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Xi'an - Chengdu Trains: Overnight Sleepers

At present, there are  over 5 pairs of normal speed trains running between Xi'an / Xi'an South Railway Station and Chengdu Railway Station, taking 10 – 17 hours. Among them, the overnight sleeper trains are first choices of most passengers. Xi'an to Chengdu distance by normal speed train is around 809 kilometers (503 miles). High speed trains have come into service since December 6th, 2017, with the shortest travel time of 3 - 4.5 hours.

Aside from rail ride, passengers can also travel by flight. Direct flights are provided between the two cities, taking 1.5 – 2 hours. Ticket fare for an economy class seat may be CNY300 or so in low season. However, along with the opening of bullet trains, the number of direct flights between the two cities has decreased. Passengers traveling by air may have limited choices.

Xi'an to Chengdu Normal Train Schedule 

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T706:09 - 21:0614h57m
K54506:16 - 22:5116h35m
K24506:48 - 23:2716h39m
K38521:19 - 08:19+11h00m
See more Xi'an Schedule 

Chengdu to Xi'an Normal Train Timetable 

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K54606:23 - 23:4817h25m
T808:10 - 22:3414h24m
K29216:02 - 08:20+16h18m
K99820:39 - 07:43+11h4m
K24621:21 - 12:27+15h6m
See more Chengdu Schedule 

Note:  The above timetable is for reference only. Please use our tool on top of this page to search for the real-time schedule.

Ticket Fare of Xi'an - Chengdu Normal Trains

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 315 - 370
USD 46 - 54
CNY 208 - 245
USD 31 - 36
CNY 112 - 128
USD 16 - 19


Better to Travel by Xi'an - Chengdu Overnight Sleeper Trains

If possible, passengers are advised to travel by overnight sleeper trains such as K879, K385, K869, K196, K292, 1486, K246, and K998. They depart in the afternoon/evening and arrive in the next morning, or depart in the evening and arrive around the next noon, which saves the daytime for sightseeing and save one-night hotel expense as well.

Which station to choose in Xi'an

Xi'an Railway Station is your first chioce. Although the trains to Chengdu from this station take a longer time, the station is located in very downtown area and easy to be reached by subway, city bus, taxi and long-distance bus. It operates normal trains to many domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Lanzhou.

In contrast, the South Railway Station operates a train to Chengdu with shorter duration, but the station itself is located in the southern suburb, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) and 1 hour's drive from the city center. Only a few city buses go there and it is advised to take a taxi. Some normal trains to/from Ankang, Chongqing, Taiyuan, and Hohhot are operated in this station.

Seven pairs of bullet trains has started to run between Xi'an North Railway Station and Chengdu East Railway Station since December 6th, 2017. The journey time is greatly shortened to 3 – 4.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 263 per person. High Speed rides become a popular options among travelers who are interested in visiting the two cities.

Major Rail Lines from Xi'an to:

 Major Rail Lines from Chengdu to:
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Chengdu Trains: Overnight Sleepers
Asked by Dante from ROMANIA | Dec. 26, 2019 17:47Reply
Can people stay overnight at the station when making a transit?
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaliyah from INDONESIA | Dec. 29, 2019 16:27

Not every station work 24 hours a day. Most high speed rail station closed at night time. Only if there are train service at night time, the station will be on duty. If you will have a train departure soon within a few hours, you can stay at the station for overnight.
Asked by Jerome from NEW ZEALAND | May. 29, 2019 02:11Reply
Which station is closer to downtown? Chengdu or Chengdu East?
Bullet trains use East Station and slow trains use Chengdu Station right?
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Answered by Phyllis from PORTUGAL | May. 29, 2019 17:18

The main station is a little bit closer in distance, but not really a very big difference considering convenient metro service. It is like you said, the main station, which is also called North Station by local, serve slow type of ride and the East station for high speed rides.
Asked by Dyer from LATVIA | Feb. 09, 2019 00:16Reply
I suppose Xi'an Railway Station should work 24 hours a day?
I will land at Xi'an airport at late night and I plan to take the airport bus to Xi'an Station. It should be mid night already. I am wondering if I can collect the ticket at that time? It would be the most convenient option for me.
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaron from USA | Feb. 10, 2019 21:53

Yes, this station works 24 hours. You can do the collection at any time with pick up number and passports. But surely, there would be few counters in service only at mid night.
Asked by Ralph from MEXICO | Nov. 05, 2018 00:28Reply
Where is the Xi'an South Station?
What is the best way to go to South Station from city center area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bryson from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2018 00:06

It is indeed not a good option to use the south station as it is very far away. It is at Huitong Road, Chang’an District, nearly 30km from the city center. Thus a taxi would be more convenient. Or you may take a train from Xi'an Station to the South Station. There are 7 rides a day. Not sure if the time is suitable for you or not. You can check it on this website.
Asked by Jessica from ITALY | Nov. 18, 2017 00:32Reply
How to get the pick up no.
I booked and payed the tickets online from chengdu to xian. How to get the pick up number?
Answers (4)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 18, 2017 01:16

We have issued the tickets for you, please check your email for the confirmation with ticket pick-up number.
Answered by Jessica from ITALY | Nov. 18, 2017 05:35

Thank you very much. Can you please write me the address of Chengdu railway station?
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 19, 2017 00:08

Yes, the Chengdu railway station address is No. 3 Section, North Second Ring Road, Jinniu District. We noticed that you cancelled your booking. If so you need to buy at the station by yourself.
Answered by Jessica from ITALY | Nov. 19, 2017 06:35

My friend bought the ticket for me too. thank you very much for your help!
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