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Chengdu - Kunming Train

At present, nearly 10 pairs of trains run between Chengdu and Kunming, including a few pairs of high speed trains taking around 6.5 hours and over 5 pairs of normal speed trains taking as long as 17 - 22.5 hours. 

Direct flights are also available between the two cities. Duration is about 2 hours. When good discounts are offered in low seasons, the ticket fare can be low to CNY 400 or so. In this case, flight can be a more favorable choice.

Chengdu - Kunming High Speed Train

Basic Facts

  Open Date: Jan. 25th, 2018

  Distance: 1,112 kilometers (691 miles)

  Duration: 6.5 hours or so

  Operated at: Chengdu East Railway StationKunming South Railway Station 

  Stations along the way: Zizhong North, Neijiang North, Longchang North, Rongchang North, Dazu South, Yongchuan East, Bishan, Chongqing West, Qijiang East, Tongzi North, Tongzi East, Zunyi, Zunyi South, Xifeng, Guiyang North, Anshun West, Pu'anxian, Panzhou, Fuyuan north, Qujing North

Chengdu to Kunming High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G288308:50 - 14:295h39m
G288509:49 - 16:116h22m
G289114:04 - 20:506h46m
G288715:08 - 21:516h43m
G288916:04 - 22:426h38m
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Kunming to Chengdu Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G289207:12 - 13:436h31m
G288608:08 - 14:406h32m
G288808:59 - 15:406h41m
G288412:16 - 17:445h28m
G289013:22 - 19:586h36m
G287014:52 - 21:076h15m
G288216:33 - 23:056h32m
See more Kunming Schedule

Note: The above timetable is only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on page top.

Ticket Fare:

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)
Business Class SeatVIP Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 1,494.5
USD 212
CNY 900.5
USD 128
CNY 797.5
USD 113
CNY 487.5
USD 69

Chengdu – Kunming Normal Speed Train

Basic Facts:

  Distance: 1,100 - 1,171 kilometers (684 - 728 miles)

  Duration: about 17 - 22.5 hours

  Operated at: Chengdu Railway Station, Kunming Railway Station

Chengdu to Kunming Train Schedule

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time

Kunming to Chengdu Train Timetable

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Note: The above timetable is only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on page top.

Ticket Price:

(Last Update on Sep 27, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat

Tips for Taking Chengdu - Kunming Normal Speed Train

1. It is advised to choose K146, K986, K166, or K985 which depart in the late afternoon or in the evening and arrive in the next morning or the next early afternoon. Traveling by these overnight sleeper trains can save some day time and one-night accommodation fee.
2. A soft or hard sleeper is highly recommended for this long-distance journey. And sleeper tickets should be purchased in advance as they are always in great demand.

Chengdu – Kunming New Railroad

Currently, the running speed of normal trains is 120 km/h (75 mph), while a new railroad is under construction and the designed speed is 160 km/h (99 mph). This project is expected to finish before 2020, by then duration between Chengdu and Kunming by normal speed train may be shortened to 6 hours.

One of the Most Scenic Train Rides in China

As one of 8 most scenic train rides in China, Chengdu – Kunming Railway run southwestward from Sichuan Basin to Yungui Plateau. Along this way, tourists can see flat ground, high mountains, raging rivers, terraced fields and quiet villages, which are like a painting scroll. This provides tourists a chance to experience the various natural sceneries of different cities. Accompanied by those sceneries, this long-distance journey won’t be boring anymore, but full of surprises.

 Major Rail Lines from Chengdu to:
Major Rail Lines from Kunming to:

- Last modified on Sep. 25, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu - Kunming Train
Asked by Archer from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2019 23:52Reply
Is there any one knows how much a taxi would approximately costs to downtown?
We will arrive at Kunming South Station at late night. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Keegan from RUSSIA | Sep. 26, 2019 18:43

It may cost around CNY100 if at night time.
Asked by Healy from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 16, 2019 02:25Reply
Is there still metro in service if I reach there at 22:41pm?
I will need to reach down town at Wuhua District.
Answers (1)
Answered by Maynard from USA | Apr. 16, 2019 18:08

I am afraid that the time is not enough to catch the last metro at 22:45pm. You may need taxi instead.
Asked by Jo from BELGIUM | Feb. 26, 2019 08:40Reply
speedtrain Kunming - Chengdu
Hi, is in necessary to book the speedtrain Kunming - Chengdu in advance? And how soon would you advise?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Beacher | Feb. 27, 2019 01:15

Only 4 or 5 rides a day, so it would be safter if you book online in advance. The ticket begin for sale 30 days before the travel day.
Asked by Laurie from CANADA | Dec. 09, 2018 18:23Reply
Best way for transfer?
How to go Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre to HDCL Service Residence, Chengdu?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jonathan | Dec. 10, 2018 17:44

From Holiday Inn, you can take metro line 2 from Dongfeng Square to Huanchengnanlu and then change to line 1 to Chunrongjie. Finally, change to line 1 (branch line) there to the South Station. The duration needs about 1 hour. Then you can take a high speed ride to Chengdu East.

Then you can take metro line 2 from the East station to Chunxilu, exit D. The hotel is about 1km away from the exit. Surely, you can take direct taxi for both trips as well.
Asked by Thomas from CHINA | Jun. 14, 2018 09:36Reply
Hi, from which station do the normal speed train leave in Chengdu ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Quintin from SINGAPORE | Jun. 14, 2018 20:22

For this trip to Kunming, it should be Chengdu Railway Station which is also called North Railway Station by local people. It is at No. 1 Zhandong Road, Jinniu District
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