As a westernmost frontier city in Southern Xinjiang with profound historical and cultural ambience, Kashgar is accessible by train as well, apart from the fast air travel. Currently, there are some normal speed trains running to Kashgar from Urumqi, other places in Xinjiang and a few cities in western China, such as Xian, Chengdu and Lanzhou. High speed bullet train service is not available. Kashgar Railway Station is the one and only train station handling the trains to and off Kashgar. If you want to take a train to Kashgar or get around Kashgar by train, please check the following Kashgar train schedules and Kashgar Railway Station guide for a better trip planning.
Where to take a train to Kashagr?
At present, Kashgar is linked by two railways in Xinjiang - the Southern Xinjiang Railway and Kashgar-Hotan Railway. The Southern Xinjiang Railway (Nanjiang Railway 南疆铁路) starts from Turpan, stretches along the south of Tianshan Mountains and north of Tarim Basion, passes by Korla (库尔勒), Kuqa (库车), Aksu (阿克苏), Artux (阿图什) and ultimately stops in Kashgar. Kashgar-Hotan Railway is constructed between Kashgar and Hotan along the Taklamakan Desert via Shache and Yecheng. It is a segment of the planned Xinjiang-Tibet Railway. Besides, through combined railway, Urumqi, Yining (Ili), Xian, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Chengdu and some other places also have trains to Kashgar.
Below are the major Kashgar train schedules running to Kashgar Railway Station
|Trains from Xinjiang Regions to Kashgar|
|Train Route||Train Type||Train Time||Departure Station||Frequency
|Urumqi ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||14.5~24 hours||Uurmqi Station||6 trains||Urumqi to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Urumqi Trains
|Turpan ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||12.5~22 hours||Turpan/Turpan North Station||8 trains||Turpan to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Turpan Trains
|Korla ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||9.5~16 hours||Korla Station||8 trains||Korla to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Korla Trains
|Hotan (Khotan) ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||5.5~6.5 hours||Hotan Station||5 trains||Hotan to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Hotan Trains
|Kuqa ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||7~12 hours||Kuqa Station||8 trains||Kuqa to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Kuqa Trains
|Aksu ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||5~9 hours||Akus Station||8 trains||Aksu to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Aksu Trains
|Shache ⇄ Kashgar||K, Y, T Train||2~2.5 hours||Shache Station||5 trains||Shache to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Shache Trains
|Trains from Other Regions to Kashgar|
|Xian ⇄ Kashgar||T Train||38.5 hours||Xian Station||1 train||Xian to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Xian Trains
|Dunhuang ⇄ Kashgar||K, T Train||19.5~23.5 hours||Liuyuan Station||2 trains||Dunhuang to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Dunhuang Trains
|Lanzhou ⇄ Kashgar||K, T Train||30~36 hours||Lanzhou Station||3 trains||Lanzhou to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Lanzhou Trains
|Zhangye ⇄ Kashgar||K, T Train||24.5~30 hours||Zhangye Station||2 trains||Zhangye to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Zhangye Trains
|Jiayuguan ⇄ Kashgar||K, T Train||22.5~27 hours||Jiayuguan Station||2 trains||Jiayuguan to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Jiayuguan Trains
|Tianshui ⇄ Kashgar||T Train||35 hours||Tianshui Station||1 train||Tianshui to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Tianshui Trains
|Chengdu ⇄ Kashgar||T Train||48.5 hours||Chengdu Station||1 train||Chengdu to Kashgar Trains
Kashgar to Chengdu Trains
Note: The above train information is listed for reference only. For checking the latest train timetable and asking other questions about traveling to Xinjiang and China, please feel free to contact us.
Address: Shiji North Avenue, Kashgar City, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang 新疆喀什地区喀什市世纪大道北路
Kashgar is not very big and the major attractions are mostly located in the downtown area. So, it’s easy to transfer to downtown and visit the landmarks. If you plan to visit Tashkorgan and Karakul Lake, taking our private car is the best way to go.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Downtown Kashgar: about 6 km, 20 minutes by driving; 45 minutes ~ 1 hour by city bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Kashgar Old Town: about 7 km, 25 minutes by driving; 50 minutes ~ 1 hour by bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Id Kah Mosque: about 6 km, 25 minutes’ drive; 45 minutes ~ 1 hour by city bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Abakh Hoja Tomb: about 3 km, 15 minutes by driving; 40 minutes ~ 50 minutes by bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Kashgar Bazaar (Sunday Livestock Market): about 5 km, 20 minutes by driving; 40 minutes ~ 1 hour by city bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Shipton’s Arch: about 66 km, 1.5 hours’ drive.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Kashgar Airport: about 7 km, 15 minutes by driving; 1.5 hours by bus.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Karakul Lake: about 200 km, 4 hours’ drive.
● Kashgar Railway Station to Tashkurgan: about 300 km, 6 hours’ drive.
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 >>
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 Get to Kashgar: From mainland cities - you can take domestic flights from Beijing (about 6~7 hours), Xian (about 4 hours), Chengdu (about 6~7 hours), Shanghai (about 8 hours), Guangzhou (about 8 hours), Jinan (about 7 hours), Zhengzhou (about 7 hours), etc., or provincial flights from Urumqi (about 2 hours), Korla (about 1.5 hours), Yili (about 1.5 hours). From the borders - you can also get to Kashgar from land border ports, such as Kalasu Port, Irkeshtam Port, Torugart Port, Khunjerab Port. If you need transfer, we can send a tour guide and driver to pick up you from the borders.
Best Time to Visit Kashgar: suitable for travelling all year around, but May to October is most comfortable and beautiful.
Top Places to Visit Kashgar: Kashgar Old City, Karakul Lake, Tashkurgan (Stone City, Golden Grassland), Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Bazaar
Plus arrival and departure days, you’d better plan at least 4 days for your Kashgar trip. If you want to extend your trip to Tashkurgan, you need at least 5 days. You can spend 2 days exploring attractions in Kashgar city and its old town, such as Kashgar Bazaar, Kashgar Old City, Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb, Ancient Tea House, etc., then have a day trip to Karakul Lake from Kashgar. If you want to experience something more authentic, Tashkurgan, about 3.5 hours’ drive from Kashgar, is strongly recommended.
After Kashgar tour, you can take a flight to Urumqi to marvel at the alluring Heavenly Lake and visit the mummy and Silk Road exhibitions in Xinjiang Regional Museum, then keep traveling to Turpan to see the grape valleys, visit historical Jiaohe Ancient City, etc. For an in-depth Silk Road journey, you can travel from Kashgar to Hotan, Kuqa, Taklamakan Desert, etc., which usually need about 8~13 days. If you love landscape, don’t miss out the Kanas Lake in northern Xinjiang.
Kashgar and Xinjiang regions can also be connected to other Silk Road destinations easily, such as Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Xian, etc. Qinghai, Tibet, Inner Mongolia are also some recommended extensions of Kashgar Xinjiang trip. Find recommended Silk Road tours here or contact us to tailor-make a trip of your own if you want to discover more destinations.
Top 3 Kashgar tours chosen by most customers to explore Kashgar in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Xian / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi / Kashgar
Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Tashkurgan - Kashgar
Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan
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