Lanzhou is the capital and largest city in Gansu Province in Northwest China. It used to be an important stop along the Ancient Silk Road as well as the head of the famous Hexi Corridor. Ancient travelers heading to Xinjiang from eastern China had to pass by Lanzhou and now travelers can explore along Silk Road by taking Lanzhou Xinjiang High Speed Rail.
There are over 180 G, D trains running from Lanzhou to Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Hami, Turpan, Urumqi and more cities. Besides, there G trains departing from Lanzhou to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Huashan, Hangzhou and many other famous cities and popular tourist destinations in China. Lanzhou Railway Station and Lanzhou West Railway Station are served as the high speed train stations.
As a vital gateway city to explore the mystery of northwestern China, Lanzhou enjoys a huge High Speed Railway network. Below are some popular High Speed Train routes from Lanzhou for you to plan an ideal Lanzhou high speed train tour.
Railway Stations: Lanzhou, Lanzhou West - Urumqi South
Distance: about 1777km (1104 miles)
Duration: 11 hours 58 minutes ~ 12 hours 35 minutes
Stops on the Route: Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Hami, Turpan
There are about 4 pairs of D bullet trains running from Lanzhou to Urumqi. The earliest one starts at 07:50 and arrives at nearly 20:00 in the evening, while the last one departs at 10:40. All the 4 High Speed Trains back from Urumqi to Lanzhou also depart in the morning, from 08:40 to 12:22. Taking high speed train saves about 14 hours compared with taking normal K train which takes 24 hours. For it also needs about 11.5 hours by taking High Speed Train, you can make some short tours along the rail. Actually, the Lanzhou Xinjiang (Urumqi) High Speed Train has already covered almost every tourist city of northwestern China, including Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Turpan, etc.
Railway Stations: Lanzhou West - Shanghai Hongqiao
Distance: 2077km (1291miles)
Duration: about 10.5 hours
Stops on the Route: Dingxi, Tianshui, Xian, Huashan, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Nanjing
Between Lanzhou and Shanghai, there is 1 pair of G high speed train on service. This bullet train starts at about 10:39 in the morning and arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at about 21:26 during night time, for about 10.8 hours. As the train running in the day time and needs a little long time, if you have a long vacation or not in a hurry during your tour, you could take the Business Class Seats on the train to enjoy the view along the way from the east part to the west part in China comfortably. Besides, you can also make some separate tours along the rail, like Lanzhou Xian tours, Xian Huashan tours, Xian Nanjing tours, Nanjing Shanghai tours etc.
Railway Stations: Lanzhou West - Xian North
Distance: 568 km (353miles)
Duration: 3 hours
Stops on the Route: Xianyang, Baoji, Tianshui, Dingxi
There are about 13 daily G high speed trains running from Lanzhou West to Xian North Railway Station every day. The trains are available during about 08:00~15:00, running only about 3 hours. Besides, 27 D bullet trains are on service between Lanzhou and Xian as well, the earliest train departs at about 06:35 and arrives at about 9:26, and the last train travels at 19:22 at night, for about 3 hours 12 minutes. You could save 6-7 hours by taking a high speed G train or D train than taking the normal K trains and T trains for transferring between Lanzhou and Xian. Moreover, you could enjoy better environment and more facilities on board.
Railway Stations: Lanzhou/Lanzhou West - Xining
Distance: 188 km (117miles)
Duration: 2 ~ 2.5 hours
Lanzhou and Xining are two most significant gateway cities to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the most northwest area of China. Actually, Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province, while Lanzhou is the capital city of Gansu province, which is both next to Qinghai province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Between the two capital cities, there are altogether nearly 15 pairs of daily high speed D trains running between Lanzhou West Railway Station in Lanzhou and Xining Railway Station in Xining. The frequent High Speed Trains make it easy to transfer in the two famous tourist destinations in Northwestern China.
Xining Railway Station
Railway Stations: Lanzhou West/Lanzhou - Zhangye West
Distance: 485km (301 miles)
Duration: around 4 ~ 4.5 hours
Same as Lanzhou, Zhangye is also located in Gansu province. As one of the top tourist cities of Gansu, Zhangye has already wildly known by tourists at home and abroad for its amazing Danxia landform and Great Buddha Temple. At present, 10 D-trains are served for Lanzhou Zhangye traveling, by which travelers can easily transfer from Lanzhou to Zhangye for about 4 hours. The trains are available from 7:25 to 17:22 every day. Considering some practical situations, including the language barrier and driving problems, you are highly recommended to take those convenient high speed trains. Thus, you can have more spare time to enjoy the wonderful landmarks outside the windows.
Railway Stations: Lanzhou/Lanzhou West - Jiayuguan South
Distance: 697km (433 miles)
Duration: around 5.5 ~ 6 hours
Jiayuguan Pass played a significant role on the Ancient Silk Road and military defensive project. The current Jiayuguan Pass is mainly for tourist use, for it is the greatest, oldest and most legendary pass among all the passes along the Great Wall. Both Lanzhou Railway Station and Lanzhou West Railway Station have high speed trains traveling to Jiayuguan. Among the 9 D trains from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan, 2 trains starting from Lanzhou Railway Station and the rest from Lanzhou West Station. The earliest one starts from Lanzhou West at 07:25 and arrives at Jiayuguan South at 12:46. The last train D2753 departs from Lanzhou Station at around 17:22 and arrives at Jiayuguan South at about 22:59 at night. All trains need only about 5.5 hours to get to Jiayuguan. It is a good idea to travel by high speed train to explore along the ancient Silk Road.
Jiayuguan South Railay Station
Railway Stations: Lanzhou West/Lanzhou - Turpan North
Distance: 1619km (1006 miles)
Duration: around 11 ~ 11.5 hours
Thanks to the rapid development of high speed train network in China. High Speed Trains make it possible to travel from Lanzhou to Turpan area within 10 hours around. So you can easily travel other destinations in Xinjiang. Generally, there are about 4 high speed bullet train (all are D trains) are available from Lanzhou to Turpan now. D2701 starts at 07:50 and arrives at Turpan after 11 hours' travel. D2703 starts at 08:20, D55 starts at 08:36, and runs approximately 11.5 horus. D2711, the last one, starts at 10:40 and arrives at Turpan in the evening. You can choose one ideal train from Lanzhou to Turpan for 11 hours’ transfer. Our drivers will pick you up at the Turpan North Railway Station and send you to your hotel in Turpan if you need the local transfer service or direct book the tour including Lanzhou and Turpan with us.
In Lanzhou, a new intercity high speed rail has directly connected Lanzhou Railway Station, Lanzhou West Railway Station and Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport. It takes only 30 ~ 40 minutes to get to the airport from Lanzhou West Station by taking the C trains. So far, there are over 10 daily fast trains available.
Besides, Lanzhou is linked to some major cities in China. So you could also choose a high speed trains from Lanzhou to other cities or hot destinations like. That means you can take high speed train from Lanzhou to Beijing (about 8.5 ~ 9 hours), Lanzhou to Chongqing (about 7 ~ 7.5 hours), Hami (about 9 hours), Huashan (about 4 hours), Luoyang (about 4 ~ 4.5 hours), Zhengzhou (for 5.5 hours), Changsha (about 9.5 hours), Hangzhou (about 11 hours), etc.
Interested in exploring on ancient Silk Road with the important destinations, including Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Turpan, Urumqi? Want to move around the northwest China by high speed train? If you say yes, please contact our professional travel consultants without any doubt. They are here ready to help you customize your China Silk Road Tour by High Speed Train that you just need to tell your ideas and requirement and they will make everything for you, including high speed train tickets, private transfer service, accommodation, tour arrangement.
Among the 10 train stations in Lanzhou, Lanzhou Railway Station (兰州站) and Lanzhou West Railway Station (兰州西站) are mainly used for high speed bullet train. Lanzhou West Railway Station is located in Xijin West Road of Qilihe District, about 900 meters from the Gansu Provincial Museum. Lanzhou Railway Station is located in Chengguan District along Huochedong Road. Lanzhou Transportation Guide >>
Top 3 tours chosen by most customers to explore in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Tianshui - Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Xining - Tongren - Xiahe - Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once enquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.Customize a Trip
[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >