Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train, Direct Train Not Far in 2024

As a representative of China’s natural landscape, Jiuzhaigou Valley has always been the desire of travelers at home and abroad. Nevertheless, it takes a long and arduous drive of 6-8 hours to get there, discouraging many tourists suffering from carsickness and altitude stress. All of the above situations will be solved after the opening of the section from Chengdu to Huanglongjiuzhai Railway Station 黄龙九寨站 (former Chuanzhongsi Railway Station 川主寺站). It takes only 2 hours for the high-speed railroad. After exiting the station, tourists can directly transfer by cars/shuttle buses to reach the entrance of Jiuzhaigou Valley in about 1.5 hours.

Although there is much FAKE news claiming that the Jiuzhaigou High-Speed Railway has been opened to traffic, the fact is that the line has only reached the Zhenjiangguan Station 镇江关站 currently, which is about 91 miles (147 km, a 2.5-hour drive) away from Jiuzhaigou and about 53 miles (85 km, a 1.5-hour drive) away from Huanglong. Travelers are suggested to go to visit Huanglong National Park first before transferring to Jiuzhaigou, which is the most classic and time-saving Jiuzhaigou travel itinerary.

Keep reading to learn the expected opening date of Huanglongjiuzhai Railway Station, transportation tips from the Zhenjiangguan railway station to the entrance of Jiuzhaigou National Park, and the map and construction timeline of Sichuan-Qinghai Railway to discover how to plan a trip to western China!

Chengdu to Jiuzhaogou Train (Recent to Zhenjiangguan Station) — 1.5 Hours

As mentioned in the article, the construction of Huanglongjiuzhai Railway Station (also known as Chuanzhusi Station) - a high-speed train station that is closer to Jiuzhaigou Valley - is not yet completed. Therefore, at present, the high-speed train is only connected to Zhenjiangguan Station. There are currently 3~4 high-speed trains running steadily every day, 2~3 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon; the length is around 1.5 hours.

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Zhenjiangguan to Huanglong/Jiuzhaigou: Transportation & Travel Tips

  • Zhenjiangguan Railway Station Address: Zhenjiangguan Township, Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China (四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州松潘县镇江关乡)

Zhenjiangguan Station is 147 kilometers (91 miles) away from Jiuzhaigou Valley and 85 kilometers (53 miles) away from Huanglong National Park, and it takes over 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours to drive with the road condition intact and without stopping in the middle. Even so, compared with a tiring road trip (8-10 hours) or expensive plane travel, taking a high-speed train to Zhenjiangguan and then transferring by a private car is still a good value for money. It is expected to become the first choice for people to travel to Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou in the future.

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Zhenjiangguan Station to Huanglong National Park — 1.5~2 Hours

Huanglong National Park 黄龙国家森林公园 enjoys the same fame as Jiuzhaigou Valley for its natural beauty, layered and colourful calcified ponds and snow mountains views. It is an unmissable highlight in China, especially in summer and autumn.

Considering the location and typical visit time of 3-5 hours, travelers often make Huanglong their first stop. Taking a private car is the only way to get to Huanglong National Park and transfer from Huanglong to Jiuzhaigou.
● Zhenjiangguan Railway Station to Huanglong National Park: 85 kilometers (53 miles), taking 1.5~2 hours by car;
● Huanglong National Park to Jiuzhaigou Valley: 106 kilometers (66 miles), taking 2~2.5 hours by car.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train Huanglong National Park

Zhenjiangguan Station to Jiuzhaigou Valley — 2.5~4 Hours

Currently, Zhenjiangguan Station does not provide direct public bus service to Jiuzhaigou Valley 九寨沟. After getting off the train, there are three ways to reach Jiuzhaigou Valley: private car, two sections of public buses transfer through Songpan County, and private buses offered by locals (not recommended).

Option 1: Travel with China Discovery by Private Car (Top Recommended) — 2.5 Hours

At present, independent travel to Jiuzhaigou remains challenging for foreign tourists, in terms of trouble booking tickets, bus transit, and language barriers. So, taking an all-covered tailor-made tour is the most comfortable and convenient way to get to the scenic spot for those with a sufficient budget. In addition, Jiuzhaigou National Park is extensive, with different highlights in different seasons, such as Reed Lake in winter, Nuorilang Waterfall in summer, and the Five Flower Lake in autumn, so the best tour routes also vary. Take our guided service and he will take you to enjoy the most beautiful scenery in each season and discover the most distinctive humanities.

Just contact us, tell us your schedule, and we will do the rest to create you a wonderful Jiuzhaigou tour.

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Option 2 Public Buses Transfer through Songpan County (For Independent Travelers) — 4 Hours

  • Songzhou Bus Station Address: No. 161, North Street, Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China (中国四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州松潘县城北街161号)
  • Jiuzhai Goukou Long-distance Bus Station Address: 150 m to the northeast of Hudiba, Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan Province, China (中国四川省九寨沟县漳扎镇火地坝东北方150米)

Zhengjiangguan Station offers shuttle buses to Songzhou Bus Station (松州客运站) in Songpan County, which is about 44 kilometers (27 miles) driving distance, taking about 40 minutes. After reaching Songzhou Bus Station, you need to transfer by different long-distance buses to the Jiuzhai Goukou (The Entrance of Jiuzhaigou Valley) Long-distance Bus Station (九寨沟口长途客运站). Currently, 3 buses are running every day, coinciding with the time of the high-speed train. Don’t forget to pre-book bus tickets online, especially during the peak season. You probably won’t get one if you buy the ticket on-site.

Long-distance buses from Songzhou Bus Station to Jiuzhaigou Goukou Bus Station usually take 3 hours (103km).

Note: Since this mode of travel requires transit, it is not recommended for tourists who do not speak Mandarin, carry heavy luggage, or travel with elderly and young children.

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Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train (Future to Huanglongjiuzhai Railway Station) —— 2 Hours

  • Huanglongjiuzhai Station Address: Chuanzhusi Town, 16 km north from Songpan County, 213 National Highway, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China (四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州松潘县213国道)

Huanglongjiuzhai Railway Station 黄龙九寨站 is expected to open in the middle of 2024 (we will continue to follow the latest news and keep updating), by which the time from Chengdu East to the station will be shortened to 2 hours from the 5.5 hours required by car.

In order to protect the pristine natural ecological environment of the Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou scenic areas, the final construction of the Huanglongjiuzhaigou Railway Station did not reach the entrance of the scenic area. Instead, it chose to build in Chuanzhongsi town 川主寺, which is 23 kilometers (14 miles) west of Huanglong National Forest Park (About half an hour by car) and 88 kilometers (55 miles) south of Jiuzhaigou Valley (About 1.5~2 hours by car).

There is no official news on whether the station will operate buses directly to Jiuzhai and Huanglong scenic spots. We’ll follow up in real-time. If you have a sufficient budget and want to save time and energy, it is highly recommended to book an all-inclusive trip directly with us, without worrying about transportation and accommodation, you can concentrate on enjoying the beautiful scenery of the natural scene.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Jiuzhaigou Train Travel Plans & Tips 2024

It is possible to plan 2 to 4-day tours of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong from Chengdu based on the high-speed rail schedule.

Usually, it requires at least 3 days to explore Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. However, during the off-season (winter), a two-day trip may also be realized by booking a customized tour with us.

Day 1: Taking the earliest train in the morning, you will reach Zhenjiangguan Railway Station at 9:00. The driver and tour guide will wait for you at the station’s exit and transfer you safely to Huanglong National Park. You will arrive at the entrance of the scenic area around noon (meal time included). Then, the whole afternoon is yours to appreciate the stunning nature of Huanglong, enjoy a light hike and take memorable photos with the help of your guide. Usually, taking a round cable car, 3~4 hours, is enough to explore Huanglong. If you don’t suffer from altitude sickness and prefer hiking, 5 hours of consistent hiking at a steady pace will suffice to reach the summit and return (Notice: Huanglong National Park attractions are more than 3,000 meters above sea level). After the exploration, your driver will escort you to your hotel near Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train - Tour Plan Melvyn and His Wife Hiked Huanglong National Park in November 2023

The main differences between 2-day and 3-day tours lie in the time arrangement of the second day.

If you only have two days, you need to catch the train departing in the afternoon. In addition, you shall leave at least 3 hours (even more if the weather is not well) for car transfer to the Zhenjiangguan Railway Station, meaning your Jiuzhaigou Valley day tour should be ended at 14:00-15:00. Is 5 to 7 hours enough to explore the Jiuzhaigou Valley? “No” in peak season for the long queue for sightseeing buses, but “Yes” in the off-season for just exploring the seasonal essences. However, if you plan to return to Chengdu on the same day, you will not have time to have a lazy morning; you are recommended to enter the park as soon as it opens (opening time is 07:00 during peak season and 08:00 during off-season).

If you have sufficient time to travel, we highly recommend planning a complete 1-2 day trip at Jiuzhaigou Valley. This will allow you to fully enjoy the sparkling lakes at all three trenches and perhaps even have time for a photo shoot wearing Tibetan costumes.

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More Way to Travel: Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Flight and Bus

Option 1: Take Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Flight

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

Duration: about 1 hour

Taking a non-stop flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou is the fastest way, because the air travel merely takes about 1 hour. In peak tourist season, there are over 10 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 a bus from the airport to reach Jiuzhaigou Valley 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

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

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Option 2: Take Bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhiagou

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

Distance & Duration: about 440KM/ 6-8 hours

Travelling at 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, and Songpan, ultimately arriving at the valley entrance directly. Usually, the bus departs in the early morning, around 7:00, and gets 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 with a unique travel experience. You will be sent directly to the scenic area in the end, so you can stay overnight, acclimatize to high altitude and prepare for the next day’s trip to Huanglong National Park.

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More about Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Railway, Future Travel to Qinghai and Gansu

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou railroad is an integral part of the Sichuan-Qinghai Railway 川青铁路. Sichuan-Qinghai Railway connects Chengdu, Sichuan Province and Xining City, Qinghai Province. It is an important part of the Lanzhou (Xining) - Guangzhou Corridor, one of the main high-speed railroad corridors of the Medium-to-Long Term Railway Network Plan (Revised Version 2016), which consists of eight vertical and eight horizontal high-speed railroad corridors.

Till November 2023, the Sichuan-Qinghai Railway from Chengdu to Huangshengguan Station plans 13 stations with a design speed of 200 km/h; the section from Haidongxi to Huangshengguan has 16 stations with a speed of 200 km/h in design.

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    Time Line of the Sichuan-Qinghai Railway Construction:

  • On November 28, 2023, the section from Qingbaijiang East to Zhenjiangguan was opened for operation.
  • In the middle of 2024, the section from Zhenjiangguan to Huangshengguan is expected to be opened to traffic.
  • The remaining station building project of the Gansu-Qinghai section (Haidongxi - Huangshengguan) will start construction in May 2024, and will be opened to traffic from 2027 to 2029 in successive segments.
  • It is expected to open to traffic from Lanzhou to Chengdu by the end of 2028, and the whole line from Xining to Chengdu by the end of 2029.

By then, the running time of the high-speed train from Chengdu to Xining will be shortened from the current 9.5 hours to about 6 hours, and Chengdu to Lanzhou will only take about 5.5 hours. It is no longer a dream to have Sichuan hot pot in Chengdu at noon and authentic beef ramen in Lanzhou at night.

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How to Plan Your Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour

Chengdu is the most crucial gateway to Jiuzhaigou by air and road. Known as a world-famous destination with a cute Giant Panda, delicious Sichuan Cuisine, a relaxing leisure lifestyle and a long history, Chengdu gives tourists many exciting things to explore.

Before or after the Jiuzhaigou tour, you can take 1 to 3 days to visit landmarks in Chengdu, including seeing adorable Giant Pandas in Panda Base, walking around Jinli Ancient Street, drink Chinese tea in People’s Park, watch a wonderful Sichuan Opera show, visit serene Wenshu Monastery. Side trips from Chengdu to Mount Qingcheng in DujiangyanLeshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in Leshan, and Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan are recommended when you have more time to discover the World Heritages near Chengdu.

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Usually, tourists will leave for 3 to 4 days to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park together.

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You can have a classic private tour or an 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.

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