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Xi'an - Xining Train

There are over 25 pairs of trains running between Xi'an and Xining. Among them, about 12 pairs are high speed trains running for 756 kilometers (470 miles), taking 4 - 5 hours. The other pairs are normal trains running for 858 – 892 kilometers (533 - 554 miles), taking 9 – 14.5 hours.

Xi'an – Xining High Speed Train

12 pairs of them are operated between Xi'an North Railway Station and Xining Railway Station. They run at the top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The whole journey takes 4 – 5 hours. Most of them originate in Xi'an, except D2569/D2570 which just have a short layover there for 4 or 8 minutes. At the other side, most of them end/originate in Xining, except D2671/D2672 and D2673/D2674 which just stop for 4 minutes there. If you take any of the above-mentioned three pairs, you should catch your luggage in advance and listen to the broadcast carefully in order to get off/get on in time.

Xi'an to Xining High Speed Train Schedule  

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D267107:36 - 13:165h40m
D268509:00 - 14:085h8m
D268710:11 - 15:475h36m
D267313:40 - 19:145h34m
D269916:17 - 22:025h45m
D269717:04 - 22:395h35m
D256917:30 - 22:595h29m
See more Xi'an Schedule

Xining to Xi'an Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D268807:32 - 13:185h46m
D257008:50 - 14:105h20m
D269210:23 - 15:515h28m
D267210:43 - 16:395h56m
D269611:55 - 17:415h46m
D268212:39 - 18:165h37m
D269414:35 - 19:465h11m
D267415:23 - 21:015h38m
See more Xining Schedule

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

Ticket Fare of Xi'an - Xining High Speed Trains

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
First Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 324.5
USD 49
CNY 232.5
USD 35
 Stopovers along the way:
Xianyangqindu, Yangling South, Qishan, Baoji South, Tianshui South, Dingxi West, Tongwei, Qin’an, Lanzhou West, Minhe South, Ledu South, Haidong West,

Normal Trains

Xi'an to Xining Train Schedule:  

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z15103:54 - 14:2310h29m
K37704:55 - 16:5011h55m
Z27307:27 - 17:3110h4m
T38907:41 - 18:4111h00m
K218709:08 - 21:2412h16m
Z26509:45 - 19:119h26m
Z16511:24 - 21:079h43m
K17722:34 - 09:35+11h1m
K130923:37 - 12:34+12h57m

Xining to Xi'an Train Timetable:

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T39008:10 - 20:2712h17m
K218808:40 - 21:5913h19m
Z16609:15 - 20:3411h19m
Z26610:50 - 21:4910h59m
K17811:05 - 01:05+14h00m
Z15214:25 - 01:33+11h8m
K37821:05 - 09:42+12h37m
Z27422:35 - 10:50+12h15m
1.  The timetable listed above is for reference only. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on top of this page.
2. "+" means the second day.

Ticket Fare

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 325 - 357
USD 49 - 54
CNY 214
USD 32
CNY 115
USD 17

They are running between Xi'an Railway Station and Xining Railway Station. Three types of trains including Z, T and K types are used along this way. Among them, the fastest ones are 9 pairs of Z type, taking 9 – 12 hours. Two T types run for 10 – 12 hours. 7 pairs of K types run for 11 – 15 hours. Usually, you are advised to take Z type or T type. A soft sleeper or hard sleeper berth is highly recommended. With a sleeper berth, you can have a good rest and save energy for the next trip. What’s more, overnight sleeper trains including K4099/K4100, K177, K621, K1310, K378, and Z274 are preferable choices for those who want to save day time. They can also save one-night accommodation fee.  

 Below are the stations along the way:
Xianyang, Yangling, Caijiapo, Baoji, Tianshui, Gangu, Longxi, Wushan, Dingxi, Lanzhou, Haishiwan, Ledu, and Ping’anyi

Xi'an – Xining Train vs. Flight

Direct flights are catchable between the two cities. Xi'an to Xining flight travel time is usually 1.5 hours. However, the airports are a little far from the downtown areas, so the total flight time may be over 5 hours if count in the travel time to/from airports and the boarding time. In this way, flight travel time may have no big difference from the high speed train consumed time. Meanwhile, bullet trains are usually more punctual than flight and a second class seat by rail costs less than an economy class seat by air.

 Major Rail Lines from Xi'an to:

 Major Rail Lines from Xining to:
- Last modified on Feb. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Xining Train
Asked by Christal | Feb. 11, 2019 01:58Reply
Xi'an to Xining by D2687 and then to Lhasa
Is this the same Xining Station which I need to change train to Lhasa. Do I have enough time to catch Z21 at 3:21pm?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jace from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 11, 2019 18:38

Yes, they are the same station. The time is enough time for connection as high speed rides hardly delay. The problem is that the tickets are hard to get on Z21. Do you have a ticket already? It seems Z6801 has more chances to get a ticket.
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