Shanghai – Xi’An Train Routes

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The Shanghai-Xi’An train line is a very popular train route in China as both cities are usually on the itinerary of first time visitors to China. It is serviced by several high-speed trains all day long as well as one very good overnight fast train. Bullet trains depart or arrive at the Shanghai Hongqiao railway station while in Xi’An high-speed trains connect at the Xi’An north railway station. The D306/308 overnight trains depart or arrive at the old Shanghai railway station.

Shanghai-Xi’An high-speed trains

There are 9 bullet (G) trains in each direction along this line. The first train departs very early in the morning while the last high-speed train departs in late afternoon. Depending on the train, the journey is between 6 and 7 hours. Read more about high-speed trains here.

These Shanghai-Xi’An high-speed trains offer 3 classes of travel for the following fares:
Business class – ¥2114
First class – ¥1095
Second class – ¥669.5

Watch this video about high-speed trains

Shanghai to Xi’An to Shanghai high-speed train timetable

Shanghai to Xi’An trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
G1912 6:17 13:35 7 h 18 min
G1916 7:15 14:23 7 h 08 min
G360 8:45 14:42 5 h 57 min
G1920 9:18 16:56 7 h 38 min
G1924 11:43 19:01 7 h 18 min
G1928 12:56 20:31 7 h 35 min
G1932 14:22 20:34 6 h 12 min
G1936 16:13 23:06 6 h 53 min
G1940 17:05 23:36 6 h 31 min
Xi’an to Shanghai trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
G1914 6:23 13:20 6 h 57 min
G362 8:45 14:43 5 h 58 min
G1918 9:29 16:32 7 h 03 min
G1922 10:20 17:33 7 h 13 min
G1926 12:23 19:27 7 h 04 min
G1930 14:02 21:09 7 h 07 min
G1934 14:53 22:26 7 h 33 min
G1938 15:11 21:26 6 h 15 min
G1942 15:49 23:16 7 h 27 min

Shanghai – Xi’An overnight trains

On this route, it is also possible to take the cheaper but slower overnight trains. Most trains are very slow as they make many stops. The most interesting one is the overnight high-speed train D306/308. The reasons for its popularity are the relative good speed for an overnight train and the fact that D trains are more recent and of better quality. It also runs at convenient times and offers the luxury soft sleeper class (compartments for 2 people with a private toilet). For travelers on a budget Z92/94 and Z252/Z254 are the best choice.

Ticket prices are as follows for D306/308:
Deluxe sleepers – ¥1606 (upper) – ¥1807 (lower)
Soft sleepers – ¥803.5 (upper) – ¥903.5 (lower)
2nd class seats – ¥459
And for Z92/94:
Deluxe sleepers – ¥902.5 (upper) – ¥941.5 (lower)
Soft sleepers – ¥4885 (upper) – ¥509.5 (lower)
Hard sleepers – ¥310.5 (upper) – ¥321.5 (middle) – ¥331.5 (lower)
Hard seats – ¥180.5

We strongly advise against booking train Z164/166 for the following reasons:

– They usually do not release soft sleepers on these trains.
– These trains go to or come from Tibet so that they are subject to special rules regarding changing or cancelling tickets. We cannot cancel or change online. Only the ticker holder can do it in person at the train station. For this reason we also require prepayment in full for these tickets.
– Z166 originates in Lhasa and the Lhasa-Shanghai route is one of the longest in China. It means that by the time that you get on in Xi’An, the train is very dirty and the beds sheets have not been changed since departure in Lhasa. Because of its duration, it is also very often delayed.

Watch this video about normal overnight trains:

Shanghai to Xi’An to Shanghai overnight trains timetable

Shanghai to Xi’An trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
K290 8:50 4:29 19 h 39 min
K376 8:56 4:42 19 h 46 min
K360 9:23 6:15 20 h 52 min
K2186 11:03 8:57 21 h 54 min
T204 12:05 5:23 17 h 18 min
K560 14:49 11:36 20 h 47 min
T116 15:32 8:12 16 h 40 min
Z252 15:52 7:57 16 h 05 min
Z216 18:37 9:49 15 h 12 min
Z92 18:44 9:29 14 h 45 min
Z40 19:40 11:00 15 h 20 min
Z164 20:10 11:14 15 h 04 min
D306 22:55 9:53 10 h 58 min
Xi’an to Shanghai trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
T206 0:49 17:48 16 h 59 min
K292 9:37 5:34 19 h 57 min
K378 9:52 5:45 19 h 53 min
K362 10:54 6:08 19 h 14 min
Z94 16:46 7:53 15 h 07 min
K558 17:14 13:48 20 h 34 min
D308 19:50 6:35 10 h 45 min
T118 20:15 13:30 17 h 15 min
Z166 20:44 11:51 15 h 07 min
Z42 20:50 12:03 15 h 13 min
Z254 21:35 12:56 15 h 21 min
K2188 22:09 18:01 19 h 52 min
Z218 23:27 15:43 15 h 27 min

Learn more about:
High-Speed China trains
Normal China trains
Classes of travel on China trains
China train stations

China train travel Tips
How to buy train tickets
How to pick up your train tickets
Peak travel times to avoid
How to read a train ticket
Luggage on China trains
Child discounts

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