Xian – Chengdu High Speed Railway: Open in September or December of 2017

Xi’an – Chengdu: Train VS Flight

Distance between Xi’an and Chengdu: 842 kilometers, around 522 miles.

Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi Province is far from Chengdu, the capical city in Sichuan Province. Taking a train or flight is usually the way to go for travelling between Xi’an and Chengdu. Each travel way has its own advantages and disadvantages, and you can design your route plan depending on your budget and conditions. Taking a flight is the fastest and most straightforward but a little bit expensive, and taking an overnight train would be an economical way because it helps save you a hotel bill and allows you to arrive in the morning. Just compare the travel fares and times of each option below.

Option Price one-way Duration Note
By plane from CNY 720 1h 45mins Check real-time airfares at Ctrip
By high speed train (not available) No Bullet trains right now
By slow train from CNY 301 – 355.5 12 – 17 hours Using T & K type trains. Night train saves the cost of accommodation

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Xi’an – Chengdu by Train

As of August of 2016, there are 12 daily trains from Xi’an to Chengdu & 13 daily trains from Chengdu to Xi’an. All of them are normal trains (non-highspeed) using T or K type train.

Xi’an Railway Station: This station is about 15-minute walk from Wulukou Station (metro station 五路口) on the Line 1.

Xi’an South Railway Station (XianNan): by Bus no. 918, 920, etc. This station is very small with few trains.

Chengdu Railway Station: reached by metro line 1 (called by the locals: huo che bei zhan, North Station) Be care of this.

Chengdu East Railway Station: reached by line 2 & line 7 (not open yet).

Train Times, Fares & Duration: Xi’an to Chengdu

Xi’an = Xi’an Railway Station, Chengdu = Chengdu Railway Station

Xi’an to Chengdu Train (12 trains daily)
Trains From – To Dept – Arri Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
K879 Xi’an to Chengdu 13:10 – 05:06 (Day 2) 16h9m 301 194 112
K385 Xi’an South to Chengdu 21:02 – 08:52 (Day 2) 11h50m 355 230 128
K869 Xi’an to Chengdu 21:19 – 16: 18 (Day 2) 16h18m 301 194 112
K1363 Xi’an to Chengdu 13:10 – 05:06 (Day 2) 15h56m 301 194 112
K195 Xi’an Souht to Chengdu East 22:26 – 12:12 (Day 2) 13h46m 355 230 128
For a live schedule, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Train Times, Fares & Duration: Chengdu to Xi’an

Chengdu to Xi’an Train (13 trains daily)
Trains From – To Dept – Arri Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
T8 Chengdu to Xi’an 09:00- 22:27 13h27m 301 194 112
K166 Chengdu to Xi’an 13:26 – 06:28 (Day 2) 17h02m 301 194 112
K870 Chengdu to Xi’an 14:38 – 08:35 (Day 2) 17h57m 301 194 112
K6 Chengdu to Xi’an 21:05 – 12:20 (Day 2) 15h15m 301 194 112
K196 Chengdu East to Xi’an South 14:12 – 00:55 (Day 2) 10h43m 355 230 128
For a live schedule, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Xi’an – Chengdu by Flights

There are over 10 flights flying between Xi’an and Chengdu daily, operated by the carriers of China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, etc. You can fire the live airfare for this route at Ctrip

Airport used: Xi’an Xianyang Airport (XIY) & Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU)

Frequent Asked Questions on Travel between Xi’an & Chengdu

Is there high speed trains between Xi’an and Chengdu?

No high speed trains available currently. The Xi’an – Chengdu High Speed Railway is under construction now and is estimated to be competed in November of 2017. When competed, it will significantly shorten the train travel time between Xi’an and Chengdu from 12 hours to 3 hours.

When will the Xian – Chengdu high speed train service open ?

No official announcement currently. According to some reports, it is scheduled to open either in the end of September of 2017 (September 30) or December 26 of 2017.

How long and how much to travel from Xi’an to Chengdu?

It will cost you over 300 yuan and 12 – 17 hours to travel between Xi’an & Chengdu by regular rail. If you travel by air, the airfare is from 720 yuan (Just for reference) and flight time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Is there any good China rail travel guide before I make this trip?

Yeah. The best resource would be www.seat61.com/China.htm. Mr Mark Smith gives very detailed information about how to travel China by train on his famous travel site Seat61.com.

Onward travel: Chengdu to Chongqing Train, Beijing to Xi’an Train

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