Located on Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Xining offers attractive plateau scenery and fascinating Tibetan culture to tourists. It is a gateway to attractions in Qinghai such as Qinghai Lake and Chaka Salt Lake. After a Xining or Qinghai trip, you can take a high speed train to Zhangye to appreciate the colorful Danxia landform and have a different travel experience on the ancient Silk Road.
Xining and Zhangye are about 340 km away. The most recommended way to travel from Xining to Zhangye is by high speed train, which only needs about 2 hours. Bus is also available but it’s a long journey of 6-7 hours, thus it’s seldom chosen by tourists. Here is the specific Xining to Zhangye high speed train information of the schedule, duration, ticket, etc. for you to better plan a Xining Zhangye trip.
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Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
▶ Xininig Railway Station (西宁站)
Location: NO. 128 Huzhu Middle Road, Chengdong District, Xining City, Qinghai Province 青海省西宁市城东区互助中路128号.
Xining Railway Station (西宁站) was firstly built in 1958 and has been expanded for several times. Now it serves both high-speed trains and normal trains, becoming the largest railway terminal in Qinghai-Tibet plateau and an essential part for further completion of the high speed railway network to connect Chengdu, Qamdo, Kunming and more places in western China. It now mainly serves Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Lanzhou-Xining Railway and Lanzhou-Urumqi High-speed Railway. There are a dozen bus routes to transfer you between the railway station and Xining downtown. Read more about Xining Railway Stations>
▶ Zhangye West Railway Station (张掖西站)
Location: Zhangye West Railway Station is in Danxia Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye City 张掖市甘州区丹霞路
Zhangye West Railway Station is only about 3km, 10 minutes by car from downtown, about 50km, 70min by car from Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park. All the high speed trains via Zhangye will stop at this railway station. It becomes convenient for tourists to travel between Zhangye and Xian, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xining, Dunhuang, Urumchi, etc. It now mainly serves Lanzhou-Zhangye High-Speed Railway and Lanzhou-Urumchi High-Speed Railway. Read more about Zhangye West Railway Station>
Note: if you have any questions about the local transfer and train stations in Zhangye and Xining, please directly contact our Travel Consultant for help!
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 >>
Though located close in northwestern China, Xining and Zhangye present two different kinds of charm to visitors. It’s definitely worth to visit more special and famous destinations to make your once-in-a-lifetime Silk Road journey more significant, memorable, meaningful and unique.
Xining is a plateau ancient city with more than 2,100 years’ history, a vital communication hub between Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to central areas and the starting of Qinghai Tibet Railway. It is more used as a transit point, short transit for 1 to 2 days. In Xining, you can visit Taer Temple (Kumbum Monastery) - one of the six Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism enjoying high reputation in China, and most people take side trip to Qinghai Lake (Lake Kokonor) - the largest inland lake of China and Chaka Salt Lake - the well-known “Mirror of the Sky”.
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Zhangye is most famous for the colorful Danxia Landform Geopark, where you can see rainbow-like mountains spread endless. Besides seeing the natural wonder, you can spend 1 day more to see the Buddhist culture in Zhangye, pay a visit to Mati Temple to see the mysterious grottoes and to Giant Buddha Temple where preserves the largest Reclining Buddha in Asia. If you get more time, we suggest you trace the ancient “Silk Road” to observe more highlights, such as the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the westernmost Great Wall in Jiayuguan and further trip to Urumqi in Xinjiang.
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