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Chengdu East Railway Station

The East Railway Station in Chengdu opened in 2012 is the most newly constructed train station in the city, and it it looks the part. Offering regular service to dozens of destinations across China as well as bullet train access to Chongqing in just over 90 minutes, the East Railway Station looks and functions much like an airport than a train station, with multiple security checks as well as x-ray scans.

The facility is clean and is subway accessible, with a station on the Line 2. Tickets can be bought at the East Railway Station via automated machines or human tellers, although the former can save you quite a bit of time. For booking tickets on the weekend it’s best to book in advance either through a travel agent or one of the dozens of rail ticket outlets spread across Chengdu.

Inside the East Railway Station are a number of small shops and restaurants, including a KFC, McDonalds, and a Dico’s in addition to coffee and tea shops. Trains begin boarding approximately 15 minutes before departure and they depart exactly on time, so try to arrive about 15 minutes before your departure time.

Prices

Everything for sale inside the train station carries a high price than outside of the station, except for McDonalds and KFC, both of which are inside the station. The actual train tickets cost the same as you’d pay at any other station in Chengdu, which is to say that prices are very reasonable for nearby destinations and can rival or even cost more than airplane tickets for far-away destinations like Beijing and Shanghai.

Details

Name in Chinese: 成都东站

Address in Chinese: 成都市金牛区二环路北三段

Address in English: Chengdu Dongzhan, Erhuan Lu Section #3

Hours: Open 7 days a week from very early until 1am

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  1. David Rees October 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    The most impressive railway station I have ever been in. The palatial interior concourse is more like a large modern airport terminal.

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