Chengdu – Kunming by Train: Visit Leshan, Emeishan, Dali & Lijiang Town

How to Get from Chengdu to Kunming

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province is about 950 kilometers (distance: 590 miles) from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Gennerally speaking, you have two ways to travel between Chengdu and Kunming: by flight or overnight train. But starting from early 2018, you have a new option: by high speed train. High speed train running between Chengdu and Kunming will be available when the Chongqing – Guiyang High Speed Railway opens for use. The bullet trains will run from Chengdu East Train Station to Kunming South Railway Station, passing through Chongqing and Guiyang.

chengdu to kunming by high speed train
Chengdu to Kunming high speed train will be available in early 2018. Alternatively, ou can also take night train to cover Dali, Lijiang, Emeishan and Leshan.

By flight: Flight is the fastest way. A lot of Chinese airlines including China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines are operating domestic service on this route (Kunming Changshui Airport – T2 in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport) between 07:00-23:40. Journey time is about 1.5 hours. Airfare is dynamic.

By high speed train: bullet train will be available in early 2018 passing through Chongqing & Guiyang.

By overnight train: A sleeper on an overnight train is the economical way to travel between Chengdu and Kunming, which helps save your a hotel bill. There are about 6 daily K type overnight trains using Chengdu Railway Station and Kunming Railway Station, taking about 19-22 hours.

Chengdu – Kunming by High Speed Train

High speed trains linking Chengdu and Kunming will be available in early 2018, which will start from Chengtdu East Station, pass through Chongqing North Station, Guiyang North Station and arrive at Kunming South Station and journey time is about 6 hours.

Chengdu – Kunming by Overnight Train

Before the launch of high speed trains, overnight trains are the most popular option for travelling between Kunming and Chengdu. It is favored by those who want to save money on accommodation, or those who want to make a short visit to Dali or Lijiang while on their way to Chengdu or Kunming. If you want to visit Dali and Lijiang, then this route is your option (You are required to make a transfer at Guangtong North). See Kunming to Dali to Lijiang by train page.

There are 6 daily overnight trains running between Kunming and Chengdu using the old stations: Kunming Railway Station and Chengdu Railway Station.The train takes 17.5-21 hours and the train fare starts from CNY238.5 in a hard sleeper. Duration, train frequency and fares are shown below:

Chengdu-Kunming by overnight train (6 daily)
Train Type From – To Frequency 1st-Last Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Ktrain Chengdu Station to Kunming Station 6 08:54-16:03 18.5-22h 381.5 244.5 141.5
Ktrain Kunming Station to Chengdu Station 6 09:00-19:40 17-22.5h 381.5 244.5 141.5
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Rail Route Planning for: Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Emeishan – Leshan – Chengdu

If your want to have your rail journey covered Kunming, Chengdu as well as Dali & Lijiang, Emeishan and Leshan as your major tourist destinations, then you can go for the routes below:

From Chengdu to Kunming: In Sichuan Province, you can take C type high speed trains to travel between Chengdu, Leshan, Emeishan and even Chengdu’s Shuangliu Airport. For more details, just refer to Chengdu – Leshan – Emeishan by train page.

For trains bound for Dali, Lijiang and Kunming, you can start your rail journey from Emei Railway Station (Emei Station for night train, Emeishan Railway Station for high speed train) in Emeishan City to Guangtong North Station (Guangtong Bei or GuangtongBei) by night train, from where you can transfer to Dali, Lijiang or Kunming. See Kunming to Dali to Lijiang by train page.

From Kunming to Chengdu: Take an overnight train to Dali and Lijiang first. After visiting Dali and Lijiang, just go back by night train to Guangtong North Station (Guangtong Bei or GuangtongBei), from where you can transfer to Emei Railway Station, the old station (for visiting Emeishan Mountain) or directly to Chengdu Railway Station. If you stop at Emei Railway Station, you can transfer to Emeishan Railway Station, the new station from where you can take C type high speed train to Chengdu’s Shuangliu Airport and Chengdu East Station and Chengdu South Station. See Chengdu – Leshan – Emeishan by train page.

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