting day for the week-long holiday for the two connected holidays – Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Traveling on Sept 29 will be more crowded than normal days. 17:00 – 21:00 will be peak hours in Shanghai. But as a cosmopolitan city, Shanghai is always busy!

    Shanghai Subway Line 2 is linked to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Arriving at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, just interchange for Subway Line 2 for downtown Shanghai.

    Actually, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is part of Shanghai Hongqiao Transportation Hub, which also include Subway, Long-distance Bus and Hongqiao Airport, a huge transportation center! Beijing is like a farmboy before Shanghai.

    Have a nice trip to Shanghai!

  23. 24 hour restaurants? says:

    Hi,
    1. Are there 24 hour restaurants at Hongqiao Railway Station?
    2. What time is the first bullet train to Hangzhou?

    Thank you.

  24. admin says:

    Hello 24 hour Restaurants,

    Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is a part of Shanghai Transport Hub, which also includes Hongqiao Airport, Hongqiao Bus Station and Subway Station, a hug complex. There must some restaurants and cafes offering 24 hours service. I’m not sure whether McDonald’s or KFC offer 24-hour service, but I’m sure the McDonald’s or KFC at the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service. Hongqiao train stationa and Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.

    As far as I know, the earliest train from Shanghai to Hangzhou starts at 06:15am.

  25. CC says:

    How long will the Subway 2 ride will be from PuDong airport to Hong Qiao Railway Station?

    We plan to take Nov. 4, G14 high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. We would have our friends to buy G14 first class cabin tickets in advance for us. Tow of us have 3 luggages (75 cm height x 29 cm depth x 46 cm wide). Your prior answer stated that in each cabin, there is a luggage area at the end (front) of each cabin we can place our luggages, but we need to watch it at each stops between Shanghai and Beijing. Our questions are:

    How many stops for G14 train on Nov. 4 from Shanghai to Beijing?
    Will these 3 pieces of luggages of the specified dimension permitted for carrying on?
    Is F1 or F2 for G train departure for Beijing?

    Thank you very much.

  26. admin says:

    Hello CC,

    1. How long will the Subway 2 ride will be from PuDong airport to Hong Qiao Railway Station?

    Basically it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

    2. How many stops for G14 train on Nov. 4 from Shanghai to Beijing?

    G14: Shanghai 10:00, Nanjing South (南京南)11:07, Jinan West (济南西) 13:21 and Beijing South (北京南) 14:55 ( 4 hours and 55 minutes, 1318km )
    So two stops in between. Normally it is very safe on the train.

    3. Will these 3 pieces of luggages of the specified dimension permitted for carrying on?

    It is all right for you to carry them.

    4. Is F1 or F2 for G train departure for Beijing?

    You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for G14. When it approaches the departure time for G14, paasengers will line up before the signboard. When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor. So please wait on the second floor and look for the G14 sign. It is easy!

  27. Ramil says:

    I am arriving to pudong international airport, and i want to go to yiwu by bullet train wich floor should i look to buy mi ticket and where do i have to pick the train.?

    Thank you

  28. admin says:

    Hello Ramil,

    First take subway line 2 to get to Hongqiao Railway Station ( about 1.4 hours). When you arrive at Hongqiao Railway Station by subway, you are on B1 floor. Then you take an escalator to F2 (second floor) to buy your train ticket for Yiwu. F2 is also the departure floor ( a huge train waiting room ). You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for your train number. When it approaches the departure time for your train, passengers will line up before the signboard. When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor (F1). So please wait on the second floor and look for your train number sign.

  29. Mia says:

    Hi, just a question on restaurants in Hong Qiao Railway Station itself

    As we will have to get into the station early. Was wondering if there are any restaurants that will serve breakfast in the railway station itself as I understand that the 24 MacDonald’s is nearer to the airport side.

  30. admin says:

    Hello Mia,

    As far as I know, there are some restaturants (though not 24 hours) can serve passengers arriving early at the train station.

  31. terry smith says:

    arriving at pudong airport on the 31st oct 2012,going by magvev bullet train to longyang station,then taxi to salvo hotel. question is,can i buy a bullet train ticket to beijing on the 5th november at the airport train station,or do i have to go to the hongqiao station. regards terry

  32. admin says:

    Hello Terry Smith,

    As far as I know, there is no train train ticket selling office in Pudong airport. There are over 60 daily trains from Shanghai Hongqiao railway station to Beijing. It is easy to buy your tickets at the station on the spot.

  33. Robert McIntyre says:

    We are two seniors wanting to take the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing, one way,on Tuesday Nov 6, first class. Is there someone to assist with luggage? We have four pieces, two at 50 pounds each. What will be our cost and what time do we need to be at station? Can we book on line= internet.

  34. admin says:

    Hello Robert McIntyre,

    Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station has “Red Cap Service” which assists seniors or people with too much luggage who need someone to take their luggage on to the train coach. The “red cap” refers to the porters with red caps who live on carrying passngers’luggage. RMB 10 for a large suitcase and RMn 5 for a handbag.

    The official train booking online website is in Chinese, threre is no English train ticket booking online (official one). But don’t worry! You may take subway line 2 or take a taxi to Hongqiao Railway Station if you have too much luggage. You can buy your train tickets on the spot when you get to the train station since there are many highspeed trains from Shangahai to Beijing.

    You are advised to go to Hongqiap Train Station early in the morning and buy the train tickets available for Beijing.

  35. Carol Brown says:

    We are 2 seniors who are traveling today from the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station each with 2 heavy suitcases. We are on the G train and in first class. When we get to the airport in a taxi where do we find the Red Cap Service and does that mean we will have them take our luggage to the train we will travel on? Will the luggage be in the same car where we will be traveling?
    When we get to the Beijing station do you know if there is the same Red Cap Service we will use to get to a taxi?

  36. admin says:

    Hello Carol Brown,

    You can easily find the red-cap people who can carry your luggage. Yes, they can carry your luggage directly to your car, your own car. Yes, in Beijing, you also can find the same red cap service and carry your luggage to the taxi stand.

  37. Terence Seah says:

    Hi,

    It is easy to get tickets to Hangzhou South on 21 Dec? i would land in Pudong Airport @ 2.55pm. By the time i reach Hongqiao by train will be around 4.30pm. Will the train tickets sold out? can i buy return ticket at the same time? Where is the location of 24hr luggage deposit? is it at F2?

    Thank You

  38. admin says:

    Hello Terence Seah,

    There are many highspeed trains running between Shanghai and Hangzhou. It is very easy for you buy the tickets, even around 4.30pm. Yes, you can buy a return ticket at the same time.

    Information on 24hr luggage deposit:

    1. All the left luggage offices are closed and out of service. The signs overhead pointing to Left Luggage (小件寄存) are no longer used.

    Instead, there are 12 self-service baggage deposit areas on the second floor. The instructuons on how to use the self-service baggage storage are all in Chinese.

    If you cannot handle the self-service left luggage lockers. If you may turn to “Enquiry Counter” for help, which is located in the center of the waiting hall on the second floor.

    Deposit Time: between 06:00 – 21:00
    Service Line: 1502659 0673
    Complaint: 95105105

    Baggage deposit service fees:
    Large suitcase: RMB 20 (8 hours)
    Small Suitcase: RMB 10 9 8 hours

  39. Barbara Vitsky says:

    Hi
    We plan to take 7:00AM G train from Shanghai to Beijing 1 Apr 2013 Tickets (first class) will be purchased several days in advance while in Xian. At what time should we arrive at train station? How long is metro ride from Peoples Square? Should we consider buying a later departure ?

    Thank You

  40. admin says:

    Hello Barbara Vitsky,

    Basically, you are requested to be at the station half hour in advance. If you want go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for a 7:00am Shanghai to Beijing Train, you’d better pre-book a taxi to catch the train (at least 30-40 minutes by taxi). If you want to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, you’d better book a train starting around 9:00am since the metro ride from Peoples Square to the station takes over one hour. Have a nice trip!

  41. jon barangan says:

    good day! From salvo hotel, what is the better mode of transportation to get to hongqiao railway station to catch G14 train to Beijing? What time should we leave our hotel so that we have enough time to find our way inside hongqiao railway station to buy our tickets? We are two adults first time in china. Thanks a lot!

  42. ayeen says:

    hi we plan to take bullet train from shanghai hongqiao to beijing. besides that, i want to know, can we buy an advanced ticket to another destination at the shanghai railway station. example, we want to buy train ticket from beijing to xian and xian to chengdu at the shanghai railway station?

    TQ.

  43. admin says:

    Hello Ayeen,

    Basically, you can buy the train tickets for the trains which don’t start from Shanghai. Almost all the train stations are computerized, so you can buy train tickets to many cities, just like book air-tickets. Good journey!

  44. admin says:

    Hello Jon Barangan

    You should take the earliest train of subway line 2. The nearest subway station to your hotel is the station of People’s Square (人民广场), a large subway station. It is a 20-minute walk from your hotel to the station. The earliest train starts around 6:15am, so you should leave your hotel about 5:30am. Take the subway line 2 and get off at the station of Hongqiao Railway Station around 8:00am. Then buy your train tickets for Beijing.

    By the way, you should check the subway station in advance for the smooth trasnfer. Have a good trip!

  45. sheila wong says:

    i m traveling from Hangzhou to Shanghai on 12-feb-2013. may i know which l train stationto go in hangzhou. can i purchase a ticket on the same day of travel? thank you

  46. admin says:

    Hello Sheila,

    You can easily buy your train tickets from Hangzhou to Shanghai on the spot on the same day.

    Hangzhou has two major train stations – Hangzhou Railway Station (杭州站) and Hangzhou South Railway Station (杭州南站). Hangzhou Railway Station is for high-speed trains ( G trains ) while Hangzhou South Railway Station is for Bullet trains ( D trains ).

    Hangzhou – Shanghai High-speed trains ( G trains ) : about one hour
    Hangzhou – Shanghai Bullet trains ( D trains ): about one and half hour

    Hangzhou Railway Station is located in the downtown while Hangzou South Ralway Station in the southern outskirts of Hangzhou.

    Basically, it is better to choose Hazngzhou Railway Station (杭州站) for high-speed trains.

  47. Sue says:

    Hello,

    I have never travelled on the trains in China before but I am planning to travel from Shanghai Hongqiao to Nanjing Railway Station next week, hopefully on the 19:00 G-train.

    Do I need to purchase the ticket in advance? If it is not necessary, what time should I purchase the ticket on the day to ensure that I can get onto the 19:00 train?

    Also, how much time in advance do I have to be at the Hongqiao Railway Station for my train ride?

    Thanks a lot.

    Cheers,
    Sue

  48. admin says:

    Hello Sue,

    It is better to book your train ticket in advance. Of course, you can buy your train ticket on the spot when you get to Hongqiao Railway Station, but not 100% sure you will get the train ticket you want. You can change your trains since there are plentiful trains going between Shanghai and Nanjing. The earlier you get to Hongqiao Railway Station, the greater possibility of getting your preferred ticket.

    For the 19:00 train, the ticket-checking time ( the time you are allowed to go on to your platform boarding your train) is usually set at 18:40, so you don’t have to get to the train very early if you have already purchasd your train ticket. Have a nice trip!

    You will arrive at Nanjing South Railway Station ( check the link for more information: http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/jiangsu-travel/nanjing-travel/nanjing-south-railway-station/ )

  49. Marc Busscher says:

    Hi,

    I will arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao airport terminal 2 on Monday 15th of April at 10:45. Can I easily buy a ticket on the spot for a high speed train to Changzhou? (I don’t speak Chinese.)

    Thanks a lot!
    MarcB

  50. admin says:

    Hello Marc Busscher,

    Basically it is easy to buy a high-speed train ticket on the spot for the train from Shanghai to Changzhou.

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