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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

Chengdu Schedule
(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G288308:51 - 14:295h38m
G289114:04 - 21:026h58m
G288715:08 - 21:446h36m
G288916:04 - 22:416h37m

Kunming to Chengdu Bullet Train Timetable

Kunming Schedule
(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G289207:12 - 13:436h31m
G288608:08 - 14:406h32m
G288808:59 - 15:406h41m
G288412:16 - 17:575h41m
G289013:22 - 19:476h25m
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 Feb 21, 2019)
Business Class SeatVIP Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 1,494.5
USD 221
CNY 900.5
USD 133
CNY 797.5
USD 118
CNY 487.5
USD 72

Chengdu – Kunming Normal Speed Train

Totally 5 or so pairs of normal rides run for this route. Their running length is around 1,100 – 1,171 kilometers (684 - 728 miles) and the duration is 17 – 22.5 hours with a top speed of 120km/h only.

Chengdu to Kunming Train Schedule

(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K85308:54 - 05:28+20h34m
K14514:41 - 09:01+18h20m
K98516:03 - 10:46+18h43m

Kunming to Chengdu Train Timetable

(Last Update on Feb 21, 2019)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K11408:25 - 04:03+19h38m
K85410:14 - 05:26+19h12m
K14617:13 - 12:52+19h39m
K98618:52 - 14:03+19h11m
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 Feb 21, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 388.5 - 417.5
USD 58 - 62
CNY 255.5 - 283.5
USD 38 - 42
CNY 138.5
USD 21

Running Routes:

 K1139, K853: Jianyang, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Yibin, Shuifu, Yanjin, Daguan, Zhaotong, Caohai, Liupanshui, Xuanwei, Qujing

 K145, K113: Meishan, Emei, Yangang, Hanyuan, Ganluo, Puxiong, Yuexi, Xichang, Dechang, Panzhihua, Yuanmou, Heijing, Guangtong North, Lufeng South

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 Dec. 10, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu - Kunming Train
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
Asked by ketty from SG | Jun. 04, 2018 01:13Reply
I'm visiting the two cities in late 2019, will the bullets trains operate then?
Answers (1)
Answered by Steward | Jun. 04, 2018 02:59

There are two bullet rides G2886 and G2888 for this route available already taking around 6.5 hours.
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