Shanghai City currently has 3 major railway stations; Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station.
It is important that you go to the correct station to catch your train as they are all quite far apart from one another. In particular, it is easy to confuse Shanghai Railway Station with the Shanghai South Railway Station.
Please ensure you communicate correctly with your taxi driver and that the station name is what is printed on your train ticket.
Shanghai South Railway Station
The Shanghai South Railway Station is conveniently located in Shanghai’s central district of Xuhui. This station primarily serves trains traveling to China’s southern provinces. In particular, there are very frequent train services to popular Zhejiang Province’s cities of Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Jinhua and Wenzhou.
The Shanghai South Railway Station is newly renovated and is modern and clean. The circular design of the station is the first of its kind among railway stations in the world.
The Shanghai South Railway Station is served by Shanghai Metro’s Line 1 and Line 3 of a similar-named metro station called Shanghai South Railway Station.
Train tickets may be purchased a few days in advanced at the self-serving ticket kiosks or the conventional ticket counters at the respective railway stations.
Alternatively, trains tickets are also available on sales at designated sales locations throughout Shanghai City. Most large hotels will also help their guests to purchase the required train tickets if communicated in advance.
A category of train tickets known as the Standing Tickets are available for trains in China. Passengers who purchased this relatively cheaper category of tickets are not allocated a seat. Instead they are allowed to stand in between carriages for the duration of the journey. This is common during peak periods when seated train tickets are sold out.
Trains and train stations in China are notoriously crowded during long public holidays when migrant workers and students return to their hometowns. In particular, during the Lunar New Year in January / February period, heavy snowfall might cause further delay in train schedules. It is strongly recommended that you factor in possible delays in your travel plan should you wish to make a trip during these peak periods. Traveling during these peak periods is also a very tiring and energy-sapping experience for elder folks and young children.
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