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Beijing - Xi'an Overnight Sleeper Train

Beijing - Xi'an overnight sleeper trains are running between Beijing West Railway Station and Xi'an Railway Station/South Railway Station. The running distances vary between 1,200 km (746 mi) and 1,279 km (795 mi) and the duration is from 11.5-17 hours. 

These overnight sleeper trains are much welcomed by budget travelers, because they cost less, save the hotel expense, and free up daytime. Among them, Z19/20 are the most recommended for the relatively short travel time.

In addition, high speed trains have been put into service for a long time between the two cities and they only take 4.5 – 6 hours for the journey. But they are all shuttling in the day.

Beijing to Xi'an Overnight Sleeper Train Schedule:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T5516:07 - 05:28+13h21m
T23118:35 - 07:36+13h1m
Z4320:09 - 07:51+11h42m
Z1920:35 - 08:29+11h54m
Around 10 departures in total: departure time from 14:22 to 22:06; duration from 11H48M to 15H23M.
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Xi'an to Beijing Overnight Sleeper Train Schedule:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T23217:25 - 06:12+12h47m
Z2019:16 - 07:01+11h45m
T4220:06 - 09:31+13h25m
Z4420:22 - 08:22+12h00m
T5620:40 - 10:40+14h00m
Around 10 departures in total: departure time from 01:40 to 20:38; duration from 11H46M to 16H51M.
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1. "+" means the second day.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. You can search for the real-time schedule through the search tool on top of this page.

Ticket Price of Beijing - Xi'an Overnight Sleeper Train

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 415.5 - 440.5
USD 61 - 65
CNY 272.5 - 288.5
USD 40 - 42
CNY 148.5 - 156.5
USD 22 - 23
Note: The above ticket fare is the highest fare and only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule by the tool on top of the page. 

Stopovers of T55/ T56, Z151/ Z152, T231/ T232, Z19/ Z20, Z129/130, K1363/ K1364: Baoding, Shijiazhuang, Xingtai, Handan, Anyang, Weihui, Xinxiang, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Sanmenxia, Lingbao, Weinan.

Stopovers of T41/ T42,  Z43/ Z44: Baoding, Shijiazhuang North, Yangquan North, Taiyuan, Fenyang, Lvliang, Wupu, Suide, Qingjianxian, Zichang, Yan'an.

Tips for Traveling by Overnight Sleeper Trains:

A sleeper will be a good choice for the long journey. The hard seat carriages may be crowded with passengers, smelly and noisy. But sleepers are always in a great demand and may be sold out in a minute, so purchase it in advance. Although it costs more than hard seats, it will guarantee you a more comfortable journey.

Put your luggage in a proper place within your range of vision, and take those valuables with you even when you go to toilet, in case that they are taken away by strangers.

Food is available on board, but they are expensive and may not be delicious. So prepare some in advance, like fast food from KFC, McDonald's, or cup noodles.

Take a bottle or some bottled water. Free boiled water is offered onboard. There are staff pulling a snack trolley selling bottled water, drinks and snacks, but they cost more than usual.

Fully charges your phones before boarding or take a portable charger with you because the limited charging sockets onboard cannot meet all passengers' need. Usually, only one charging socket is available in each sleeper carriage and no charging sockets are available in the hard seat carriages.

It saves you day time and accommodation fee to travel overnight. But if you are pressed for time, you are advised to travel by high speed trains which run during the day with shorter duration of only 4.5 – 6 hours. Besides, the schedule of bullet types is much denser than the normal types. Last but not least, the environment of bullet type is far better than that of normal types.
 Additionally, flight is another good choice for those who want to transfer between the two cities in a short time. There are many Beijing to Xi'an flights and vice versa, and they take about 2 hour or so. But please note that the airports are a little far from the downtown area and the flight travel may take the same time as high speed rail travel. Also, when the weather is not good, there is a great possibility the flight will be delayed. In that case, high speed will be the fastest transport between the two cities.

 See more:
How to Travel from Beijing to Xi’an
Beijing - Xi'an Train vs. Flight

Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Xi'an Overnight Sleeper Train
Asked by J from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 01, 2019 02:48Reply
overnight train Xi'an to Beijing
Hello can you tell me which overnight trains have the deluxe soft sleeper please?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ransom from PERU | Oct. 08, 2019 20:51

You can use Z20 and Z44, this two have deluxe soft sleeper beds for sale.
Asked by Shawnee from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 17, 2019 03:40Reply
Is Z20 a non-stop train to Beijing?
When I click the train number there is no other stopover listed in your form. Is this a mistake or it goes to Beijing all the way without a stop at all?
Answers (1)
Answered by Polly from SINGAPORE | Sep. 18, 2019 00:28

Yes, Z20 does not have any stop on the way! Fast and time saving! I highly recommended this train.
Asked by Ricardo from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 22:12Reply
Is the deluxe soft sleeper for 4 people? I’m traveling with my wife and two Children
Does it have a private bathroom? Trains safe to travel at night?
Answers (3)
Answered by Nathan | Jul. 05, 2019 01:41

deluxe soft sleeper is for 2 people, you can book 2 rooms. Some of them has a private bathroom like Z19. It is safe to use the sleeper train. If you want 4 people room, you can book soft sleeper instead.
Answered by Ricardo from USA | Jul. 05, 2019 06:05

Does soft sleeper have a private bathroom?
What’s the difference between deluxe and soft sleeper?
Answered by Nathan | Jul. 08, 2019 00:53

No private bathroom. The main difference is the numbers of bunks in one cabin. facilities can be a little bit dfferent, there is a small armchair in deluxe soft sleeper cabin.
Asked by Verna from CHILE | Apr. 10, 2019 02:35Reply
private cabin with washroom and shower?
I want to know if we book a deluxe soft sleeper cabin, we will have a private room of our own (2 pax)? If there washroom and shower inside the cabin?
Answers (1)
Answered by Elvis from MALAYSIA | Apr. 10, 2019 18:57

For 2 travelers, you should be able to have a cabin of your own. There is private toilet in the cabin, sitting type but no shower!
Asked by Adelina from MALAYSIA | Oct. 25, 2018 02:42Reply
Can our daughter (over 120cm) still use the same cabin with me and my husband?
We would like to book Z19 to Xi'an with deluxe soft sleeper. We understand that my daughter need a ticket but we do not feel comfortable to share the cabin with strangers. Can we just buy a child ticket for my daughter but she will still stay in our cabin?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Oct. 26, 2018 02:45

Yes, it is no problem. As long as all passengers hold the tickets, for train staff, it does not matter which cabin the passenger will stay at. But even if you do not use one of the bed, it cannot be refunded.
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