Xi’An – Chengdu Train Routes

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The Xi’An-Chengdu train line is a rather popular train route in China as Xi’an is the best departure city to reach Chengdu by train. These trains are also a very cheap way to travel between these cities. There are no high-speed trains between these to cities, only normal trains.

While there are a dozen pairs of trains between these cities, some trains are more recommended than others. From Xi’An to Chengdu, the best trains are K5 and K165, and for Chengdu to Xi’An we suggest K870 and K6. The reason why we recommend these trains is because the schedule is convenient but mostly because it is easier to get tickets. Much fewer tickets are available for other trains.

Some other trains appear faster than these but don’t be fooled by the travel time. Those other trains (K385/386, K1615/1616 and K195/998) depart or arrive at the Xi’An south railway station. The Xi’an south station is far out of town (about a 2-hour drive) and it is hard to find a taxi to get you there. The taxi will also be expensive. We strongly recommend avoiding the trains to or from the Xi’An south station.

Ticket prices for the trains that we recommend are as folllow:

Soft sleepers – ¥301 (upper) – ¥315 (lower)
Hard sleepers – ¥194 (upper) – ¥200 (middle) – ¥208 (lower)
Hard seats – ¥112

Watch this video about normal trains:

Xi’An to Chengdu to Xi’An trains timetable

Xi’An to Chengdu trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
1485 1:30 18:18 16 h 48 min
K291 4:49 21:35 16 h 46 min
K545 6:23 22:32 16 h 09 min
T7 6:41 20:36 13 h 55 min
K245 7:01 23:16 16 h 15 min
K1615 7:27 19:14 11 h 47 min
K1363 13:10 5:06 15 h 56 min
K5 13:20 5:27 16 h 07 min
K385 21:02 8:52 11 h 50 min
K869 21:19 13:37 16 h 18 min
K165 22:10 14:26 16 h 16 min
K195 22:26 12:11 13 h 45 min
Chengdu to Xi’An trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
K546 7:36 23:23 15 h 47 min
T8 9:00 22:27 13 h 27 min
K386 12:52 0:01 11 h 09 min
K166 13:26 6:30 17 h 04 min
K196 14:12 0:54 10 h 42 min
K870 14:38 8:35 17 h 57 min
K292 17:47 9:17 15 h 30 min
1486 19:25 11:45 16 h 20 min
K6 21:05 12:20 15 h 15 min
K1616 21:12 7:55 10 h 43 min
K246 21:20 12:42 15 h 22 min
K1364 21:38 13:51 16 h 13 min
K998 22:16 8:12 09 h 56 min

Learn more about:
High-Speed China trains
Normal China trains
Classes of travel on China trains
China train stations

China train travel Tips
How to buy train tickets
How to pick up your train tickets
Peak travel times to avoid
How to read a train ticket
Luggage on China trains
Child discounts

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