Shanghai – Hangzhou High Speed Train: 135 Daily, 1Hour & from ¥73

The best way to travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is by high speed train. There are over 130 daily high speed trains linking the two cities. Most of them are using Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Hangzhou East Station, with several using the central-located Shanghai Railway Station, and Hangzhou Railway Station (closer to West Lake).

Journey time ranges from 45 – 80 mins depending on the specific train you ride, and ticket price is from CNY73.

Departure from Shanghai Hongqiao: 128 daily G or D category high speed trains leaves from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. 119 of them arrive at Hangzhou East Railway Station and 9 at Hangzhou Railway Station.

Departure from Shanghai Railway Station: 3 daily G category high speed trains leaves from Shanghai Railway Station and all of them arrive at Hangzhou Railway Station.

Shanghai to Hangzhou by high speed trains
Train Type From – To Frequency 1st-Last Duration Ticket Fares
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
D,G train Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East 119 06:00-20:52 50-70mins 73 117 219.5
G train Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou Station 9 06:30-21:30 60-70mins 77.5 123.5 233.5
G train Shanghai Station to Hangzhou Station 3 06:30-21:30 90-100mins 92.5 147.5 278.5
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Departure from Hangzhou East: There are 119 daily high speed trains (G or D trains) running from Hangzhou East (HangzhouDong). All arriving at Shanghai Hongqiao Station.

Departure from Hangzhou Railway Station: About 13 daily high speed trains run from Hangzhou Railway Station to Shanghai between 06:10 – 20:25, with 3 arriving at Shanghai Railway Station, and 10 at Shanghai Hongqiao Station.

Hangzhou to Shanghai by high speed trains
Train Type From – To Frequency 1st-Last Duration Ticket Fares
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
D,G train Hangzhou East to Shanghai Hongqiao 119 06:48-22:39 50-75mins 73 117 219.5
G train Hangzhou Station to Shanghai Hongqiao 10 07:58-20:25 60-80mins 77.5 123.5 233.5
G train Hangzhou Station to Shanghai Station 3 06:10-20:00 85-100mins 92.5 147.5 278.5
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Which Train Station to Use

Most of the high speed trains are uning Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Hangzhou East Station. Only several are using Hangzhou Station and Shanghai Station.

Shanghai Hongqiao is centrally located in city center with Hongqiao Airport nearby. If you arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and plan to travel to Hangzhou by train immediately, Hongqiao Railway Station is your choice. Hongqiao Station can be reached by metro line 2 from Nanjing Lu & The Bund, by line 10 from Shanghai Disneyland, by Airport Bus Line 1 from Shanghai Pudong Airport.

By metroline 2line 10line 17. (Refer to Shanghai metro on Wiki & official site http://service.shmetro.com/en/)

Shanghai Railway Station is also centrally located in urban area, operating high speed trains. But it has only 3 daily high speed trains to Hangzhou, all of which arriving at Hangzhou Railway Station.

By metroline 1line 3line 4. (Refer to Shanghai metro on Wiki & official site http://service.shmetro.com/en/)

Hangzhou East (Hangzhou Dong) is the main high speed station serving Hangzhou. Compared to another main station Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East is far from city center and West Lake.But Hangzhou East has the most trains to or from Shanghai. For going to or coming from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, it is just 45 mins ride from Hangzhou East by Airport Bus.

By metro: line 1line 4line 6(open in 2019)

Hangzhou Train Station is close to the West Lake, Wulin Square. It has about 10 daily high speed trains to Shanghai Hongqiao, and 3 to Shanghai Railway Station.

By metro: line 1 at Chengzhan stop, line 5 (not open) and line 7

Ticket Booking Tips

When to buy tickets: Chinese train tickets are always released online 30 days in advance on its official site www.12306.cn (in Chinese only). So you can buy tickets or check ticket availability 30 days ahead of departure. For English version timetables, just use www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/.

Where to buy tickets: You can buy tickets at ticket windows in any train stations in Hangzhou or Shanghai (even another city, Suzhou for example), or an online ticket agent like www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/, who will charge you a service fee.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance? or How long in advance should I book tickets?

Generally speaking, it is always good to book China train tickets in advance.

Since there are over 130 daily bullet trains available, tickets are sufficient for this route for most of the time or day. So in usual time, it is ok for you to buy them several days in advance even buy tickets on the date of your travel.

But Chinese public holidays are exceptions. It is advised to buy tickets in advance (even 30 days in advance) if you travel during Chinese public holidays including New Year Day, Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, Labor’s Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Day, National Golden Week, etc.

Trusted Online Ticket Agents:

Option 1: China Highlights is a reliable online agency  for China train ticketing. They get positive reviews on TripAdvisor & Trustpilot. Sharon and her team help you buy tickets & plan rail routes even deliver tickets to your hotels with a service fee from $6.

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