Shanghai–Nanjing intercity railway

The Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway or Huning intercity high-speed railway (simplified Chinese: 沪宁城际铁路; traditional Chinese: 滬寧城際鐵路; pinyin: Hùníng Chéngjì Tiělù) is a 301-kilometre (187 mi) long high-speed rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. and Níng are, respectively, shorthand Chinese names for Shanghai and Nanjing. The Huning intercity high-speed railway largely follows the route of the preexisting Nanjing-Shanghai section of the conventional Beijing–Shanghai railway and the Beijing–Shanghai high-speed railway. Construction of this high-speed railway began in July 2008. The line went into test operations in early April 2010, and opened for full service on July 1, 2010.[3] The line has a design speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).[4] The journey time between the two cities has been shortened from 120 minutes to 73 minutes on non-stop service.

Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway
A train on Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway in Qixia District, Nanjing
TypeHigh-speed rail
LocaleShanghai and Jiangsu
TerminiShanghai Hongqiao railway station
Shanghai railway station
Nanjing South railway station
Nanjing railway station
Daily ridership180,000 per day (2011)[1]
Train number(s)G7xxx (Intercity)
Dxxxx (Cross-line train)
OpenedJuly 1, 2010
Rolling stockCRH1B CRH1E CRH2A CRH2B CRH2C CRH380B CRH380BL CRH380CL CRH380D, CR400AF, CR400BF (current)
CRH3C CRH380A CRH380AL (former)
Line length301 kilometres (187 mi) (main line)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Minimum radius4000 m[2]
Route map

Beijing–Shanghai railway, Nanjing–Qidong railway,
Hefei–Nanjing HSR towards Linchang
Nanjing EMU depot
Nanjing–Tongling railway towards Nanjing West
Nanjing South–Xianlin railway from Nanjing South
Beijing–Shanghai HSR towards
Zhenjiang South and Nanjing South
Beijing–Shanghai HSR towards
Danyang North and Shanghai Hongqiao
Lianyungang–Zhenjiang railway towards Dongji
Wuxi New Area
Suzhou New District
Suzhou Industrial Park
Beijing–Shanghai HSR towards
Suzhou North and Nanjing South
Yangcheng Lake
Kunshan South
Anting North
Anting North loop
link to Shanghai Hongqiao
Beijing–Shanghai HSR towards Shanghai Hongqiao
Nanxiang North
Beijing–Shanghai railway towards Beijing
Shanghai–Kunming railway towards Fengbang
Shanghai West
to Shanghai depot

According to the arrangements of related departments, 120 pairs of trains are operating on the line, and the time interval between services is 5 minutes at the shortest.[5]

The railway links major cities in the Yangtze River Delta, including Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Zhenjiang, effectively making the southern Jiangsu city-belt operate like a single metropolitan region.

The Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway is also used by the majority of high-speed trains leaving Shanghai's terminals for Wuhan, Yichang, Chongqing, and Chengdu[6] thus making it de facto a part of the Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu high-speed railway.



The Shanghai–Nanjing high-speed railway has 21 stations altogether along the way. In both Shanghai and Nanjing, this railway's trains may use either one of two different terminals (Shanghai railway station or Shanghai Hongqiao railway station in Shanghai, and Nanjing Railway Station or Nanjing South Railway Station in Nanjing).

Due to the alignment of the rail line, some stations along it are shared with the "conventional" Beijing–Shanghai Railway (Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhejiang, Nanjing), while three others are shared with the new Beijing–Shanghai high-speed railway (Shanghai Hongqiao, Kunshan South, Nanjing South). Due to comparatively frequent spacing of stations on the Shanghai–Nanjing high-speed railway, quite a few of them are situated at locations not served by either of the two other railways.

Partial station list:

Station Chinese Distance
Prefecture Province Metro transfers
Nanjing 南京 0.00 Nanjing Jiangsu  1   3 
Xianlin 仙林
Baohuashan 宝华山 Zhenjiang
Zhenjiang 镇江
Dantu 丹徒
Danyang 丹阳
Changzhou 常州 Changzhou
Qishuyan 戚墅堰
Huishan 惠山 Wuxi
Wuxi 无锡  1   3 
Wuxi New Area 无锡新区
Suzhou New District 苏州新区 Suzhou
Suzhou 苏州  2   4 
Suzhou Industrial Park 苏州园区  6   8 
Yangcheng Lake 阳澄湖
Kunshan South 昆山南
Huaqiao 花桥
Anting North 安亭北 N/A Shanghai
Shanghai Hongqiao 上海虹桥  2   10   17 
Nanxiang North 南翔北
Shanghai West 上海西  11   15   20 
Shanghai 上海  1   3   4 

Jiangsu Province

Nanjing City

Zhenjiang City

Changzhou City

Wuxi City

Suzhou City

Shanghai Municipality

At Shanghai Hongqiao, some trains arriving from Nanjing continue to the Shanghai–Hangzhou Passenger Railway, providing a one-seat service along the entire Nanjing–Shanghai–Hangzhou line.


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  2. "China's Shanghai-Nanjing intercity railway starts operation". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  3. 沪宁城际铁路设计时速提升至300公里 票价基本没变-时政-人民网 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed railway opens, People's Daily.
  5. See e.g. the schedules of trains leaving for Wuhan, Hankou, Wuchang, and Yichang. The sequence of stations they stop at on the Shanghai-Nanjing section, is usually only consistent with the Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway, and not with the Beijing–Shanghai high-speed railway or the "old" Beijing–Shanghai Railway.
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