Xian to Kashgar Travel - Flights, Trains and Tours

Xian is one of China's most attractive ancient cities acting as the capital of 13 imperial dynasties, including the most glorious Tang Dynasty (618~907). Besides, Xian is also the place where the ancient Silk Road begins. Along the Silk Road, Kashgar is one brilliant city with lots of cultural sites to explore. It can be said that Xian and Kashgar are two amazing cities to see China's historical and cultural diversity. Many travelers take a Silk Road tour from Xian to Kashgar via Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang. It is also available to travel Xian and Kashgar only.

Xian is the provincial capital of Shaanxi Province located in central China while Kashgar is an oasis city of Xinjiang located in westernmost China. The distance between them is about 2950 km (about 1830 miles). You can travel to Kashgar from Xian by flight or by train.

Xian to Kashgar Xian to Kashgar Travel Map

Xian to Kashgar Flight – The Most Convenient Way

Because of the long distance between Xian and Kashgar, taking a flight is the most efficient way to travel. From Xian Xianyang International Airport, there are 5 ~ 7 daily direct flights to Kashgar Airport, including 4 ~ 6 nonstop flights and 1 ~ 2 flights with an about 45 minutes’ stopover at Korla or Aksu. The nonstop fastest flights take about 4.5 hours.

Airport Information

Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场, IATA: XIY)
Location: Dizhang Town, Weicheng District, Xianyang City, Shaanxi 陕西省咸阳市渭城区底张镇
Transportation: It is about 66 km, 1.5 hour’s drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses; about 38 km, 1 hour’s drive from Bell Tower in the city center; around 26 km, 40 minutes’ drive from Xian North Railway Station.

Kashgar International Airport (喀什国际机场, IATA: KHG)
Location: Yinbin Avenue, Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 中国新疆维吾尔自治区喀什地区喀什市迎宾大道
Transportation: It is 9 kilometers, about 20 minutes' drive to Kashgar Old City; 8 kilometers, about 20 minutes' drive to Abakh Hoja Tomb; 9.5 kilometers, about 20 minutes' drive to Id Kah Mosque; 7 kilometers, about 20 minutes' drive to Kashgar Railway Station.

Check the real-time Xian to Kashgar (Kashi) flight schedule below with updated airline company, flight numbers, times, tickets and fares.


Xian to Kashgar Train

If you want to travel at a slow pace and in an economical way, a train to Kashgar from Xian is also accessible. Xian Railway Station runs a normal train to Kashgar every day. There are 23 midway railway stations and the whole train trip takes about 38.5 hours. Please note that the environment in a normal train is not as good as a high speed train. If you want a better carriage, Hard Sleeper and Soft Sleeper are recommended.

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Railway Station Information

Xian Railway Station 西安站
Location: No. 44 Huancheng North Road, Xincheng District 西安市新城区环城北路44号, in the downtown area.
Transportation: 37km to Terracotta Warriors and Horses (about 50 minutes’ driving), 5km to Muslim Quarter (about 20 minutes’ driving), 40km to Xian Xianyang International Airport (about 50 minutes’ driving).

Kashgar Railway Station 喀什站
Location: Shiji North Avenue, Kashgar City, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang 新疆喀什地区喀什市世纪大道北路
Transportation: It is about 12 km (20 minutes’ drive) to downtown Kashgar and Kashgar Old City around 13 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Id Kah Mosque; about 15 km (20 minutes’ drive) to Kashgar Livestock Bazaar (Sunday Market); about 8 km (15 minutes’ drive) to Abakh Hoja Tomb; about 300 km (6 hours’ drive) to Tashkurgan; about 200 km (4 hours’ drive) to Karakul Lake.

How to Plan a Xian Kashgar Tour

A Xian Kashgar tour takes about one week. Usually, a Xian tour takes about 3 days. You can spend 2 ~ 4 days exploring the highlights of Xian, like magnificent Terracotta Warriors, well-preserved Xian Ancient City Wall, lively Muslim Quarter, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, informative Shaanxi History Museum, as well as the city’s landmarks – Bell Tower and Drum Tower. If you like hiking, don’t miss Mount Hua which is just only 30 minutes’ high speed train trip from Xian.

☛ 3 Days Classic Xian Tour
☛ 4 Days Xian Highlights Tour with Mount Huashan Hiking

After your Xian experience, you can take a flight or a train to Kashgar. A classic Kasgar tour takes 4 ~ 5 days, and you can visit breathtaking Karakul Lake, Kashgar Old Town with traditional living quarters and cultural Abakha Hoja Tomb and Id Kah Mosque, century-old Ancient Tea House, famous Kashgar Bazaar, etc., as well as Tashkurgan - the home to China’s only Caucasian ethnic group.

☛ 5 Days Legendary Pamirs Tour from Kashgar to Tashkurgan
☛ 4 Days In-depth Kashgar Tour to Karakul Lake

Traveling Xian and Kashgar, the Silk Road culture is a big highlight. We strongly suggest you trace the ancient traders’ footsteps and take an in-depth Silk Road tour with visits to Xian, Gansu and Xinjiang.

☛ 5 Days Legendary Pamirs Tour from Kashgar to Tashkurgan
☛ 4 Days In-depth Kashgar Tour to Karakul Lake

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