Travelling between Beijing and Shanghai is possible by Flight and train. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.
The most expensive ticket will cost you CNY 4,827 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere CNY 205.
It can take you anywhere between 3 and 20 hours to travel between Beijing and Shanghai depending on the means of transport you choose.
Flight is the fastest way to travel between Beijing and Shanghai. Flight will bring you to your destination in 2h 15m. Train does a much slower job and take about 19h 2m to reach Shanghai.
Travelling between Beijing and Shanghai can be as cheap as CNY 205 if you opt for a China Railway (中国铁路) train and as expensive as CNY 4,827 if you buy a Cathay Pacific flight ticket.
Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.
Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Beijing to Shanghai.
Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as CNY 642.
Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.
If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.
In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.
Air China, Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.
Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.
There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.
Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route