New Timetables on 15 May 2016: Beijing-Shanghai HSR to Get Double Direct Train Services

Beijing-Shanghai HSR 800

Right now, the fastest trains on the Beijing-Shanghai HSR are those that have train numbers in are in the single digits — trains G1 to G4 are probably the fastest trains on Planet Earth, with just one intermediate stop in Nanjing (South Station / Nanjingnan).

The new timetables, due to be in effect on 15 May 2016, will double these trains with train codes in the single digits and provide Beijing and Shanghai with newer, and faster, morning and late evening train services.

Trains from Beijing to Shanghai

  • NEW: G5 (dp Beijing South 07:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 11:55, serving Ji’nan West and Nanjing South)
  • G1 (dp Beijing South 09:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 13:48, serving Nanjing South)
  • G3 (dp Beijing South 14:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 18:48, serving Nanjing South)
  • NEW: G7 (dp Beijing South 19:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 23:55, serving Ji’nan West and Nanjing South)

Trains from Shanghai to Beijing

  • NEW: G6 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 07:00, ar Beijing South 11:55, serving Nanjing South and Ji’nan West)
  • G2 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 09:00, ar Beijing South 13:48, serving Nanjing South)
  • G4 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 14:00, ar Beijing South 18:48, serving Nanjing South)
  • NEW: G8 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 19:00, ar Beijing South 23:48, serving Nanjing South)

Unfortunately, the late arrival of these last trains will mean it will be too late to connect either to the Beijing Subway or the Shanghai Metro. We suggest you book a taxi in advance, or get family or friends to pick you up.

Update on 16 May 2016:
Tracking China is also aware of the following additional connections on the regular timetable which take less than 5 hours to run between Beijing and Shanghai:

Trains from Beijing to Shanghai

  • G13 (dp Beijing South 10:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 14:55, serving Ji’nan West and Nanjing South)
  • G15 (dp Beijing South 11:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 15:55, serving Ji’nan West and Nanjing South)
  • G17 (dp Beijing South 15:00, ar Shanghai Hongqiao 19:56, serving Ji’nan West and Nanjing South)

Trains from Shanghai to Beijing

  • G14 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 10:00, ar Beijing South 14:58, serving Nanjing South and Ji’nan West)
  • G16 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 11:00, ar Beijing South 15:55, serving Nanjing South and Ji’nan West)
  • G18 (dp Shanghai Hongqiao 15:00, ar Beijing South 19:55, serving Nanjing South and Ji’nan West)

This will mean that trains departing each city’s HSR terminus at 07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 19:00 are super-express trains that take less than 5 hours for the whole journey. Book early — as they are very likely going to be extremely popular!

David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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