Getting from Hong Kong to Shanghai (and return)

by Cristina on August 25, 2011

by Cristina | August 25th, 2011  

Shanghai is the largest city in China and is one of the most developed countries on the mainland. The city mixes the East with the West, featuring Chinese traditional buildings with European flair. It is one of the main travel hubs in China, which makes getting to and from here is not very hard.

Many travelers who visit Hong Kong also plan to travel to Shanghai. Since the distance between the two cites is over 1200 km (764 miles), it makes sense to find a cheap and efficient way to travel.

Quick summary

Traveling by train will save some money, as it’s slightly cheaper than flying. However, you’ll be spending 20 hours traveling. Flights take less than 2 ½ hours and you’ll spend more time going through Customs but they are a good choice if you have limited vacation time on your hands.

Flights from Hong Kong (airport code: HKG) to Shanghai

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is an important gateway into mainland China. It is a focus city for many airlines. It is also hub for Air Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Hong Kong Airlines.

Shanghai is served by two airports: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) , the main international gateway into the city and a major hub in Asia, and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), closer to the city center and serving mostly domestic flights.

Flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai’s Pudong airport are run by Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines , Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines , Juneyao Airlines , Shanghai Airlines and Spring Airlines . According to major online booking engines, the cheapest flights are run by China Eastern Airlines (from US$268 single adult, from US$412 RT). The flight time is 2h 25 min.

Flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport are run by China Eastern Airlines, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines and Shanghai Airlines. According to major online booking engines, the cheapest flight is run by China Eastern Airlines (from US$268 single adult, from US$412 RT). The flight time is 2h 5 min.

Slightly cheaper tickets (from HK$1420/US$182 single adult) can be booked via local booking websites on both China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.

>>read more about Airfare to Hong Kong

Trains from Hong Kong to Shanghai

Trains depart from Hong Kong’s Hung Hom station in Kowloon and arrive at Shanghai Railway Station, the largest and oldest train station in the city. The journey take about 20 hours. Trains from Hong Kong to Shanghai run on an odd/even days schedule. Practically, there are trains every other day, either on odd or even days. Trains depart on odd days in January, April, May and August; the even days months are: February, March, June and July. The train departs at 3:15 p.m.

The train becomes very crowded especially during peak holidays time. So make sure to book your ticket ahead of time. Single adult fares range from HK$508 / US$65 (hard sleeper) to HK$ 1,039 / US$135 (deluxe soft sleeper). On the return journey, the tickets are slightly from expensive (US$62 to US$155, depending on the type of sleeper). All trains have AC. Details can be found on the MTR website .

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