If you are looking to travel from Beijing to Chengdu, then taking the train is a great option. Below you can find full information on the Beijing to Chengdu Train including 2021 timetable and ticket prices.

There are two main optoins for getting from Beijing to Chengdu by train; fast “bullet” train or an overnight sleeper train. There are four bullet trains and three slow trains every day. The bullet train takes between 8 and 10 hours and the slow train 20 to 30 hours.


The benefits of travelling by train from Beijing to Chengdu

The bullet trains are modern, comfortable and convenient. When you factor in getting to the airport, which is usually far from the city centre, and check in time, there is not much difference in time between flying and taking the train.

With the overnight train, as well as being a great budget option saving you money on transport, you have the added bonus of saving on a night’s accommodation too, especially useful for those backpacking around China!


Beijing to Chengdu Bullet Train Timetable 2021

Train NumberDeparture StationDeparture TimeArrival StationArrival TimeDuration
G89Beijing West06:53Chengdu East14:387h45m
G571Beijing West09:22Chengdu East18:559h33m
G307Beijing West09:38Chengdu East19:149h36m
G349Beijing West15:13Chengdu East22:587h45m

Beijing to Chengdu Sleeper Train Timetable 2021

Train NumberDeparture StationDeparture TimeArrival StationArrival TimeDuration
K817Beijing West08:01Chengdu12:32 +1d28h31m
Z49Beijing West11:28Chengdu08:56 +1d21h28m
K117Beijing West11:36Chengdu16:21 +1d28h45m

Beijing to Chengdu Bullet Train Fares 2021

Train Number2nd Class Seat1st Class SeatBusiness Class Seat
G89¥778.50¥1,246.00¥2,417
G571¥778.50¥1,246.00¥2,417
G307¥778.50¥1,246.00¥2,417
G349¥778.50¥1,246.00¥2,417
*Prices obtained from China Railway and correct as of June 2021

Bullet Train Ticket Types

2nd Class Seat

Three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. Charging point, tray table, recling seats and ample legroom.

1st Class Seat

Two seats on either side of the aisle. As with 2nd class plus extra room between seats, more comfortable seating and complimentary snacks and water.

Business Class Seat

Two seats on one side of the aisle, and one on the other. As with 1st class pluss extra room and leather seats.


Beijing to Chengdu Sleeper Train Fares 2021

Train NumberStandingHard SeatHard SleeperSoft Sleeper
K817N/A¥252.00¥467.00¥717.00
Z49N/A¥254.50¥464.50¥717.50
K117N/A¥259.00¥477.00¥731.00
*Prices obtained from China Railway and correct as of June 2021

Sleeper Train Ticket Types

Standing

Standing in the aisle of the seating carriage. Not recommended.

Hard Seat

Three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. The seats are upright and non-reclining. The carriages are always packed with seated and standing passengers and belongings. Not recommended for anything other than short journeys.

Hard Sleeper

Six-bed open compartments (three bunkbeds on either side). Perfectly comfortable, and a good option for solo travellers who do not want to be confimed to a locked cabin with strangers.

Soft Sleeper

Four-bed closed compartments (two bunkbeds on either side).


How to buy Tickets for the Beijing to Chengdu Train

Since 2019 China has started to phase out paper tickets and booking online is now easier than ever.

E-Ticket

You can book tickets through Trip.com and you will be emailed your e-ticket immediately. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Alipay and WeChat Pay and everything is in English. Trip charge a fee of ¥20 ($3.15) per ticket.

At the Station

You can purchase a ticket for the Beijing to Chengdu train at any railway station in China. Be aware that queues are usually long and it’s unlikeely that staff will speak English. Ensure you have the train number, day, time and class written down. You will need your passport or valid ID.

At China Railways Ticket Offices

China Railways has ticket offices across cities and towns in China and are recognizable as small booths with thee China Railway logo. As with at the station, it is even less likely to find English speaking staff. Ensure you have the train number, day, time and class written down. You will need your passport or valid ID. Ticket offices charge ¥5 per ticket.

For more information see how to buy train tickets in China.


Getting the Train

Get to the Station at least one hour before the train is due to depart (earlier if you need to buy a ticket at the station).

How to get to Beijing West Railway Station

From Beijing Capital International Airport

Take the airport express from Terminals 2 or 3 to Dongzhimen on Line 2 (dark blue). Go three stops to Jianguomen. Transfer to Line 1 (red) and go 9 stops to Military Museum. You can either change here to Line 9 (olive) and go south one stop, or exit and walk ten minutes to Beijing West Railway Station.

From Beijing Daxing International Airport

Take the New Airport Line two stops to Caoqiao. Transfer to Line 10 (light blue) and go west six stops. Transfer to Line 9 (olive) and go one stop to Beijing West Railway Station.

From downtown Beijing

Transfer to Line 1 (red) and go 9 stops to Military Museum. You can either change here to Line 9 (olive) and go south one stop, or exit and walk ten minutes to Beijing West Railway Station.


Facilities on Board the Beijing to Chengdu Train

Bullet Train

Two toilets in each carriage; one squat and one western.

Hot drinking water dispenser at the end of each carriage.

Kiosk and trolleys selling cold drinks, snacks and hot ready-made meals.

Sleeper Train

Two toilets in each carriage; one squat and one western.

Hot drinking water dispenser at the end of each carriage.

Restaurant car with seating and freshly prepared meals.


Places to Stay in Chengdu

Things to do in Chengdu

  • Tianfu Square
  • Wuhou Temple
  • LeShan Giant Buddha

Read our article about the top 11 things to do in Chengdu!


Steve Rohan

About this author: Steve Rohan has lived in China for six years. He has lived in the frozen city of Harbin, ancient capital of Luoyang and tropical paradise that is Sanya.

After teaching English for a number of years, he now blogs full time for this site and adventure travel blog thetripgoeson.com.