Totally, Chengdu has four train stations operating nearly 500 trains for passenger daily, which are located in different directions. The four railway stations are Chengdu East Railway Station (running 308 trains: G, D, C, T, K trains), Chengdu North Railway Station (running 64 trains: C, D, Z, T, K trains), Chengdu South Railway Station (running 31 inter-city high speed train: C trains) and Xipu Railway Station (passing by 70 C trains). Among them, Chengdu East Railway Station is a high speed train handling the most high speed trains to/off Chengdu, while Chengdu Railway Station is the only train station in Chengdu departing Tibet trains.
In the future, a new Chengdu West Railway Station will be built, serving as the starting point of Sichuan Tibet Railway and for nearby destinations like Dujiangyan and Ya’an.
Name: Chengdu East Railway Station (成都火车东站)
Location: Qingyijiang Rd, Chenghua District, Eastern Chengdu (成都市成华区青衣江路)
Distance: about 9km (20mins’ ride) to downtown Chengdu; 23km (40mins’ driving) to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport & 15km (25 mins’ ride) to Chengdu Railway Station & 12km (20 mins’ driving) to Chengdu South Railway Station
Been put into use in 2013, Chengdu East Railway Station is a major transportation hub in southwest China and a very important high speed train station dispatching G, D, C trains from/to Chengdu. More importantly, it is used as the starting of Xian Chengdu High Speed Railway and Chengdu-Leshan-Mianyang High Speed Railway.
Chengdu East Railway Station contains 3 large parts: east square, west square and station building. Covering an area of 45,333 sq km, it has 14 platforms and 26 tracks. Totally, there are 5 floors inside the station, including the shopping and fast food restaurants area in the top, waiting hall on 2nd floor, entrance and security inspection points on 1st floor and two floors in underground space.
1F: Outside Area - West Square on first floor and East Square (2F) both have a big ticket office (handles tickets selling, altering, refunding), lots of Automatic Ticket Machine and E-ticket Pick-up Machine, stores and bank ATMs. And there is an entrance to inner station and many platforms to underground floor (B1) for taking bus, taxi, subway and long distance coach. Inner Area - On first floor (in West Square) has one ticket check (A1), Left luggage service, drinking water, police office and accessible elevator and escalator up/down to 2nd floor. The boarding platforms are also located on this level, which only can be accessed through ticket checking.
2F: A huge waiting hall where has tickets checks (A2~A26 & B1 ~B26), waiting seats, Facilities and Service: VIP Lounge, China Construction Bank ATM machine, Bank of China, small shops, mobile phone charger (next to KFC), tea house, children’s playground, smoking area, book store, Red-cap Porter service, a few groceries and snack bars, lots of toilets (including baby care room and disabled toilets) and drinking water. Note: Passengers entering from East Square will directly reach the waiting hall on the second floor.
3F: A small elevated storey of commercial area with Mcdonald's, snacks of Chengdu, some Chinese style fast food restaurants and a shop selling local souvenirs and specialty.
B1: All trains will arrive on basement one, and then passengers need to exit from here. On this floor, you can easily find signs for bus, subway, coach and way out to surface ground. This layer is the most crowded center distributing passenger to all destinations in Chengdu.
B2: It is the subway departure station of Metro Line 2 and 7, after security check on the 1st floor underground. The two lines offer fast and convenient transport to downtown Chengdu and other railway stations.
Chengdu East Railway Station is well-connected with other regions of Chengdu by metro and bus. Whether you take trains from here or leave here, there are many convenient means of transportation you can take advantage of.
Downtown & Chengdu Panda Base to Chengdu East Railway Station
● By Taxi: takes about 25 mins from Chunxi Road (cost: ￥25.0), 30 mins from Tianfu Sqaure; about 20 mins from Chengdu Panda Base (cost: ￥40.0).
● By Subway: takes about 15 mins from Chunxi Road with 6 stopovers by Metro Line 2 (cost: ￥3.0); 20 stations from Renmin Park (cost:￥4.0), 14 stations from Jinsha Site Museum (cost: ￥6.0).
● By Local (Public) Bus: takes about 1 hour from Chunxi Road by bus 4, 47, 58, 141.
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Chengdu East Railway Station
Since Chengdu East Railway Station is over 20km far from the southwest Shuangliu Airport (成都双流国际机场, IATA: CTU), a direct and fast transport is most recommended, like subway, taxi and airport shuttle bus.
Please note that T1 terminal serves for Sichuan Airlines and flights to International, HK, Macau, and Taiwan while T2 terminal is used for domestic airlines to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Lhasa and so on.
Airport Express Line: No.3 Airport Shuttle Bus shunts between Chengdu East Railway Station and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport directly from 07:00am to 20:00pm, stopping by 3 stations. The shuttle bus depart from West Square every half an hour and rides around 1 hour (ticket: ￥12.0) to Gate 1 of terminal 1 or place between Gate 4 and 5 on terminal 2.
Taxi: Taking a local cap from the 23km-far airport needs 30~40 mins and a cost of ￥60.0.
Subway: You need to take Metro Line 10 at Terminal 1 or 2 first, and then transfer in Taipingyuan Station to Metro Line 7. It goes by 9 stations to Chengdu East Railway Station, costing ￥5.0.
To Other Railway Stations
The good news is that the three main train stations are well-connected with each other through Metro Line 7, if you prefer a local city transport to transfer among them, check the details to go.
●To Chengdu Railway Station: take outer loop of Metro Line 7 (06:15~22:55), passing 10 stations, and cost around 25 mins and ￥4.0.
●To Chengdu South Railway Station: take inner loop of Metro Line 7, passing 6 stations, and cost around 12 mins and ￥4.0.
As the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu offers developed traffic network and system with nearby cities in Sichuan and lots of else cities in China, such as Xian, Chongqing, Dujiangyan, Leshan, Emeishan and etc. We list part of main rail routes linked with Chengdu East Railway Station for your reference. You can contact us to get more rail lines and information about train times, fares and ticket booking.
|Departure Station||Destination||Train Types||Duration||Frequency (per day)||Check Details|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Leshan (Giant Buddha)||C Trains||46 mins ~ 1 hr 26 mins||12||Chengdu Leshan Inter-city Railway|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Emeishan (Mount Emei)||C Trains||1 hr 5 mins ~ 1 hr 45 mins||9||Chengdu Emeishan Inter-city Railway|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Beijing||G Trains||7 hrs 47 mins ~ 10 hrs||3||-|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Shanghai||G/D Trains||11 hrs 28 mins ~ 15 hrs 18 mins||4||-|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Xian||G/D Trains||3 hrs 15 mins ~ 4 hrs 36 mins||36||Xian Chengdu High Speed Trains|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Chongqing||G/D Trains||3 hrs 36 mins ~ 5 hrs 2 mins||20||Chongqing Chengdu High Speed Trains|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Guiyang||G/D Trains||3 hrs 36 mins ~ 5 hrs 2 mins||20||Chengdu Guiyang High Speed Trains|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||Guangzhou||D Trains||9 hrs 30 mins ~ 10 hrs 28 mins||9||-|
|Chengdu East Railway Station||C6311||G Trains||6 hrs 38 mins ~ 6 hrs 42 mins||2||-|
Name: Chengdu Railway Station (成都站)
Location: No.1 Zhandong Rd, Jinniu District, Northern Chengdu (成都市金牛区站东路1号)
Distance: about 30km for 1 hour’s driving to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Starting service from 1952, the Chengdu Railway Station is an old train station, which currently operates most normal trains (K, T, Z trains) and a very small number of high speed trains (C, D trains) to/off Chengdu. It is also called Chengdu North Railway Station by local people, because its location in north. Paper train ticket officially are printed as Chengdu Station (成都站) and railway, bus stations both takes the title of Cheng North Railway Station (成都北站). It is the nearest train station to Chengdu Panda Base.
Chengdu Railway Station has 6 platforms and 12 tracks, and runs daily normal trains to Beijing (Z, T trains), Hangzhou, Kunming, Qingdao, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Urumuqi and nearby small cities in Sichuan (K trains). Meanwhile, it executes only 19 high speed trains to Shanghai, Wuhan (D trains), Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan (C trains) every day. If you plan to take a train to Lhasa, Tibet, Chengdu Railway Station is the right departure station you need to get to, otherwise, it’s the arrival station of a Tibet train travel to Chengdu.
Ticket Office is a separate building on the left side of station square. Foreigners wishing to collect tickets must bring passport to the ticket counter personally. There is also a row of Pick-up machine at the gate area, but only available for Chinese ID cards holders.
Outer Area: The south entrance and security point are in the middle of the first floor. On the left hand, there is KFC and small shops, while the exit is on the right side. You can use Left Luggage Service here.
Inner Area: Passing through identity check, you firstly need to check carefully from the huge screen about which waiting hall you need to go. Disabled 2F: On this floor, there are ting Halls, ticket check gates, VIP restroom, toilets and snack stores and special facilities for the old and disabled.
If you don’t know the local transport well, taking a taxi is the most convenient way to reach the station. Or, you can make use of the two subway lines (Metro Line 1 & 7), get off at Chengdu North Railway Station and walk a few minutes to Chengdu Railway Station.
Chengdu Railway Station is connected with Tianfu Square, Wenshu Monastery (downtown area) by Metro Line 1, Jinsha Site Museum by Line 7, and Chengdu South Railway Station by both Line 1 and 7.
Airport Express Line: No.2 Airport Shuttle Bus runs between Chengdu Railway Station and Chengdu Shuangliu Airport directly. It departs every 20 minutes at the bus station near the Ticket Office (ticket：about ￥17.0) and rides about 1.5 hrs.
Taxi: about ￥70.0 for 1 hour’s driving
Subway: take outer loop of Metro Line 7 first, and then transfer to Metro Line 10 to Shuangliu Airport. The fare is ￥6.0. You can arrive at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 in times of need.
Name: Chengdu South Railway Station (成都火车南站)
Location: Northern Tianfu Avenue, Guixi Street, High-tech Zone, Southern Chengdu (成都市高新区桂溪街道天府大道北段)
Distance: about 14km for 25mins’ driving to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chengdu South Railway Station is an auxiliary transport distributor with high speed trains to Leshan and Emeishan via Chengdu-Leshan-Mianyang High Speed Railway. All of them are C trains, either passing or originating from Chengdu South Railway Station. For its closer distance between Leshan and Emeishan, most C trains will arrive at here, though a large majority of C trains are departing from Chengdu East Railway.
|Train Routes||Train No.||Dep. ~ Arr. Time||Duration||Departure Station|
|Chengdu South Railway Station → Leshan||C6263||09:05 ~ 10:20||1 hr 15 mins||￥51.0 (Second Class Seat)
￥81.0 (First Class Seat)
|C6265||09:56~10:57||1 hr 1 min|
|C6271||14:54~16:01||1 hr 7 mins|
|Chengdu South Railway Station → Emeishan||C6265||09:56~11:16||1 hr 20 mins||￥62.0 (Second Class Seat)
￥99.0 (First Class Seat)
|C6271||14:54~16:19||1 hr 25 mins|
Note: We only listed some high speed trains between Chengdu South Railway Station and Leshan and Emeishan, you can contact us for more details and other train scheduels.
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