How to Travel from Guangzhou to Urumqi: by Flight or Train 2024

Guangzhou in southern China is one of the best showcases of China’s booming economy and long history. Are you looking for a good place to escape from the huge crowds and modern city hustle and bustle? Well, Xinjiang is a wonderful land to get close to the beautiful nature and find inner peace back. Urumqi is the gateway city to Xinjiang. If you want to get from Guangzhou to Xinjiang, you’d better get to Urumqi first as most travelers do. Both flight and train are offered. You can check detailed travel time and schedules below to decide your favorite way to go.

How Far is Urumqi from Guangzhou?

Where is Guangzhou?

Guangzhou is located in the central Guangdong Province and north of Pearl River Delta. It lies northwest of Shenzhen and Hong Kong and north of Macau.

Where is Urumqi?

Urumqi is located in the north-central Xinjiang and its eastern neighbor is Turpan. Kashgar is in the southwest of Urumqi.

Guangzhou to Urumqi Distance: The distance between Guangzhou and Urumqi is about 4,160 km (2,585 mi), which is a very long travel route passing the Southern China, central and northwest China.

Guangzhou to Urumqi Guangzhou to Urumqi Transportation Map

Option 1: Guangzhou to Urumqi Flight - More Recommended

Flight Time: about 5 hours

Frequency: 1 ~ 4 flights per day

From & To: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport 广州白云国际机场 (CAN) → Urumqi Diwopu International Airport 乌鲁木齐地窝堡国际机场 (URC)

Thinking about the travel time and comfort, taking a flight is undoubtedly a better way to get from Guangzhou to Urumqi. Every day, there are 1 to 4 non-stop flights flying from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Urumqi Diwopu International Airport. The earliest flight takes off at about 08:00 in the morning and lands in Urumqi at about 13:30 in the afternoon. The whole air travel takes nearly 5 hours. When you travel with family, or with huge luggage, the flight is more appropriate and convenient.

Guangzhou to Urumqi Flight Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Below is the real-time Guangzhou to Urumqi (Wulumuqi) flight schedule with detailed flight numbers, departure time and airport, arrival time and airport, ticket prices. You can contact us to get further travel guide and flight ticket booking advice.


Airports Information

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场, IATA: CAN)
Location: No.888 East Airport Avenue, Huadu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong 广东省广州市花都区机场大道东888号
Transportation: about 32 km, 40 minutes’ drive to the downtown; about 45 km, 50 minutes’ drive to Canton Tower; about 35 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Chen Clan Ancestral Hall; about 30 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Yuexiu Park; about 30 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (乌鲁木齐地窝堡国际机场, IATA: URC)
Location: Yingbin Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 新疆维吾尔自治区乌鲁木齐市新市区迎宾路
Transportation: about 17 km, 30 minutes’ drive from the Urumci city center; about 25 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar; about 15 km, 20 minutes’ drive from Xinjiang Museum; around 75 km, 1 hour’s drive from Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) of Tianshan; nearly 75 km, 1.5 hours’ drive from Nanshan Pasture.

Option 2: Guangzhou to Urumqi Train

Train Time: about 47 hours ~ 48.5 hours

Frequency: 1 ~ 2 trains per day

From & To: Guangzhou Railway Station 广州站 → Urumqi Railway Station 乌鲁木齐站

At present, there is no high speed bullet train running from Guangzhou to Urumqi, except one or two normal speed trains (Z Trains). The trains are both overnight trains departing from Guangzhou in the morning and arrive in Urumqi on the third day morning. The trains will pass by Changsha, Xian, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Hami, Turpan and travels at least 47 hours. Very few tourists choose the train for the extremely long journey and simple facilities on board, though the highest train ticket price (Soft Sleeper Berth) is much lower than the flight ticket.

Useful Links:

▶ Guangzhou to Urumqi Train Schedules
▶ Urumqi to Guangzhou Train Schedules

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Railway Stations Information

Guangzhou Railway Station 广州站
Location: No.159 West Huanshi Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong 广东省广州市越秀区环市西路159号
Transportation: about 3.5 km, 10 minutes’ drive to the downtown; about 12 km, 25 minutes’ drive to Canton Tower; about 4 km, 15 minutes’ drive to Chen Clan Ancestral Hall ; about 650 m, 10 minutes’ walk to Yuexiu Park; about 2 km, 6 minutes’ drive to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Urumqi Railway Station 乌鲁木齐站
Location: No.1, Gaotie Beiliu Road, Tunhe District, Urumqi, Xinjiang 新疆维吾尔自治区乌鲁木齐市头屯河区高铁北六路1号
Transportation: about 10 km, 20 minutes’ drive to the city center; about 15 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar; about 7 km, 15 minutes’ drive to Xinjiang Museum; about 71 km, 1 hour 10 minutes’ drive to Tianchi Lake of Tianshan Mountain; about 65 km, 1.5 hours’ drive to Nanshan Pasture.

China Train Travel Tips

Class of Ticket

You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>

Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel

Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>

Board & Get off

1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>

Baggage Allowance

Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>

Facilities and Service

All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>

How to Plan Your Guangzhou Urumqi Tour

Guangzhou is the transportation hub in the Greater Bay Area. The city’s highlights can be covered in a 2 to 3 days’ itinerary, including the Canton Tower, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. If time allows, you may take 1 to 2 days to visit the Kaiping Diaolou and villages - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a longer city tour with nearby Shenzhen and Hong Kong. When in Urumqi, you can take one day to visit the downtown landmarks, like the Xinjiang Regional Museum, Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, Red Hill Park, and take a day trip to Heavenly Lake (Tianchi Lake) of Tianshan Mountain, one of the must-see for a Urumqi tour. In Summer months (June ~ August), you can also visit the lush Nanshan Pasture.

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Xinjiang is vast and beautiful, full of amazing natural scenery and ethnic culture and history. We strongly advise you extend trip from Urumqi to more wonderful destinations. Northern Xinjiang is best for natural sightseeing and southern Xinjiang is ideal for exploring the cultural treasures. Top recommended destinations beyond Urumqi include Turpan, fairyland Kanas Lake, beautiful Syram Lake, spectacular Kalakun Grassland, the historical Kashgar, Khotan, etc.

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