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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 Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D272107:00 - 12:315h31m
D271907:35 - 13:476h12m
D270108:00 - 13:165h16m
D273710:21 - 16:115h50m
D273513:10 - 19:065h56m
D269717:10 - 22:465h36m
See more Xi'an Schedule

Xining to Xi'an Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D273607:20 - 12:425h22m
D268210:10 - 15:465h36m
D268811:05 - 16:385h33m
D269611:55 - 17:435h48m
D272614:40 - 20:235h43m
D272815:15 - 21:075h52m
D270817:55 - 23:185h23m
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 Apr 25, 2023)
First Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 377.5 - 413.5
USD 56 - 61
CNY 242.5 - 257.5
USD 36 - 38
 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 Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z37703:33 - 13:3810h5m
Z15103:59 - 14:2510h26m
Z27307:24 - 17:3210h8m
Z23109:12 - 19:4910h37m
K218709:30 - 20:4711h17m
Z26509:54 - 19:239h29m
Z16511:20 - 21:039h43m
K130922:27 - 10:23+11h56m
K17722:44 - 09:42+10h58m


Xining to Xi'an Train Timetable:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z23208:05 - 19:4211h37m
K218808:20 - 21:3313h13m
Z16609:38 - 20:3410h56m
Z26610:51 - 21:4710h56m
K17811:20 - 01:05+13h45m
Z15214:00 - 01:32+11h32m
K39018:25 - 07:29+13h4m
K131020:10 - 08:48+12h38m
Z27422:40 - 10:01+11h21m
Z37822:55 - 10:44+11h49m
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 Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 325
USD 48
CNY 214
USD 31
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 updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Xining Train
Asked by Earle from INDIA | Jan. 06, 2020 18:38Reply
From Shuyuan Youth Hostel to Xi'an North Station
How to go and how much would it cost? Bus, subway or taxi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Quinton | Jan. 07, 2020 18:10

I think this hostel is not far from South Gate, so you can walk to the metro station there and take metro line 2 to the North Station. It would cost CNY5 per person.
Asked by andy smith from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 05, 2019 19:00Reply
I am hoping to take the D2671 train Xi'an to Xining arriving at 13:14
Will I have enough time to check in for a flight departing at 14:25 ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Raina | Aug. 06, 2019 02:28

So you will need to catch a flight from Xining at 14:25? If so it is surely not possible. You need to be at station around 2 hours in advance. And it did not count the time need to transfer on the way yet.
Asked by Douglass from CANADA | Jun. 04, 2019 03:14Reply
How can I get a ticket on overnight sleeper train K177 from Xi'an to Xining
I'd like to take overnight train to save time, but find no ticket available.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 04, 2019 17:12

Thank you for your inquiry.

The ticket on the overnight sleeper ride can be hard to get. If you do need the ticket on K177, you may consider to try with ticket from Weinan to Xining instead. Occasionally there could be a few ticket offered from Weinan, you can board from Xi'an at halfway. Hope this information can help you.
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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