Finding & boarding your train Luggage arrangements Hotels in Beijing Hotels in Shanghai Beijing metro map. Almost all Beijing-Shanghai trains now use Beijing South Station (Beijing Nan), 6km southwest of central Beijing.

One or two D & T category sleepers trains still use Beijing's main central station, as shown by the asterisk. Almost all Beijing-Shanghai trains now use Shanghai's new Hongqiao station, 18km from central Shanghai near the old airport.

How to buy tickets What are the G-category high-speed trains like? Quick guide to boarding at Beijing South Quick guide to boarding at Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel suggestions in Beijing & Shanghai * Train arrives/departs Beijing Railway Station in central Beijing, not Beijing South.

You can travel there easily & cheaply by Beijing Subway (see Beijing subway map) for just RMB 5 (60p, $0.75), allow 40 minutes for the subway journey.

Or you can take a taxi, the taxi fare from central Beijing to Beijing South is around RMB 35 (3.50, $6), allow at least 30 minutes for the taxi ride.

X-ray baggage check: If you arrive by taxi, you arrive outside the main departures hall and there's a simple X-ray baggage check and 'wanding' by security staff when you enter the hall.

If you arrive by metro, you emerge from the metro at the arrivals level downstairs, follow the signs up the escalators to the departures hall, with a simple X-ray baggage check and 'wanding' by security staff before you enter the hall.

You can travel there easily & cheaply by Shanghai metro (see Shanghai metro map) for just RMB 5 (60p, $0.75), allow 40 minutes for the metro journey.

Or you can take a taxi, the taxi fare from central Shanghai is around RMB 40 (4, ), allow at least 30 minutes for the taxi ride.

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The Raffles Beijing Hotel dates from 1917, making it one of the oldest hotels in Beijing, see

It's just a few minutes walk along the main road to Tiananmen Square and the entrance to the Forbidden City, 3 minutes walk from Wanfujing Metro Station.

This page will show you what the trains are like, advise you on which class to travel in, and how to buy your ticket online or in person...