Beijing to Shanghai CRH Train

I wrote a blog about Train from Beijing to Shanghai, and it became a very popular blog on the Internet. (Searching Beijing Shanghai in Google will lead to this page). After 3 years later, many reader asks me about whether the information is still accurate, and continue to ask about the Z train.

In this article, I would like to highlight the availability of a better train than the Z train, it is CHR train, or what the government calls it: the Train of Harmony. The train number is D31 from Beijing to Shanghai.

Schedule

Train Number: D31

Running time: 9 hours and 59 minutes (why did they just delay it by one minute so it is 10 hours?)

From Beijing to Shanghai

Leaving Beijing at 10:50 every day,

and arrives in Shanghai on 20:49

The distance is 1463 km.

Here is the stations in between:

D31 1 Beijing 10:50

D31 2 Tianjin West 天津西 11:53 11:54

D31 3 Taishan (Tai Mountain) 泰山 14:32 14:33

D31 4 Xuzhou 徐州 16:30 16:31

D31 5 Bengbu 蚌埠 17:32 17:33

D31 6 Nanjing 南京 18:50 18:52

D31 7 Shanghai 20:49

Comparation between Z Train and CRH (D) Train

The train runs much faster, and although it has more stops than the Z train, it arrives fasters than the Z train.

The other notable difference is, Z train runs during the night – you get on the train at night, and arrives the next morning – perfect for travellers.

D train runs during the day. Get on to the train in the morning and arrives at night.

Pictures of The Train

To be honest, I didn’t personally take the train myself – as a rule of this blog, I don’t take photos from other people to tell you the story.

However, I did have some photos of the CRH running from Shanghai to Nanjing. The train should be exactly the same for the D31 train.

For more photos, keep reading this entry:

17 thoughts on “Beijing to Shanghai CRH Train

  1. ana

    hi,

    just a small note, you shouldn’t say “I wrote a blog about Train from Beijing to Shanghai, and it became a very popular blog on the Internet. ” but instead “I wrote a post about Train from Beijing to Shanghai, and it became a very popular post on the Internet. ”

    “posts” are the articles you write on a blog.

    cheers,

    ana

  2. lyjgeorge

    I don’t think D31 is competitive.

    It has almost the same price as Z,but you only get seat not bed. It is borning spending 10 hours on D31.

  3. Давид

    No, thanks. I’ll stick with the Z train. You get on the train, spend a few hours chatting/eating in the dining car, go to sleep, wake up, and you are there!

  4. azha

    hi

    i was just reading your blog its so informative

    i am planing a holiday in china from 23rd march to 30 march

    i will be staying in shanghai and wants to go to bejjing for a tour

    can you pls advise me is there a Z train from shanghai to bejjing that travels at night?

    if there is a train where can i buy the tickets and i want a tour around bejjing and where can i get taxi services?

    hoping for a reply

    thanks

    azu

  5. Beatriz

    Can you help? I am traveling to China with 8 other people. I need to go from Shanghai to Beijing at my own expense. I need to take my flight back to USA on Monday March 24 at 9:30 am would you recommend taking the train on Sunday night or afternoon to go back to Beijing? or should we take a plane and if you would know what the aproximate flight cost will be from Beijing To Shanghai?

  6. pavan

    hi i’m planning a trip to hongkong,can u tell me th fare of crh from shanghai to hongkong deluxe soft sleeper and soft sleeper,i’m student of soochow university .i’m doing my medicine .waiting for ur reply thanks in advance..

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  8. julie

    can i just buy a train ticket on the day from shanghei to beijing and how much will it cost in australian dollars

  9. rudy

    we booked trains from shanghai to xian (soft sleeper) and xian to beijing (deluxe), what do they do with our luggages? Are they checked in or do we lug them to the train in our sleeper? Any weight restrictions? etc?

    Thanks!

  10. clara tay

    How much is the train fare from shanghai to peking one way? Is there first class cabin?

    If Yes, how much?

    And also train fare from Shanghai to Nanjing return?

    Where to purchase train tickets.

    Thank you.

  11. victor

    Hello!

    I would like to buy a ticket from Peking to Shanghai X 4 (one way & night train) on 3/2/2011

    How can i surely get the ticket?

    Where can i book it? Any agency help on that, if can’t get by myself?

    How much going to cost if i choose the (softer sleeper or deluxe)?

    Thank you very much

  12. Vinny

    I am looking for a the night train (Z train). Do you know when it Depart from Beijing, and arrive in Shanghai. Where to buy/book the ticket. How advance I need to buy it ahead.

    Also, I am interesting the fast speed railway from Beijing to Shanghai (about 4 hours ride). Do you know when it will operate and how/where to get a ticket, and finally the price of the ticket.

    Appreciate if you can get back to me.

    Vinny

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