Fenghuang – Shanghai by High Speed Train vs Flight

Fenghuang Ancient Town – Shanghai Transportation

Best Way to Travel between Shanghai & Fenghuang

Thanks to the high speed rail, it has become possible to visit Fenghuang Ancient Town by high speed trains from many cities like Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and so on. But this no includes Shanghai yet. No direct bullet train services are linking Shanghai with Fenghuang, and it requires you to make a transfer at Changsha South (Shanghai – Changsha – Fenghuang) or Huaihua South (Shanghai – Huaihua – Fenghuang). Besides, you can also fly from Shanghai to Changsha first, then take a metro (maglev train) from Changsha airport to Changsha South Railway Station, from where there are bullet trains to Fenghuang Railway Station (Fenghuanggucheng Station).

1.Via Huaihua by Train

From Fenghuang to Shanghai
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
G trains Step 1: Fenghuang to Huaihua South 12 30m 38 61 133
G trains Step 2: Huaihua South to Shanghai Hongqiao 7 7h30 603 1010 1894
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From Shanghai to Fenghuang
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
G trains Step 1: Shanghai Hongqiao to Huaihua South 10 7h30 603 1010 1894
G trains Step 2: Huaihua South to Fenghuang 12 30m 38 61 133

Huaihua South Station (Huaihuanan) serves as an important rail hub for those who are travelling to Fenghuang from Shanghai, or Hangzhou, Nanchang, Guiyang, Kunming, even Chengdu and Chongqing, as it has frequent trains to or from these cities mentioned above as well as trains to Fenghuang Gucheng Railway Station.

From Fenghuang: Take a train from Fenghuang to Huaihua South first, which takes around 30 minutes. Then make a transfer by taking a high speed train to Shanghai Hongqiao Station, taking 7.5 hours.

From Shanghai: Just take a train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Huaihua South first, then connected train to Fenghuang Gucheng Railway Station in just 30 minutes. Just allow 30 minutes for changing your train.

2. Via Changsha by Train

From Fenghuang to Shanghai
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
G trains Step 1: Fenghuang to Changsha South 5 2h10 186.5 310.5  
G trains Step 2: Changsha South to Shanghai Hongqiao 18 5-6h 478 798.5  
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From Shanghai to Fenghuang
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
G trains Step 1: Shanghai Hongqiao to Changsha South 17 5-6h 478 798.5  
G trains Step 2: Changsha South to Fenghuang 5 2h10 186.5 310.5  

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province, with Changsha South Railway Station serving as the most important transportaton hub, which can be accessible via high speed trains from most provicial capital cities. It is very convenient to travel between Shanghai and Changsha by train, or Changsha and Fenghuang by train.

From Fenghuang: All the trains to Changsha are departing from Fenghuang Gucheng Railway Station and arriving at Changsha South Railway Station, taking just 2h10 or so. Then, chang to a connecting train to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, taking about 5-6 hours. Remember to allow at least 45 minutes connection time for changing your trains.

From Shanghai: There are frequent trains running from Shanghai to Changsha, using Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Changsha South Statin, taking 5.5 – 6.5 hours. After reaching at Changsha South, just change to another speed train to Fenghuang Gucheng Station, which takes about 2.5 hours.

3. By Train + Plane

The fastest way to travel from Fenghuang to Shanghai or vice verse would be taking a train between Fenghuang and Changsha, then a flight between Changsha and Shanghai.

From Fenghuang to Shanghai: Take a train from Fenghuang to Changsha first, which arrives at Changsha South Railway Station, from where you can ride the maglev service from the south train station to Changsha Huanghua International Airport in 30 minutes. Then you just fly from Changsha to Shanghai.

Railway Route & Train Station Maps

Getting to train stations & airports in Shanghai

DestinationsGetting there 
Shanghai Hongqiao Station Line 2 Line 10 Line 17
Shanghai Train Station Line 1 Line 3 Line 4
Shanghai South Station Line 1 Line 3
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Line 2 Line 10
Shanghai Pudong Airport Line 2
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Hi there. I am Jack Li, the author of ChinaTrain12306. I used to work for China’s largest online tour agency China Highlights for 4 years, where I helped foreign travelers plan rail routes & bought tickets. In 2015, I started this blog to follow my passion. Now I am blogging as a hobby, sharing train travel tips, news and answering questions on Trip Advisor forums. If you have any train travel questions, just send Jack an email.

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