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Getting from Shanghai to Hangzhou is a cinch if you take the 45-minute bullet train. Trains leave hourly from Shanghai’s Hongqiao Railway Station, and more frequently in the mornings and evenings. Tickets are RMB78 (US $12) and can be purchased either at the train station or in advance. Since the train station is usually crowded, and the chances of finding an English speaker are slim, Forbes Travel Guide recommends buying tickets in advance while still in Shanghai. The trains do run frequently, so it’s no problem if you miss your train (you can easily exchange your tickets). One important thing to note is that you need your passport to buy and exchange train tickets.