Lionized as a popular side trip attraction nearby Chengdu, Mount Emei is an honored shrine of China’s Top 4 Buddhist Mountains and a remarkable UNESCO World Natural & Cultural Heritage Site which is located in west of Emeishan (a county-level city), due west of Leshan, southwest of Chengdu, Sichuan. When train travel becomes more popular and convenient nowadays, a large number of tourists like to take a fast high speed train to get to Emeishan and then transfer to Mount Emei scenic area, and extend a short train trip from Emeishan to visit Leshan Giant Buddha.
At present, there are three train stations used in Emeishan, including Emeishan Railway Station and Emei Railway Station and Yangang Railway Station. They all differ from location, rain routes and transportation to Mount Emei. Emeishan Railway Station, among them, is a mainly-used high speed train station, which is located nearest to Mount Emei and offers the most convenient transfer to the scenic area.
Emeishan Railway Station (often called Emeishan High Speed Train, 峨眉山高铁站), put into use in December 20, 2014, is the south terminal of Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Intercity High Speed Railway and branch line stop of Chengdu Guiyang High Speed Railway and the most important high speed train station serving tourists to Mount Emei. The station is not big, only has two platforms and 3 rail tracks, but is constructed with local characteristics inspired by Mount Emei.
Address: Xiuhu Avenue, Emeishan, Leshan, Sichuan 四川省成都市峨眉山市秀湖大道
Distance: Emeishan Railway Station is situated close to Baoguang Temple at the foot of Mount Emei, about 5km distance, very friendly for train travelers. It lies about 7km to the east Emei Railway Station in Emeishan City, about 36km west of Leshan Railway Station (the single high speed train station in Leshan City) and 40km to Leshan Giant Buddha, about 150km to Chengdu East Railway Station in the north.
At the station square, there are taxi, several local city bus lines and special tourist buses offered for the convenience of tourists to Mount Emei scenic area. Public transportation may be a budget way for independent travelers, however, private transfer to Mount Emei directly by China Discovery is most recommended, because with our help, you won’t worry about the transportation, communication and schedule, can fully focus on sightseeing and the trip itself.
By Public Bus
After arrival, you can take Bus No.12 at the station square, or walk about 500m from the train station to take Emeishan public No.5 at Yaozhongxiao Station (药中校站). You will pass Emeishan Emeishan Tour Passenger Transport Center (峨眉山旅游客运中心) and get off at Baoguo Temple Station (报国寺站) near Baoguo Temple, or Fuhu Temple Station close to the Fuhu Temple at the mountain foot. You can easily find a huge choice of accommodation, including Holiday Inn Express and many local guesthouses and restaurants in the foothill base.
By Tourist Bus
There are also two special tourist bus lines operated from Emeishan Railway Station to major starting sites of Mount Emei, such as Bus Line 1 and Line 2 (business cars customized for luxury tour) going to Leidongping, Wannian Temple, Baoguo Temple.
Tips: 1.) At the foot of Mount Emei, there are a wide variety of accommodation and restaurants provided for overnight trippers. 2.) Baoguo Temple is starting point of both Western and Eastern Hiking of Mount Emei.
Emeishan Railway Station mainly receives and departs trains on Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Intercity High Speed Railway. The high speed bullet trains from Chengdu and Leshan to Emeishan are the most popular and commonly-used way to reach Emeishan. Besides, you can also enjoy bullet train travel to Emeishan from Xian, Hanzhong in Shaanxi Province, or Guangyuan (Jianmen Pass), Guanghan (Sanxingdui Museum), Mianyang, Deyang, Meishan, Jiangyou and other connected cities in Sichuan Province.
|Route||Frequenecy (per day)||Departure Station||Timetable||Duration|
|Chengdu to Emeishan||over 10 trains (C &D trains)||Chengdu East Railway Station
Chengdu South Railway Station
Chengdu Railway Station
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport Station
|07:30~22:00||about 1~1.5 hours|
|Leshan to Emeishan||over 5 trains (C & D trains)||Leshan Railway Station||09:00~23:00||about 15~25 minutes|
|Xian to Emeishan||1 train (D train)||Xian North Railway Station||18:00||about 5 hours|
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Emei Railway Station (峨眉火车站) is an old train station in Emeishan, which was put into service in 1965 and reconstructed and reopened in April, 2017. The station is located at the conjunction of Chengdu Kunming Railway and Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Intercity High Speed Railway. It has expended to a new 2-storey station with 4 platforms and 9 rails, delivering both high speed trains and normal trains to Emeishan.
Address: Nanchen Street, Shengli Town, Emeishan, Leshan, Sichuan 四川省乐山市峨眉山市胜利镇南陈街
Distance: Emei Railway Station is located about 10km east of Mount Emei scenic area, about 7km east of Emeishan (High Speed) Railway Station, about 30km west of Leshan Giant Buddha and 150km away from Chengdu city center (Tianfu Square).
By Bus: Local public buses like Bus No.1, 6, 8, 9 just runs between Emei Railway Station and downtown Emeishan City. You need to make additional transfer to Mount Emei if take the bus (costs nearly 1 ~1.5 hours).
By Taxi: Taking a taxi to the mountain scenic area needs about 20 minutes.
By Private Tour: Compared to lots of pre-arrival research, you’re highly suggested to book a private tour to enjoy worry-free pick-up and safe, clean and comfortable vehicle accompanied by our tour guide and local driver.
Due to location on Chengdu Kunming Railway and Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Intercity High Speed Railway, Emei Railway Station runs both high speed train (to & from Chengdu, Leshan, Guangyuan, Mianyang, Meishan, Pengshan...) and normal trains (to & from Chengdu, Pengshan, Meishan,, Xichang (西昌), Panzhihua (攀枝花), Hanyuan (汉源), etc.).
|Route||Frequenecy (per day)||Departure Station||Duration|
|Chengdu to Emei||about 4 trains (C & T trains)||Chengdu East Railway Station
Chengdu South Railway Station
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport Station
|about 1~1.5 hours|
|Leshan to Emei||about 2 trains (C trains)||Leshan Railway Station||about 10 minutes|
|Xichang to Emei||about 2 trains (T trains)||Xianchang Railway Station||about 7.5~8.5 hours|
|Panzhihua to Emei||1 train (T train)||Panzhihua Railway Station||about 10.5 hours|
Built in 1965, Yangang Railway Station is more used for freight transport to/off Emeishan. It is the terminus of Lianjie-Leshan Railway, with 2 platforms and 19 rail tracks. At present, the station runs normal trains to Emeishan City from Panzhihua, Xichang, Puxiong, etc.
Address: No.5, Qianjin North Road, Guihuaqiao Town, Emeishan, Leshan, Sichuan 四川省乐山市峨眉山市桂花桥镇前进北路5号
Distance: Yangang Railway Station is located about 13km east of Mount Emei, 10km to Emeishan Railway Station and less than 5km south of Emei Railway Station.
A Mount Emei tour can be finished in 1 to 3 days, depending on the length of your holiday and hiking route you decide to take and your physical condition. And visiting Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha together is a good idea to view two UNESCO World Natural & Cultural properties in one side trip from Chengdu. For those has rush itinerary, 1 day Mount Emei tour is doable by taking Eco Bus and cable car up to save time and see the highlights on the top. 2 days are suitable for a classic Mount Emei hiking trip with staying one night on the mountain. You can hike from Wannian Temple to Leidongping, visit Huazang Temple and watch amazing sunrise from Golden Summit. If you truly are a hiking lover with good fitness, you can pack properly and hike major sections, visit more scenic spots to discover serene natural beauty, wild monkey and profound Buddhist culture of Mount Emei.
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