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

There are two main optoins for getting from Xian to Chengdu by train; fast “bullet” train or an overnight sleeper train. There are over 40 bullet trains and two slow trains every day. The bullet train takes between 3 and 4 hours and the slow train 10 to 16 hours.


The benefits of travelling by train from Xian 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!


Xian to Chengdu Bullet Train Timetable 2021

Train NumberDeparture StationDeparture TimeArrival StationArrival TimeDuration
D1911Xi’an North07:11Chengdu East11:184h07m
D1913Xi’an North07:50Chengdu East11:483h58m
G2855Xi’an North08:09Chengdu East11:533h44m
D1915Xi’an North08:26Chengdu East12:364h10m
D1917Xi’an North09:00Chengdu East12:173h17m
D1919Xi’an North09:24Chengdu East13:314h07m
G2201Xi’an North09:29Chengdu East13:193h50m
D1921Xi’an North09:36Chengdu East13:374h01m
D1923Xi’an North10:03Chengdu East13:593h56m
D1925Xi’an North10:28Chengdu East14:474h19
G2203Xi’an North10:49Chengdu East14:534h04m
D1901Xi’an North10:54Chengdu East14:594h05m
G89Xi’an North11:28Chengdu East14:383h10m
D1927Xi’an North11:33Chengdu East15:053h32m
D1929Xi’an North11:43Chengdu East15:524h09m
G2217Xi’an North11:49Chengdu East15:473h58m
G2213Xi’an North11:54Chengdu East15:373h43m
G2205Xi’an North12:17Chengdu East16:234h06m
D1931Xi’an North12:33Chengdu East16:283h55m
G2207Xi’an North12:39Chengdu East16:394h00m
D1933Xi’an North12:55Chengdu East17:074h12m
D1935Xi’an North13:15Chengdu East17:224h07m
G1831Xi’an North13:20Chengdu East17:284h08m
G2215Xi’an North13:38Chengdu East17:353h57m
G1887Xi’an North13:57Chengdu East17:533h56m
D1937Xi’an North14:10Chengdu East17:403h30m
G1709Xi’an North14:22Chengdu East18:053h43m
D1939Xi’an North14:30Chengdu East18:384h08m
G1975Xi’an North14:43Chengdu East18:273h44m
G571Xi’an North15:12Chengdu East18:553h43m
D1941Xi’an North15:17Chengdu East19:013h44m
G307Xi’an North15:23Chengdu East19:143h51m
G1701Xi’an North15:37Chengdu East19:363h59m
D1943Xi’an North16:20Chengdu East20:264h06m
G3285Xi’an North16:49Chengdu East20:383h49m
G1835Xi’an North16:56Chengdu East20:523h56m
G2231Xi’an North17:08Chengdu East21:184h10m
G2679Xi’an North17:20Chengdu East21:304h10m
G1281Xi’an North17:36Chengdu East21:353h59m
D1947Xi’an North18:05Chengdu East21:413h36m
G2087Xi’an North18:10Chengdu East21:573h47m
D1903Xi’an North18:23Chengdu East22:183h55m
D1949Xi’an North18:29Chengdu East22:233h54m
G2211Xi’an North18:43Chengdu East22:474h04m
D1951Xi’an North18:53Chengdu East23:054h12m
D1905Xi’an North19:36Chengdu East23:273h51m
G349Xi’an North19:49Chengdu East22:583h09m

Xian to Chengdu Sleeper Train Timetable 2021

Train NumberDeparture StationDeparture TimeArrival StationArrival TimeDuration
K245Xi’an07:06Chengdu23:1516h09m
K385Xi’an South21:08Chengdu08:03 +1d10h55m

Xian to Chengdu Bullet Train Fares 2021

Train Number2nd Class Seat1st Class SeatBusiness Class Seat
All D & G Trains¥263.00¥421.00¥789.00
*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.


Xian to Chengdu Sleeper Train Fares 2021

Train NumberStandingHard SeatHard SleeperSoft Sleeper
K245N/A¥112.00¥208.00¥315.00
K385N/A¥128.00¥244.00¥369.00
*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 Xian 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 Xian 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 Xian North Railway Station

From Xian International Airport

Take the Airport Line (olive) from Terminals 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Beikezhan and transfer to Xian North Railway Station.

From downtown Xian

Take Line 1 (red) to Beikezhan and transfer to Xian North Raiway Station.


Facilities on Board the Xian 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.