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There are mainly 3 train stations in Lanzhou, namely Lanzhou Railway Station, Lanzhou West Railway Station, Lanzhou East Railway Station. The major train stations, Lanzhou Railway Station, Lanzhou West Railway Station are located in the downtown area and the former one is in the city center, while Lanzhou east railway station only operates few intercity trains and freight trains.
Lanzhou West Railway Station is only the high-speed railway station in Lanzhou city, and it operates only High-speed bullet trains to the megacities such as Beijing and Shanghai, other provincial cities like Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, and scenic cities in western China, like Xining, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, Zhangye, Dunhuang, etc. And Lanzhou Railway Station also operates trains to those cities, but mostly by normal trains.
• Chinese: 兰州西站 (Pinyin: lán zhōu xī zhàn)
• Location: 197 Xijin West Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province (甘肃省兰州市七里河区西津西路197号)
• Distance: about 60km to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport (1h by car); about 12km to Lanzhou Railway Station (40min by car); about 8km to the City Center, Lanzhou Citizen Square (30min by car)
Located in the west area of Lanzhou City, Lanzhou West Railway Station, or Lanzhouxi Railway Station is the only high-speed train station in Lanzhou, serving mainly bullet trains. Connected with subway line 1 and 2 (under construction), it’s easily accessible to the Lanzhou Downtown area. It is the terminal station of both Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway and Lanzhou-Lianyungang Railway, and it operates trains to the megacities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and the cities in western China, such as Xining, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, Zhangye, Dunhuang, etc.
Lanzhou West Railway Station has two floors above ground and three floors below ground. The total area of the station is 680,000 square meters, and it can hold over 5,000 passengers at the same time. It features 13 platforms, 2 side platforms, and 11 island platforms, servicing 26 tracks. It has become the center for most high-speed services in Lanzhou, serving with Lanzhou railway station for long-distance and regional rail services.
There are ticket vending machines, restrooms, commercial zones, drinking-water places, phone charging places, ATM, in the waiting hall area.
▶ 1F: This is the platform level, and its main function is for passengers getting on the train. On this floor, there are service facilities such as ticket hall, security checkpoints, etc.
▶ B1: The floor is underground, where outbound passengers exit from the platform through two exits from the north and south. This floor includes a bus parking lot, public transfer area, walkway, and commercial zone.
You can get to Lanzhou West Railway Station by subway line 1 at metro station: Lanzhou West Station (兰州西站 Pinyin: lán zhōu xī zhàn), or reach there by bus 1, 5, 14, 18, 31, 35, 50, 53, 58, 77, 105, 106, 108, 127, 129, 132, 136, 137, 308, 309, 314, 602, B1, K102, TB1, etc. (updated in Jan. 2020)
Located in the south of Lanzhou City suburban area, Lanzhou Airport is about 70km away from Lanzhou downtown and it takes more than one hour driving from Lanzhou West Railway Station to the airport. There is direct airport shuttle bus to the airport departing from the exit of railway station, and the duration by direct airport shuttle bus is about 1.5 hours, and you can also take bus 608 there and the duration for the normal city bus is about 2 hours.
It is about 12km away from Lanzhou West Railway Station to Lanzhou Railway Station. Besides taking a taxi to get to one another, you can also take bus K102 / Bus 31 at the North square of Lanzhou West Railway Station, and the duration is about 1 hour by bus / 40min by car.
|Departure Station||Destination||Train Types||Duration||Frequency (per day)||Check Details|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Beijing||G Trains||about 7h ~ 9h||3||Lanzhou Beijing Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Shanghai||G/D Trains||about 11h ~ 13h||4||Lanzhou Shanghai Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Xian||G/D Trains||about 3h||49||Lanzhou Xian Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Xining||D Trains||about 2h||17||Lanzhou Xining Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Urumqi||D Trains||about 11.5h ~ 12h||4||Lanzhou Urumqi Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Dunhuang||D Trains||about 8.5h||1||Lanzhou Dunhuang Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Zhangye||D Trains||about 4h ~ 4.5h||12||Lanzhou Zhangye Train Schedules|
|Lanzhou West Railway Station||Jiayuguan||D Trains||about 5h ~ 6h||12||Lanzhou Jiayuguan Train Schedules|
*Since the train schedules always change from time to time and they are only provided for your reference, please do not hesitate to contact us for the updated info!
• Chinese: 兰州站 (Pinyin: lán zhōu zhàn)
• Location: No. 393, East Road, Lanzhou Railway Station兰州市火车站东路393号
• Distance: about 72km to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport (1.5h by car); about 12km to Lanzhou West Railway Station (40min by car); about 5km to the City Center, Lanzhou Citizen Square (20min by car)
Lanzhou is the largest railway hub in Northwest China, where the four main railways of Longhai, Lanzhou-Xinjiang, Lanzhou-Qinghai and Baotou-Lanzhou meet. It mainly serves normal trains and some high-speed bullet trains. Lanzhou railway station is located in the south of the city. The trains departing from/stopping over at Lanzhou can reach Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Changsha, Chengdu, Xi'an, Urumqi, and other places. There are also express trains from Lanzhou to Zhangye, Jiayuguan and other popular scenic cities in and outside Gansu province.
The total area of Lanzhou Railway Station is about 18,000 square meters, with 5 platforms and 12 shared tracks (passenger and freight). An iconic replica of the ancient Flying Horse of Gansu stands in the middle of the outdoor square of Lanzhou Railway Station. It can accommodate 6,000 people waiting for the train at the same time. It is served by an elevated footbridge across the lines, arrival, and departure car ramps, escalators, and central air conditioning, electronic ticketing and an electronic-oriented information inquiry system.
Lanzhou Railway Station is located around the city center. You can easily get there by bus 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 29, 31, 110, 114, 124, 126, 131, 302, 601, 801, k102, etc. (updated in Jan. 2020)
Located in the south of Lanzhou City suburban area, Lanzhou Airport is over 70km away from Lanzhou Railway Station and it takes more than one hour driving from Lanzhou Railway Station to the airport. There is direct bus to the airport departing from Lanzhou Bus Terminal Station (0.7km from Lanzhou Bus Station), and the duration by bus is nearly 4 hours.
It is about 12km away from Lanzhou Railway Station to Lanzhou West Railway Station. Besides taking a taxi to get to one another, you can also take bus K102 / Bus 31 at Lanzhou Railway Station Stop, and the duration is about 1 hour by bus / 40min by car.
There are many ways to book a train ticket, including booking online, booking with a travel agency, booking at the ticket offices in China’s Railway Stations, etc. For foreign travelers, you are suggested to book with travel agency so you won’t meet with the language barrier. A ticket can be altered at appointed counters in railway station to an earlier or later train. It is also available to cancel your ticket before the scheduled departure time. However, you might be charged with service fee. Check details>
You need to good the Collecting Window of the railway station or the ticket agency to collect your ticket. If you want to collect your ticket in the departure day, we suggest you get to the rail way station 2-3 hours early. How to Read a Ticket is best to collect your tickets as early as possible during the peak seasons (like in Spring Festival, Chinese National Day). Check details>
From the train tickets, travelers could see the departure time, departure and arrival train stations, train number, carriage number, seat class/number, passport number & passenger’s name, boarding gate, prices etc. Please pay specially attention to the departure How to Board & Disembark a Trainstation and make sure which one you should go. Check details>
Before boarding a right train, you have several steps to follow: 1) Prepare your documents well (passport, visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket carefully; 5) Show your passport and ticket to pass the identity check; 6) Go through security check & luggage check; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. After you get off your train, your ticket will be checked again to leave the station. Check details>>
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