This is the latest update about the second most important station in Shanghai – the opening of the Shanghai South Railway Station.
The Shanghai South Railway Station will open officially from June 25, 2006. The first train from the station to Hangzhou will leave that morning.
I hope this short introduction can help you plan your trip to Shanghai.
How Many Railway Stations in Shanghai?
Just like the confusing “two-airport in one city” arrangement, there are many railway stations in Shanghai. The major one is the Shanghai Railway Station, or “The New Railway Station” by local people. Most trains depart and arrive in this station. Especially trains westward, or northward.
The other one is the Shanghai South Railway Station. It was opened long time ago, but closed for construction about two or three years ago.
Now the construction completes, and it is become a bigger station than the Shanghai Railway Station, and will be responsible to handle trains to south of Shanghai.
Where is the South Station?
Both the New Station and the South Station are located at metro line #1. South Station is also the starting station of Metro line #3.
It is at south-west part of Shanghai. If you list all the metro stations between the two railway station, here is the order:
Shanghai Railway Station
People’s Square (Transit to Metro Line #2)
South Huangpi Road
South Shaanxi Road
Shanghai Stadium (Transit to Metro Line #3)
Shanghai South Railway Station (Transit to line #3)
You may get some idea about where the station is.
Here is the train schedule.
Now there are only 5 pairs of train scheduled to use the South Station. Please record this, since this information is important:
N521 South Station -> Hangzhou, Departs at 08:15
N523 South Station -> Hangzhou, Departs at 10:01
N525 South Station -> Hangzhou, Departs at 13:33
N527 South Station -> Hangzhou, Departs at 16:12
N529 South Station -> Hangzhou, Departs at 19:08
N522 Hangzhou -> South Station, Arrives at 09:15
N524 Hangzhou -> South Station, Arrives at 12:41
N526 Hangzhou -> South Station, Arrives at 15:21
N530 Hangzhou -> South Station, Arrives at 18:13
N528 Hangzhou -> South Station, Arrives at 20:48
If I visit the station one day, I will take picture of it and share with everyone. The architect is fantastic. It is the first round railway station in the world. It looks like a stadium for me.
How to Get there from Pudong Airport?
If you want to go to Hangzhou, to take bus directly from Pudong Airport is a better choice, since it is faster, and door to door.
If you do want to transit at Shanghai South Railway Station, it may take some time and needs three transfer.
1. Take Maglev from Pudong Airport to Long Yang Road
2. Take Metro #2 (at the same building) to the People’s Square.
3. Transit to Metro #1 at People’s Square.
4. Arrive at the Shanghai South Railway Station
With the completion of the station, I would be more willing to visit Hangzhou myself.
Good luck to your trip. I hope this information is helpful.
Update January 23, 2009
Now the station has been completed and opened, and 3 years later, the trains leaving from this station are much more than 2006, when this article was written. It has already been a large station. Please read on the part II of this station, with a lot of pictures.