How to pick up train tickets in Chengdu?

Places to pick up train tickets:

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.

Chengdu East Railway Station
Chengdu Train Transfer

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.

The Quickest Way to get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu

Jiuzhaigou Scenic Park is located 450km north to the city of Chengdu. It is one of the most beautiful places in China. It is called the fairy land on earth.

Jiuzhaigou in Summer
JIuzhaigou Travel Tips

A Jiuzhaigou trip will at least need 2 and half days. To get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu, the quickest way is by flying. Check the flights to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu and other places in China. The flight takes about 1 hour. The drive to the airport to Chengdu is about 30 minutes and the drive to Jiuzhaigou Park from Jiuzhaigou Airport is about 2 hours. So you will spend at least 4 to 5 hours on the transfer from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. But it is still quicker than using the ground transfer, which will usually takes up to 10 hours by driving.

Remember the elevation at Jiuzhaigou Airport is quite high at 3500 meters. And in Jiuzhaigou it is normally cooler than in Chengdu. You will need to bring more layers.

How to Get to Chengdu Panda Breeding Base from the City using Public Transfer

There are a few ways of getting to Chengdu Panda Base from the city.

Chengdu Panda Base Travel Tips
Chengdu Panda Base
  1. Bus

Bus routes 87, 198, 198a will pass Chengdu Panda Base.

Route 87 goes between Chengdu Zhaojusi Bus Station between Longtansi Gongyeyuan. Both terminals are a little far from the city center. So you need to transfer to Zhaojuesi Bus Station(the one terminal that is closer to the city center, easier to get to) first.

Route 198 and 198a departs from Chengdu Zoo Bus Station, it is also a little far from the city center. You also need to get to Chengdu Zoo first and transit to route 198 or 198a.

Bus ticket cost 2 yuan per ride.

  1. Chengdu Tourist Shuttle Bus

There are Tourist sites shuttle buses you can consider. This way is easier as they are running between major tourist sites in Chengdu. You can find more information of this here. The cost is usually below 15 depends on where you start.

  1. Taxi

Taxi costs about 30 to 40 yuan from the center of the city to Chengdu Panda Base.

Fast Train from Chengdu to Dujiangyan

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.

Fast Train from Chengdu to Dujiangyan
Dujiangyan Chengdu Fast Train

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.

Dujiangyan Chengdu Train Travel
Dujiangyan Railway Station

And the fast train from Dujiangyan back to Chengdu North Railway Station:

C6110 departs at 17:53 and arrives at 18:50

C6114 departs at 22:10 and arrives at 22:39

C6116 departs at 22:29 and arrives at 22:58

Ticket costs 15 yuan per person as well.

Chengdu East 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.


chengdu East Railway Station
Sichuan Chengdu east railway station travel tip

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 – A New Way to Discover Sichuan Province

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.

Cities with Main Attractions along Chengmianle Railway
Cities with Main Attractions along Chengmianle Railway

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.

Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan City
Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan City

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.

Giant Panda Sichuan
Have fun with cute Pandas in Chengdu

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.

Go to Visit Leshan Giant Buddha by Chengmianle Railway
Go to Visit Leshan Giant Buddha by Chengmianle Railway

Mount Emei

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.

Mount Emei Spring Festival

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.