Travel from Chengdu to Chongqing or Chongqing to Chengdu is now very easy. The best way to travel is using trains.
There are three kinds of trains available at present. The train number starts with a G is the fastest train, the travel between the two cities takes about 1 hour 40 minutes. The second one is the train number that starts with the letter D, time of travel using these trains is around 2 hours 20 minutes. The third one is the regular green trains. These trains number usually start with a K or Z and travel time is around 4 to 5 hours.
It is by driving an at least 5 hours journey on road and by train saving lots of time. Price of the G train ticket is 154RMB for economy seat, 246RMB for first class seat and 462RMB for VIP seat. Price for the D train ticket is 96RMB for economy seat and 116 for first class seat. Price for the K or Z train ticket costs 46RMB for a seat.
The G and D trains have good and bilingual service.
Chengdu North Railway Station(成都站), Chengdu East Railway Station(成都东站) and Chengdu South Railway Station(成都南站)
What to bring to pick train tickets up?
Your passport and your online booking number.
Railway station office time: 24 hours
So after you have booked train tickets online, how to pick them up?
To book the train tickets, you can go online there are ways of booking train tickets in China but everything will be easier if you read or speak Chinese. After you have booked the train tickets, you need to pick them up before you use the train.
In 2016, the picking up has become more difficult. You will need to go to the station and show your booking number and your passport. Normally you can pick it up before you get on the train, which means you will need to arrive at the train station earlier, normally 30 to 60 minutes. If you wish to pick up the train tickets earlier than this, you will need to go to a train station, any train station to do this. Before 2016, you can actually do this at any train ticket office, which are located at many places in a city. But now the railway administration has made this more difficult for international travelers.
In Chengdu, there are 3 stations that you can pick up your train tickets. Normally you don’t need to get to a train station too early if you want to ride the train, 30 minutes will be ok but when you are traveling and it is somewhere you are not familiar with, it is better to arrive at there earlier, for example, 40 minutes. If you also want to have time for the train tickets picked up at the train station, you can arrive there 60-90 minutes earlier, that will give you enough time. In Chengdu, there are Chengdu North Railway Station(成都站), Chengdu East Railway Station(成都东站) and Chengdu South Railway Station(成都南站) with another Chengdu West Railway Station to be open this in 2016. These places are by far (March, 2016) the only places where an international travel can pick up their train tickets.
On 14th, August, Sichuan Airline announced the first flight schedule from Chongqing to Hongyuan had been launched. Chongqing is now the second city connected to Hongyuan by flight after Chengdu. According to the latest news from Sichuan Airline, there is only one flight on Monday and Friday transferring between Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and Hongyuan Airport. Hongyuan Airport, with Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, will serve more tourists who are planning to visit Jiuzhaigou, Hongyuan Prairie, Ruoergai Wetland, Dagu Glacier, etc.
Dagu Glacier Scenic Park will get a huge profit from this new airline. It used to be a desolate destination mostly due to the inconvenient transfer both from Chengdu and Chongqing. Now, tourist only have to take a short driving of 80 minutes from Hongyuan Airport to Dagu Galacier.
Using the fast train to travel to Dujiangyan from Chengdu is one of the best ways to go there. So how many fast trains there in total everyday? In total there are 4 scheduled fast trains depart from Chengdu North Railway station to Dujiangyan Railway station everyday. They are:
C6101 departs at 07:02 in the morning,
C6109 departs at 16:20 in the afternoon,
C6111 departs at 19:16 at evening and
C6197 departs at 20:44 at evening.
The trains all take about 50 minutes from Chengdu to Dujiangyan and cost 15 yuan. You need to arrive by the Chengdu North Railway station 30 minutes before the departure time. The door will open 15 minutes before the train departs. If you booked the ticket over internet, you need to go to the ticket office to get the ticket first. Considering the usual long queue there, you need to plan for more time to do this. And it is Chengdu North Railway Station, not Chengdu East Railway Station, where there is no train to Dujiangyan.
The fast trains are actually very nice. It is very clean and has clean toilet. The workers on the train are usually very helpful. The fast train will usually make two or three stops before arrive in Dujiangyan. While arrive in Dujiangyan, one usually needs to transfer to the city area. You can use the buses which include bus number 4, 6 and 19. All these three buses will take you into the city area by around 30 minutes. Or you can use the shared taxis by the exit of the railway station. It will usually cost you about 20 to 30 yuan or maybe more depends on where you go.
And the fast train from Dujiangyan back to Chengdu North Railway Station:
Chengdu east railway station is the biggest railway station in Chengdu. It is located by the eastern suburb near the third ring road. It runs mainly fast trains in and around Sichuan Province.
The station is very big. Many people found it difficult to navigate themselves in the station. It has two distinguish locations which are called East Square and West Square. It has three levels in total. The ground level is in the middle level and it is the platform level where passengers get on and off the train. The upper level is the departure level and there are ticket offices by the entrance on both East and West squares. And the lower level is for arrivals. So if you depart from Chengdu east railway station, go to the upper level. If you arrive, you will arrive and finally be out at the lower level. If you wish to use public transport, go to the ground level where you can find buses and taxis and even a scheduled shuttle bus to the airport. If you are using subway, go even lower from the lower level. The subway is easy to access because the sighs are clear and the entrances for subways are just by the exits from your train.
Please notice that if you are traveling with big luggage, try to double-check the exact locations you want to go (for example, either the place to take taxi or the place to take the airport shuttle bus) with the polices there. Because some of the elevators are not working and it’s not easy and will waste a lot of time to drag your luggage around the big station.
And the workers at the station are not too many. For international travelers, if you need any information and try to find some help, you may ask the police. There are plenty of them.
Chengmianle railway passenger line, the 300km of intercity rail, is the first high-speed passenger-dericated line in Sichuan province,as well as the west of China. From north to south, it stars from Jiangyou city, passing by Mianyang city, Deyang, Guanghan, Chengdu, Pengshan, Meishan, Jiajiang, Leshan to Mount Emei.
Along the railway from north to south, there lies many cultural and natural sites, such as the Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, Chengdu city, Giant Buddha in Leshan and the gorgouse Mount Emei.
Attractions along Chengmianle High-speed Railway
Sanxingdui Museum (Guanghan City)
It takes just 20 minutes by train from Chengdu to Guanghan, where Sanxingdui- the ruins of ancient Shu kingdom over 4,000 years ago is. The Sanxingdui Museum, based on the ruins, showcases a great number of relics and the best of the art of cooper in ancient China.
Giant Panda Base (Chengdu City)
While you visiting Sichuan, the hometown of Giant Pandas, you will never miss the chance to visit the Giant Panda Base in Chengdu. Here you can see the lovely pandas and even get the chance to get close to them.
Leshan Giant Buddha (Leshan City)
The world largest Giant Buddha of Leshan is always a must-see attractions for travelors visiting Sichuan.It is more convenient for travelers to get to the Giant Buddha from Chengdu by high-speed train than by car. You will have more time appreciating the marvelous Giant Buddha and enjoying the dilicious local snacks.
Visitors now can spend about only 1 hour from Chengdu to Mt.Emei, the amazing Buddhism and natural site, by this high-speed train. It’s more convenient to get to Mount Emei directly from the Shuangliu International Airport or the Railway station in Chengdu.
It also connected Shuangliu International Airport and Chengdu South Railway Station. It is more convenient for visitors who are short in time to arrange their trip in Sichuan.