Located in Lanxin (Lanzhou Xinjiang) High Speed Railway which connects Lanzhou (the capital of Gansu) and Urumqi (the capital of Xinjiang), Turpan can be reached by train from cities along the railway easily. Besides, it is also available to take a normal train to Turpan from many other cities in mainland China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanning, etc. Check more information about the railway stations in Turpan and the main train schedules between Turpan and major cities in China to better plan your Turpan tour.
There are two railway stations operated in Turpan City, namely Turpan North Railway Station (吐鲁番北站) and Turpan Railway Station (吐鲁番站). Turpan North Railway Station operates both high speed trains and normal trains to/off many other cities in inland China while Turpan Railway Station usually runs normal trains to/off other cities in Xinjiang. Generally, travelers like to take a high speed train to Turpan from Gansu (Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang…) and Xining (Qinghai). Besides, there are many other railway stations in different counties of Turpan. Shanshan North Railway Station (鄯善北站) located in Shanshan County is also a frequently chosen railway station because it offers a quick access to Kumtage Desert. All high speed trains to Turpan take a stop in Shanshan North Railway Station as well.
Address: Northwest of Gaochang District, Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (吐鲁番市高昌区新丝路与交河大道交叉口), 14 km (about 30 minutes’ drive) away from Turpan Downtown, 2 km (about 8 minutes’ drive) from Turpan Jiaohe Airport, 16 km (about 30 minutes’ drive) from Jiaohe Ancient City, 11 km (about 20 minutes’ drive) away from Karez Museum.
Turpan North Railway Station was built in 2013 and opened in 2014 when Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway began to operate. The main structure and the square are mainly in earthy yellow, fully embodying the feature of Turpan – an oasis in barren desert. The main structure of the railway station has two floors, the upper floor is equipped with entrances and ticket windows and the lower floor is equipped with exits. From Tupan North Railway Station, you can conveniently take a public bus or taxi to the downtown area.
Turpan North Railway Station is connected with Xian (about 12.5 hours), Lanzhou (about 9.5 hours), Xining (about 8 hours), Zhangye (about 6.5 hours), Jiayuguan (about 5 hours), Dunhuang (about 3.5 hours), Hami (about 1.5 hours), Urumqi (about 1 hour), etc. It is very convenient for tourists to take an ancient Silk Road trip. Check detailed train information below:
|Route||Train Types||Duration||Frequency (per day)||Check Details|
|Urumqi ↔ Turpan||D/C Trains||about 4-5 hrs||about 7||Urumqi to Turpan Train Schedule >
Urumqi to Xian Train Schedule >
|Lanzhou ↔ Turpan||D Trains||about 6 hour||about 3||Lanzhou to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Lanzhou Train Schedule >
|Zhangye ↔ Turpan||D Trains||about 5 hrs||about 3||Zhangye to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Zhangye Train Schedule >
|Jiayuguan ↔ Turpan||D Trains||about 3-3.5 hrs||about 12||Jiayuguan to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Jiayuguan Train Schedule >
|Dunhuang ↔ Turpan||D Trains||about 3.5 hrs||3||Dunhuang to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Dunhuang Train Schedule >
|Xining ↔ Turpan||D Trains||about 8-9 hrs||4||Xining to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Xining Train Schedule >
*The train schedules change from time to time and they are only provided for your reference, please do not hesitate to contact us for the updated info!
Turpan North Railway Station also receives normal trains from many other cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Kunming, Zhengzhou, and cities at long distances. If you want a budget tour, normal trains are available, but be ready for the crowded carriage and long duration. Almost all the trains are overnight trains taking more than 24 hours.
|Route||Train Types||Duration||Frequency (per day)||Check Details|
|Beijing ↔ Turpan||Z Trains||29~36 hrs||2||Beijing to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Beijing Train Schedule >
|Shanghai ↔ Turpan||Z Trains||about 40 hrs||2||Shanghai to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Shanghai Train Schedule >
|Chongqing ↔ Turpan||K Trains||about 33 hrs||3||Chongqing to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Chongqing Train Schedule >
|Chengdu ↔ Turpan||K Trains||about 33 hrs||2||Chengdu to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Chengdu Train Schedule >
|Guangzhou ↔ Turpan||Z Trains||about 47 hrs||1||Guangzhou to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Guangzhou Train Schedule >
|Nanjing ↔ Turpan||Z Trains||about 37 hrs||2||Nanjing to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Nanjing Train Schedule >
|Kunming ↔ Turpan||K Trains||about 43.5 hrs||1||Kunming to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Kunming Train Schedule >
|Zhengzhou ↔ Turpan||Z/K/T Trains||about 29-37 hrs||about 9||Zhengzhou to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Zhengzhou Train Schedule >
|Kashgar ↔ Turpan||T/K/Y Trains||about 12.5-22 hrs||about 7||Kashgar to Turpan Train Schedule >
Turpan to Kashgar Train Schedule >
*Since the train schedules change from time to time and they are only provided for your reference, please do not hesitate to contact us for the updated info!
Address: Daheyan Town, Gaochang District, Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔族自治区吐鲁番市高昌区大河沿镇), 55 km (about 1 hour’s drive) to Turpan Downtown
Turpan Railway Station is less used by travelers, and there are several normal trains to Urumqi taking a stop here, such as trains from Kashgar, Hetian, Koral, Kuche, Aksu, etc.. It is a little far from the city area, so we suggest you choose Turpan North Railway Station if possible.
Address: Shanshan County Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔族自治区吐鲁番市鄯善县), 12 km (about 20 minutes’ drive) to Kumtage Desert, 50 km (about 50 minutes’ drive) to Tuyok Valley, about 90 km (about 1.5 hours’ drive) to Turpan City.
Shanshan County is located in the eastern part of Turpan, about 90 km to the downtown area. Most of the high speed trains to Turpan also stop in Shanshan North Railway Station. Many travelers take a train to Shanshan County for Kumtag Desert – a vast desert with awe-inspiring scenery. There are available high speed trains to Shanshan North Railway Station from Lanzhou (about 9.5 hours), Turpan (about 8 hours), Zhangye (about 6 hours), Jiayuguan (4.5 hours), Dunhuang (about 2 hours), etc. Besides, there are also some normal trains running to Urumqi via Shanshan North Railway Station.
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How to Get to Turpan: There are high speed trains to Turpan from Xian (about 12.5h), Lanzhou (about 9.5h), Xining (about 8h), Zhangye (about 6.5h), Jiayuguan (about 5h), Dunhuang (about 3.5h), etc. and flights from Urumqi (1h), Beijing (5.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Changsha (4.5h), Korla (1h), Burqin (1h15min), etc. Many travelers also travel to Urumqi by flight first and then transfer to Turpan.
Best Time to Visit Turpan: May to October is the best time to visit Turpan. It is cold in late autumn and winter (November ~ next February) and rather windy in early and mid-spring (March and April). The temperature is high in summer, but you will get a lot of sweet fruits.
Generally, a classic Turpan tour takes 2 ~ 3 days. If your time is limited, you can focus on the essence of Turpan City. We suggest you spend 1 day touring the highlights of Turpan City, such as Karez System - a magic project bringing out underground water to this barren land, Turpan Museum where lots of historical exhibits including mummies are collected and Jiaohe Ancient City - the world's largest and oldest city ruins, and another day exploring its attractive surroundings, including Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Cave with exquisite murals & profound Buddhist culture, Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon with breathtaking landform, and peaceful Mazar Village (in Tuyuk Valley) where people still live traditionally. If you have one more day, don't miss Kumtag Desert, a beautiful desert offering amazing desert landscape and many interesting activities (like jeep safari, desert hiking, desert surfing, etc.).
Of course, it's far from enough if you just visit Turpan. Travelers always travel Turpan with Urumqi - the tourist center in northern Xinjiang together. It needs about 1~2 days to visit landmarks of Urumqi City, like Xinjiang Regional Museum, Red Hill Park and Erdaoqiao Grand Bazzar. Heavenly Lake, only 70 km away from Urumqi downtown is a must. If you are interested in Muslim culture and Silk Road culture, don't hesitate to go to Kashgar, one of Xinjiang's golden triangle tourist cities together with Turpan and Urumqi. In Kashgar, there is time-honored Kashgar Old City, yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque, busy Grand Sunday Bazaar, etc.
If your time allows, traveling along China's Silk Road is strongly recommended. You can trace the footprints of ancient travelers from Xian - China's old capital city of 13 dynasties, to Qinghai (Xining, Qinghai Lake), Gansu (Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang) and Xinjiang (Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar). An in-depth Silk Road tour can be 2 weeks long, but you can spend a shorter time admiring the essence at your own pace.
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