It will take only nine hours and 49 minutes to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train in the future. Seven trains from Beijing to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou will change to run on the Shanghai-Nanning High-speed Railway starting August 11, of which, five trains are from Beijing to Shanghai and will arrive at the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. The high-speed railway will help shorten the travel time from Beijing to Shanghai by 20 minutes, and it will add some train stations in Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Danyang. Luckily, the ticket price will remain the same.
The Beijing to Shanghai trains used to run on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, but as the Shanghai-Nanning High-speed Railway was opened on July 1, seven trains were expected to run on the high-speed railway instead, which will shorten the travel time from Beijing to Shanghai to nine hours and 49 minutes, 20 minutes shorter than the previous 10 hours and 9 minutes.
According to the railway station, the trains rerouted to the Shanghai-Nanning Express Railway is also the first time for Hongqiao Railway Station to receive trains from Beijing since it was put in to operation on July 1st.
The railway staff said that it is a good thing for passengers that the train changed to run on Shanghai-Nanning High-speed Railway because it will only take more than nine hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train in the future, not to mention that there are more train stations along the high-speed railway. Furthermore, Hongqiao Railway Station is a comprehensive traffic hub where passengers can take ordinary trains, maglev trains, and even planes. Passengers can easily transfer to all kinds of public transportation after they arrive at the station. It is summer vacation now, and the Shanghai World Expo is still open so it will be more convenient and efficient for passengers to choose the relatively less crowded Hongqiao Railway Station.
Due to the “Expo Fever,” railway authorities will temporally add trains D233/4 starting from Beijing South Railway Station and ending at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, and the trains D233/4 will only operate from August 12 to 31.
Trains changed to Shanghai-Nanning High-speed Railway
Beijing South to Shanghai: D301/2, D305/6, D307/8, D313/4, and D321/2
Beijing to Suzhou: D385/6
Beijing South to Hangzhou: D309/10
Speed of trains running on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway
The full length of the Beijing-Shanghai Railway is 1,463 kilometers, and it starts at Beijing, passes through Tianjin, Cangzhou, Dezhou, Jinan, Xuzhou, Bengbu, and Nanjing, and ends in Shanghai. For a long period, trains from Beijing to Shanghai were all out of date and took more than 20 hours. Some rapid trains and high-speed trains have been put into operation since 2000, of which, the fastest train took only 14 hours. In the recent two years, the Beijing-Shanghai non-stop high-speed railways and better trains have been put into operation in succession, and the single trip between Beijing and Shanghai only took 10 hours and nine minutes at the fastest. However, thanks to the Shanghai-Nanning High-speed Railway, the journey time will be less than 10 hours from now on. In addition, the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway will be opened before 2012, which will reduce the travel time between the two cities to within 5 hours.