Chendgu to Jiuzhaigou Train - Direct Train from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Valley in Future

According to China’s Mid-to-Long Term Railway Network Plan, a new national double-track electrified express railway will be built between Chengdu in Sichuan Province and Lanzhou in Gansu Province, connecting Southwest China and Northwest China areas. This 573-km long new rail is a fast-speed railway will be used for passenger and freight transportation both, with a design speed of 200km/h.

It has attracted lots of attentions once news released to public, because after its completion, the train travel will only take 2 hours from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou , and about 4 hours short from Chengdu to Lanzhou. (Now Chengdu to Lanzhou bullet trains passing Guanyuan and Longnan needs 7-7.5 hours, and normal trains cost 11.5-12 hours.) And more railways and high speed rail lines will be connected to make train travel more easy and convenient among Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Qinghai, Gansu, Tibet and Xinjiang.

Introduction to Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Railway

As the construction planning, the future Chengdu Lanzhou Railway is a north-south rail line starting from Chengdu in Sichuan Province, going to north Sanxingdui in Guanghan, Shifang, Mianzu, Mao County, Songpan County (松潘县), Chuanzhusi Town (川主寺镇), Huangshengguan (黄胜关) and Jiuzhaigou, Hongyuan and Zoige (Ruo’ergai) in Aba (Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture) in northwestern Sichuan, and finally spreading in Gansu Province to Hezuo (合作), Yongjing and ending in Lanzhou. Extending from Hezuo to Xining, the west branch line is another important railway in Western China, namely, the Xining Chengdu Railway.

It clearly shows that the long-awaited Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Railway is the key section in Sichuan on the Chengdu Lanzhou Railway. About 20 train stations will be newly built or reconstructed in Sichuan, big stations like Jiuzhaigou will handle nearly 2,000 visitors by that time.

Latest official government news said, the segment between Chengdu and Chuanzhusi will be finished at the end of 2022, the north part from Chuanzhusi to Jiuzhaigou remains uncertain and the full opening of Chengdu Lanzhou Railway possibly goes to 2026. China Discovery will keep updating for you.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Planned Train Route Map

Current Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Transportation

At present, tourists have two available ways to travel from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou: by flight or by bus. Each has disadvantages and you can choose the more suitable one according to your length of holiday, budget and physical conditions.

Option 1: Take Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Flight

From & To: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) → Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport (JZH)

Duration: about 1 hour

Taking a non-stop flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou is the fastest and most convenient way, because the air travel merely takes about 1 hour. In peak tourists season, there are over 20 flights each day while in off season daily flights are also provided from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. After landing in Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, tourists still need to take bus from the airport to reach Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area in the northeast. Huanglong National Park is located closer to the airport, about 40KM.

Jiuzhaigou Airport to Jiuzhaigou Valley: about 88KM, 1.5 hour by bus

Recommended Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tours (by flight):

√ 3 Days Classic Jiuzhaigou Tour by Flight

√ 4 Days Enjoyable Jiuzhaigou Walking Tour

√ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou In-depth Photography Tour

√ 3 Days Jiuzhaigou & Mounigou Winter Tour

Note: Jiuzhaigou Airport has an high elevation of 3,448m (11,312ft), some travelers may suffer from high altitude sickness when flying from plain area. It should be considered and reminded when choosing Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou flight.

Advice: If your time is limited and you plan to have a brief Jiuzhaigou tou (in a tight schedule), or you travel with huge luggage, more like comfortable air travel, the 1 hour’s Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Flight is the better choice if you are fine with the elevation issue.

Chengdu International Airport

Chengdu International Airport

Jiuzhaigou Airport

Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport

Option 2: Take Bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhiagou

From & To: Chengdu Chadianzi/Xinnanmen Bus Station → Jiuzhaigou Bus Station

Distrance & Duration: about 440KM/ 10 hours

Traveling in a slower pace is also popular for lots of tourists. With enough time, you can take a bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, driving through Mianyang, Guangyuan, Wenchuan, Mao County, Songpan, ultimately arriving at the valley entrance directly. Usually, the bus departs in early morning, around 7:00, and get to Jiuzhaigou in the afternoon. It’s indeed a long ride, you may feel tedious and uneasy, but various kinds of gorgeous scenery on the road will surprise you and leave you a unique travel experience. You will be sent directly to the scenic area in the end, so you can stay overnight to cclimatize to high altitudea and prepare yourself for the next day trip to Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Recommended Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tours (by private car):

√ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou Bus Tour from Chengdu

√ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou Private Tour from Chengdu

Our Advice: Bus ride is more suitable for those who have more time, want to see landscape on road in Northwestern Sichuan and people who are advised to adapt high elevation gradually.

Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station

Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station

Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station

Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station

How to Plan Your Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour

Chengdu is the most important gateway to Jiuzhaigou both by air and by road. Known as a world famous destination with cute Giant Panda, delicious Sichuan Cuisine, relaxing leisure lifestyle and long history, Chengdu itself gives tourists lots of interesting things to explore.

Before or after the Jiuzhaigou tour, you can take 1 to 3 days visit landmarks in Chengdu, including see adorable Giant Pandas in Panda Base, walk around Jinli Ancient Street, drink Chinese tea in People’s Park, watch a wonderful Sichuan Opera show, visit serene Wenshu Monastery. Sidetrips from Chengdu to Mount Qingcheng in Dujiangyan, Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in Leshan, Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan are recommended when you have more time to discover the World Heritages near Chengdu. Usually, tourists will leave 3 to 4 days to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park together. You can have a classic private tour or in-depth hiking trip. You can return to Chengdu to continue your China tour from Jiuzhaigou to other destinations in China, maybe Qinghai and Gansu.

Travel Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou with China Discovery

As an experienced, professional and reliable travel agency based in Chengdu, China Discovery are try our best to make every clients’ tour to Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou interesting, unique and memorable, and at the best value. Travel with us, you can enjoy a worry-free tour covering airport/train station pick-up services, knowledgeable tour guide and safe private transfer, accommodation and ticket booking help, visa application assistance and other needed services. Just contact us, tell your schedule, we will do the rest to creat you a wonderful Chengdu tour.

Recommended Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tours:

√ 3 Days Classic Jiuzhaigou Tour by Flight

√ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou Private Tour from Chengdu by Private Car

√ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou Bus Tour from Chengdu

√ 5 Days Classic Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou Tour

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train

Chengdu: Hometown of Pandas

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train

Picturesque Jiuzhaigou Scenery

Recommended Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tours

Top 3 Chengdu Jiuzhaigou tours chosen by most customers to explore Chengdu Jiuzhaigou in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Five-Color Ponds in Huanglong Valley
4 Days Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Highlights Tour from Chengdu by Private Car

Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu

Five-flower Lake in Rize Valley
5 Days Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Comfortable Tour

Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou

Huanglong Five-Color Ponds
6 Days Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou In-depth Tour (Round Trip Flights)

Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu

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