G8

Train Timetable

Shanghai Hongqiao to Beijing South

Train Number:G8Start Station:Shanghai HongqiaoEnd Station:Beijing South
Train TypeGStart Time:08:00End Time:12:24
Intermediate Stations:Shanghai Hongqiao, Nanjing South, Ji'nan West, Beijing South
Station No.Station NameArrive TimeDepart TimeStop Time
1 Shanghai Hongqiao 08:00 08:00 0 mins
2 Nanjing South 09:00 09:02 2 mins
3 Ji'nan West 10:59 11:01 2 mins
4 Beijing South 12:24 12:24 0 mins

G8 is a G train route originating from Shanghai Hongqiao at 08:00, and arriving at the final destination of Beijing South at 12:24. The duration of the total journey is 4 hours 24 minutes. There are 4 stops in total: Shanghai Hongqiao, Nanjing South, Ji'nan West, Beijing South. You can purchase tickets starting at, and ending at any station. Ticket prices are set on a per kilometer basis.


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What’s the different between Business, First and Second class?

Second class is the standard seating which normally takes up 80%+ of the train. Seats are configured in a 3 + 2 arrangement and are spacious compared to plane seats. First class seats are wider, positioned in a 2+2 arrangement, have slightly more legroom and a foldout foot stand. Business class is the top class (Yes, it’s opposite to airplanes), and is typically a 2+1 arrangement. It’s much like first class on a plane, with full lie-flat electric seats and (some) complimentary food.

How fast are the trains?

G trains are the fastest, travelling at 300 km/h on all routes, and 350 km/h on select routes including Beijing to Shanghai. D trains are also quite fast, travelling at 200-250 km/h. Other trains travel between 100-140 km/h and aren’t considered high-speed.

Is there a discount for return tickets?

No, only single direction train tickets can be purchased. Although some services will allow you to purchase return tickets, this is really just two one-way fares and there is no discount.

How far in advance can I purchase China Train Tickets?

You can purchase China Train Tickets up to 30 days in advance (previously it was 60 days). Occasionally, China Rail will do a major timetable adjustment which usually involves adding new trains and routes, and the forward booking window might by as short as 10 days.