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Urumqi to Shanghai

Train Number:Z42Start Station:UrumqiEnd Station:Shanghai
Train TypeZStart Time:19:35End Time:11:59
Intermediate Stations:Urumqi, Turpan North, Shanshan North, Hami, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Wuwei, Lanzhou, Tianshui, Baoji, Xian, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Xuzhou, Bengbu, Nanjing, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai
Station No.Station NameArrive TimeDepart TimeStop Time
1 Urumqi ---- 19:35 0 mins
2 Turpan North 20:43 20:57 3 mins
3 Shanshan North 22:09 22:12 3 mins
3 Hami 23:32 23:46 6 mins
4 Jiayuguan 04:47 04:55 8 mins
5 Zhangye 06:47 06:53 6 mins
6 Wuwei 09:06 09:11 5 mins
7 Lanzhou 12:09 12:26 17 mins
8 Tianshui 16:21 16:27 6 mins
9 Baoji 19:00 19:11 11 mins
10 Xian 20:41 20:50 9 mins
11 Luoyang 01:31 01:34 3 mins
12 Zhengzhou 02:57 03:05 8 mins
13 Xuzhou 05:54 06:02 8 mins
14 Bengbu 07:21 07:26 5 mins
15 Nanjing 08:59 09:07 8 mins
16 Changzhou 10:09 10:13 4 mins
17 Wuxi 10:34 10:38 4 mins
18 Suzhou 11:00 11:04 4 mins
19 Shanghai 11:59 11:59 0 mins

Z42 is a Z train route originating from Urumqi at 19:35, and arriving at the final destination of Shanghai at 11:59. The duration of the total journey is 4 hours 28 minutes. There are 20 stops in total: Urumqi, Turpan North, Shanshan North, Hami, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Wuwei, Lanzhou, Tianshui, Baoji, Xian, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Xuzhou, Bengbu, Nanjing, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai. You can purchase tickets starting at, and ending at any station. Ticket prices are set on a per kilometer basis.

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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.

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