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Xian - Chengdu Trains: Overnight Sleepers

At present, there are 11.5 pairs of normal speed trains running between Xian and Chengdu, taking 10 – 18 hours. Among them, the overnight sleeper trains are first choices of most passengers. Xian 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 4 - 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.

Xian to Chengdu Normal Train Schedule

(Last Update on December 6th, 2017)
 Xian Schedule 
From  To  Nos.  Duration
Xian Chengdu 1485, K291, K545, T7…
10 departures from 01:30 to 22:40 
13h55m - 16h48m
Xian South K385 at 21:02  11h50m

Chengdu to Xian Normal Train Timetable

(Last Update on December 6th, 2017)
 Chengdu Schedule 
From  To  Nos.  Duration
Chengdu Xian K546, T8, K880, K166…
10 departures from 07:36 to 22:00 
13h27m - 17h57m
Xian South  K386, K998 at 12:52 and 22:16  9h51m/ 11h7m

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 Xian – Chengdu Normal Trains

Route  Soft Sleeper   Hard Sleeper  Hard Seat
Xian Chengdu CNY 301/ 315 CNY 194/ 208  CNY 98/ 112
Xian South   CNY 369  CNY 244  CNY 128

Better to Travel by Xian – 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 Xian?

Xian Railway Station, about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) from the Bell Tower in city center, operates normal trains to many domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Lanzhou. This station can be easily reached by subway, city bus, taxi and long-distance bus. Passengers can go to other places easily from here.

In contrast, South Railway Station located in southern suburban area is about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the city center. Only few normal trains to/from Ankang, Chongqing, Taiyuan, and Hohhot, etc are operated. Few city buses are provided there. Usually, it is advised to go there by taxi.

Seven pairs of bullet trains has started to run between Xian North Railway Station and Chengdu East Railway Station since December 6th, 2017. The journey time is greatly shortened to 4 – 4.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 263 per person. In the early days of opening, the top running speed is 250 km/h (155 mph), while the speed will be accelerated by the end of 2017, by then the shortest duration will be 3.5 hours or so.

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