Travel from Xian to Xining 2024 | Xian to Xining High Speed Trains & Flights

Xian is an ancient capital with profound history and splendid culture. Every year, numerous tourists are fascinated by the world-famous wonder Terracotta Warriors. Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, is endowed with amazing natural beauty of snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes. Only 4-5 hours by high speed train or 1.5 hours by flight, a trip to Xian and Xining will provide you with totally different travel experiences. Here is more specific information about how to travel from Xian to Xining for you to better plan a Xian Xining trip.

Xian to Xining Distance

Xian in Shaanxi Province and Xining in Qinghai Province are both located in the northwestern inland of China. The distance between Xian and Xining is about 850 km (528 miles) away. Bullet trains and flights are available between them.

Option 1: Travel from Xian to Xining by High Speed Train

Although normal trains (9.5-11.5h) are also available, the high spped train is more recommended for its short travel time (4-5h) and more comfortable environment. There are about 15 high speed trains a day running from Xian North Railway Station to Xining Railway Station. Check specific train schedules below:

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Xian to Xining High Speed Train Route

Xian Xining high speed railway is nearly 756 km long! Trains running from Xian, via Xianyang Qindu, Qishan, Baoji South, Tianshui South, Tongwei, Dingxi North, Lanzhou West, Minhe South, Ledu South, and finally reach Xining to do good for the life and tourism along this way. The whole train trip is about 4-5 hours. Check the detailed high speed railway map!

Xian North Railway Station (西安北站)

Location Yuanshuo Road, Weiyang District, Xian (西安市未央区元朔路).

Xian North Station is a large high speed train station in Xian and serves for a lot of bullet trains to other major cities in China. It is about 20 kilometers from Xian downtown, which takes about 1 hour from the Terracotta Warriors and the city center area including the Muslim Quarter by driving. From the city center, visitors usually take the Metro Line 2 at Bell Tower to get to the station for about 30 minutes. Also, you can take taxis, bus, airport shuttle bus, etc. from other places. Learn more about Xian North Railway Station >

Xining Railway Station (西宁站)

Location: No.128 Middle Huzhu Road, Xining City (青海省西宁市互助中路128号)

Xining Station is very close to the city downtown. From there, you could transfer to the hotels and top popular attractions very easy. Usually, to the downtown, Dongguan Mosque and Ma Bufang Residence, it needs about 10-15 minutes by taxi. And if you want to go to Taer Monastery, it would take about 1 hour by car. To Qinghai Lake, it usually would cost 2.5 hours by car. Learn more about Xining Railway Station >

Note: if you have any questions about the local transfer and train stations in Xian and Xining, please directly contact our Travel Consultant for help!

China Train Travel Tips

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 >>

Baggage Allowance

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 >>

Option 2: Travel from Xian to Xining by Flight

There are about 12 direct flights a day from Xian Xianyang International Airport to Xining Caojiabao International Airport and the flight only needs 1.5 hours. But you need to set aside at least 1-1.5 hours for security check and boarding, and the airports are both a little far from downtown, so there is not much difference in the total time you need between transfering by flight and by high speed train. You can choose one that suits your schedule better. Check more about Real-time Xian to Xining Flight Schedule>

✈ Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场 IATA: XYI)

Location: Dizhang Town, Weicheng District, Xianyang City, Shaanxi 陕西省咸阳市渭城区底张镇

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is actually located in Xianyang city, but you can get to Xi’an downtown conveniently by Airport Shuttle Bus. The airport connects Xi’an with most major cities in China and many cities abroad such as Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, etc. There are 3 terminals in total. Passengers can walk (about 10 minutes) or take free buses (3-5 minutes) to transfer between the terminals. Check more about Xian Xianyang International Airport>

Xian to Xining Xian Xianyang International Airport

✈ Xining Caojiabao International Airport (西宁曹家堡国际机场 IATA: XNN)

Location: Huzhu Tu Autonomous County, Haidong, Qinghai 青海省海东市互助土族自治县

Xining Caojiabao International Airport has two terminals: T1 is for international and regional (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) flights and T2 is for domestic flights. As of October 2019, Xining has 62 airlines connecting 48 cities at home (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa and most major cities) and abroad (Bangkok in Thailand, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in South Korea…). Shuttle bus is available to take you from the airport to Xining downtown. Check more about Xining Caojiabao International Airport>

How to Plan a Xian Xining Trip

Usually, a classic Xian Xining tour needs about 4 ~ 6 days. All the essences of the two cities can be covered.

You are suggested to spend 2 ~ 4 days visiting the landmarks of Xian such as the world-famous manmade wonder – Terracotta Warriors, magnificent Xian Ancient City Wall, informative Shaanxi History Museum, lively Muslim Quarter, etc. If your time allows, it also recommended to spend 1 more day hiking Mount Huashan, especially for outdoor enthusiasts.

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To explore the cultural and natural highlights of Xining, 2 ~ 3 days are needed. Qinghai Lake which is not far away from Xining is a must-see. You can spend a whole day here appreciating the water scenery, hiking along the lake or taking a lake cruise (cruise is only available from May to October). Main attractions in Xining city such as Taer Monastery, the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master - Tsongkhapapay, and Dongguan Great Mosque, one of the "Four Greatest Mosques in China" are also worth a go. If you have more days, you can expand your Beijing Xining trip to more destinations in Qinghai such as Chaka Salt Lake - Mirror of the Sky.

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Tourists also prefer an extensive trip to the Silk Road to appreciate Dunhuang Mogao Caves and Zhangye Danxia Landform, head to the Bardain Jaran Desert for desert landscape and activities, or reach the roof of the world in Tibet. You can also contact us to customize a trip according to your own itinerary and interests. Just tell us your needs and we will take care of everything!

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